It was only a matter of time before the legal battle between the Chicago Cubs and the rooftop owners complaining about proposed new ad boards led to this:
In a separate interview on WSCR-AM, Cubs spokesman Julian Green said the possibility of leaving Wrigley Field remains, though the Ricketts family wants to win a World Series at Wrigley Field.
“How far do you go before you say ‘You know what? We tried and we tried to make the good effort, but it didn’t work out?’” Green said. “I won’t speak on behalf of the family, but I’m sure this is weighing heavily on them because they want to move forward on this.”
We’ve been over this before: The Cubs gain a huge chunk of their value from the fact that they play in Wrigley Field (and in the heart of Chicago’s wealthy North Side), so moving, even to the suburbs, would be the height of insanity — especially when, as Craig Calcaterra points out, “the Cubs get $3-4 million a year in revenue from the rooftop owners and are looking to get $15-20 million a year from ads on billboards and scoreboards that would block their view. So I guess you see how much money they have to play with to buy out their increasingly estranged business partners across the street.” But a savvy negotiator creates leverage, even when it comes to lawsuits.