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``More Night Games Means More $$'': Epstein

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Renovations to Wrigley Field and potential new scoreboards will impact the team ``down the road,'' but additional night games could mean more revenue quickly, team president Theo Epstein said Monday.
That is because more night games become a more attractive and lucrative sell for television.
``I think [more night games] would really help from a revenue standpoint with the TV deal,'' he said. ``Competitively, we'd adjust to anything [on game times.] I think the day games could be a competitive advantage for us, too, becaue we can adjust to it.
``It's more about the revenue than the compeittiveness, but it'd be nice to have the flexibility to do that.''
The current city ordinance limits the team to 30 night games per year. As many as 10 or more could be added to the home schedule along with added concerts allowed at Wrigley Field under terms being discussed in current negotiations with the team.
The team's current television deal with WGN-TV has an ``out'' clause after next season, with the Cubs expected to exercise that option. The deal with Comcast Sports Net runs to 2019.
Night games typically mean more revenue for stations because higher advertising rates can be charged, making it more likely networks would bid more for rights to the Cubs with a broader night game schedule.


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