Originally posted on World Series Dreaming  |  Last updated 6/5/13
There is an old saying that I have heard many times throughout my life. That saying is, a good deal is one in which neither party is happy. That is the case with the Chicago Cubs desire to increase the number of night games they are allowed to play to their schedule. Today, the Chicago City Council officially approved the Chicago Cubs plan to add more night games to their yearly schedule. With winning the vote, they are now able to host up to 46 night games a year. While this is not as many as they would have liked, they are still able to host more than the 30 they are currently allowed to host. Even though they are able to host up to 46 night games a year, and that does seems like a lot compared to years past, keep in mind that the Major League average for teams is a whopping 54 night games, which is eight games more than the maximum number the Cubs are allowed to host. I am sure that Tom Ricketts would have like to get a number closer to the Major League average, but I assume he will take what he can get to start out with. However, the maximum of 46 night games a year is not really a concrete number. The Cubs may not be able to actually host 46 night games, even though they are approved to do so. In fact, there is a good chance the team may host a significantly lower number of night games. Technically, the Cubs are only guaranteed to be able to host 35 night games a year. The difference in the number relies solely on the networks and if they want to feature the Cubs in prime time. Until the Cubs actually start playing better, the chances they will be able to take full advantage of that 46 total is slim. Not sure how often ESPN will look into any Cubs games to feature as the game of the week, but you never know. Perhaps they would like to feature a game where the Cubs play the St. Louis Cardinals or one of the East Coast mega powers, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Also part of this new agreement, the Cubs are allowed to host four concerts a year, and are able to have six late Friday starts, which could see games starting at 3pm instead of the traditional 1:20 that we Cubs fans have grown accustom to over the many years. Even though the increase of night games for the Cubs is less than significant in terms of numbers, this could very well be good sign that the rest of the Ricketts plans for Wrigley Field will also be approved. While the approval of the added night games is not a guarantee for the rest of the plans being approved, the Chicago City Councils approval of adding night games could be a sign they are willing to play ball with the Cubs. I know Cub fans love their day baseball, but time to accept that times are changing. The Cubs are getting the additional night games, and they are likely also going to get final approval to do anything else they want to do with Wrigley Field, up to and including the dreaded jumbotron in left field.
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