Tuesday, ESPN announced a slate of 10 games to be televised on the network over the first week of the 2018 season, including a quadrupleheader on Opening Day.
The first game will be the Cubs’ season opener against the Marlins in Miami, and in the announcement ESPN also set a time for this game: 11:30 a.m. CT.
The ESPN broadcast will be subject to blackout in the Chicago market, which means we’ll get a Cubs broadcast either on WGN-TV or NBC Sports Chicago (the new name for CSN Chicago, and we’ll all have to get used to that new channel name).
Here’s ESPN’s complete game schedule for the first several days of the 2018 season. All games on ESPN’s main channel except as noted:
Thursday, March 29: Cubs at Marlins, 11:30 a.m. CT
Thursday, March 29: Astros at Rangers, 2:30 p.m. CT
Thursday, March 29: Giants at Dodgers, 6 p.m. CT
Thursday, March 29: Indians at Mariners, 9 p.m. CT
Sunday, April 1: Cardinals at Mets, noon CT
Sunday, April 1: Giants at Dodgers, 7:30 p.m. CT
Monday, April 2: Rays at Yankees, noon CT
Monday, April 2: Orioles at Astros, 6 p.m. CT
Monday, April 2: Indians at Angels, 9 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Tuesday, April 3: Indians at Angels, 9 p.m. CT
The Giants/Dodgers games will be exclusive to ESPN.