Many of you have been wondering if and when the Marquee Sports Network would have a deal for streaming Cubs games.
Monday, the network announced that they have an agreement with the Hulu+ Live TV service.
Marquee Sports Network debuts this Saturday, February 22 when the network airs the Cubs’ first Spring Training game against the Oakland Athletics from Sloan Park in Mesa. Hulu subscribers will have access to Marquee Sports Network.
“We are thrilled to partner with Hulu and add them to our growing list of over 30 affiliates who will carry the network,” said Mike McCarthy, general manager, Marquee Sports Network, in a statement. “We’ve heard from countless Hulu subscribers who were keenly interested to see their favorite baseball team. And now, they will!”
If you subscribe to Hulu, you will be able to access Marquee Sports Network on a tablet, computer, laptop, mobile device or smart TV through the Hulu + Live TV service.
I do want to note that the press release announcing this deal mentioned that “at least 145 regular season games” would be carried on the network. The previous assumption was that 150 games would be on Marquee and 12 would be carried by Fox-TV or ESPN. This announcement indicates that up to 17 games could be on other sources besides Marquee.
In any case, this is good news for cord-cutters who subscribe to Hulu. There’s still no word regarding a deal between Marquee and Comcast, the largest cable provider in the Chicago area. When further carriage deals with Marquee are announced, I will post the information here.