Chicago Ain't Ready for Reform
- With the Cubs favored to win their first World Series title since 1908 and end the longest drought in the history of professional sports, the cost of playoff tickets can be sky-high. That is, unless you happen to be a Chicago alderman.
For the second straight year, all 50 aldermen — and state lawmakers who represent Chicago districts — have been offered the right to purchase two terrace reserved or upper deck tickets for each home playoff game at Wrigley Field all the way through the World Series.
The lucrative perk comes three years after the City Council gave the Cubs the go-ahead to rebuild Wrigley and develop the land around it and less than four months after the Cubs won the limited right to sell beer and wine on an open-air plaza next to the stadium.
Despite the apparent conflict of interest, “more than 70 percent” of City Council members have taken the Cubs up on their generous offer.
The Cubs see nothing wrong with this:
- “They are paying for these tickets. They are not being given a discount or free tickets. In that case, it would be a direct conflict,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Monday.
They're just being bumped to the front of the line.....because they vote on contracts and zoning variances that might affect the ball club.