the Cubs 2006 Payroll is expected to be close to 100.00 million, and that is a lot of bling for a Newspaper company to be handing out. Especially in the midst of an internet news free for all has casued subscriptions to drop all across the world. very few people get there news from the newspaper anymore.
FWIW, they own about 25 newspapers, 25 TV stations, including WGN, and they sell 3 million Cubs tickets a year. And they have actually embraced the internet pretty well.
I agree they are spending alot, but they have it and have proven they are willing to spend to win in the last few years, now they just need to win
. Especially now that the Southsiders have won, I see them really making a push. They saw that parade and all the hoopla for a team that no one in Chicago supposedly cares about and they are licking their chops.
And I honestly believe Baker needs this team to be very near the top of the division early in the season to keep his job all year. Another .500 at the break will not do, injuries or not.