Over the last few weeks, the word has been the Cubs and the Rooftop Association have been closing in on a deal.
So what’s the holdup?
I, among others, have hinted that it has come down to one rooftop in particular that resides on Waveland Avenue. It has also been suggested that Tom Ricketts should buy out that rooftop.
That may be where we are headed.
I'm hearing negotiations are taking place on a deal that would have Ricketts buy out said building and then turn it into a business/commercial entity for the Chicago Cubs.
This is the development everyone is waiting for. It could not only solve the rooftop battle once and for all, but also allow better placement for the proposed Jumbotron.
In this scenario, Ricketts would eliminate the rooftop business that sits atop the building. The Jumbotron could be moved down Waveland Ave. toward centerfield by about 28 feet. As far as the right-field facet of the rooftops is concerned, there are still some ongoing negotiations regarding the Miller Lite sign.
To have that signage converted into a Budweiser ad will require some concessions from both sides. This new ad would work along with the Cubs new $140 million deal with Bud.
What I'm hearing today is that the Cubs are looking into putting up a Budweiser bottle-type structure on the Sheffield Parkway. For a visual image think the giant Coca Cola bottle in the outfield of AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Sounds like Ricketts is ready to not only pull out the big guns, but also the big bottles?
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