Chicago Cubs: Who’s getting cashed in to pay for virus season?

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MLB owners are firing staff due to the financial toll of dealing with the effects of the virus. Who’s on the chopping block to pay for this fiasco season?

Fans tend to think of the Chicago Cubs organization as some immortal entity that will go on and on, as long as fans keep coming to games. That’s a great compliment to owner Tom Ricketts and the people he’s brought on board to manage the Cubs organization and team but just isn’t true.

The Cubs organization and team are only as strong as their fans. When fans are in the stands, and the game is on television across the nation, those credit cards are being swiped by vendors online as well as the game. The point is, the game drives the excitement, and the fan participation drives the revenues, plain and simple.

Now imagine you run the Cubs organization. It’s February, and spring training is in full swing. The very first games have kicked off, and so you say to yourself, I’ve got to pay the bills for Wrigley Field to open up; the season is about to start in less than a month.  So you pay all the expenses upfront, knowing you’ve got significant revenue coming in once the regular season games begin, but they never do, and now you’ve lost what you paid and have made nothing.

The Cubs need to find the cash fast.

The plan for the Cubs’ financial recovery has already begun with pay cuts to skipper David Ross and more. Who needs to get fired, sold or traded on the Cubs between Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras, Jon Lester, Kyle Schwarber, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to help pay for this virus season?