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Cubs exec says he has 5-year contract extension

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Chicago Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney says he has agreed to a five-year contract extension through 2019.

He announced the deal during an interview Saturday with Chicago's WSCR-AM.

Kenney, in his 21st year with the Cubs, has drawn criti cism from fans during that time, particularly when it comes to the team's dealings with the neighboring rooftop owners over the long-awaited renovation of Wrigley Field.

He acknowledged that during the interview, saying, "Thank God it's not a popularity contest" with ownership. He then said chairman Tom Ricketts gave him an extension through 2019.

The Cubs released a revised plan for the ballpark's renovation Tuesday that calls for new signs and warns that the franchise would consider moving to another site.

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