One of the challenges the Cubs’ new TV channel, the Marquee Sports Network, is facing is acquiring coverage on various cable and satellite systems across the USA.
The network has taken the first step toward that, according to this article from Cord Cutters News (who knew there was such a publication?), quoting a statement from Sinclair Broadcasting, a co-owner of the channel:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI), and AT&T have agreed on a multi-year agreement across DIRECTV, AT&T TV and U-verse for continued carriage of Sinclair’s owned local broadcast stations and Tennis Channel, for future carriage of Marquee Sports Network, a regional sports network featuring games of the Chicago Cubs launching in 2020, as well as for the 21 RSN brands Sinclair recently acquired and the YES Network, in which Sinclair is a joint-venture partner.
So, for those of you who subscribe to DIRECTV, AT&T TV and U-verse, you’ll be able to watch Cubs games next year.
This still leaves several of the main cable carriers not yet signed up for the Marquee Network, including Comcast, which covers a large portion of the Chicago metropolitan area.
The article notes that more should be available regarding this topic soon. We’ll keep you posted.