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Chicago Ald. Tunney: Ricketts Made Mistake When He Threatened Moving Team
Published May 3, 2013
NOT GOING ANYWHERE: The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan said Ricketts “is not going to the ‘burbs, he’s staying where he is." But he has "every right to do what he wants with his ballpark and he has no obligation to the people either on Waveland or Sheffield Avenue.” Columnist Kevin Blackistone noted the threat to leave Wrigley is “just a negotiating ploy.” Blackistone: "This is the most profitable team in baseball, fourth-most valuable according to Forbes. He’s going to get what he wants because the economics have changed" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 5/2). White Sox analyst Steve Stone, who played and was an announcer for the Cubs, said, “There’s a deal to be (done) there. It doesn’t involve the Cubs moving anyplace. It would be a gigantic mistake to move them and I think in his heart of hearts, Tom Ricketts loves Wrigley Field." Stone added, "As a businessman, I feel you need all the revenues you can possibly get. ... I guess it comes down to how many rooftops are you going to interfere with and the fact that you did sign a 20-year deal, which apparently is just binding on the rooftop owners” ("Sports Talk Live," CSN Chicago, 5/2).
PROGRESS MADE WITH ROOFTOPS? In Chicago, Paul Sullivan wonders is there a “thaw in the feud between the Cubs and the rooftop owners.” Rooftop owner Beth Murphy said, “I no longer believe the Cubs want to block us. I wasn’t sure before, but I no longer believe that. I truly am optimistic they want to work this out.” Murphy said that the owners “had a meeting” with Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney on Wednesday. She said, “The meeting with Crane was just surprising. It was great.” Murphy said that the two sides are “closer after the meeting” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/3).