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    They can't afford to keep any of their talented players so off they go!!...and then used the saved money to build a two story Sports Book!! It's laughable. It will give all the lower bowl people in their $175 seats a place to go when baseball is unwatchable!

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    It's only a matter of time before the Sox do something similar.
    "Hope...may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...but those who stake their all upon the venture see it in its true colors only after they are ruined."
    -- Thucydides

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    • #3
      Not so fast. The National Park Service has to greenlight this because Wrigley, for some reason, is a registered National Historic Landsite. Can't make any exterior changes without permission. From the rendering I saw on the news this morning (a two story tall glass structure with neon signage) stuck against one of the exterior sides of Wrigley, there could be a problem because it sticks out like a sore thumb, architecturally speaking.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dumpjerry View Post
        Not so fast. The National Park Service has to greenlight this because Wrigley, for some reason, is a registered National Historic Landsite. Can't make any exterior changes without permission. From the rendering I saw on the news this morning (a two story tall glass structure with neon signage) stuck against one of the exterior sides of Wrigley, there could be a problem because it sticks out like a sore thumb, architecturally speaking.
        I think I saw a story today, just glanced at it where they have gotten approval from some registered body although I don't know if it was the one you are talking about.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lipman 1 View Post

          I think I saw a story today, just glanced at it where they have gotten approval from some registered body although I don't know if it was the one you are talking about.
          The City of Chicago Plan Commission signed off. There are still many local and federal miles to go before they can break ground. We're probably looking at a minimum of two years if they get all the approvals. This is why property owners hate landmark status. Can't do what you want without multiple lawyers of approvals.

          Let's hope there are some Sox, Cardinals and Brewers fans at the National Park Service who have to approve this........

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          • #6
            Half of Washington DC is some kind of NPS site (including the entire national mall, but also some parks that are almost only visited by locals and ignored by tourists) and they are an enormous pain in the ass whenever they need to approve a change. The Cubs could be in for a slog.

            But if this is voted down, they will surely just buy a storefront a few blocks from the stadium and set up an affiliated sports book there. That's what the Washington Nationals did. And they have in-stadium betting on smartphones as well.

            The White Sox, surely, are looking into opening a sports book within the stadium as well. Nobody in MLB is going to say no to this additional revenue.
            "Hope...may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...but those who stake their all upon the venture see it in its true colors only after they are ruined."
            -- Thucydides

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            • #7
              I just don’t see how sportsbooks don’t cause some real trouble. This situation down in Tampa is going to be interesting to follow.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 34rancher View Post
                I just don’t see how sportsbooks don’t cause some real trouble. This situation down in Tampa is going to be interesting to follow.

                I wouldn't know.

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