CSNChicago.com Exclusive: see the Wrigley Field-rooftop owners contract

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The fight between the Chicago Cubs and the rooftop owners is likely to end up in court. The basis for that case would be the contract between the rooftop owners and the team, which takes a cut of the revenue those owners get from allowing people to drink beer and hang out on the roof while looking into Wrigley Field. The Cubs’ renovation plans would, the rooftop owners argue, interfere with the views and thus breach the contract.

That will either be negotiated or litigated. In the meantime, Dave Kaplan of CSNChicago.com — the first one to report on the contents of the contract a couple of months ago — now is the first to publish the actual contract here.

Go check it out so you too can see how people who have conflicting interests yet contractual relationships can find themselves on the brink of war.

The Rays announce “The Rays Tank.” Really.

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Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.

If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.

In other news, the Rays announced a new blog:

Oh.