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Cubs cite 'progress' after meeting with rooftop owners on ad signs

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 10:13 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — The Chicago Cubs met with some owners of the rooftop clubs Monday afternoon to discuss advertising signs, a spokesman for the team’s owners said.

 Dennis Culloton said the two sides, without anyone from the city or alderman’s office present, met for about two hours at the team’s offices on Waveland Avenue, across the street from Wrigley Field.

 He characterized the meeting as “progress.”

 The rooftop owners on Friday made a public plea to the Cubs to not destroy their money-making bird’s-eye views of the Wrigley by putting up billboards along the back of the bleachers. At a news conference, they offered to let the Cubs place signs on their buildings and the owners would forgo all revenue the signs would generate.

 The team did not greet the plan warmly on Friday, urging the rooftop owners to stop negotiating through the media.

 At Monday’s meeting, there was “a lot of time spent getting some information about what they were proposing on Friday,” Culloton said. “Everyone from the Cubs side said it was a good meeting. There was a lot of sharing of information. And both sides are going to be getting together later this week for more talks.”

 Today’s meeting was encouraged by the mayor’s office, sources said.

 After the Friday news conference, messages were sent to both sides, said one source familiar with the situation. “People from the mayor’s office were encouraging them to see what they could do to resolve their differences,” the source said.

 Although the mayor views the issue of rebuilding the stadium as one of citywide importance worthy of mayoral intervention, he would prefer that the issue gets resolved locally with the involvement of Ald. Thomas Tunney, 44th.

 Tribune reporter Hal Dardick contributed.

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