Renovation contracts for Chicago's Wrigley Field in dispute

Nearly 10 years ago, the Chicago Cubs signed a contract with the Rooftop Owners Association (ROA) regarding renovations the Cubs want to make to Wrigley Field. Now, as happens with many contracts, the parties could be heading to court. The Cubs want to make changes to the renovation plans that the owners say violate that contract.

The owners of Chicago's infamous ball club made an agreement with the ROA that was signed in 2004 when the team's owners did not consider adorning the outfield with signage. In exchange, the ROA agreed to give the team a portion of its revenues and stopped selling tickets on game days. Now, the delicate balance that was achieved in that contract is in jeopardy.

The dispute is over adding more signage to the field and making other adjustments that are designed to increase the team's revenue stream. However, Wrigley Field is considered a landmark, and some of the proposed renovations could affect that status. Then there is the fact that some of the renovations the team wants to do could reduce profits for the ROA and even block views.

It could be some time before Cubs fans know the outcome of this dispute and whether the planned renovations will go forward. Like other contracts, a court may end up deciding whether any breach of the contract occurred. If a court agrees that the contract was breached, it may award damages. Those damages can come in several forms such as ordering the breaching party to comply with the contract's terms or to provide the injured party with financial restitution.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Cubs' dispute with rooftop owners escalates", Paul Sullivan, May 22, 2014

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