Daley congratulates new Cubs owners

August 22, 2009 9:12:46 PM PDT
Mayor Daley congratulated the prospective new owners of the Chicago Cubs Saturday.The buyers are headed by 63-year-old Joseph Ricketts, of Nebraska, and his 43-year-old son, Thomas, a Chicagoan who led efforts to buy the team.

The family will pay tribune company $845 million for the Cubs, Wrigley field and a 25 percent interest in Comcast Sportsnet Chicago.

Mayor Daley, a lifelong White Sox fan, praised the Ricketts Saturday.

"They're a great family, great business people. They look at this as an investment, and [it is] also important to the city of Chicago. We're fortunate to have two great ball teams, the Cubs and the White Sox," he said.

Daley said the 95-year-old Wrigley Field needs updating but must retain what he called its historical aspect.