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The Tribune: A Tale of Two Stories

Earlier this morning, The Chicago Tribune reported on its web site that its parent company, The Tribune Company, has reached a deal to sell the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, and a stake in Comcast SportsNet Chicago. The reported winner: the Ricketts family, who proposed a combined package of around $900-million. The thing is, the news story cites an unnamed source for the story. When we sought to confirm the report, this is the statement we received from a Tribune Company spokesman.

"We continue an active dialogue with the Ricketts family with an eye toward reaching a definitive agreement.‚  We don't intend to comment on the specifics of any potential transaction." It other words, as WBEZ's own Ammad Omar put it, the Tribune does not confirm or deny the Tribune's report.

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