Update: Poll Seeks Opinion on Bulls Departure

Voice your opinion over the lobbying by Mayor Emanuel to persuade Reinsdorf to leave Deerfield.

Update (Friday, 5:30 p.m.) When the Chicago Bulls announced plans Wednesday to leave Deerfield’s Berto Center for a practice facility in Chicago it quickly became Patch’s most popular story of the month.

Patch wants to know how readers feel about the team’s decision to leave a long time home for a new one in the city so a poll has been added to this story. Cast your vote before 3 p.m. Tuesday and Patch will publish the results Wednesday.

(Earlier, Wednesday, 8:11 a.m.) The Chicago Bulls committed today to leaving for a practice facility in Chicago, according to a release from the team.

The Berto Center has been home to Bulls’ practices since 1992 and for many years before that at the Multiplex, . The coaching staff has its offices there as well. The Berto Center will be sold.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pitching Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf to move the practice facility to a downtown Chicago location. Reinsdorf now thinks the time is right for the Bulls to make the move.

“We have been contemplating how to address the growth limitations of our practice facility for awhile, so the Mayor’s timing and ours seems to make sense,” Reinsdorf said in the release. “He (Emanuel) thought centralizing our team assets inside the city limits would be a show of our ongoing commitment to Chicago.”

Reinsdorf stressed the effort of Emanuel persuading the team to leave Deerfield for the city because of what the Bulls show the rest of the world about Chicago. “The Mayor stressed that the Bulls brand is important to the city, nationally and internationally, and that the Bulls represent the spirit and competitive grit of Chicago,” Reinsdorf said.

Though the Bulls have been pleased with their Deerfield home for a long time, the team has outgrown the Berto Center and it sees a benefit to creating geographic proximity for all its operations.

“We have been happy at the Berto for many years,” Bulls President and COO Michael Reinsdorf said in the release. “However, for us, the time is right for a move from both a basketball and a business standpoint.”

Michael Reinsdorf sees the move as one that fits the team’s evolving philosophy of its business model.

“Strategically, we are taking a more integrated approach to our business, and decreasing the physical distance between our two main facilities will naturally create more opportunities for collaboration among all departments,” he said. “There is no longer space to grow where we are.”

The team is in the process of exploring a variety of site locations throughout the city.  A specific timetable has not yet been established for the project, which will be privately funded.  

A new facility could include additional features that would allow the team to expand its use of the building, particularly during non-practice times, according to the release. Some ideas under consideration include event and educational space, and greater digital and video production capabilities.

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Thinking for the future June 13, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Berto Center Discount Mattress!!
Bringin' Down Briarwood June 13, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I'm not sure you can place this in the same category as the others, but ... another one bites the dust. The mayor's on a real winning streak.
Wang June 13, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Tough 1st half of 2012 - first Woodfire Chicken and now the Bulls. What's next for Deerfield?
NB June 13, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Maybe they'll sell it to the Chicago Sky so we can still have some basketball presence.
The Q June 13, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Deerfield you sux......haha. More Fail.
Steve Sadin (Editor) June 13, 2012 at 02:53 PM
NB, thanks for your comment. The Sky now practices at the Sachs Recereation Center so we've got them in town.
RB June 13, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Mayor Emauel put together a pitch and brought a business to Chicago. A flagship type business. That's what happened. Deerfield lost, Chicgo won. Deerfield was probably not even in the fight. The board took it for granted that the Bulls would always be here, and Best Buy, and Borders, and Wild Wings, and Stoney River, and Baker Furniture, and Blockbuster, and Wonder, and The Great Indoors, and Office Depot, and Bath and Body, and ........but, we've got one heck of a pedestrian underpass!
RonnieTheLimoDriver June 13, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Where was the lobbying by Deerfield to keep them in town? Deerfield's ship is sinking and we are busy rearranging the deck chairs. I encourage all readers to do more than complain on patch. Contact your elected officials and tell them how dismayed you are with the current state of affairs.
The Q June 13, 2012 at 04:23 PM
New Library and city hall too.........lots of things that drain tax dollars and don't create them.......Democrats at work, they are spending soon come the Taxes to pay for it.
The Q June 13, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I moved 2 years ago........writing was on the wall. Its only going to get worse.
jerpaul June 13, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Please get real about Deerfield the players don't want to leave, most of them live on the NorthShore! How can Deerfield ever lose a fight to Chicago ? It can't; the Mayor & board all do a great job, the schools are top notch. The retail enviroment of the USA is in constant change business go in and out of business daily in Chicago. I took a walk down Central last night & told my wife that this is just as nice as Paris France; you know it is! (yes been there 3 times) With Botanic Garden which has more beauty each time I visit . To Al Green at Ravina Friday night . I could go on and on, but bottom line is : Bulls Lose ! PS Do not look for Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf in Chicago he lives in the Northshore!
RB June 13, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Okay, but Paris France? Central Avenue in Deerfield? Granted its the commute and the impact on the players and space constraints that the owner mentioned. My point is Deerfield should have done something to try to keep them here. It's not retail. It was a good brand to have attached to Deerfield and it slipped away. The commute? Some how Michael has six rings and he had that commute.
ppierce June 13, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Seems like the City's big plans for revenue generation is to issue petty tickets to their residents, b/c you certainly can't drive 2 feet without seeing a deerfield police officer pulled over. When your business model revolves around issuing petty traffic violations to your residents, who cares about tax revenues???
jerpaul June 13, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Correction to RB; Paris France; was to be compared to Central Ave in Downtown HP which if you walk from Green Bay to the Old Theater you can see what I mean! P.S. > Berto Center has zero land to expand. Also Scotty & Michael & Dennis , BJ it was great to run into them at lunch in Deerfield back in the day! To ppierce; Sorry you got a ticket, but I've lived in 60015 ; 30 years never been pulled over! Revenue from the police ? Ridiculous , I've left my doors unlocked so many times over the years + gone off for the day with the Garage open, never a problem if I need a cop & I have it takes 90 to 180 Seconds for them to be at my home! I would say they keep us safe !
RB June 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Deerfield is safe. There have been ongoing discussions about how some of see that Deerfield is losing its competitive edge. Retail is way down. Spending seems to be up (underpass, woodland park just this year). The board is not as active as I think they should be in attracting new sustainable retail to Deerfield. The loss of the Berto could be further evidence of a lack of action by our board. The Deerbrook 'Mall' fiasco is another. It would be best to be ahead of the curve, and we don't seem to be.
A Deer in a Field June 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM
No, we already are going to get a crappy mattress store in a prominent location. How about Berto Cash for Gold! We will need it to get enough money to pay the new higher taxes.
barry June 14, 2012 at 02:30 PM
When I picked up the newspapers this morning I have to agree....Rahm is out there I am not hearing anything as to any form of ambassador representing Deerfield for new tax generating commerce, or to KEEP those businesses still here ....interested in staying. I mean, c'mon people....even the hot dog cart at home depot pulled up stakes and left!!! No one mentioned that one since Woodfire went out. Our elected officials need to get out there! If not hire an ambassador until we can look at the next election. But HEY ..... ....STOP THE BLEEDING!!!!
ppierce June 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
A lot of the departures are a direct result of the ecnonmy and not really Deerfield's fault. Best Buy, Office Depot, Woodfire, Barnes and Noble, all products of the economic environment. However, it is now up to the City to fill the void there and start pounding the pavement to atrract other businesses. For instance a Super Targer would certainly look nice in Deebrook Mall and a Portillios would look nice where Barnes and Noble use to be. I dont care about the traffic increase at that intersection. A Portillo's would make Deerfield something it is not, a destination to actually go to.
ppierce June 14, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Those businesses didn't leave because they aren't interested in staying. Its not like they chose to move to a different location. They left bc the economy stinks and those particular business stunk even worse.
NB June 14, 2012 at 03:01 PM
@Steve Sadin: Yes, I know the Sky practices at the Sachs Center. My point was (and I apparently made it poorly), let's make sure we keep them in Deerfield. Other people have made equally valid points upstream.
Bringin' Down Briarwood June 14, 2012 at 03:51 PM
There's been a rumor that Wood fire will reopen in Wheeling. If you want to think these businesses are dying, that's fine. Where's the line to fill even a portion of the empty storefronts. Was the economy horrible when the inside of Deerbrook died? The "economy" can only work as an excuse for so long.
J.Lyn June 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Do you know something I do not? Is Barnes & Noble leaving? Do you know this for sure? If so...how?
Daniel Krudop June 16, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I just hope the Park District doesn't think they need the Berto Center.
Mara Meyer June 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM
It was Border's not B&N!
Deerfield Mom June 16, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I would love to see an Old Navy come to Deerfield. The one in HP went out years ago and the closest one is in Skokie or Vernon Hills. It's also too bad that a few people were able to create such a fuss that Walgreens didn't go in, but instead built a new building just down the road at Waukegan and Shermer - they wanted to be at Lake Cook and Waukegan. What about a Heaven on 7? The owner/chef, I believe, lives in Glenview - how many Italian restaurants does one small town need?


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