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Rooftop Owners Near Wrigley Agree Not To Sue As Long As Only Two Signs Are Added

Wrigleyville's rooftop businesses are "looking to strike a deal over signs at Wrigley Field," according to Sachdev, Hopkins & Kamin of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Two rooftop owners last week said that the businesses have "agreed not to sue" the Cubs as long as the team "sticks to last year’s plan to install a video scoreboard and one advertising sign in the outfield and pull back from its recent push for more signs with more potential for blocked views." The rooftop owners "reached out to the Cubs with the offer in recent weeks." Cubs VP/Communications & Community Affairs Julian Green "did not specifically address the rooftops’ offer." However, he provided a statement that the team "will move forward with its revised plans." Sachdev, Hopkins & Kamin noted if the Cubs and the rooftop owners "reach an agreement that limits the team to erecting the two, already-approved outfield signs in exchange for a promise that the rooftop owners will not sue, a key issue would be what happens" at the end of '23, when the Cubs’ revenue-sharing contract with the owners expires. The Cubs would "would presumably press for city permission to erect the five additional outfield advertising signs when the agreement ends" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/4).
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