Cubs hit another roadblock in dispute with Wrigley rooftops

Cubs hit another roadblock in dispute with Wrigley rooftops
January 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

The Cubs have hit another roadblock in their long-running dispute with the Wrigley Field rooftop owners. 

Talks fell apart after the two sides had a “stormy negotiating session” Tuesday night, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. This comes three days after president of business operations Crane Kenney made his optimistic presentation to the fans at Cubs Convention, telling reporters “I feel confident we’re working our way toward the finish line.” 

The Cubs laid out their plans to put a 650-square-foot, see-through sign in right field, which set off the rooftop owners claiming the sign would block their view.

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The rooftop owners filed a defamation lawsuit against Marc Ganis, the sports-business consultant who has advised Tribune Co., for comments he made in a January 2013 Sun-Times story, describing how “ludicrous” the rooftop battle had become.

The threat of litigation has delayed the $500 million Wrigleyville project, which was initially supposed to begin construction after the 2013 season. The Ricketts family inherited a revenue-sharing deal with the rooftops that runs through the 2023 season.

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“We have worked hard to reach a resolution with our rooftop partners which would have helped preserve their views, including reducing the number, size and location of signs,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said in a statement released to media outlets. “Unfortunately, they opted (to) reject the proposal and file this lawsuit.

“Since our approvals last year, we have been anxious to get the Wrigley Field renovation started. (This) action will certainly force additional delays to our project.”