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Ricketts Hoping Star Power Helps Close Cubs Deal?

By Marcus Gilmer in Miscellaneous on May 19, 2009 2:40PM

With his bid to buy the Chicago Cubs lagging a bit, Tom Ricketts has apparently appealed to some folks with more star wattage as potential partners to buy the franchise. According to the Tribune, Ricketts has met with such local luminaries as Bill Murray, Jim Belushi, and John Cusack. It's part of Ricketts' attempt to pull in private investors willing to chip in $25 million each to help raise capital to finalize the purchase. While it doesn't seem as if the bid is in jeopardy, indications are that there is some finagling going on with the broadcast aspect of the bid and the Ricketts family may lower it somewhat.