Owners of two rooftop businesses overlooking Wrigley Field in Chicago went to court hoping to stop the Cubs from installing a scoreboard and advertising signs that will block views into the stadium

By SI Wire
February 13, 2015

Owners of two rooftop businesses overlooking Wrigley Field in Chicago went to court on Thursday hoping to stop the Cubs from installing a scoreboard and advertising signs that will block views into the stadium, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The owners of Lakeview Baseball Club and Skybox at Sheffield sued the Cubs and owner Tom Ricketts last month claiming that the team broke their agreement of a 20-year sharing contract and accused them of fixing ticket prices and violating the federal Sherman Antitrust Act.

The plaintiffs say the Cubs actions have created "life-or-death situation," claiming their businesses will suffer if the case makes it to trial.

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"Simply put, without views into Wrigley Field there is no rooftop business — a fact that the Cubs organization has frequently pointed out while trying to strong-arm the plaintiffs and others into selling out," the lawsuit stated.

The group suing the Cubs wants a judge to hear the case next week. The Cubs are in the process of a $375 million renovation, which includes rebuilding the bleachers, installing a new video board in left field and placing six advertising signs around the stadium.

The team has already said that the bleachers will not be installed in time for the season opener on April 5.

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