INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The search to replace Chicago Cubs television analyst Bob Brenly has no definitive time table, according to a broadcast source.
"We are going through the process in an orderly way along with the Cubs and (Comcast SportsNet)," WGN executive Bob Vorwald said. "Saying anything else about the process is really not beneficial to us or our partners."
The contracts for Cub baseball broadcasters has been handled by WGN since they began broadcasting Cubs games in 1948. The prospective color commentators will interview with WGN, Comcast SportsNet and Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney.
Brenly left the position after eight seasons in the booth with play-by-play man Len Kasper. He took a similar role with the Arizona Diamondbacks when negotiations on a four-year contract unraveled in early October.
The Cubs broadcast 65 to 70 games on WGN as opposed to having done upwards of 154 per season until the partnership between the Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bulls was formed with Comcast a decade ago.
One problem that exists for the future analyst on WGN is the fact that the Cubs can opt out of their commitment with the television station after 2014. That factor alone makes it impossible for the station to present a contract offer of more than two years to Brenly's future replacement.
The Tribune-owned property is also facing a bankruptcy situation that may have numerous parts of the present company including the television station being sold off.