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.