CHICAGO (CBS) —A federal judge has allowed the Cubs to continue work on installing new outfield signs at Wrigley Field – at least for now – after two rooftop clubs sought to block the stadium renovations, claiming the signs would put them out of business by blocking their views of the field.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall said the rooftop owners filed to meet the legal standard of “irreparable harm” required to impose an emergency restraining order to stop the Cubs from putting up the signs.
Owners of the Skybox and Lakeview Baseball Club claimed the Cubs’ plans to renovate Wrigley violate a 2004 revenue-sharing deal with the rooftop owners. The contract calls for the rooftops to pay the team 17 percent of their income, in exchange for their views of Cubs games. The clubs have said the deal prohibits the Cubs from obstructing their views into Wrigley through the end of the contract in 2023.
The Cubs have argued they have the right to erect signs in the outfield, and need the revenue from the signs to improve the stadium and field a winning team.