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Down in Front! Chicago Cubs Threaten to Block the View From Nearby Rooftops

Ever since Wrigley Field opened in 1914 folks have tried to get a peek inside the ivy-covered walls for free. The owners of rooftops behind the stadium’s outfield capitalized on that, selling tickets to rooftop stadium boxes with the enticement of unobstructed views into the Friendly Confines during Chicago Cubs’ home games. In 2002, that all changed. “The free ride is over,” said Andy MacPhail, the Cubs former president and CEO. “The rooftop owners take in as much as $10 million a year by selling seats to view our games. We do not believe the rooftop operators are entitled to profit from our names, our players, trademarks, copyrighted telecasts and images without our consent.”

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The Emergence of the Qualifying Offer as a Legitimate Roster Building Tool and Salary Constraint – Part 1

Part I – The Impact of the Qualifying Offer: With five players who declined Qualifying Offers still unsigned as of MLK Day, there is no debate that the Qualifying Offer has cooled the hot stove down to a steady simmer. When Major League Baseball adopted the Qualifying Offer in 2012 …

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MLB Hall of Fame: A Chamber for Stars or a Star Chamber?

Congratulations are in order for Greg Maddox, Jeff Glavine, and Frank Thomas. Cooperstown’s latest inductees are all undoubtedly Hall of Fame talents. As for the writers that voted them in? They’re collectively closer to minor league talents. It’s unbelievable how self-righteous and blissfully ignorant the members of the Baseball Writers …

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