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SBD/February 20, 2013/Franchises
Cubs To Tweak Gameday Presentation, Including Seventh-Inning Stretch Festivities
Published February 20, 2013
PAYROLL GOING UP IN THE FUTURE? Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s David Kaplan noted Cubs Chair Tom Ricketts recently alluded to that fact the team "could not sustain the payroll that the Tribune Company used to operate under the current revenue models that the franchise has.” Kaplan asked Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein of the team's payroll, “Do you feel like ... you need more revenue to take it to where you think it's going to get to four years from now?” Epstein said, “I don't have much concern about where the payroll was in the past. My concern is building up the organization so we get healthier and healthier. We have that core of talent, so when we can justify when it's the right time putting the hammer down and getting the payroll to a level where we can keep all the players that we develop, we can add from the outside and we can look down on paper and have a team that should win 90-plus games every single year" (“Chicago Tribune Live,” Comcast SportsNet Chicago, 2/18).