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Chicago Alderman Suggests Replacing Wrigley Field Scoreboard To Preserve Rooftop Views
Published March 20, 2013
GOING TOO FAR: In Chicago, Rick Telander writes under the header, "Wrigley Field Scoreboard Plan Goes Too Far In Protecting 'Rights' Of Rooftop Owners." The situation with Wrigley is "all wrong." Wrigley Field "should be made modern and profitable." Telander: "It’s a landmark, yes, and it can’t be changed too much. But it can be slicked up" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/20). A CHICAGO SUN-TIMES editorial states, "Of all the dumb ideas, replacing Wrigley Field’s scoreboard -- as iconic a piece of Chicago as the Water Tower -- might be the dumbest." And just to "save the views for a bunch of rooftop clubs that wouldn’t even exist without this great old park?" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/20).
DON'T CALL THE MOVING VANS: CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish said the Cubs should use the offer from Rosemont, Ill., Mayor Brad Stephens to build a new ballpark in the Chicago suburn as "nothing more than leverage" in the ongoing dispute over Wrigley Field renovations. They should "never seriously consider moving to Rosemont." Crain’s Chicago Business’ Danny Ecker said, “If you were to try to explain to me that the Cubs would just give up the most valuable asset that they have, which is Wrigley Field, which is the reason they can drew 3 million people to games when they’re losing as many games as they are, it’s a joke. This was a great move by Brad Stephens … and the Cubs, I’m sure, were loving this because talk about leverage. But I don’t think the needle was moved at all on this” ("SportsTalk Live," Comcast SportsNet Chicago, 3/19). But a CHICAGO TRIBUNE editorial regarding the mayor of Rosemont, Ill., offering to have the Cubs move to his suburb states if Tunney and Emanuel are "foolish enough to let the rooftop owners hold up a $500 million development, who could blame the Cubs for scouting other options?" The Cubs "fill stadiums everywhere they go." They could "fill one in Rosemont." It is "foolish to assume the Cubs couldn't survive outside Wrigleyville." Could Wrigleyville "survive without the Cubs?" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/20).