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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Cubs threaten to leave Wrigley Field if new scoreboard is denied

05.02.13 at 7:53 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA playoffs: Nets at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Nuggets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Senators at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Blues, 9:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Red Wings at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLS: Revolution at Timbers, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Cubs have called Wrigley Field home for 99 years. (AP)

♦ The Cubs are threatening to leave Wrigley Field if the team is not allowed to add a big video scoreboard in left field. Chairman Tom Ricketts said the club needs the advertising revenue to help fund the 99-year-old park’s $500 million renovation.

“The fact is that if we don’t have the ability to generate revenue in our own outfield, we’ll have to take a look at moving — no question,” Ricketts said Wednesday.

Owners of rooftop bleachers behind the park would have the most to lose from the new scoreboard, as it would affect fans’ views. Although the Cubs get 17 percent of revenue from rooftop businesses, the team indicated it would take in about $20 million per year from ad revenue from the scoreboard.

Said Ricketts: “All we really need is to be able to run our business like a business and not a museum.”

♦ New Jets quarterback Geno Smith‘s reputation is taking some hits, days after he fired his agents reportedly because he wasn’t happy with where he was drafted.

On Wednesday, Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole reported that Smith did not make many friends during his pre-draft meet ins with prospective teams because he sat by himself and focused on his cell phone, texting and checking Twitter instead of engaging team executives and coaches.

“All these other players who were in there were talking to the coaches, trying to get to know people, and he was over there by himself,” a source told Yahoo! “That’s not what you want out of your quarterback.”

Added a league executive: “His biggest problem is that he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. I’m not sure he knows how to take instruction because he pretty much wouldn’t listen or talk to our coaches. … He’s talented. He can sling it, he can fit it into tight spots, he can do a lot of things and I think he wants to be good. But you can’t tell him anything right now. He’s tuned out because he thinks he’s got it all down.”

♦ On the heels of Jason Collins becoming the first active athlete in one of the four major pro American sports to announce he is gay, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 barrier-breaking athletes.

No. 1 is Jackie Robinson, followed by Billie Jean King and Jesse Owens. Others on the list include one-handed major league pitcher Jim Abbott (7), transsexual tennis player Renee Richards (9) and disabled Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (10).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 2, 1995, the Red Sox posted an 8-0 victory over the Yankees. The runs came on a pair of grand slams by John Valentin and Mo Vaughn, who previously were college teammates at which Big East school?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re still down 3-2. So our mentality has to be all out — nothing more than that. The next game we lose is it. I don’t know what everybody is talking about with getting comfortable, feeling good. We’re down 3-2. It’s not like we evened it up and are going back home.” — Kevin Garnett, after the Celtics knocked off the Knicks in Wednesday night’s Game 5, 92-86

STAT OF THE DAY: 0 – Goals for Maple Leafs leading scorer Phil Kessel in five games vs. the Bruins this season, including Wednesday night’s playoff game, a 4-1 Boston victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here’s a look at the Falcons’ proposed futuristic new stadium, featuring a retractable roof that opens and closes like a camera shutter — said to be inspired by a falcon wing.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Seton Hall

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Lesley Gore was born on this day in 1946.

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