Well, this is an interesting development. Maybe a boycott won't be necessary after all. In an exclusive, David Kaplan was able to get a hold of the contract language between the Cubs and the Wrigleyville Rooftop Association. Here is the key clause:
6.6 The Cubs shall not erect windscreens or other barriers to obstruct the views of the Rooftops, provided however that temporary items such as banners, flags and decorations for special occasions, shall not be considered as having been erected to obstruct views of the Rooftops. Any expansion of Wrigley Field approved by governmental authorities shall not be a violation of this agreement, including this section.
Any expansion approved by government authorities?
Earlier today it was reported that the Cubs were ready to act on the RF sign.
In a statement reacting to today's earlier news that the Chicago Cubs have applied for a permit to build a large right-field sign at Wrigley Field,
The rooftops released a statement saying that they will sue.
But if the Cubs get permission, can they? The language in Section 6.6 seems to indicate otherwise. The Cubs have already received permission in many other areas and appear to be ready to do so again.
From what I have been able to gather from a 3rd party source, the Cubs have tried to be respectful to the rooftop concerns as they pursue what is best for their organization. The Cubs have said publicly that they prefer an out of court resolution, but the rooftops seem to want to play hardball instead.
Maybe for the Cubs to begin to escape from their reputation as doormats, it has to start with ownership. They've been at a competitive disadvantage long enough when it comes to maximizing revenue from their ballpark. And if an agreement can't work out then it's time for the Cubs have to take the bat off their shoulder and take their best swing.
And, just in case, if you haven't done so already, please go to Facebook and "like" the Boycott Wrigleyville Rooftops page. It's time for us fans to play some hardball too and at least make our stance known. The first step is to put the Cubs on a level playing field when it comes to their ballpark, then it is up to the Cubs. The fight to add revenue cannot end with the renovation itself. When that is done, we expect that additional revenue to be invested in the club.
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