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07:02 AM ET 05.02 | In addition to the state of baseball operations in Chicago, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts also publicly unveiled the franchise's plan for a restoration of Wrigley Field. For the first time, he publicly floated the possibility of the Cubs moving out of Wrigley Field if the Cubs do not receive approval for the outfield signage and a 6,000 square-foot video board he called essential to making the financials work for the franchise moving forward. "I'm not sure how anyone is going to stop any signs in the outfield but if it comes to the point that we don't have the ability to do what we need to do in the outfield then we are going to have to consider moving. It is as simple as that," Ricketts said.

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May 2, 2013  08:53 AM ET

That would not be cool. Not many teams play in old 'classic' stadiums these days.

May 2, 2013  09:09 AM ET

I suspect it's an idle threat, but he's gotta make it seem believeable to have some leverage with the difficult Chicago City Council. The same neighbors who scream and whine about changes would die of heart attacks if the Cubs actually made plans to move.

May 2, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I suspect it's an idle threat, but he's gotta make it seem believeable to have some leverage with the difficult Chicago City Council. The same neighbors who scream and whine about changes would die of heart attacks if the Cubs actually made plans to move.

Spot on.

May 2, 2013  09:44 AM ET

He's going to move the team because he can't put up $igns? Cubs fans should stop going to games and force him to sell.

May 2, 2013  09:48 AM ET

You gotta do what you gotta do I guess. It's the reality of doing business.

May 2, 2013  09:49 AM ET

This isn't Twitter, we can spell out entire words. F'in "relo"

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May 2, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Those freeloading rooftop restaurants are pitching a fit over the video board blocking their view of the field.

They had better start looking for different income resources.

May 2, 2013  10:16 AM ET

I really wish Cuban would have been allowed to purchase them....

May 2, 2013  10:25 AM ET

This is all so silly. The Cubs aren't going anywhere because there's nowhere else to go.

May 2, 2013  10:37 AM ET

This is a tactic every owner uses when the want a new stadium that they don't want to pay for. Steinbrenner threatened to move the Yankees to NJ, The Giants to Tampa, etc.

May 2, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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Lamont !!You big dummy.

C'mon pop, I sold 75 cents worth of junk this morning...that's more than we sold in all of April.
If I wasn't helping Rollo push rock, you'd have nothing to eat but the feathers off Aunt Esther's church hat.

May 2, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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This is all so silly. The Cubs aren't going anywhere because there's nowhere else to go.

Somebody on another forum mentioned Goose Island...guess it's a mostly unused "manufactured" island in the Chicago River. Looks plausible, but I don't know what the political ramifications might be.

May 2, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

That would not be cool. Not many teams play in old 'classic' stadiums these days.

then,,IF the cubs do move out, the team may be able to win their first championship!!!
all in a new stadium and in a different city!!!

May 2, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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Those freeloading rooftop restaurants are pitching a fit over the video board blocking their view of the field. They had better start looking for different income resources.

Damn right. I want the Cubs to move just to stick it to the local neighborhood, who always seems to be complaining.

May 2, 2013  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This is a tactic every owner uses when the want a new stadium that they don't want to pay for. Steinbrenner threatened to move the Yankees to NJ, The Giants to Tampa, etc.

I thought the Stein Bros paid for their new Mecca with their own money?

May 2, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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I thought the Stein Bros paid for their new Mecca with their own money?

They did but they got some incredible tax breaks and were allowed to purchase land at VERY low prices so in a sense NYC and NYS threw in quite a bit of money.

As much as I hate Dolan, the 1 billion dollar renovation of Madison Square Garden was done entirely with MSG's money.

May 2, 2013  01:26 PM ET
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Those freeloading rooftop restaurants are pitching a fit over the video board blocking their view of the field. They had better start looking for different income resources.

Actually, they aren't freeloaders. They have contracts that give the Cubs 17% of their revenues. So they have a legitimate gripe.

May 2, 2013  01:32 PM ET

He's moving the Cubs...to AAA.

 
May 2, 2013  01:32 PM ET

Don't curse the Cubs (further) by forcing them to play in a broken down museum. If you can't fix it Wrigley, replace it. Remember: Yankee Stadium 1923-2008.

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