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Elton John, Billy Joel, and Dave Matthews to play Wrigley in 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Alderman Tom Tunney continues to devastate true Cubs fans at every opportunity. From today's Sun-Times, we learn that Elton John and Billy Joel will be playing concerts at Wrigley Field during the week of July 7, and then Dave Matthews will be playing in September.

We have now gone from one field-destroying concert week each year to two field-destroying concert weeks... all in the name of a few more bucks. Well, at least I like their music.

Some other zingers from Fran Spielman's article:

"It's great for business in the neighborhood. It also provides real, first-rate entertainment at the park." - Tom Tunney

Thanks Alderman, I couldn't help but notice the implication that the Cubs aren't "real, first rate entertainment." I'm sure the business owners in your ward are thrilled with the implication... even if I know for a fact that many of them agree with you... but are thrilled to take Cubs fans' money anyhow.

And one last interesting note from the article:

The motivation for the concert series for the Cubs is the chance to bring in money that wouldn't fall under Major League Baseball's revenue-sharing umbrella. For every dollar the Cubs make on game days, 34 cents must be shared with other teams. For every dollar from a concert, the Cubs get to keep 100 percent.

34% of baseball revenues to MLB's revenue-sharing? That's got to hurt the net payers' like the Cubs, Yankees, and Red Sox. Jeffrey Loria continues to be brilliant.

Posted by Byron at February 11, 2010 9:39 AM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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