Arizona Spring Training funding unsettled

Arizona Spring Training funding unsettled

CHICAGO -- The Arizona Legislature adjourned Thursday without passing legislation the Cubs need to keep their Spring Training site in Mesa, Ariz. However, that doesn't mean the Cubs are headed to Florida.

The Cubs and Mesa officials signed a memorandum of understanding in late January that provides for exclusive negotiations between the team and the city. One of the conditions of the agreement was that the Legislature determine some kind of funding by July 12. Although lawmakers ended their session Thursday without a decision, they still could call a special session.

The Cubs are the top-drawing Spring Training team and have been wooed by officials from Naples, Fla., to relocate their facility there.

The Cubs declined to comment Friday.

Arizona lawmakers considered adding surcharges to car rentals and Spring Training tickets to pay for the new facility. But that plan faltered after other Cactus League teams and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig came out against it.