Ricketts: Renovation negotiations "going in the right direction"

CHICAGO – Chairman Tom Ricketts and the Cubs are still working to finalize a deal with the city of Chicago regarding renovations to Wrigley Field.

Despite some reports claiming a deal with the city would be announced today, Ricketts said the negotiations aren't done, though they are going the right direction, and a lot of issues were worked out over the weekend. Ricketts emphasized public hearings must happen before the renovations get underway.

"I think we're moving forward," Ricketts said. "We are committed to getting something done with the city. The mayor has been terrific. The alderman has been productive. Hopefully this is the beginning of the process to getting something done. Just got to keep working through it."

Ricketts declined to provide a timetable as to when a deal will finally be reached. He also refused to delve into the Wrigleyville rooftops issue, however he didn't sound overly concerned about the rooftop owners' 20-year agreement with the Cubs. Ricketts said as far as he knew, there is no loophole in the contract with the rooftop owners.

"It's a really awkward contract," Ricketts said. "But I think we'll be OK there."

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