The Daily CCO: Cubs Show Significant Ratings Increase, Pace-of-Play and Other News and Notes

The buzz the Cubs created in the off-season and throughout Spring Training translated into “massive year-to-year TV ratings” on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet announced Thursday, the day after the Cubs wrapped up its first winning April in seven years (2008), that the Cubs “posted significant television ratings for the first month of the 2015 MLB […]

The Daily CCO: Batting the Pitcher Eighth and Other Cubs News

The Cubs have played 16 games and in each of those games Joe Maddon has batted his pitcher eighth. And when his team is finally able to play game No. 17, Jake Arrieta will hit eighth in that lineup as well. Joe Maddon’s decision to bat his pitcher eighth has come with more than its […]

Cubs Announce 2015 Regular Season Television Broadcast Schedule

The Cubs announced Friday its 2015 regular season television schedule featuring broadcasts from Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV Ch. 9 and WLS-TV/ABC-7. The Cubs open the 2015 regular season on Sunday Night Baseball against the St. Louis Cardinals in what should be a match-up between LHP Jon Lester and RHP Adam Wainwright. ESPN2 will broadcast the first […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Could Be Close to Announcing New Broadcast Partners

The Cubs were expected to announce the team’s new radio partner by Opening Day, but both the first game of the year and the home opener passed without an announcement. According to a report from Chicago Business Journal, the Cubs could be close to announcing their new broadcast partners. Lewis Lazare reported “decisions about which […]