Originally Posted by roylestillman
This is the part people don't realize. The Cubs have a ton of debt that they need to pay down annually, they have a fraction of the parking revenue, limited ad revenue,and maintenance of that 100 year old money pit they call home. All stadium maintenance of the Cell is picked up by the State. I would bet the Cubs are down $30-40 million vs. The Sox before they open the doors every year.
The Sox also have the advantage of making more money from TV telecasts as more of their games are on CSN. CSN pays more per game than WGN does.
If you want to know why teams have started spending like crazy, it's all rooted in the revenue from TV deals with RSN's. Let's hope the Sox get a good deal when they renegotiate. With the Cubs likely to bolt, you can bet the Sox will be looking to get a nice payday from CSN when their current contract expires.
Heck, given JR's age and the fact his son doesn't want the team, expect them to use it as leverage when JR eventually sells.