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David Kaplan (@thekapman), WGN Radio/CSN Chicago - 4:35
Ken Silverstien, Big Ten - 5:05
- Cubs: will the team actually leave Wrigley if improvements aren't improved?
- Big Ten: New divisional layout
- Iowa/ISU: FB matchup in danger? Will the two teams ever regain the heights of the past fifteen years?
QUICK HIT: Would the Cubs leave Wrigley?
By Joe Quinn (@joequinnshow)
Can you imagine a Chicago Cubs team residing anywhere besides Wrigley Field?
For the first time today, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts publicly threatened to move the team away from Wrigley if improvements aren't approved. Good move by Ricketts. The politicians need to feel a little pressure to make the right decision.
Rickett's quote was something along the lines of, "we need to run a business, not a museum." It's a good point. No one in major league baseball (or any intelligent fan) would argue the stadium isn't in need of updating. Boston proved you can still retain the magic of an old stadium with some modern upgrades.
The dispute with the "rooftop" owners seems crazy to me. Sure, the Cubs get 17 percent of the revenue, but shouldn't it be more like 90 percent? If the Cubs go away, I doubt too many people buy tickets to look into an empty stadium. When the dust settles, I don't think the rooftop folks will have much of a leg to stand on - but then again, I'm no attorney.
If the lawyers say the contract has to be honored, then fine. The folks that own the rooftops can continue to sell tickets to see games...they may just have to put a very large telescope on the roof.
One of the rooftop owners, Beth Murphy, was quoted as saying, "The reason the Cubs are such a tourist destination ... is because it's a ballpark in a neighborhood."
Sorry, Ms. Murphy, but you are mistaken.
The reason the Cubs are such a draw is because they haven't won in 100 years, and Chicago is a rabid sports city. I'll agree the ballpark is a part of the equation, but not the headliner. If the team can't upgrade and add advertising options to help pay the bills and make the team competitive, it could well be 200 years before the team hoists a World Series trophy.
I hope that Ricketts holds true to his word. If the city doesn't approve the renovations, then he should look to relocate. I guarantee Rosemont won't be the only suburb to offer up free land and incentives.
On a lighter note, here's your super sweet dunk of the day. Kind of a soccer-basketball mashup: