Cubs exploring ticket market options

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs were named by StubHub as one of three clubs opting out of a contract extension with the online ticket marketplace on Monday. This was news to the Cubs.

"We're continuing to explore our options," Cubs spokesman Julian Green said.

A Cubs source said the team was surprised to be included in a StubHub email to ticket sellers Monday, because no decision has been made about participating in the five-year contract extension, but the team plans to make an announcement about the secondary market in the near future.

But StubHub spokesman Glenn Lehrman said the company had delayed the announcement of this deal, which expands the company's relationship with Major League Baseball Advanced Media as the "official fan to fan ticket marketplace," for weeks while waiting for the Cubs' decision.

"From my understanding, they have officially opted out," Lehrman said in a phone conversation. "This is a weird one. It wouldn't surprise us if they ended up back in the deal. The Cubs were trying to delay making a decision. For our purposes, we're considering them out. We have to communicate to our sellers what the story is. They have the option to opt back in. There's no deadline."

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