The Daily CCO: Jake Arrieta Extension Update, Theo Epstein and Cubs News and Rumors

The Cubs plan to talk to Scott Boras this winter about a contract extension for Jake Arrieta. The Cubs are obviously happy with Arrieta and would like him to remain with the team beyond the two years of control left before he becomes a free agent. Arrieta is arbitration eligible for the second time and […]

Cubs and WGN-TV Announce Five-Year Broadcast Agreement to Televise 45 Games Beginning in 2015

The Chicago Cubs and WGN-TV announced a five-year agreement Thursday to televise 45 games per year through the 2019 season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Beginning with the 2015 season, 45 games return to WGN-TV Ch.9, not WGN America, and reportedly the contract includes opt-out clauses. The team’s partnership with WGN is for […]

Reports: Cubs Set to Announce New Five-Year Contract with WGN-Ch. 9

According to reports from Bruce Levine, Patrick Mooney and Carrie Muskat, the Cubs are set to announce a new five-year contract with WGN-TV. The games will only be available on WGN Ch.9 in the Chicagoland area. WGN America will not be televising the games based on the superstation’s decision to move away from sports programming […]

Cubs and ABC-7 Announce TV Broadcast Partnership to Air 25 Games Per Year Through 2019 Season

The Chicago Cubs and ABC-7/WLS-TV made it official and announced a television partnership Friday morning that runs through the 2019 season. ABC-7 will televise 25 games per year beginning with the 2015 season. The Cubs will make an official announcement soon of the media partner for the remaining games not under contract to Comcast SportsNet […]

Report: Cubs Nearing a Deal with WLS-Ch. 7 to Televise 25 Games in 2015

According to a report from the Tribune, the Cubs are close to a deal with WLS-Ch. 7 (ABC) to televise part the games previously carried by WGN TV through the 2019 season. Robert Channick reported “the ABC-owned station is expected to carry 25 games per season beginning in April. The station would air games in […]

Report: Cubs Talking to Tribune Media about Televising Games Next Season on WGN

Three days after Bruce Levine reported Crane Kenney met with the President of Tribune Broadcasting, Larry Wert at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Tribune confirmed the team is exploring a return to WGN-TV for the 2015 season. The Cubs exercised an opt out in its contract with WGN-TV, the team’s long-time television partner, last November and […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Not Included on Cole Hamels Updated No-Trade List

Happy Veterans Day A tip of the cap to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and served our country to protect our freedom, you are the true heroes. Cole Hamels has a clause in the six-year, $144 million extension he signed in July 2012 that allows him to submit a no-trade list by Nov. […]

Cubs Could Reportedly Announce New TV Deal This Week

According to a report from the Tribune, the Cubs could make an announcement this week concerning the team’s new television contract. The Cubs exercised a clause in its contract with WGN TV last fall to prevent an option from kicking in that would have locked the Cubs in its current TV deal with WGN through […]

Report: Cubs Looking Into Multicast Options for TV Rights

According to a report from Ed Sherman, Crane Kenney is exploring options for the Cubs’ TV rights that might include multicast outlets. The team is looking for ways to either get a jump-start on its own network or find a new local partner. Crane Kenney has been discussing the Cubs desire to have its own […]

Report: Cubs Talking to Fox about TV Rights

According to a report from Patrick Mooney, the Cubs “are in talks with Fox about their broadcasting future” as the team looks to maximize their television revenue. A deal with Fox would end the Cubs relationship with WGN “and potentially lay the groundwork for a second regional sports network in Chicago.” The Cubs exercised an […]