Photo illustration: Mike Bojanowski
Here's your handy guide to which TV channel you can find the Cubs broadcasts on, all season long.
The Cubs released their television schedule Wednesday; here's a good way for you to gauge how many games might be missed by you if you live outside of Chicago and the Cubs switch away from WGN-TV after 2014.
There will be 67 games on WGN; CSN Chicago is carrying 80 (including those listed as CSN+), and the balance of the local schedule will be on WCIU, eight games as usual. There are currently six games scheduled for Fox on Saturday, and one for ESPN on Sunday night. Two Sunday games are listed as "TBD" -- either or both could be chosen for a Sunday ESPN telecast. If they aren't, they'll likely wind up on WGN (as shown below; the count above includes those two).
Both Opening Day and the home opener are on WGN, which is a good thing.
For the White Sox series, the games Monday at the Cell and Wednesday at Wrigley will be on WGN with the Sox announcers, so three of those four games will be available nationally, so that'll be 69 total WGN games on which you can see the Cubs. The one game listed as WCIU/ESPN will be available on ESPN outside the Chicago market.
Also of interest: June 7, June 21, July 12, August 2 and August 16. These five Friday dates are listed with a TBD starting time; the Cubs have expressed interest in making these 3:05 starts. Personally, I hope they don't.
Here's the entire day-by-day broadcast schedule. All games (outside the Chicago market) are available on MLB.TV. All times Central.
Date Opponent Time Channel Mon, 4/1 at Pirates 12:35p WGN Wed, 4/3 at Pirates 6:O5p CSN Thu, 4/4 at Pirates 11:35a WGN Fri, 4/5 at Braves 6:3Op CSN+ Sat, 4/6 at Braves 6:1Op WGN Sun, 4/7 at Braves 12:35p CSN Mon, 4/8 Brewers 1:2Op WGN Tue, 4/9 Brewers 7:O5p WGN Wed, 4/1O Brewers 7:O5p CSN+ Thu, 4/11 Giants 1:2Op CSN Fri, 4/12 Giants 1:2Op CSN Sat, 4/13 Giants 12:O5p FOX Sun, 4/14 Giants 1:2Op WGN Tue, 4/16 Rangers 7:O5p CSN Wed, 4/17 Rangers 7:O5p WGN Thu, 4/18 Rangers 1:2Op WGN Fri, 4/19 at Brewers 7:1Op WCIU Sat, 4/2O at Brewers 6:1Op CSN Sun, 4/21 at Brewers 1:1Op CSN Mon, 4/22 at Reds 6:1Op CSN Tue, 4/23 at Reds 6:1Op WGN Wed, 4/24 at Reds 11:35a CSN Thu, 4/25 at Marlins 6:1Op WCIU Fri, 4/26 at Marlins 6:1Op WGN Sat, 4/27 at Marlins 6:1Op CSN+ Sun, 4/28 at Marlins 12:1Op CSN Mon, 4/29 Padres 7:O5p CSN Tue, 4/3O Padres 7:O5p WCIU Wed, 5/1 Padres 7:O5p CSN Thu, 5/2 Padres 1:2Op CSN Fri, 5/3 Reds 1:2Op CSN Sat, 5/4 Reds 12:O5p CSN Sun, 5/5 Reds 1:20p WGN Tue, 5/7 Cardinals 7:O5p WGN Wed, 5/8 Cardinals 1:2Op CSN Fri, 5/1O at Nationals 6:O5p WCIU Sat, 5/11 at Nationals 3:O5p CSN Sun, 5/12 at Nationals 12:35p WGN Mon, 5/13 Rockies 7:O5p WCIU Tue, 5/14 Rockies 7:O5p CSN Wed, 5/15 Rockies 7:O5p CSN Fri, 5/17 Mets 1:2Op WGN Sat, 5/18 Mets 12:O5p CSN Sun, 5/19 Mets 1:2Op WGN Tue, 5/21 at Pirates 6:O5p CSN Wed, 5/22 at Pirates 6:O5p WGN Thu, 5/23 at Pirates 11:35a CSN Fri, 5/24 at Reds 6:1Op WGN Sat, 5/25 at Reds 3:1Op WGN Sun, 5/26 at Reds 12:1Op CSN Mon, 5/27 at White Sox 6:1Op CSN Tue, 5/28 at White Sox 7:1Op WCIU Wed, 5/29 White Sox 1:2Op CSN Thu, 5/3O White Sox 1:2Op WGN Fri, 5/31 D-backs 1:2Op CSN Sat, 6/1 D-backs 6:15p FOX Sun, 6/2 D-backs 1:2Op WGN Tue, 6/4 at Angels 9:O5p WGN Wed, 6/5 at Angels 6:O5p CSN Fri, 6/7 Pirates TBD WGN Sat, 6/8 Pirates 3:O5p CSN Sun, 6/9 Pirates 1:2Op WGN Mon, 6/1O Reds 7:O5p CSN Tue, 6/11 Reds 7:O5p WGN Wed, 6/12 Reds 1:2Op CSN Thu, 6/13 Reds 1:2Op CSN Fri, 6/14 at Mets 6:1Op CSN Sat, 6/15 at Mets 12:1Op CSN Sun, 6/16 at Mets 12:1Op WGN Mon, 6/17 at Cardinals 6:O5p WCIU/ESPN Tue, 6/18 at Cardinals 7:15p CSN Wed, 6/19 at Cardinals 7:15p CSN Thu, 6/2O at Cardinals 7:15p WGN Fri, 6/21 Astros TBD CSN Sat, 6/22 Astros 3:O5p WGN Sun, 6/23 Astros 1:2Op CSN Tue, 6/25 at Brewers 7:1Op CSN Wed, 6/26 at Brewers 7:1Op WGN Thu, 6/27 at Brewers 1:1Op CSN Fri, 6/28 at Mariners 9:1Op WGN Sat, 6/29 at Mariners 6:15p FOX Sun, 6/3O at Mariners 3:1Op CSN Tue, 7/2 at Athletics 9:O5p CSN Wed, 7/3 at Athletics 9:O5p CSN+ Thu, 7/4 at Athletics 3:O5p WGN Fri, 7/5 Pirates TBD CSN Sat, 7/6 Pirates 3:O5p WGN Sun, 7/7 Pirates 1:2Op WGN Tue, 7/9 Angels 7:O5p CSN Wed, 7/1O Angels 7:05p WGN Thu, 7/11 Cardinals 7:05p CSN Fri, 7/12 Cardinals TBD WGN Sat, 7/13 Cardinals 6:15p FOX Sun, 7/14 Cardinals 7:O5p ESPN Fri, 7/19 at Rockies 7:4Op WGN Sat, 7/2O at Rockies 7:1Op WGN Sun, 7/21 at Rockies 3:1Op CSN Mon, 7/22 at D-backs 8:4Op CSN Tue, 7/23 at D-backs 8:4Op WGN Wed, 7/24 at D-backs 8:4Op CSN+ Thu, 7/25 at D-backs 8:4Op WGN Fri, 7/26 at Giants 9:15p WGN Sat, 7/27 at Giants 8:O5p CSN Sun, 7/28 at Giants 3:O5p WGN Mon, 7/29 Brewers 7:O5p CSN Tue, 7/3O Brewers 7:O5p CSN Wed, 7/31 Brewers 7:05p WGN Thu, 8/1 Dodgers 7:O5p CSN Fri, 8/2 Dodgers TBD WGN Sat, 8/3 Dodgers 3:O5p FOX Sun, 8/4 Dodgers 1:2Op WGN Tue, 8/6 at Phillies 6:O5p CSN Wed, 8/7 at Phillies 6:O5p WCIU Thu, 8/8 at Phillies 12:O5p CSN Fri, 8/9 at Cardinals 7:15p WGN Sat, 8/1O at Cardinals 6:15p WGN Sun, 8/11 at Cardinals 1:15p WGN Mon, 8/12 Reds 7:O5p CSN+ Tue, 8/13 Reds 7:O5p CSN Wed, 8/14 Reds 1:2Op WGN Fri, 8/16 Cardinals TBD CSN Sat, 8/17 Cardinals 12:O5p CSN Sun, 8/18 Cardinals TBD WGN or ESPN Mon, 8/19 Nationals 7:O5p CSN Tue, 8/2O Nationals 7:O5p CSN Wed, 8/21 Nationals 7:O5p WGN Thu, 8/22 Nationals 1:2Op WGN Fri, 8/23 at Padres 9:1Op CSN Sat, 8/24 at Padres 7:4Op WGN Sun, 8/25 at Padres 3:1Op WGN Mon, 8/26 at Dodgers 9:1Op CSN Tue, 8/27 at Dodgers 9:1Op WGN Wed, 8/28 at Dodgers 2:1Op CSN Fri, 8/3O Phillies 1:2Op WGN Sat, 8/31 Phillies 3:O5p CSN Sun, 9/1 Phillies TBD WGN or ESPN Mon, 9/2 Marlins 1:2Op WGN Tue, 9/3 Marlins 7:O5p CSN Wed, 9/4 Marlins 1:2Op CSN Fri, 9/6 Brewers 1:2Op WGN Sat, 9/7 Brewers 12:O5p FOX Sun, 9/8 Brewers 1:2Op WGN Mon, 9/9 at Reds 6:1Op CSN+ Tue, 9/1O at Reds 6:1Op CSN Wed, 9/11 at Reds 11:35a WGN Thu, 9/12 at Pirates 6:O5p WGN Fri, 9/13 at Pirates 6:O5p CSN Sat, 9/14 at Pirates 6:O5p CSN Sun, 9/15 at Pirates 12:35p WGN Mon, 9/16 at Brewers 7:1Op WGN Tue, 9/17 at Brewers 7:1Op CSN Wed, 9/18 at Brewers 7:1Op CSN+ Thu, 9/19 at Brewers 1:1Op WGN Fri, 9/2O Braves 1:2Op CSN Sat, 9/21 Braves 3:O5p WGN Sun, 9/22 Braves 1:2Op WGN Mon, 9/23 Pirates 7:O5p CSN Tue, 9/24 Pirates 7:O5p CSN Wed, 9/25 Pirates 1:2Op WGN Fri, 9/27 at Cardinals 7:15p CSN Sat, 9/28 at Cardinals 6:15p WGN Sun, 9/29 at Cardinals 1:15p CSN