Tom Ricketts Discusses the Cubs Future Direction

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Thomas S. “Tom” Ricketts is chairman of the Chicago Cubs, and CEO of Incapital LLC, a Chicago investment bank that packages corporate bonds for retail investors. The son of Ameritrade founder J. Joseph Ricketts, Tom also directs TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation.

Forbes estimates the Ricketts’ family wealth ($1 Billion), consolidated under J. Joseph Ricketts at #371/ 400 on the Forbes 400 list. Tom reportedly makes only $171,000 a year in his role as TD Ameritrade Director, but the money he makes from as CEO of Incapital LLC is unknown. (and likely big money).

Ricketts co-founded the company in 1999, after working for the Chicago Board Options Exchange and ABN Amro. According to Forbes, “Incapital underwrites for several major U.S. corporations through its InterNotesSM product platform.”

In July 09, the Ricketts family reached an agreement with the Tribune Company to purchase the Cubs, Wrigley Field, and 25% of Comcast SportsNet Chicago for close to $900 million.

The deal was approved three months later, with Tom Ricketts board chairman, over 95% ownership of the team, Wrigley Field and 20% ownership of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. The Tribune retains 5%.

Let’s look at where he’s ended next.

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More From Mr. Cub, Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts, Sec. of State White on Cubs License Plates

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The Chicago Cubs unveiled a new license plate for the state of Illinois today! More on that here. Also, Mr. Cub Ernie Banks, owner Tom Ricketts, and Secretary of State Jesse White were on hand at Wrigley Field to unveil and discuss it.

Watch the two videos below to virtually join the press conference.

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New Cubs License Plate Unveiled by Ernie Banks, Jesse White, Tom Ricketts (Videos)

Before the formal press conference was even held and the design unveiled, the demand for Cubs license plates crashed the state’s system. 210 people had placed orders before the Chicago Cubs and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White had even unveiled the new Chicago Cubs permanent license plate. Money raised from the license plates will support public schools throughout the State of Illinois. Given the dire situation within our state’s finances, a hot-selling item to infuse more public funding is quite welcome right now.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts and Hall of Famer “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks joined Secretary White for the unveiling.

“For many years I played in the wonderful Chicago Cubs organization as a center fielder,” White said. “I feel a special bond and history with the team. I am not alone. The Chicago Cubs are a legendary franchise and boast of diehard fans throughout the country who will be excited to show their team spirit and support education with these plates.”

Twenty-five dollars from each license plate goes to the Professional Sports Teams Education Fund and is earmarked for the Common School Fund which supports public schools throughout the state of Illinois.

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Cubs Owner Ricketts Rejected by State, Announces New Investment Plan

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Yesterday wasn’t very good to Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. Here’s what went down according to the Chicagoist:

Since announcing their proposal for modernizing Wrigley Field last week, the Ricketts family has been lambasted by the media and shot down by both the mayor and governor. The Tribune’s Phil Rogers seems to be the lone village idiot who thinks that the Cubs do deserve public funding to fix up Wrigley — justifying it by saying that the other teams in town got money to build their parks. Never mind that we’ve got record deficits and budget shortfalls, and we’re still taxing away to pay off the debt on those stadiums. A simple comparison of the Cubs’ and Yankees’ trophy cases can demonstrate that life’s not fair.

Ricketts plan to extort public funding from the city and state in order to augment his private financial bottom line failed, and he claims to have no plan B. Sure, and those drunken idiots in the bleachers not watching the game are “true baseball fans.”

Well Ricketts rebounded today and held a press conference highlighting the features of his new Wrigleyville investment plan. Here are some of the snippets of that post-presser released statement. I warn you it’s 99.999% corporatespeak and public relations propaganda:

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