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Cubs, Rooftop Owners Squabble Over Proposed Signs That Could Block Views

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 08:14 AM

The Chicago Cubs and two Wrigley rooftop business owners squared off in federal court Monday, scuffling over a proposed new video board and signage that proprietors say would block their views of the baseball park.

The baseball franchise argued in front of U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall, claiming that the new signs and video board are part of the team's $375 million Wrigley Field upgrades and installation is already behind schedule for Opening Day in April, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The rooftop business owners across from the ballpark insist that the new video board and signs will block their view into the stadium, possibly driving their businesses in to bankruptcy and violating a previous agreement with the ballclub.

The businesses, Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club, have filed an injunction to prevent the team from installing the new video board and signage above right field, WGN-TV reported.

To bolster their argument, the business owners pointed to a survey suggesting that customers would cancel their orders if the ballpark view was blocked. They also said their properties could face foreclosure later this year if they don't have rooftop business income to pay off their mortgages, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

"There's no way we survive until next year," said Tom Lombardo, an attorney for the business owners.

But Cubs attorney Andrew Kassof scoffed at the business owners' claims that they would be forced out of business because of the video board. He presented two royalty checks the companies made to the team totaling about $367,000 in order to counter their claims that their cash on hand at the end of last year was only $190,000, the Tribune reported.

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