It seems, at this point, that the Cubs sale has been going on for years. Last year, when the Cubs came under profit-motivated hands of Sam Zell, new ownership was promised pronto. No one thought it would happen overnight, but jeez -- could it happen this decade?
Last Friday was supposed to be the final day to submit bids for the Cubs, but it was extended in the hopes that bidders would revise and raise their final offers. So we still don't know who is going to be owning the team, let alone when it can officially change hands. The AP is reporting that Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney thinks the sale can be finalized -- like, actually finalized -- by Opening Day, but he doesn't seem sure:
Not exactly a hard-and-fast deadline, huh?
Fortunately, the Cubs sale doesn't seem to be affecting the way the team is managing their payroll year-over-year; Hendry is going to be spending a bit more on salaries this year than he did last year. It's not life-and-death, the sale's date, but it sure would be nice to finish this thing. It's been long enough already.