Yesterday, the Chicago Sun-Times ran a story about new Tribune majority-owner Sam Zell and his plan to sell naming rights to historic Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs. The newspaper's website is running a poll asking "Would you still attend Cubs games if Sam Zell changes the park's name?"
What do you think? Like 95% of people say Yeah. Sure. Duh. Why not?
As of 11:34 and 5,736 votes 66% say they WON'T attend again!?!?!
Rock and Roll!
You're stupid. You're a liar to boot.
Why would you care? Low end estimations are that they could get 5-6 million per season for naming rights with higher guesstimates at 20 million a year for 20 years. Did you know the Tribune is 13 million in the red and the company was purchased to make money. Naming rights could certainly help offset current debt.
I can gloss over the fact that Wrigley IS a corporate name and not by coincidence as the chewing gum king was the owner of the team in 'the day. Why wasn't the outrage this big when they put furniture ads in the dugouts that you see EVERY TIMEthey show the dugout? Why wasn't the outrage this big for the Under Armour ad in the left field ivy? Why didn't meat-head fans stop filling the bleachers in 2006 when they were renamed the Bud Light Bleachers?
Come on Cubs fans! You're making yourselves look foolish with this. For everyone that makes an argument that Wrigley Field is the world's largest beer garden- you're loading ammo for them!!! Who cares what the name is?? Maybe a little more outrage would keep your favorite club from selling tickets directly to scalpers and then making you buy them at inflated prices? Maybe some outrage should be rearing its head as to why they made no play for Johan Santana instead of heading into the season as division favorites with Jason Marquis or Ryan Dempster. Maybe getting swept by the team that got swept by the team that got swept in the World Series is close enough to count.... Again- do they care about baseball or drinking beer in whatever the stadium is named?
In 2005 when your cross-town rivals steamrolled their way to the World Series Championship- guess how many people thought or cared that they were going to U.S. Cellular Field instead of Comiskey Park to watch the World Series? Well, 2 games- 100,000 people through the gates....I didn't tally it officially- but I'd guess ZERO!!!! The name of the park is merely a footnote in history, especially in this day and age. Try to find the U.S. Cellular logo in this picture....it's there, I promise! Don't let that giant World Series trophy and handsome devil smiling ear to ear in front of the sign- regardless of park name clog your view!