Feb 19, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts addresses the media during a workout at Cubs Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Rooftop Owners Respond To Tom Ricketts’ Announcement


Chicago Cubs’ chairman Tom Ricketts announced on Wednesday that the teams plans to move forward with the renovation project for Wrigley Field despite not having an agreement in place with the rooftop owners surrounding Wrigley Field.

The rooftop owners released a statement through their spokesman, Ryan McLaughlin, on Thursday morning in response to Ricketts.

 “The Ricketts family’s decision to unilaterally end negotiations with their contractual partners is another refusal to accept any of the proposed win-win solutions that could have funded the modernization of Wrigley Field and enhance the team’s competitiveness. In fact, it appears their zeal to block rooftop owners who pay them millions of dollars a year in royalties knows no bounds. Unfortunately, this decision by the Ricketts family will now result in this matter being resolved in a court of law,” said Ryan McLaughlin, spokesman, Wrigleyville Rooftops Association. 

 It should be noted current Cubs president Crane Kenney and legal counsel Mike Lufrano negotiated the contract with the rooftops over a decade ago.

 The Cubs and the rooftop owners have failed to reach an agreement over the Cubs’ plans to renovate Wrigley Field. Previously, the Cubs have refused to start the renovation project until the rooftop owners agreed not to sue the team.

It would appear that a lawsuit against the Cubs from the rooftop owners is imminent. Though, it remains to be seen if the Cubs’ construction would be halted in light of the impending lawsuit/

One thing is certain, Ricketts no longer intends to be delayed by the rooftop owners.

Tags: Chicago Cubs Rooftop Owners Tom Ricketts Wrigley Field

  • Folt

    Good for Mr. Ricketts. Can’t think if more whiny pains in the ass than the roof top owners. You make money off someone elses product. If cubs no longer want your money, then feel free to shut-up and go away.

  • Sonny Wright

    IT’S ABOUT TIME TOMMY BOY GROWS A PAIR AND DOES SOMETHING POSITIVE..CUBS NEED TO PLAY MORE NIGHT GAMES.IF PEOPLE THINK THE CUBS SUCK NOW, WAIT FOR THOSE ” DOG DAYS “

  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    Negotiations from the rooftop owners were simply a ploy to stall the project . What could they possibly negotiate other than not impeding their line of sight which simply isn’t possible within the framework of the eventual goal. The out in the contract clearly states any renovation approval by the government or city would supersede the contract. Break ground and let the lawyers go back and forth to at least get a resolution moving forward.