The Illinois Liquor Control Commission voted unanimously to allow the Ricketts family, owners of the Chicago Cubs, to name a bar outside the baseball stadium the Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern. State “tied-house” laws aim to prevent a single company from monopolizing alcoholic beverage supply chains by protecting the independence of manufacturers, retailers, and distributors. And the Bud name implied undue influence of a manufacturer over a retailer. The Ricketts family argued the bar fell under an exemption allowing tied houses in entertainment venues; the state countered the bar was outside the stadium, and no game ticket was needed for admission. It was the fact that the family had contracted with a third party, Four Corners Tavern Group, to operate the bar, which won commission approval. The naming rights deal also grants Anheuser Busch InBev sign advertising and concert sponsorships at the stadium.