Arizona lawmaker: Cubs stadium deal could stall

If the deal falls through the team could start negotiating with a Naples group looking to bring the team to Collier County

A package to shore up Cactus League finances and keep the Chicago Cubs from leaving Mesa probably will not emerge from the Legislature this year, a key lawmaker said Friday.

That means Arizona will miss one of the key deadlines outlined in a memorandum of understanding between the Cubs and Mesa.

Unless that agreement is amended, the Cubs would be free to take an offer for a new stadium and training facilities in Naples, Fla.

Cubs spokesman Peter Chase said Friday the team would not comment while the issue is still working its way through the Legislature.

But House Majority Leader John McComish, R-Phoenix, said those efforts have stalled.

Read the full story on the Arizona Republic's Web site.

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