MESA, Ariz. - Mesa's status as the Chicago Cubs spring training home is in jeopardy now that the state Legislature has adjourned without passing legislation needed to keep the team in Arizona. The Cubs may head to Southwest Florida for their spring training.
An agreement between the team and Mesa officials allows the Cubs to negotiate with other cities if Arizona lawmakers don't pass legislation by July 12. Lawmakers ended their session Thursday, and a special session is unlikely.
The move could reopen the door for Florida to lure baseball's highest-drawing spring training team. A Collier County group wants to bring the team to Southwest Florida for spring training.
Lawmakers considered adding surcharges to car rentals and spring-training baseball tickets. But the plan faltered after Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig came out against it.