Off season, yeah.
I supposed compared to game days things are slow, but go to Wrigleyville any weekend when the Cubs are out of town. Every bar there has people waiting outside to get in from 10PM on.
I've had to deal with it on far more occasions than I'd care to for work.
"The Cubs are no where close to losing money. 3 million in paid attendance, tv deals, marketing, new patio for more ad revenue, Toyota sign, Under Armor deal, Kraft, merchandising, radio. Even after a string of terrible, dismal seasons, the Cubs still rank as one of the most profitable MLB organizations."
In fact none of us have anything more an opinion about how profitable they might or might not be.
There are some facts you left out.
1. The annual debt payments on their $845 million purchase are substantial.
2. The Tribune CO locked them into a very bad WGN TV deal.
3. Renovations like the patio section cost real money and they hope to profit in the future, but right now it cost a lot of money.
4. Neither the total expenses or total revenues of running the entire operation... MLB, minors, scouting and development are public record.
"If we are in a rebuilding mode however, we should be playing the younger players to see what we have and get rid of guys like Byrd."
It's not about what we should be seeing. We don't make the decisions.
The Cubs organization is seeing those young players on a daily basis and evaluating them. If you want to be seeing them, I would suggest watching them on MiLB.TV. I'm getting ready to watch yesterday's Tennessee game right now followed by the Peoria game.
"We are going back to the '70s type Cubs attendance."
That's just silly. They won't even go back to '80s type attendance. Have you forgotten that the Cubs never reached the 2 million mark until 1984?
"We have a lot of loosers on this board."
I loosened my belt. Does that count?
"You can watch the minor league games on mlb.tv? That sounds cool for a change of pace."
No MiLB.TV. It's only minor league games.
All Iowa, Tennessee and Boise home games are on. And you can watch roads games if the other team put their games on. Almost all Iowa road games are on, and Tennessee road games against Jacksonville are on.
Peoria doesn't have their games on yet, but when they play at Wisconsin (about ten times this year) those games will be on
"Well according to Phil Rogers the "attendance" for yesterdays game was 34K yet only about half the ticket holders showed up.
Do you completely dismiss the possibility that eventually these people who buy tickets and don't show up will stop buying tickets?"
The Cubs not likely see much more than minimal drop in ticket sales, certainly it will never return to like the 70's.
Some people may stop buying season tickets but there are still people waiting to take their place.
When summer gets here, school is out, and the weather is beautiful, the fans will be there.
I believe that most fans think that with the organization management changes, the Cubs will build a good team. Most season ticket holders want to still have their season tickets when that happens.