Rights to ‘Go Cubs Go’ sold before World Series championship

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CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Chicago Cubs, Carl Edwards (6), Javier Baez (9), Chris Coghlan (8), Kris Bryant (17), Addison Russell (27) and Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrate after game 7 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. Chicago defeated Cleveland 8-7 in 10 innings. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).

CHICAGO — The baseball anthem, “Go Cubs Go” is arguably more popular now than it ever has been.

That’s mostly because of the Cubs World Series championship run.

Nielsen Music and Billboard recently reported the song had 15,000 downloads and 2.5 million U.S. streams for the week ending November 3.

It’s also made its debut on Billboard’s Pop Digital Song Sales chart at No. 21.

Not bad for a song written in 1984.

Steve Goodman originally wrote and recorded “Go Cubs Go” as a jingle for WGN-AM.

Goodman died from leukemia the same year.

His family obtained the rights to the song, but they don’t have them anymore.

The family sold the rights to Goodman’s song catalog months before the Cubs won the World Series.

The new owner, and how much they paid, is not known.

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