Commissioner Bud Selig came out swinging Wednesday on behalf of the Ricketts family, which he believes is being treated unfairly by the Chicago media in their battle with rooftop owners. Selig said he’ll do “whatever is legally” possible to help the Cubs get their $300 million ballpark renovation plan underway. “That’s how strongly I feel about preserving Wrigley Field,” he said. “You can’t ask a team to be competitive and you can’t ask people to do things and then tie their hands and their legs. It’s just wrong. Somebody has to say it’s wrong, and I’m going to say it.” The process has been held up by the rooftop owners threats to sue the Cubs if their views are blocked by the proposed signage and a jumbo-sized video board. The Cubs and rooftop owners signed a 20-year agreement in 2004 in which the rooftops give the team 17 percent of their revenues. Selig was speaking at a press conference in the Wrigley Field press box lunch room, after participating in pre-game ceremonies for the 100th anniversary of the ballpark. Referring to the rooftop owners making money off the Cubs' product, Selig said he said he looks at “a lot of things over the walls, and that’s all I’ll say.” “This is a team trying to stay in this historic setting in a really tough economic environment, trying to modernize without disturbing the tradition, trying to build a competitive baseball team,” he continued. “And I said… I think they’re doing it. But you can’t impose conditions on them that nobody else has, because nobody else has those (conditions).” But the Cubs signed the contract with the rooftop owners, Selig was told.
Selig comes out swinging for Cubs in rooftop battle
Chicago Tribune | Apr 23