MILWAUKEE -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a case brought by rooftop owners regarding the Cubs' decision to install a video board at Wrigley Field.Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club sued the Cubs in 2015, arguing that a right-field video board would block the views of the
MILWAUKEE -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a case brought by rooftop owners regarding the Cubs' decision to install a video board at Wrigley Field.
Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club sued the Cubs in 2015, arguing that a right-field video board would block the views of the ballpark from their rooftops and violate terms of a 2004 revenue-sharing agreement.
In September 2015, a federal judge dismissed the case, saying the video board was allowed because the agreement allowed "any expansion of Wrigley Field approved by governmental authorities." In September, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the decision to dismiss the case.
On Monday, the Cubs issued the following statement:
"We are thrilled the Supreme Court of the United States today affirmed the Cubs' right to renovate and improve Wrigley Field. In declining to review the case brought by rooftop owners, the Supreme Court let stand previous court decisions and upheld the legal position the Cubs have advocated for more than a decade.
"The opposition of rooftop owners and local aldermen to Wrigley Field renovations has unfortunately cost the team time and energy to refute allegations we understood from the beginning were meritless.
"We thank our fans who stood with us in the process. The Cubs have the greatest fans in baseball and we hope to continue to reward their dedication by standing for what we believe is right: winning baseball, preserving and improving Wrigley Field and being a good neighbor. While it is unfortunate we have to defend challenges like this from those who have benefited from Cubs baseball, we will continue to do so and will always put the history, tradition and the future of the team and our fans first."
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.