Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Cubs considering sportsbook at Wrigley Field

Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 14: A general view of right and center fields as the Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on August 14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Brewers defeated the Cubs 7-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Getty Images

With the nationwide ban on sports gambling gone -- and with sports gambling regulations slowly being implemented on a state-by-state basis -- any number of businesses are considering getting in on the action. Among those businesses are the Chicago Cubs.

ESPN reports that the club is considering opening gambling facilities in and around Wrigley Field which might include betting windows, automated kiosks or, possibly, a full, casino-style sportsbook. They’re characterized as preliminary discussions as the team awaits the Illinois governor’s signature on recently-passed legislation allowing gambling. The Cubs aren’t commenting, but a source tells ESPN that nothing has been done yet. It’s just talk at the moment.

If the Cubs move forward from the talking stage it will cost them a pretty penny: a four-year license will, under Illinois’ new law, cost them $10 million.

Now: let’s see the White Sox take some action this year. I can think of nothing more fun than sports gambling at what was once Comiskey Park on the 100th anniversary of the Black Sox scandal.

Follow @craigcalcaterra