Cubs Release Regular Season Television Schedule

The Cubs released the 2011 regular season broadcast schedule on Thursday. Opening Day against the Pirates on April 1 will be televised on WGN. Of the 162 games, as many as 64 games will be on televised on WGN, 80 on Comcast SportsNet, eight on WCIU and as many as nine on FOX as a part of the game of the week. The May 22 game against the Red Sox in Boston will be on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

Four of the games on WGN’s schedule could end up on FOX or ESPN (June 12 at Philadelphia – ESPN, June 19 versus the Yankees – ESPN, August 21 versus the Cardinals – ESPN and September 17 versus the Astros – FOX)

Three straight Saturday games in May will be part of FOX’s Game of the Week, including a Saturday night game at Wrigley against the San Francisco Giants … first pitch scheduled for 6:10pm Central. Three games in June are also slated to be part of FOX’s Game of the Week package.

WGN will also televise six Spring Training games and Comcast SportsNet will broadcast two of the Cubs other 34 exhibition games.

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  • daverj

    This is an unrelated question, but I’d like some input from the Wrigley faithful (or faithless these days!).

    I’m thinking of planning a trip to spring training, but haven’t been since 1986 … I imagine much has changed in the last 25 years. Back then, you could get up close and personal with the players and staff. I chatted with Harry Carry during an away game (he was sitting in the stands), went to the minor league camp and spent at least 10 mins speaking with Jerry Morales (who was coaching at the time), and Steve Trout tossed a ball to my friend while Trout was warming up.

    How are things different now? Do the players interact with the fans or is it like going to a regular season game now? Is it still a fun time?

    • Neil

      David, it is still pretty much the same as you described. This will be my seventh spring in a row in Arizona. Players and coaches are still accessible. You can watch practice on the back fields or at Fitch Park. The bullpen sessions are great to observe.

      The newer parks are a little less fan friendly but the players and coaches are still accessible there as well.

      • daverj

        Thanks Neil. Which parks (other than HoHoKam of course) do you recommend?

        • Neil

          Peoria (Padres/Mariners) and Surprise (Rangers/Royals) are very nice. The batting cages are in the concourse in Surprise, which is very cool. Got to watch Hamilton and Salty work with Rudy a couple of years back.

          The Angels stadium is nice, but like the A’s and Cubs just a little older. There is not a bad seat in either.

          I’m going to Maryvale (Brewers) for the first time this year and I’ve not been to Camelback Ranch yet (White Sox/Dodgers). Had a ticket last year but the game was rained out … beware with Camelback if the game is cancelled they do not refund tickets, they give credits that are only good for one year.

    • Illinoiz

      I can say its about the same as well David. This will be my 26th straight year for spring training. I absolutely love the atmosphere there in Mesa. Pretty laid back, and players seem alittle more relaxed to mingle with the fans. Autograph seekers still can put players in rush to leave, but they seem to be accessible. By the way, if youre looking for tickets (in which I have 2 season tickets), I have a few games left I need to sell at face value, and they are 4 rows from the field by the dugout…

  • wildthing

    I miss the old days when all 162 games where on WGN

    • northshore

      That is such a naive and idealistic comment, do you also want to have a $40mln payroll? I long for the days when the vast majority of Cubs games are on a Cubs network, or CSN at the least. I understand the sentiment, but catch up w/ the times, buy the MLB package haha.

      • Jim (Tinley Park)

        I think what Jason was trying to get across is that it was much simpler when the games are on one channel. In addition to Fox and ESPN, the Cubs are televised on WGN, The U, Comcast, Comcast plus, and if the Hawks and Bulls are being televised during early playoff rounds locally, the cubs are moved to a third comcast channel. For the record I prefer Comcast, I like their pre and post game show.

  • Adam88johnson

    The final regulars season game is on WCIU??!??!?!?!? wow.

  • Chuck

    Hello again from Fort Myers. Have been out to the Red Sox and Twins spring training facilities. At Red Sox AGon showed up yesterday and people like Papelbon, Saltimmachia, Youklis are already in camp. At the Twins camp, the new guy from Japan reported on Monday. Many of the minor league invitees to spring training are already in camp.

  • TedTop16

    I have a quick question. I thought that night games were not allowed at Wrigley. I thought that was part of the agreement with the city. Has there been some change in policy?

    • Neil

      The Cubs have not officially addressed that game yet. When the schedule came out last fall, I was surprised by the game time listed and thought it would change. This is one of the FOX games, but I am interested to hear how they worked around the Saturday night game.

      As soon as I hear, I will post.