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Report: Ricketts considering selling minority shares

Cubs owners assessing plan to help finance Wrigley renovations

PITTSBURGH -- The Ricketts family is reportedly considering selling minority shares in the Cubs to help finance the $500 million renovation plan for Wrigley Field and the surrounding area.

Comcast SportsNet Chicago first reported the story on Thursday. The shares would be non-controlling, and shareholders would join the Tribune Co. as investors in the team. The Tribune Co. kept a 5 percent stake in the Cubs after it sold the franchise to the Ricketts in 2009.

"The Ricketts family is looking at a number of financial options to be prepared to finance expanding and preserving Wrigley Field if there is a settlement to the issues in the talks with the rooftops," Dennis Culloton, a spokesperson for the Ricketts family, told Crain's Chicago Business.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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