Originally Posted by Frontman
They'll get some sort of money from the state eventually; but not enough to cover everything they want it to cover. Sadly, the Ricketts were blind fans instead of shrewd business people when they bought the team. None of them seem to realize the only thing worth anything IS the ballpark.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: IF the Cubs were to move from Wrigley, no matter what they did, they would become one of the worst drawing teams in MLB. They spent nearly thirty years promoting the ballpark, not the team itself. When you run radio ads about the history that happened at Wrigley, and mention "be a part of the experience" enough times, fans get conditioned to that aspect of your product.
But this might be a perfect time for a change if you think about it. If they announced that they were building a new stadium n Roesmont people would flock to Wrigley for the next 2 years to get in the baseball "experience". Ticket prices would sky rocket and the Cubs would rake in the revenue even with a bad team the next 2 years.
In 2015 if they moved into a new venue, they actually might have a good team by then if their rebuild goes as planned. Then they'd have a good team moving into new park (which always does well in the 1st year of a new venue) and still has a pretty loyal fan base. Long term (over decades) it may not be the best move but the in next 7-10 year short term it could very well be.