Stern Backs Cubans Cubs Bid

Billionaire Mark Cuban, who’s trying to buy the Cubs, has received a recommendation from an unexpected source: NBA Commissioner David Stern. Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has been fined more than $1.3 million by Stern for criticizing referees. And yet Stern, when asked what he would tell Major League Baseball owners about Cuban, replied in an e-mail, “They should welcome him.” Cuban is among five bidders trying to buy the Cubs from Tribune Co., which is selling the franchise, Wrigley Field and a stake in Comcast SportsNet. “Despite what the public perception is, the commissioner and I have a great relationship,” Cuban said. “I truly appreciate his support.”

Chicago Tribune