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Why the Cubs owners aren't evil (and even less harmless than the harmless Dolphins owners)

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9246386/miami-dolphins-pay-stadium-fixes-ceo-mike-dee

The Miami Dolphins were looking for public funding help to finance $400M in renovations to Whatever They're Calling It This Year Stadium. They didn't get it, so now they've said moving may be an option for the franchise. This is nothing new or unusual in sports these days. Yeah, I'd like to see the team privately finance the renovations, but you're just not going to see that anymore ...

... Oh, wait ...

I don't like the Rickettron, or the additional electronic signs inside the park, but I understand them, and I really do think that they will be done in a way to keep the ballpark looking as Wrigley as possible. Perfect? Far from it. But I think most other owners, given the option for more signage, would make them significantly more in your face that what is being proposed.

The Ricketts know we love our ballpark. They also know that over the past decade, we've actually gotten a taste of what winning can be like. We no longer accept a beautiful setting as a reason to take the afternoon off work. Now we are starting to demand a winning team to go along with it. While paid attendance isn't doing too poorly, it's not what it was when we were winning, and the lost revenue of concessions and souvenirs is surely being noticed with the announced crowds of 35K and 5K actually in seats. The Ricketts are business people, and they know that in order to continue making money with this team, they will have to start putting a lot more W flags over the scoreboard each afternoon.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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