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Battle between Cubs and rooftops heating up

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In this Sept. 3, 2010 file photo, spectators enjoy the view from one of the many rooftop bleachers along Waveland Avenue outside the left field wall at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs baseball game in Chicago. A battle is heating up between the Cubs and rooftop owners as the team proposes renovations, including a Jumbotron in the bleachers, that would block the views and threaten the business those views have created. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

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Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts speaks in Chicago about proposed renovations at Wrigley Field. A battle is heating up between the Cubs and rooftop owners across the street from the ballpark as the team proposes renovations, including a Jumbotron in he bleachers, that would block the views and threaten the business those views have created.

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In this May 17, 2013 photo, spectators watch a Chicago Cubs baseball game from several of the rooftop bleachers across the field from Wrigley Field in Chicago. A battle is heating up between the Cubs and rooftop owners across the street from the ballpark as the team proposes renovations, including a Jumbotron in the bleachers, that would block the views and threaten the business those views have created.

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In this May 17, 2013 photo, Crane Kenney, the Chicago Cubs' president of business operations, looks out over Wrigley Field during batting practice before a Cubs baseball game in Chicago.

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The days of working stiffs lugging lawn chairs and coolers of beer onto the roof to catch a Chicago Cubs game are long gone, replaced by gleaming bleachers and sleek skyboxes that offer a bird's eye view into Wrigley Field -- for a price. These rooftops, 15 of them in all, have become a high-stakes battleground in the effort to turn baseball's lovable losers into a consistent contender.
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    • In this Sept. 3, 2010 file photo, spectators enjoy the view from one of the many rooftop bleachers along Waveland Avenue outside the left field wall at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs baseball game in Chicago. A battle is heating up between the Cubs and rooftop owners as the team proposes renovations, including a Jumbotron in the bleachers, that would block the views and threaten the business those views have created. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
    • Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts speaks in Chicago about proposed renovations at Wrigley Field. A battle is heating up between the Cubs and rooftop owners across the street from the ballpark as the team proposes renovations, including a Jumbotron in he bleachers, that would block the views and threaten the business those views have created.
    • In this May 17, 2013 photo, spectators watch a Chicago Cubs baseball game from several of the rooftop bleachers across the field from Wrigley Field in Chicago. A battle is heating up between the Cubs and rooftop owners across the street from the ballpark as the team proposes renovations, including a Jumbotron in the bleachers, that would block the views and threaten the business those views have created.
    • In this May 17, 2013 photo, Crane Kenney, the Chicago Cubsí president of business operations, looks out over Wrigley Field during batting practice before a Cubs baseball game in Chicago.
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