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Old 11-15-2013, 08:01 AM
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We don't need it because our scoreboard was state of the art in 2003!
I think the screen in my living room is bigger.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:04 AM
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Diverting $8m a year from property taxes leads me to believe this has a long way to go before it gets final approval.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:48 PM
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:50 PM
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This is the kind of story that really makes you realize the only difference between well-connected politicians here in Illinois and everywhere else is that at least ours get caught.
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:18 PM
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This is the kind of story that really makes you realize the only difference between well-connected politicians here in Illinois and everywhere else is that at least ours get caught.
Well, I guess we just have more here who are too dumb to know how to do it legally (not that we don't have plenty of those).
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:02 AM
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Nothing surprises any more. The Cubs, being one of the most profitable teams in baseball are currently complaining how they are cash short and need to raise more money before doing anything. And their fans are buying it!
The ownership of the Cubs has large debt.

The fact is that the Sox and whatever they draw are more profitable right now than the Cubs so long as the Ricketts family has to pay back loans they took out.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:55 AM
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The ownership of the Cubs has large debt.

The fact is that the Sox and whatever they draw are more profitable right now than the Cubs so long as the Ricketts family has to pay back loans they took out.
This is the part people don't realize. The Cubs have a ton of debt that they need to pay down annually, they have a fraction of the parking revenue, limited ad revenue,and maintenance of that 100 year old money pit they call home. All stadium maintenance of the Cell is picked up by the State. I would bet the Cubs are down $30-40 million vs. The Sox before they open the doors every year.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:45 AM
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This is the part people don't realize. The Cubs have a ton of debt that they need to pay down annually, they have a fraction of the parking revenue, limited ad revenue,and maintenance of that 100 year old money pit they call home. All stadium maintenance of the Cell is picked up by the State. I would bet the Cubs are down $30-40 million vs. The Sox before they open the doors every year.
The Sox also have the advantage of making more money from TV telecasts as more of their games are on CSN. CSN pays more per game than WGN does.

If you want to know why teams have started spending like crazy, it's all rooted in the revenue from TV deals with RSN's. Let's hope the Sox get a good deal when they renegotiate. With the Cubs likely to bolt, you can bet the Sox will be looking to get a nice payday from CSN when their current contract expires.

Heck, given JR's age and the fact his son doesn't want the team, expect them to use it as leverage when JR eventually sells.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:04 AM
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This is the part people don't realize. The Cubs have a ton of debt that they need to pay down annually, they have a fraction of the parking revenue, limited ad revenue,and maintenance of that 100 year old money pit they call home. All stadium maintenance of the Cell is picked up by the State. I would bet the Cubs are down $30-40 million vs. The Sox before they open the doors every year.
Well I can't wait until the Sox raise their Best Bottom Line Banner next year.
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