In Chicago, Rick Morrissey writes there is "something out of whack, something disproportionate in the way the Cubs approach the whole of their operation." The "baseball side matters," but it is "hard to shake the feeling that it doesn't matter as much as everything else -- the suites, the clubs, the restaurants, even the luxury hotel across the street from Wrigley." Morrisey: "At what point does the sinking product on the field start to matter?" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/9).
A SEAT AT THE TABLE? ESPN's Jalen Rose said that he would "like to someday join Tom Gores' ownership group of the Pistons." Rose: "I feel like there's a wealth of things that I could bring to the table." In Chicago, Matt Schoch's notes Rose "pointed to guidance" from Basketball HOFers Dave Bing and Isiah Thomas (DETROIT NEWS, 1/9).
ESTABLISHING ROOTS: THE ATHLETIC's Daniel Kaplan noted the XFL St. Louis BattleHawks are building a "burgeoning and unique fan base," whose passion is "evidenced in more than 6,000 season ticket sales (tops in the eight-team XFL)" and a strong social media following. The BattleHawks' Twitter account, for example, is at "roughly 35,700 followers." The BattleHawks will play in the Rams' old home, the Dome at America's Center, which will be "configured for 27,500 capacity." The team is "optimistic about selling out" (THEATHLETIC.com, 1/6).