SBD/September 21, 2012/Franchises

Talking About A "Revolution": Cubs Ask NBC To Remove World Series Reference From Show

A sign that declared the Cubs "2012 World Series champions" was removed
The Cubs asked the creators of NBC's new show "Revolution" to remove a World Series notation from the Wrigley Field marquee that ran in promos for the show this spring and summer. Cubs VP/Communications & Community Affairs Julian Green said the team is "happy Wrigley Field was showcased" in the show, but the club "simply did not approve the artificial addition" to the marquee (Preston Bounds, THE DAILY). In Chicago, Rob Manker noted when clips of the new show debuted online, a "scene set in Chicago depicted some of the show's characters walking past an abandoned Wrigley Field in the year 2027.” Beneath the stadium's “familiar red marquee was a sign declaring” the Cubs "2012 World Series champions." But when the show premiered Monday night, the Wrigley Field scene shown in the trailer “was different.” Manker: “Gone was the declaration of the Cubs as champs, replaced by a plain red background beneath the marquee. Everything else about the post-apocalyptic scene remained the same -- still Wrigley Field, still abandoned, still no electricity” (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 9/20).

GETTING THE UPGRADE: In Daytona Beach, Eileen Zaffiro-Kean reports the “nearly 100-year-old Jackie Robinson Ballpark will soon get $1.25 million worth of renovations,” and the Single-A Florida State League Daytona Cubs will “start a 10-year lease at the city-owned park.” Daytona Beach city commissioners this week “gave conditional approval to the new lease with the minor league baseball team's owner, saying a squabble with the county over parking around the ballpark needs to get resolved for the mayor to sign the deal.” Part of the disagreement “has to do with the Cubs' idea to charge for parking for the first time, something that probably wouldn't happen until at least 2014.” The city's “tentative thumbs-up comes in the same week the Chicago Cubs and Daytona Cubs renewed their player development contract for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.” While that commitment is for just two years, Daytona Cubs GM Brady Ballard said that the time frame is “a typical length for that type of agreement and isn't indicative of the team's desire to stay in Daytona Beach” (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 9/21).
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