The future of Chicago sports teams ownership

Chicago team owners

Virginia McCaskey, from left, Jerry Reinsdorf, Rocky Wirtz and Tom Ricketts. (Tribune file photos)

The future of Chicago sports teams ownership

Four people--three men and one woman--control more than an estimated $3 billion worth of Chicago's major sports teams. But nobody lives forever and those franchises will come under the control of the next generation, perhaps sooner than later -- or maybe some other order. To be sure, these powerful men have put steps in place to do everything they can to will their forturnes to the heirs they desire. Here, the Chicago Tribune breaks down who those people are and what comes next when they shuffle off their mortal coils. --By Melissa Harris and Jared Hopkins

McCaskeys intend to hold onto Bears

July 28, 2013

McCaskeys intend to hold onto Bears

Bears Chairman George McCaskey is adamant his family has no intention of ever stepping away from the franchise founded in 1920. But keeping control could be tricky.

Hawks a cherished Wirtz family business

July 28, 2013

Hawks a cherished Wirtz family business

For fans, Rocky Wirtz's arrival in 2007 as head of the Blackhawks was unexpected.

Jerry Reinsdorf's son seen as successor on Bulls

9:22 PM EDT, July 27, 2013

Jerry Reinsdorf's son seen as successor on Bulls

When Michael Reinsdorf wanted to work for his father's sports teams fresh out of the University of Arizona, his dad said no. Almost two decades later, Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf did the asking.

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