On the day before the heated, Crosstown Classic begins at Wrigley Field, a Ricketts family member is involved in a red-hot political controversy.

The New York Times reported Thursday that a Super PAC pitched to Joe Ricketts a plan to run negative ads against President Barack Obama. Joe Ricketts is the father of four of the majority owners of the Chicago Cubs but he isn't an owner.

The newspaper says the Super PAC called "Ending Spending Action Fund" proposed spending $10 million on ads linking the president to the controversial preaching of his onetime pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke out against the proposal.

The president of the "Ending Spending Action Fund" issued this statement:

"Joe Ricketts is a registered independent, a fiscal conservative, and an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, but he is neither the author nor the funder of the so-called 'Ricketts Plan' to defeat Mr. Obama that the New York Times wrote about this morning."

Laura Ricketts, daughter of Joe Ricketts, is a Cubs co-owner and a major fundraiser for Obama.