There are some out there who simply want to blame or boycott the rooftops.
It is not that easy.
They aren't the most sympathetic group mind you, but they have a contract. They are not stealing. They bargained for their rights up until 2025. If they were totally in the wrong, Wrigley would have already been renovated.
Apparently, all hope is not lost for a resolution soon.
There is a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, in which there is a realistic chance this thing can get settled. With that settlement, the defamation suit filed this week would be dropped.
Like I mentioned earlier, it's now all about the Jumbotron. A Jumbotron for which the dimensions weren't totally known up until Wednesday. The LF facet of the Rooftop Association was under the impression moving back the Waveland bleacher wall 16 feet would satisfy all parties' concerns.
However, the 3-D renderings that were presented on Wednesday were different from expected. It took a lot of prodding, according to one source, for those 3-D renderings to even become available.
There are other options on the table, according to some. The building at 3701 Kenmore has been offered up as a home for the Jumbotron to sit upon. The building owners offer the Cubs a free 10 year lease to house it.
The Cubs have countered all along that their Jumbotron has to stay in their park. That only makes sense from the Cubs standpoint.
Everyone would like to see this thing get resolved soon. However, the negative comments and inaccurate analogy Tom Ricketts threw out at the Cubs convention, regarding him watching Homeland in his living room, didn't help much either.
For me, I don't see a clear-cut villain here. You can boycott anyone you like. Some patrons have quit going to Wrigley of late. That's a bad recipe for a team that has become dependent on the gate.
This bad deal for the Cubs was bargained and signed, and Ricketts knew this fully coming in. Blame the deal if you must blame anything. It's time for the business side of the Cubs to catch up to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer's ability to find a way when the game changes.
Yes, the rooftoppers are implicit here in this impasse, but they are hardly alone.
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