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Wrigley Rooftops make nice with Cubs; not too late to make it right

Wrigley Rooftops make nice with Cubs; not too late to make it right
In the words of the Dixie Chicks: “I’m not ready to make nice, I’m not ready to back down.” As of this afternoon, the zeitgeist of that song no longer applies to the Wrigley Rooftops Association. Today, the Wrigley Rooftops released a statement. It appears the acrimony between the Chicago Cubs and the Wrigley Rooftops is over. For now. Just in time for the crosstown series between the Cubs and White Sox that NO ONE CARES ABOUT. Nevertheless, detente is here and we truly have peace in our time...

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...

Wrigleyville Rooftops: Looking Defensive, Desperate and Pathetic

Wrigleyville Rooftops: Looking Defensive, Desperate and Pathetic
It was widely reported today that the city of Chicago and the Chicago Cubs could announced an agreement on a deal regarding the proposed Wrigley Field renovations. This announcement could happen Monday, the same day Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts will appear on WSCR’s "Mully and Hanley" morning show. It’s a battle now between the Chicago Cubs organization and the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association. It’s a fight to see who can win Chicago hearts and minds by getting their message heard the loudest. Through the media and public relations, both the Cubs and the Wrigleyville Rooftops will get their agenda to the people. And since Ricketts is BFF with Wrapports Chairman Michael Ferro (who own the Chicago Sun-Times) it will be interesting to see how the second city’s second paper covers this. Why do you think the S-T was first in having the story of the supposed agreement today? I detailed this argument a week ago in a previous article, where I included the rooftops' last press release and debated each point. I grudgingly gave the edge to the Cubs and Ricketts. After the press release sent out by the rooftops today, I am even more swayed to Ricketts’ side. The rooftops association release looks desperate, scared, pathetic and defensive. They claim they will sue if their contract with the Cubs is not honored Here’s the rooftops association release...
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Cubs vs Wrigleyville Rooftops vs Rosemont: PR War Begins!

Cubs vs Wrigleyville Rooftops vs Rosemont: PR War Begins!
As the wheels are in motion for the Wrigley Field renovations, it’s a battle now between the Chicago Cubs organization and the Wrigleyville Rooftops. It's a fight to see who can win Chicago hearts and minds by getting their message heard the loudest. Through the media and public relations, both the Cubs and the Wrigleyville Rooftops will get their agenda to the people. And since Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts is BFF with Wrapports Chairman Michael Ferro (who own the Chicago Sun-Times) it will be interesting to watch how the second city's second paper covers this. And as you no doubt have heard, the city of Rosemont threw their hat into the ring too. However, that’s just a cheap publicity stunt by the mayor of Rosemont. Imagine the Kennedy with Cubs traffic ADDED to people commuting to/from the suburbs AND O’Hare traffic, the world’s busiest airport. Traffic jams on I-90 north are already homicide inducing as it is, adding Cubs traffic would be LUDICROUS. The Cubs are going nowhere, they’re investing more in the land around Wrigley Field; not less. And Cubs fans might just care more about their ballpark and “the experience” than they do winning. The craziest fan base in all of sports, despite 105 years of "rebuilding," attests to this. Sorry Rosemont, you don't count here. The Cubs and Wrigley Field are intertwined. Moving to Rosemont has certainly done nothing to help DePaul, who is based in Lincoln Park. So we’ll just dismiss the stupid Rosemont idea and move on to the two actual players in this conversation: the Cubs and the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association. The Wrigleyville Rooftops Association sent out a press release they labeled as “facts” as the Cubs’ self-imposed April 1 Wrigley Field renovation deadline approaches. We’ll look at their arguments and see where we agree/disagree...

New Cubs Marketing Campaign Highlights Insane Cubs Fans

New Cubs Marketing Campaign Highlights Insane Cubs Fans
Author Rita Mae Brown coined the saying: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” The Chicago Cubs are currently in a 104 year championship drought. Yet they play Major League Baseball every season and their committed fans show up in droves every season to see them. The Cubs... Read more »

Cubs, WGN find Brenly's replacement: Jim Deshaies

Cubs, WGN find Brenly's replacement: Jim Deshaies
WGN-TV and the Chicago Cubs announced today that former Houston Astros broadcaster Jim Deshaies has agreed to a four-year agreement to join Len Kasper in the booth as the television analyst for Chicago Cubs game broadcasts on WGN-TV, Comcast SportsNet and WCIU-TV.   Deshaies, a former pitcher who spent most of his career with the... Read more »
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Cubs analyst Bob Brenly leaves; Mark Grace, Kerry Wood his replacement?

Cubs analyst Bob Brenly leaves; Mark Grace, Kerry Wood his replacement?
Chicago Cubs television analyst Bob Brenly will not return next season. We don’t know for certain what he’ll be doing next, but returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks is a possibility. Perhaps as a broadcaster, perhaps as a coach. Could he be replacing Mark Grace who was let go by the team as a broadcaster? Would Gracie then take the Cubs position, making this a de facto television analyst trade? Who else could replace Brenly? Kerry Wood is a name floating around out there...

Anthony Rizzo Hype HUGE! by Media and Fans alike

Anthony Rizzo Hype HUGE! by Media and Fans alike
The Chicago Cubs will probably lose 105+ games this season (the club record is 103), so in this most dreadful of seasons tonight was pretty much their Super Bowl. It’s the first “green shoot” of the Theo Epstein- Jed Hoyer regime, a huge night for Cubs fans and the long term view. And a reason... Read more »

Anthony Rizzo Rumors: Iowa Cubs PR drops ball BIG TIME!

Anthony Rizzo Rumors: Iowa Cubs PR drops ball BIG TIME!
The Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate, the Iowa Cubs, made a huge PR department blunder tonight; their media relations employees appear either a.) incompetent or b.) manipulative. When the organization itself (the insider of all insiders) gets the news wrong, as they did regarding top prospect Anthony Rizzo, it’s either gross negligence or a desperate play... Read more »
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Chicago Cubs social media strategy articulated on social media night

Chicago Cubs social media strategy articulated on social media night
On Wednesday May 16th the Chicago Cubs hosted their inaugural Social Media Night. Fans who purchased tickets were invited to a pregame social media panel at Wrigley Field’s Captain Morgan Club. And by social media, we obviously mean the discussion was Twitter heavy. The panel consisted of Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (@RobbieGould09), (more on... Read more »
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