Night Game Ordinance Close, But Cubs Aren’t Happy

According to Crain’s  –  the Cubs have an issue with three changes:

1. The latest version limits the Cubs to two night games per year on Fridays or Saturdays, but the Cubs would only be having Friday or Saturday night games when MLB asks them to flip day games to night games pursuant to the national TV agreement. So, if MLB asked the Cubs to flip a third Friday or Saturday game, the Cubs would be put in the position of having to defy MLB or violate the city ordinance. That doesn’t seem very fair, and the Cubs would like to see that remedied before the ordinance amendment is finalized.

2. The City has the right to veto the Cubs’ chosen dates for rescheduled games (i.e., rainouts). On that one, I can understand why the City would want that power, but it’s fairly impractical given the nature of MLB scheduling. With travel issues and the infrequency of common off-dates, the Cubs/MLB are pretty limited in days they can use for makeups. If the City vetoes a couple of them … then what?

3. Non-baseball events in excess of four count as “night games.” Although the specific issue here is a touch unclear, as it’s been known from day one that the Cubs were going to get an increase in concerts from three to four, I suspect the problem is football games. If the Cubs wanted to have a fall night football game at Wrigley Field, after already having four concerts during the summer, that football game would count against the night game limit for the next season. There may be a piece of this that I don’t yet fully understand, but it seems like having to stick to four concerts and then day football games in the fall isn’t so unfair to the Cubs.

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