Cubbies Playing Hardball With Rooftop Seats Owner

Team says he didn't pay his part of revenues from last several seasons
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2008 12:27 AM CST
Cubbies Playing Hardball With Rooftop Seats Owner
A beer billboard just beyond the right field bleachers at Chicago's Wrigley Field Tuesday, July 17, 2007, makes reference to 755, Hank Aaron's home run record which San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds remains four runs shot of matching. The owner of some rooftop seating in right field is being sued by...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Some Chicago fans may get the chance to hear those butchered versions of Take Me Out to The Ballgame from two rooftop clubs outside Wrigley Field while not actually seeing the 7th inning stretch sing-along or the games themselves. That's because the Cubs have filed suit against the clubs' owner, saying he violated a 2004 revenue-sharing agreement with the team, reports the Tribune.

The Cubs warned as part of the lawsuit that the may try to block the sight lines of fans from the seats in those building, in an effort to recover of portion of owner Thomas Gramatis' revenues, which they claim could approach $7 million this year. "It's disappointing because we have a healthy partnership with all of the other building owners," said a Cubs executive. (Read more baseball stories.)

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