Usually I'm a pretty measured, rational, logical guy. I try to look at things from both sides.
But if you mess with the things or people I love, then I'm going to throw all of that out the window.
And I love the Cubs.
I don't know enough about legalities as far as the rooftops contract with the Cubs. I'm not a lawyer. Maybe they're in the legal right here. I don't know. What I do know is that I will not purchase a ticket to watch the game from a rooftops until this is resolved. I will not accept them as gifts. I will not patronize any of the businesses they own. If I may borrow this great comment from JerryMartin28...here is a great explanation as to why we as fans have every right to boycott...
At the risk of offending some (hopefully not), I do not understand the thinking behind some of these posts. Any argument against a boycott that relies on the notion that the Cubs and the rooftop owner have a valid contract misses the point entirely. Nowhere in the article does John suggest that the Cubs intentionally breach their contract (whatever its terms may be). What he suggest is that non-parties to the contract – us Cubs fans – exert some pressure on the rooftop owners by not patronizing their businesses. We Cub fans don’t owe any contractual or other duty to the rooftop owners, and frankly I don’t feel responsible for making sure they obtain a healthy return on their investment. So what if they bought or upgraded their property in anticipation of future revenue. That’s an investment decision they made based on a contract WITH THE CUBS, not me or anyone else. A group of fans decision to boycott them based on their commercial behavior is no different than a boycott of any other business which conducts itself in a manner offensive to the boycotters.
In the spirit of John’s usual fair mindedness, this nonsense about contractual rights got me thinking about what duty any of us might owe the rooftop owners, being that we didn’t sign a contract with them. There is a civil claim called tortious interference with contractual relations in Illinois. Usually, this is where someone knowingly works to undermine or otherwise interfere with a contract between two other parties, but the suggested boycott against the rooftop owners would be quite a stretch to claim that here, to put it mildly.
So yeah, I'm going to boycott and I would encourage everyone to do the same. Those businesses include Murphy's Bleachers, Vines, Sports Corner, and Cubby Bear. There are plenty of other options if you care to imbibe.
They are getting in the way of the one thing I care about in this equation and that is the ability of my beloved Cubs to compete.
I don't care about any nostalgia with the rooftops. I don't care if it's all part of the Wrigleyville experience. I don't care if it's all Crane Kenney and the Tribune's fault for signing that contract in the first place.
In the words of Jay Cutler, "I doooonnn't caaaarrre."
And I'm not the only one here. Julie DiCaro of Aerys Sports wrote on something similar today.
Reader JimL also set up this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Wrigleyville-Rooftops/431500950272989
Count me in. What is your stance on this?
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