Late last week, based on some comments by Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney, everybody was reporting that the Chicago Cubs would not utilize the so-called “Cubs Tax” to keep the team Springing in Mesa, Arizona. The Tax is a ticket surcharge on all Cactus League games, and would help finance new facilities for the Cubs.
We did not report this, because we knew it was bunk. The “Cubs Tax” was never up to the Cubs – it was a decision by local and state legislators in Arizona. It’s up to them to determine how they want to finance the facilities for the Cubs. It was never up to the Cubs.
“The Cubs support the efforts of the legislators to find a solution that will be satisfactory to everyone,” Kenney said in the statement. “As far as the Cubs are concerned, all financing options are still on the table.”
Earlier in the day, Kenney told reporters the surcharge was not needed by the Cubs to help fund the new complex.
“The plan for our facility can be managed through the Mesa property tax referendum, that will happen in November, and the (1 percent extra) car rental tax,” Kenney said. “The ticket tax is not needed for what we’re building.”
All of the other 14 Cactus League teams and commissioner Bud Selig have opposed to ticket surcharge, feeling their fans are subsidizing the Cubs in their new venture. Chicago Breaking Sports.
All Kenney was saying – why he was saying, I don’t know – was that the Cubs do not necessarily need the ticket surcharge in order to stay in Arizona. The facilities could be financed any number of ways, and the Cubs presumably don’t give a poop where that financing comes from.
End of non-story.