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Cubs score another ‘W’ in court battle with Right Field Rooftops

Fans watch what they can of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs on a rooftop across the street from Wrigley Field. | Andrew Seligman/Associated Press file photo

The Cubs scored another win Friday in a nearly three-year legal battle with a nearby Wrigley rooftop business, winning a round in appellate court.

It all started in 2015, when the Cubs installed a video board that blocked the lucrative view of the seats of Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club, both owned by Right Field Rooftops LLC. The owner of the rooftops accused the Cubs of monopolization, defamation and breach of contract for erecting the video board.

In November 2015, U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall dismissed the federal lawsuit filed against the Cubs earlier that year, prompting an appeal.

Lawyers for Right Field Rooftops argued that the video board breached a 2004 revenue-sharing agreement the business had cut to prevent future Cubs construction projects from blocking its views of Wrigley. But the 7th Circuit Appellate Court noted that pact included language that exempted Wrigley construction projects approved by government entities — and that the video board was approved by the city of Chicago.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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