Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Report Says Deal *Will* Be Announced Today (UPDATE: No, Not Yet)

respect wrigleyHopefully Tom Ricketts’ caginess this morning was a good sign, as I’d guess …

CBS Chicago just reported that a Wrigley renovation deal is going to be announced today, according to sources of Jay Levine. As you know, the Cubs have been looking for an agreement with the City and the Neighborhood that would allow them to fund – through increased revenue opportunities at the ballpark – a massive $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field. CBS Chicago says an announcement on that front is coming “this afternoon.”

We’ll keep our ears open for the mention of a press conference, as well as a precise time and any methods you might have for listening in. I’ll update you as soon as more is available. A quick guess? The home opener is at 1:20 CT today, so unless the announcement is coming in the next two hours, it seems like to be some time after the game.

Keep hopes and expectations tempered for now. This is just one report. If and when a deal is actually announced, and if it looks like it’s actually good for the Cubs, then we can celebrate.

(While you wait, why not sign up for the BN fantasy contest? It’s free, easy, fun, and all that – and it helps support the site. So, like, do it.)

UPDATE: Danny Ecker of Crain’s says he’s not hearing the same thing as CBS “at all.”

UPDATE 2 (4:30pm CT): Jay Levine takes it back, and his sources now tell him the finalization is taking “longer than expected,” and the i-dotting and t-crossing is still occurring. You’re used these kinds of updates by now, aren’t you? As you were.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

87 responses to “Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Report Says Deal *Will* Be Announced Today (UPDATE: No, Not Yet)”

  1. cjdubbya

    Save it for after the game. That way, if the Cubs win, it’s a lead-in to a bigger celebration. If they lose, it’s a way to soften the blow.

  2. Kyle

    “Good for the Cubs” is out the window. They are cannibalizing the revenues that were supposed to be the benefit of this project in order to fund the project itself.

    I mean, it’s not *bad* that they are getting to do this. It’s better than not doing it at all. But it’s happening in the lamest way possible short of just dropping payroll to $40m to pay for it.

  3. Brian

    The deal can still be the non deal!

  4. gutshot5820

    Its happening. Its not happening. Its happening. Its not happening. This is over the top reporting. I’m sure each reporter has news coming out at different times of the day. How about lets wait until something actually happens that is news-worthy before posting another renovation blog? I’m sick of reading about this topic.

    How about some more news about the minor league players or the upcoming draft? Every renovation blog is filled with hatred and venom. Let’s lighten up and just enjoy the day and baseball.

    1. Internet Random


    2. Richp

      Oh great. Now you pissed Brett off. Hey Brett,I got yer back. Love the Wrigley updates. Keep up the good work.

    3. LWeb23

      If it’s annoying you, don’t read it. If it’s so obvious, why didn’t you yourself report it earlier?

  5. Eric S

    This is more than an Obsession, this is more like creepy stalking at this point. Yes, no, maybe, yes, no, yes. It’s kind of like the weather in Chicago, if you don’t like where this story is going wait five minutes and it’ll change.

    Keep up the hard work Brett, you earned a gold star for keeping us up to date on all this insanity.

  6. Rich

    Yes…Brett….you are the man…love the updates..on the site and twitter..
    sadly..I must get off the grid as I am working til 6, then baseball practice..
    so…I will be DVRing this and watch about 8 tonight….

  7. Bob Nightengale

    An agreement has been reached, pending approval by Ryan Dempster and Carlos Marmol.

    1. MichiganGoat


    2. BluBlud

      Approval is expected only if they each get to keep the IPad and the Laptop.

      1. Windy City Misfit

        What? .. No mention of the boombox ..

        1. hansman1982

          The boombox is going to the rooftops but Tom is keeping the cassette recorder. They make the best mixed tapes.

  8. Fastball

    the updates are fine/nice. I will be glad when it is over so I don’t have to read about anymore. I read everything and this is a topic I don’t want to read about going forward unless it is an update on groundbreaking or pictures of the construction. Maybe Ricketts will just publish the Project Plan with all the milestones etc. We can look at it and get updates on hit’s and misses.

    I would love to hear about Garza gaining 2 mph on his fastball over last year. Soler is ready to be promoted to AAA and then get a July call up. Baez moves to 3b and is going to be called up in July as well. Almora will be starting in CF in 3 months. God knows this lineup we have can’t produce runs. There have been a few highlights. Heaven forbid we get a base hit with a runner in scoring position.

  9. wax_eagle

    I was listening to Mike and Mike this morning, but had to go in to work before Theo came on. did he say anything of substance?

    1. Matt G (not garza)

      Not really, nothing about renovation at all. Just mainly the same stuff we have heard before, getting guys in their prime years, building the right way etc.

  10. Josh

    They must have brought in Carlos Marmol to close the deal

    1. cubzfan23

      Lmao… Nice.

    2. Dustin S

      Now that was funny. Glad to see some humor, the rough start seems to have a few people grumpy.

      As others said, if it’s a topic I’m less interested in I just skim it rather than delving into it. Soriano trade rumors eventually creeped into that category for me. I appreciate the updates, the outcome of the deal like more night games and increased revenue will directly and indirectly impact play on the field, so they are important and pertinent.

    3. Josh

      Ha you just made me cry from laughing

  11. FarmerTanColin

    Anibal Sanchez…Dan Haren….Ryan Dempster ALL OVER AGAIN AHHHHH!

  12. BluBlud

    Completely off the subject. Why does CubsDOTcom have Vogelbach’s ETA as 2014 and Soler’s ETA as 2015. Just curious. Shouldn’t that be reversed.

    1. hansman1982


      1) You write for cubs.com
      2) You spammed them with enough emails they changed it
      3) They finally see your wisdom.
      5) All of the above and then some.

      1. BluBlud

        No, I definitely think Soler is better then Vogelbach. Soler is the 2nd part of the big 3 behind Baez. I think Vogelbach is the third part of the big 3. If Vogelbach is turn into a DH, he would instantly go from one of my favorite players, to one that I would not respect very much.

  13. Internet Random


  14. gutshot5820

    Brett, grow a pair of balls if you are going to monetize your blog in an open forum.

    1. Alex

      Easy there troll.


    2. DarthHater

      Wow, we got a “panties in a bunch” comment and a “grow a pair of balls” comment on the same day! Looks like somebody is really getting a lot of use out of their new copy of Trolling for Morons.

  15. Josh

    Brett why is everyone so sassy today?

    1. MXB

      we are approaching a ‘no moon’ phase.

  16. dash

    I, too, am tired of clicking on this site only to find, like, a million articles on the Cubs. Could you please write about something else for a while? ;)

  17. STH Section 514 Row 3

    Brett, keep up the frequent updates. As a true Cubs fan I check this site hourly for any renovation rumblings. Full Support!

  18. miggy80

    Wait what happened? I need one of those google reader things that T-DUB is always talking about.

  19. someday...2015?

    I’m guessing they will wait till after the home opener today to announce the deal.

  20. Curt

    only the cubs could make a stadium renovation obsessive its. a three ring circus and myb, hopefully, someday this will get done so we can all obsess about actual baseball. and as far as gunshot. Lighten up Francis , if you don’t like it don’t read it, it’d not that hard man.

  21. ryan

    Hunter wendelstedt really needs to attend his father’s umpiring school, he’s really bad!

  22. Indy57

    Just landed at JFK and checked into BN to see if there was an “Obsessive Wrigley Update.” So, I appreciate the regular updates. One thing to always remember: You can never satisfy everyone. Even Winston Churchill was voted out of office 30 days after VE-Day. Keep the updates coming.

  23. aCubsFan

    I found this article (http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-sports-media-watch/2013/04/cubs-ricketts-city-deal-158/) to be of interest. It claims that the Chairman of Wrapports (Sun Times owner) is a close friend to Ricketts, and the Sun-Times hasn’t reported any deal yet. So it is interesting that only 1 media outlet (CBS) is reporting that an announcement of a deal is forthcoming.

  24. aCubsFan

    The Daily Herald went all out in today’s paper. Count’em four (4) articles all on the mess call the Wrigley Field renovation negotiations. From Constable waxing nostalgically about Wrigley and getting varying fan opinions about the proposed renovations to Rozner calling the Rahm and Tunney clowns and saying Ricketts should get off his knees to Imrem suggesting that the Tribune Company should have torn down the rooftop buildings and replaced them with parking garages to Miles quoting Ricketts “It’s awkward, but we’ll make out OK” with respect to the agreement with the rooftops