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...
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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