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Cubs may move from Mesa after Ariz. officials fail to act on stadium issue
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Published: 4/30/2010 10:46 AM | Updated: 4/30/2010 2:08 PM

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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.

Mesa Councilman Scott Somers acknowledged he's worried that a deal to keep the Cubs is not in place and the team could pull the trigger and leave town.

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 sponsor of the bill to fund the training complex, House Majority Leader John McComish, said he's not counting on that.

The move could reopen the door for Florida to lure baseball's highest-drawing spring training team.

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.

The Chicago Cubs declined to comment.