On Thursday, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts covered an array of topics, including the 2020 season, in a discussion with season ticket holders.
As Major League Baseball continues discussions with the MLBPA over how and if the 2020 season will be played, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts chatted with season ticket holders on Thursday. He offered up some insights on several topics – including the big elephant in the room as the two sides go back-and-forth: the economic impact of COVID-19 on the sport.
Now, Ricketts has regularly found himself in the crosshairs of Cubs fans since the team won the World Series back in 2016. As a group, fans rode the high through 2017, but by 2018 their mood had soured and, this offseason, hit its lowest point in recent memory as the front office unsuccessfully sought to get under the $208 million luxury tax threshold.
The perception surrounding Ricketts and baseball owners in general isn’t great right now. They reportedly agreed to give players a prorated salary in recent months only to look to renege on the deal now that it’s abundantly clear: there won’t be fans at Major League Baseball games in 2020.