The Cubs have studied the possibility of opening a sportsbook at Wrigley Field and in spots just outside of the Chicago stadium, ESPN.com reported, citing multiple unidentified sources familiar with the team's thinking.
Expanded sports betting is part of a gambling bill that Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign into law.
In anticipation of that expansion, the Cubs are exploring putting betting windows, automated kiosks and even a full-blown sportsbook venue inside Wrigley Field, among other options.
MLB currently prohibits sportsbooks in its stadiums, the Chicago Sun-Times noted, pointing out the irony of the Cubs' interest in opening one in a city where the so-called "Black Sox" gambling scandal took root a century ago: "A sport that has a commissioner's office only because of a gambling scandal that rocked it 100 years ago might soon have sports-betting windows at a major-league ballpark in the very city that scandal took place."