North: Mayor was right to limit Cubs night games
I'm not a big fan of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and I do like Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Crane Kenney, but I'm with the mayor on his refusal to allow more night games at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs first agreed to 46 night games for the 2014 season, and they have chosen to use three of those night dates for concerts. Kenney admits the Cubs receive more revenue for the concerts because they don't have to share ticket-sale profits with MLB. The Cubs were also given permission to have six Friday games with the later start time of 3:05 p.m.
When night games started at Wrigley Field in 1988, there was a cap of 18 games. It is now at 46 and Emanuel, rightly so, has drawn a line in the sand and said an emphatic "no" to the 54 games the Cubs are requesting.
The Cubs will continue to push the envelope, but my guess is it will be a losing proposition.
Here's an important point the Cubs have overlooked -- their fan base was built on day baseball, and it thrived on it.
I did an informal poll asking 12 Cubs' fans if they wanted more night games. Nine said no, two said yes and one said maybe.
The fans like it as is, so maybe the Cubs should choose less Jimmy Buffett and Billy Joel if they want more night baseball.
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