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    If I remember correctly, 2016 will be the 100th anniversary of the Cubs playing at Wrigley. I think hosts of the All Star Game have only been assigned through 2015.

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    shes horrible. a "net loss" for the city. give me a ****ing break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPoon View Post
    shes horrible. a "net loss" for the city. give me a ****ing break.
    That is ridiculous. What jobs are lost if the rooftops cannot get a view of the park. So the city gets thousands of jobs because of the renovations but the rooftop owners lose revenue and employees who provide services to the rooftops. Hardly a net loss for the city. And it isn't like Murphy's is going to lose the bar business. They will still make that money. The only losers will be the apartment building owners. And they should consider themselves lucky to have made what they did for so long anyway. All good things come to an end. The Cubs and the city are not going to let a handful of people losing out, after making so much for sveral years, stop them from doing what needs to be done.

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    It seems like the rooftop owners have been leeching off the Cubs for years anyway.
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    I have an idea.

    Option 1: The Cubs ask the rooftop owners if they can put signs on top of their buildings at the Cubs expense, and 100% of the revenue goes to the Cubs. This way the rooftops can still keep their view.

    Option 2: The Cubs put signs around their fences above the bleachers, and the rooftop view is obstructed.

    The rooftop owners have absolutely ZERO leverage here. Contrary to what the rooftop owners believe, or trying to convince the Cubs of that, they really don't have much say in what's gonna happen.
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    Danny Ecker:

    NU baseball against Michigan in April will be first event

    Deal goes through 2017 but can be extended based on Wrigley construction schedule

    Kenney: "you'll see our brand in Evanston and their brand here"
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    #WrigleyField and @NU_Sports will host #B1GCats vs. #Michiganbaseball in 2013,women’s lacrosse in 2014,five future football games
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    Phillips said he hopes Wildcat Way streetfest gives Ricketts "ammunition" for proposed streetfest access for Cubs

    Crane says NU football games would be played in November. Cubs are "reserving October for playoff baseball."

    Ricketts won't talk about whether Cubs have spoken with city over recent renovation proposal: "We're moving forward."
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    Crane says the #Cubs can move the dugout top to create space to accommodate NCAA rules to fit the football field in.

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    Patrick Mooney:

    #Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney says a bowl game is a possibility at a renovated Wrigley Field.

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    "City Hall wants Cubs, rooftop signs deal done by week's end, alderman says."

    City Hall is pressing the Chicago Cubs and the owners of nearby rooftop clubs to reach agreement on a sign deal by week’s end, Ald. Thomas Tunney said today.

    Such a deal between the Cubs and rooftop owners could be a key component in a proposed $300 million renovation of aging, historic Wrigley Field.

    “They are trying to put something together by the end of the week,” said Tunney, 44th, the longtime Wrigleyville alderman. “It’s hard to corral all the interested parties.”

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has urged the Cubs, owned by the Ricketts family, and the owners of 16 rooftop clubs to come to an agreement so a much bigger rehab deal can get done. The pressure comes amid talk that an ordinance to increase the number of night games and concerts could be introduced at the next council meeting on Wednesday.

    The Cubs and rooftop representatives met separately with administration officials at City Hall today — a day after the two sides met face to face, sources said.

    “We’re pushing both sides to wrap this up very soon,” said Tom Alexander, a spokesman for the mayor.

    The rooftop owners have proposed allowing the Cubs to place signs on their buildings that they say would generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the Cubs in the next two decades.

    In exchange, the rooftop owners are asking for a nine-year extension on their contract with the ballclub. Under that contract, now set to expire at the end of 2023, the rooftops share 17 percent of their revenue with the team.

    The Cubs maintain that signage inside the park would bring in more cash to pay for the rehab, while rooftop owners fear such signs would block their views and put them out of business.

    The Cubs also want the city to increase the number of night games and concerts allowed in the park and let the Cubs hold street fairs adjacent to the park.

    Wrigleyville residents, in return, want more parking, a greater police presence and a comprehensive plan for traffic.

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    Does anyone feel like the rooftops wont back down and Rickett's will take this empass saying since Wrigleyville wont let him upgrade the stadium (with no cost to anyone but himself)that he had no choice but to build elsewhere in order to be competitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIMBO View Post
    Does anyone feel like the rooftops wont back down and Rickett's will take this empass saying since Wrigleyville wont let him upgrade the stadium (with no cost to anyone but himself)that he had no choice but to build elsewhere in order to be competitive.
    The rooftops do not have a leg to stand on. They either conform and try to work with the Cubs or the Cubs do what they want to do. With Ricketts picking up the entire cost and the upgrades making the city money and creating jobs, the mayor is behind the Cubs. In the end they will get what they want and the rooftop owners will hope to not lose everything. But if that does not happen I can see Ricketts telling Emanuel he will move the Cubs out of the city if this doesn't get done. That will be the final straw and Emanuel will make sure they get what they want. The city cannot afford to lose the Cubs. And the Cubs cannot afford to leave Wrigleyville. It will never come to building elsewhere. It might be threatened (doubtful), but will not happen.

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    I have a bad feeling that the Cubs are positioning themselves to make that ultimatum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIMBO View Post
    I have a bad feeling that the Cubs are positioning themselves to make that ultimatum.
    Even if they do they will not follow through on it. It will not come to that. In the end the Cubs will get what they want. With Ricketts funding the entire project and it a money maker for the city, the mayor is not going to let a group of rooftop owners stand in the way of the project. Rooftop owners have made enough money off of a product that was not their to sell.

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    By Fran Spielman, "Ricketts family plans athletic club in new hotel, pressures Emanuel on Wrigley deal."

    The billionaire family that owns the Cubs sweetened the pot Wednesday in an apparent attempt to prod Mayor Rahm Emanuel into siding with the team in the dispute over Wrigley Field signage that’s holding up a $300 million plan to renovate the historic ballpark.

    The Ricketts family announced that it has signed a letter of intent with Chicago Athletic Clubs to open a 40,000-square-foot “state-of-the-art” athletic club in the boutique Sheraton hotel the family hopes to build on the northwest corner of Clark and Addison.

    The hotel is part of a $500 million development in limbo because of the dispute between the Cubs and the rooftops over signage inside the ballpark.

    “My family is prepared to invest $500 million into Wrigley Field and the Wrigleyville neighborhood — one of the top tourist destinations in the state. All of this can happen if we can reach a common-sense solution that allows us to run our business,” Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts was quoted as saying in a press release.

    “This would be the one of the biggest investments in the city today and a vote of confidence in Chicago….Just as important, reinvesting in Wrigley Field is a major investment in building a championship organization by providing better facilities for our players and new resources for our baseball operation.”

    Ricketts said the $500 million project would create 2,000 jobs and generate $19 million in new tax revenues for the city, county and state.

    “Renovating Wrigley Field, creating a plaza for fans and neighbors, developing a boutique hotel including a Chicago Athletic Club will deliver an additional $94 million annual economic impact on top of the nearly $640 million Wrigley field and the Cubs produce today for our city and state,” Ricketts said.

    In late January, Ricketts abruptly ended his multi-year quest for a public subsidy to help bankroll a sorely needed renovation of 99-year-old Wrigley.

    He offered to go it alone — and build a $200 million hotel development on McDonald’s property he purchased across the street from the stadium — provided the city lifts restrictions on outfield signs and night games and opens Sheffield for street fairs on game days.

    With support from local Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), rooftop club owners who share 17 percent of their revenues with the team responded by pitching their plan to generate $17.9 million-a-year to bankroll the stadium renovation — by putting seven digital signs on top of their buildings instead of inside the ballpark blocking their views.

    But they’re still striking out with the Cubs, who argue that there’s far more money to be made by putting up signs inside the ballpark that can be seen during television broadcasts of Cubs games.

    Emanuel has been trying to broker a deal that allows the rooftops to survive and thrive and still give the Cubs the sign revenue they need to renovate the landmark stadium.

    Last month, Emanuel said there was a deal to be made between the Cubs and the rooftops that would generate the $300 million needed to renovate Wrigley Field if only the competing parties would show some leadership and “seize it.”

    “We’re not gonna break off a piece as it relates to that ordinance, which is on night games. It’s all one piece. We’re gonna do this comprehensively,” the mayor said at the time.

    “There’s an agreement to be had. It’s right there. All you need is a little leadership and a little will. It’s right there at the table. There is an agreement readily available for all the parties and I have stressed to them repeatedly: Seize it. I believe they will. But, it took some time [for the Cubs] to realize also that city taxpayers were not gonna be subsidizing them.”

    Pressed to pinpoint the hang-up, Emanuel refused to negotiate in public.

    He would only say, “When you are compromising or giving up on something you think is important, you want to see — not that somewhere else it’s compensated, but understand that the overall deal is still of value for you. You win things, you lose things. You’ve got to look at the sum total and realize that this is still good. I believe the parties will see that.”

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    By Hal Dardick, "Ald. Tunney talks tough on Wrigley Field deal."

    With progress stalled in the effort to seal a deal for the $300 million rehab of Wrigley Field, the alderman who represents the area is talking tough about his terms of agreement.

    Ald. Thomas Tunney, 44th, said Thursday that he would not sign off on a deal unless it included more parking, better police protection and “aesthetic” assurances sought by Wrigleyville residents and businesses — all issues that have yet to be settled.

    Reminded that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing for an agreement, in part because the Ricketts family that owns the Cubs is not asking for any government funding, Tunney replied,

    “Yeah, but it’s not going to be on the backs of my community, sorry.”

    The Rickettses have maintained that a deal needs to get done by Opening Day in early April so they can line up the contractors and materials needed to fix up their aging ballpark, but Tunney dismissed that concern.

    “You’re talking about one of the wealthiest families in America,” the alderman told a throng of City Hall reporters pressing him on the issue. “End of statement.”

    Family patriarch Joe Ricketts founded TD Ameritrade, one of the country’s biggest online discount brokerages. His son, Tom Ricketts, runs the team, which was purchased for $800 million through a family trust. Dennis Culloton, a family spokesman, declined comment.

    At stake is a $500 million investment: $300 million to fix up Wrigley and another $200 million for nearby development, including a plaza and hotel. The Rickettses say all of that will create nearly 1,200 new permanent jobs and generate $19 million in new yearly tax revenue for the city, county and state.

    In late January, Emanuel urged the Ricketts and owners of buildings across the street who sell rooftop seating on game days to reach an agreement on signage that is key to paying for the rehab.

    The rooftop owners, who give 17 percent of their annual revenue to the Cubs under a 20-year deal brokered by Tunney, fear their lucrative birds-eye views will be blocked if the Cubs put up signs in the outfield. They also say it would violate their deal with the Cubs.

    Owners of the 16 rooftop clubs proposed a plan to place signs on their buildings and give all the resulting revenue to the Cubs. In exchange, they asked for a nine-year extension on their contract.

    The Cubs, however, say revenue from signs on the building would not be as great as the amount of money they could make on advertising inside the ballpark. No deal has been reached, despite ongoing talks that include Tunney, who over the years has accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the rooftop owners.

    Hopes to reach an agreement by early last month, in time to propose additional night games for the upcoming season, never materialized. Both Emanuel and Tunney said they wanted a comprehensive deal that addressed signage, night games, additional concerts, parking, security, aesthetics and closing off nearby streets for game-day street festivals.

    With none of that done, the Ricketts appeared to step up the pressure this week when they announced that they had an agreement for a 40,000-square-foot athletic club inside a planned Sheraton hotel across the street from Wrigley.

    “My family is prepared to invest $500 million into Wrigley Field and the Wrigleyville neighborhood,” Tom Ricketts said in a statement. “All of this can happen if we can reach a common sense solution that allows us to run our business.”

    Although Tunney, as alderman, traditionally would have to green light the needed zoning change, the mayor does have the political power to override him.

    Tunney said that point hasn’t escaped him. “Of course, I worry about everything,” Tunney said when asked about the mayor. “But you know what? I sleep well every night. You know why? (Because) I commit a hundred percent to my community.”

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