In recent years, many minor-league teams have begun to televise their games. This is a great thing for promoting the game within the local market where the team plays, but even with that, these games are often not broadcast outside that local market unless you sign up for MiLB.TV.
That’s going to change, at least for the Iowa Cubs in 2021. Marquee Sports Network announced Wednesday that they will be carrying 14 Iowa Cubs games — no blackouts! — for its subscribers in the Cubs market territory.
“When Marquee launched, it was our pledge to provide Cubs fans with as much live Cubs programming as possible,” said Marquee Sports Network General Manager Mike McCarthy in a statement. “We’re thrilled that minor league baseball is back and we look forward to watching the future Cubs this season.”
“We are so excited to start this partnership with Marquee Sports Network and bring Iowa Cubs games into the homes of Cubs fans all across the Marquee viewing area,” said Iowa Cubs President/GM Sam Bernabe in a statement. “We’re thrilled to show more fans the beauty of Principal Park while they check out the prospects and players that will be helping the major league club throughout the year.”
Here’s the 14-game TV schedule for the Iowa Cubs on Marquee (subject to change, the network notes). All of these are I-Cubs home games played at Principal Park (pictured above):
Some of these are on off days for the parent club; others are in the opposite time slot to the Chicago Cubs game that day (afternoon when the Cubs are playing at night and vice versa). I-Cubs broadcasters led by Alex Cohen will call these games.