Found April 06, 2013 on
Reading Between The Seams:
If stakeholders agree on the proposed Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field renovation deal, some owners of nearby rooftops may take to legal means to protect their rights. The new plans call for a Jumbotron in the iconic left field that will admittedly obscure the view of rooftops in that direction“minimally” sources close to the deal stated according to the Chicago Sun Times. Additional signage is planned in right field to make sure those fans aren’t “left out.”
The rooftop owners established some protocol recently in the formation of the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association which inked a 20-year deal in 2004, according to ESPNChicago.com. According to that article, the WRA was not a party to the renovation negotiations:
“We reserve judgment until said proposals are publicized, however we are deeply troubled that 16 small businesses were not party to talks where their contractual rights were at stake,” Beth Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Bleachers, said in a statement. “Rooftop owners reserve the right to use any and all means necessary to enforce the remaining 11 years of our 20-year contract. We support a renovated Wrigley Field, but the neighborhood and its businesses should be partners in the debate as we have over the last 30 years.”
This is not the first time the Cubs and rooftop owners butted heads, in 2002 by erecting “security screens” at the edge of the ballpark to excerpt their authority in stopping the “free ride” nearby rooftops had. The result was the above 20-year deal in which rooftop owners provide 17% of their revenue to the ballclub.
This seems to be the latest battle line drawn between the (percieved) rich baseball clubs and a teetering fan base that gets handed the shaft every time something like this comes down the pike. Of course, fans inside the 99-year old Wrigley Field have long been behind other teams’ fans when it comes to technology luxuries. But is some ways, that’s what the Wrigley Field experience is about! Bleachers, rooftops, brick outfield, and ivy!
Follow us on Twitter @rbts_baseball
The post New Wrigley Field plan has Chicago Cubs rooftoop owners hopping mad appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.
BEST OF MAXIM
Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has been pulled from his ninth inning role after his first blown save of the year last night in Atlanta. Kyuji Fujikawa will replace Marmol as the Cubs' fireman, according to reports.
Marmol is actually reportedly taking the demotion well, stating "You can't complain about it. They say it's better for me and for the team. I&...
Following Saturday’s meltdown the Chicago Cubs have removed Carlos Marmol from the closers role. Marmol blew a save after allowing two solo home runs in the inning.
Marmol will be replaced by 32-year-old Kyuji Fujikawa according to Chicago Tribune writer Paul Sullivan.
Entering the eighth inning the Cubs held a 5-1 lead over the Braves. Fujikawa pitched the eighth inning for the...
Chicago Cubs fans may have something to cheer about, after all.
Two people with knowledge of the negotiations between the Ricketts family that owns the Cubs and the city say the two are near an agreement on a $500 million project at Wrigley Field. The people spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet finished and they are not authorized to publicly discuss...
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum says Carlos Marmol is out as closer and rookie Kyuji Fujikawa will take over the role.
Marmol blew a save opportunity in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves when brothers B.J. and Justin Upton hit solo homers in the ninth inning. Sveum made the decision before Sunday's game.
Fujikawa didn't fare much better in a three-run eighth...
Apparently licking your fingers is the appropriate response to giving up runs in the bottom of the 9th.
Since it’s going to happen pretty much every night, we’ll continue to highlight the ****** relief performance of the night. (I think we need a name for it). Tonight’s winner was Carlos Marmol. Yes, yes. He did actually record a save. But check out the stat line...
The D-Train is either running out of steam, or is just about to leave the station. I’ll choose the later.
Dontrelle Willis is a former 20-game winner, was the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year, and was one of the most charismatic pitchers the game has ever seen. He had a smile that could light up a room and his excitement could be felt throughout the ballpark.
Today, while the Cubs were about to lose their final game in Atlanta and get swept before their home opener, I was driving the family over to my son’s friend’s birthday party and listening to the last of the Cubs’ ninth on the radio.
The Cubs recorded the final out and I switched off the radio. I told my son that the game was over. Let’s check in on the conversation that...
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs are on their second closer, and the season is only a week old. The Milwaukee Brewers are missing two key sluggers, and a third is struggling with a neck issue.
This should be quite the opener at Wrigley Field.
Chicago and Milwaukee are dealing with some early challenges heading into the first game of the season at the Cubs' longtime home on Monday...
I have a confession to make. The reason the Cubs are 2-1 right now has little to do with the outstanding starting pitching in the Pirates. It has little to do with, lets be generous and call it, inconsistent offense. A solid bullpen with the exception of Carlos Marmol also has had little influence. No the 2-1 and currently tied for first place Chicago Cubs has everything to...
The Cubs somehow managed to scratch together enough runs to take a series from the Pirates. Now they head to relatively warm Atlanta for another three game set. Atlanta beat up on their aging divisional rivals, the Phillies in their opening series.
Here's how the teams looked in 2012. NL Ranks in parentheses.
Chicago's starting rotation looks improved thus far, helping the Cubs to their first series win to start a season in four years. But the true test of improvement may be in the coming weeks with a challenging schedule on the horizon.
Thirteen of the Chicago's next 19 games are against playoff teams from last year, beginning with Friday night's series opener on the road...
The Chicago Cubs are on their second closer, and the season is only a week old. The Milwaukee Brewers are missing two key sluggers, and a third is struggling with a neck issue.
This should be quite the opener at Wrigley Field.
Chicago and Milwaukee are dealing with some early challenges heading into the first game of the season at the Cubs' longtime home on Monday.