If you have any questions, just ask - cubsconvention@hotmail.com. And be sure to send along your photos and experiences after the Convention so we can share!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Implications of a Potential Lockout on the 2017 Cubs Convention

As you may know, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the club owners and players is set to expire on December 1, 2016 and in advance of the deadline, the owners' camp has leaked that they would consider a lockout if the sides could not reach a timely agreement.  Essentially the opposite of a strike, a lockout would have the owners refusing to allow the players to be present at the workplace, such as Wrigley Field or the spring training facilities in Arizona.

As in all negotiations, it is not yet clear how much of this threat is bluster or posturing; however, if such a lockout is actually implemented, the ramifications for the 2017 Cubs Convention would be striking.  Most likely, a lockout would mean that current players would be refused entry to the Sheraton to participate in the Convention.

Baseball has enjoyed an extended period of relative labor peace, with the last strike having occurred in 1994.  This labor strife was so dramatic that the postseason was canceled (sorry Expos!) and the strike lasted until April 2, 1995, causing a delay to the start of the 1995 season.  The Cubs held the annual Convention in January of 1995, however, despite the ongoing strike.  

Because the labor dispute was between owners and the players, none of the rostered players were in attendance at the 1995 Convention.  Accordingly, all of the autograph sessions and panel presentations featured only retired players, front office personnel, coaches and broadcasters.  Jim Riggleman, the Cubs' newly hired skipper, was in attendance for the 1995 Convention but no active players.

Hopefully, there is no work stoppage as baseball tries to build on an exciting postseason and the Cubs having taken the world by storm.  The 2017 Convention just would not be the same if our championship Cubs players were not there to keep the party going.  

Monday, November 21, 2016

2017 Cubs Convention Weekend Passes Sell Out Quicker than a Chapman Heater

The Cubs offered weekend passes for the 2017 Cubs Convention through pre-sales available to season ticket holders and a second open to Mastercard holders.  The weekend passes then went on sale to the general public on Friday November 18th and by all accounts, each of these three rounds of sales were complete sellouts within minutes of their respective start times.

As of this time, hundreds of passes are available on Stubhub but if you have to go this route, be prepared to pay a huge premium.  With Stubhub's fees tacked on, passes will cost at least $440 each!

There are also a few passes available on Craiglist that may be cheaper than Stubhub, but buyers beware that there are no guarantees the passes being sold on Craigslist are genuine.

Hopefully you were lucky and got the passes you needed.  The 2017 Cubs Convention is not to be missed!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Weekend Passes For 2017 Cubs Convention on Sale Friday, November 18th

The Cubs have announced that weekend passes will go on sale Friday, November 18, 2016 at noon.

There is also a special presale for Mastercard holders that starts at 10:00 a.m. CST on November 18, 2016.

The price has increased significantly this year from the $75 (including all fees) these cost last year. The weekend passes are now $108 (cheeky) plus convenience fees and will be valid for all three days.

Good luck - these will be tough to get this year if you don't act quickly!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Well, It Happened...It Actually Happened!

For all of us who have rooted for the Cubs our entire lives, the dream is finally a reality.  The Cubs have won the 2016 World Series in thrilling fashion over the Cleveland Indians and after having fallen behind 3-1 in the series.

Accordingly, the 2017 Cubs Convention will be like no other and will feature the celebration of the team that helped make our dreams come true.

If you had not already booked a Convention hotel package (long sold out) there will still be an opportunity to take part in the 2017 Cubs Convention.  Expect weekend passes to go on sale later this month.  We will pass along the date as soon as it has been announced by the Cubs.

It's not a dream - the Cubs are World Series Champions!