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.