After weekend-long negotiations failed to produce an agreement between the Cubs and the City of Chicago, both sides will be back at the bargaining table on Monday to attempt to hammer out a deal by the close of business today to meet the April 1st deadline set by the Ricketts family.
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If the sides are unable to reach a common ground so that steel can be ordered and a construction plan put into place for work to begin at the end of the 2013 baseball season, the Ricketts are expected to begin the process of evaluating their options other than Wrigley Field.
As I reported two weeks ago, the village of Rosemont has offered the Cubs 25-plus acres of land. The offer also presents a much easier governmental structure to navigate and includes a greatly-reduced amusement tax and a much more enticing financial deal than they will receive from the City of Chicago.
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However, the built-in advantages of Wrigley Field are obvious and have been the main draw for a massive fan base despite the World Championship drought standing at 105 years and counting. Recent polls have shown overwhelmingly that fans are willing to accept a move to a location other than Wrigley Field but taking that leap is considered to be a major long shot no matter how negotiations go.