(CBS) In former Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly’s words, his negotiations with the Cubs on a new deal this offseason just sort of fell apart.
As Brenly explains, he had a deal in place with the Tribune Company, who owns WGN, for five years. When it came time to sign the paperwork, the Tribune Company unexpectedly reduced the deal to two years.
“The negotiations were going along swimmingly under the circumstances,” Brenly said. “We felt like we were all on the same page. We agreed to agree on a new extension of five years. But when the memo came for me to sign that we agreed to agree, it was only two years guaranteed, which I can certainly understand. WGN only has the rights for two more years for the Chicago Cubs. … They could not guarantee any money after two years.”