Cubs, rooftops state their case in signage battle

The Cubs and rooftop owners took their cases to the radio Saturday in the long-running battle over proposed ballpark signage and a video board that could obstruct rooftop views. The proposals are part of the Ricketts family’s self-financed plan to renovate Wrigley Field.

Wrigleyville Rooftop Association spokesman Ryan McLaughlin told WSCR-AM 670 the possibility of a lawsuit remains if the Cubs erect the Budweiser sign in right field and a large video board in left field.

“We don’t want to go through a battle here, but we’re going to protect out rights,” McLaughlin said. “You guys remember very well there was a legal fight between the previous owners of the Cubs (Tribune Co.) and the rooftops, and that was very lengthy. I don’t think anybody wants that, but we have to protect our rights.”

In a separate interview on WSCR-AM, Cubs spokesman Julian Green said the possibility of leaving Wrigley Field remains, though the Ricketts family wants to win a World Series at Wrigley Field.

“How far do you go before you say ‘You know what? We tried and we tried to make the good effort, but it didn’t work out?’” Green said. “I won’t speak on behalf of the family, but I’m sure this is weighing heavily on them because they want to move forward on this.”

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