With or without new TV income fully realized, what’s increasingly clear is that Cubs stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are right when they say teams are using the competitive balance tax threshold as a salary cap — including the Cubs.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts expressed optimism that a deal with Comcast — in half the cable subscribers’ homes in the Cubs’ region — will be worked out by Opening Day despite no indication of an imminent agreement. “I think that in the end everyone will do what’s right for the actual customers,” he said.
The Devils jumpstarted the market and set high return precedents with two Sunday trades. As the Hawks weigh various philosophies ahead of the NHL deadline, this could make selling more doable and attractive.