Cubs and City to Announce Renovation Deal; Ricketts does Media Circuit

Cubs and City to Announce Renovation Deal; Ricketts does Media Circuit

It’s the Cubs home opener! Baseball opening day is always a wonderful experience for tourists, bandwagon types and raging alcoholics. However, the buzz around Wrigley Field isn’t about baseball (and why should it be have you seen what this team looks like?) but business operatons and local politics instead. A deal to renovate Wrigley Field is likely to be announced sometime this afternoon.

CBS 2's Jay Levine broke it first saying the Chicago Cubs and city officials have reached a deal to make changes to the landmark stadium. Since Chicago Cubs Chairman  Tom Ricketts is BFF with Wrapports Chairman Michael Ferro (who own the Chicago Sun-Times) I thought the Bright One would break this first.

Maybe when the ink dries they still will. The hold-up now is with Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Ricketts is waiting for Rahm to be ready so both he and Ricketts can make the announcement together. And knowing what I know about MLB and their history with issuing press releases- we'll get the official word from the baseball club about 2 days after the news is published at every major outlet.

There is a huge public relations battle being fought right now between the Wrigleyville rooftop owners and the Chicago Cubs. In their last press release, the rooftops association looked desperate and defensive.

It wasn't just Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts making the media rounds today. A few members of the Ricketts family did the local media circuit. I just embedded the tweets, because the links are there if you want to watch/listen to the Ricketts get their message out there. Basically, the Ricketts family was to Chicago media this morning what the Plumlee family is to Duke basketball- you can’t escape them!!!


ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg summed it up best.




Listen: Tom Ricketts talked about the renovation debate w/ @mullyhanley this morning:

— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) April 8, 2013



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