Supreme Court declines to review Wrigley rooftop owners case against Cubs

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Back in 2015 a couple of the businesses which sell seats on top of the buildings just outside of Wrigley Field sued the Cubs, alleging that their ballpark renovations — including the big video board in right field — blocked views inside the park. Which, yes, the Cubs could totally do, the rooftop owners said, if it were not for an agreement between the Cubs and the rooftop owners which allegedly said they could not do.

The Cubs position on that was that, per the agreement, they could block views if it was part of a government-approved ballpark renovation or expansion, which is what has been going on at Wrigley for several years now. The devil always being in the details, the sides tried to negotiate over it, failed to reach a settlement and the lawsuit was subsequently field.

The suit did not go well for the rooftop owners. The trial court dismissed it and then the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed the dismissal. The last shot was to try to get the Supreme Court to hear it. That was always a tall order — the Supreme Court rejects most appeals without hearing — and today the matter came to an end, with the Supreme Court refusing to hear the case.

Guess the rooftop guys will have to free ride off of someone else.

Phillies select active duty Navy aviator in MLB Rule 5 draft

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SAN DIEGO — The Philadelphia Phillies took U.S. Navy aviator Noah Song in the Rule 5 draft Wednesday, hoping the former top pitching prospect can still be effective once he completes his military service.

There is no definitive date on when the 25-year-old Song might be able to join the Phillies.

Song was picked from the Boston Red Sox system in the draft for unprotected minor league players. Philadelphia put him on the military list while he continues his active duty and he won’t count on the 40-man roster, the pool from which major league teams can select players for the 26-man active roster.

Song impressed in his only pro season, making seven starts for Boston’s Class A Lowell affiliate in 2019, with a 1.06 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 17 innings. With a fastball clocked in the upper 90s mph, the right-hander dominated that year as a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy, going 11-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 94 innings.

The Red Sox drafted Song in the fourth round – he likely would’ve gone much higher, but his impending military service caused teams to back off.

In November 2019, Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed a memo clearing the way for athletes at the nation’s military academies to delay their service commitments and play pro sports after graduation. Song’s request to have those new rules retroactively applied to his case was denied.

Song began school as a flight officer in the summer of 2020 and finished that phase last April. He started additional aviation training in May.

Song was among the 15 players, including three Boston pitchers, taken in the big league phase of the Rule 5 draft, which wasn’t held last year because of the MLB lockout.

Washington took righty Thad Ward from Boston’s Triple-A roster with the first pick. Baltimore took Red Sox minor league pitcher Andrew Politi with the ninth choice and the Phillies chose Song with the 11th selection.

Teams pay $100,000 to take players in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft. The players must stay on the big league roster next season or go on waivers and, if unclaimed, be offered back to their original organization for $50,000.