Crane Kenney Confirms Signing a Contract Extension that Runs Through 2019

During an interview on Saturday morning with Bruce Levine and Wayne Randazzo (Inside the Clubhouse, 670 The Score), Crane Kenney confirmed that he signed a contract extension with the Cubs that runs through 2019. Rumors and an unconfirmed report last off-season indicated Tom Ricketts had extended Kenney’s contract. Bruce Levine reported Saturday morning the extension was signed last summer.

Crane Kenney and the business operations department has been under fire for the lack of movement on the restoration of Wrigley Field, the negotiations with the rooftops, the radio and television contracts and multiple public relations blunders. Kenney confirmed the extension during the interview as a way to point out he has full support of Tom Ricketts and the Ricketts family.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer signed a five-year contract when they took over Baseball Operations for the team in 2011, both contracts run through the 2016 season.

Crane Kenney’s extension runs through 2019, the same length as the Cubs’ current television contract with Comcast SportsNet. The Cubs have not announced which outlet will carry the games currently broadcast by WGN-TV for next season. The team is expected to announce a new radio partner in the coming days that will move the games from 720 WGN to 780 WBBM-AM for next season. Speculation is that the Cubs games will end up on 670 The Score once the station’s contract with the White Sox expires after the 2015 season.

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  • Ray Koenig

    Kenney must have something on Ricketts. All he does is screw up.

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  • paulcatanese

    Not so unusual, considering all of the ridiculous contracts that have been done.
    What is unusual is that Kenny didn’t come from the Red Sox.

    • Tony_H

      He was here before Theo and Jed and before the Ricketts owned the team.

      • paulcatanese

        I knew that, the point is, Ricketts should not have extended him,
        but its his money.

    • Tony_H

      He was here before Theo and Jed and before the Ricketts owned the team.

  • The Dude Abides

    Bingo – now we know why Rickett$ is keeping him around.

    Built in fall guy to boot when the time comes…

  • Swish23

    Any more questions about how incompetent the owner is have been answered by the Kenney extension. Absolutely clueless.

    • Sonate

      Although I disagree that the owner is incompetent generally, I agree fully that Kenny’s extension is an incompetent act. Maybe Kenny has political connections (in Chicago) that we are unaware of???

  • triple

    It’s a amazing to see the differences in what has happened between the Cubs and Blackhawk’s organizations since John McDonough made his transition from baseball to hockey in 2007. I find it hard to believe that McDonough would have put us in this kind of mess with that contract with the rooftops, among other things.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Does this move inspire confidence in the current regime?

    Is there anyone out there that wants to post a note expressing their elation at this signing? IF there is anyone like that, we are anxious to hear from you.

    Otherwise we are going to assume that no one in Cubdom is excited about this move.

    • Neil

      This is an ownership move. Not a regime move. You should say ‘you’ and not ‘we’.

  • Roll

    Kenney is selling chairs from Jeter and Tanaka a few hundred dollars each, why give them to a season ticket holder on fan appreciation weekend? Well at least the chairs did not end up in the dumpster.

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