According to the Sun-Times, there was “incredible progress” being made on a deal between the Cubs and the city before the Cubs turned up the heat and started playing hardball.
Fran Spielman reported that sources are indicating a deal can still be salvaged, and it “is certain to include some signage inside the ballpark and some blockage of rooftop clubs even after attempts to minimize the number of obstructions.”
The report also indicated that Mayor Emanuel “is prepared to lift the 30-game-per season ceiling on the number of night games to 44 or 45 games” and “six to ten 3:05 pm starts could also be part of the mix.”
The Cubs have to mend some fences according to the report, but the team “flatly denied” they were trying to pressure Mayor Emanuel into taking sides. Dennis Culloton told the Sun-Times, “We are just trying to get a deal done with the city of Chicago. That’s been the Ricketts family’s goal since day one. Any offers from other communities have been unsolicited.”