But unlike HBO and “Game of Thrones,” WGN and the Cubs aren’t hyping their final season together after 72 years.,In my first year as Cubs beat writer in 1997, WGN televised 144 games.,The following January, the Cubs owners — Tribune Co. — decided to reduce the WGN schedule to 92 games, placing 62 games on CLTV, the company’s local cable news channel.,Fans gradually grew accustomed to watching more games on cable, and in 2003 the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks began their own sports channel, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which is now NBC Sports Chicago.,WGN will televise the Cubs' season opener — likely for the last time »

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Today, Charlie and I not only live close to each other — we work in the same industry, have offices on the same block in downtown Tallahassee, and share a passion for Florida State University athletics.,“Court filing suggests Ron DeSantis may not challenge ruling on smoking medical pot” via Arek Sarkissian of POLITICO Florida — In a questionnaire, known as a “docketing statement,” filed with the court, House general counsel Adam Tanenbaum held out the “possibility” that the Department of Health “will not defend” a provision in the state medical cannabis law that banned patients from smoking the drug.,Well, duh — “School choice a priority for DeSantis, Richard Corcoran” via AG Gancarski of Florida Politics — DeSantis‘ Education and Workforce Development Committee continued deliberations … A previous meeting of the group emphasized school choice and accountability, concepts that jibe with the reform agenda of incoming Education Commissioner Corcoran.,Meanwhile … “ ” via Jeff Schweers of the Tallahassee Democrat — The Florida Commission on Ethics will hold a probable cause hearing Jan. 25 to decide on a recommendation from the state prosecutor assigned to the case, said Tallahassee businessman Erwin Jackson, who filed the complaint against Gillum.,“ ” via Danny McAuliffe of Florida Politics — Fried, a Democrat, notably opted to hire the agency’s Deputy Commissioner Alan Edwards, who serves in his current capacity under Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican.

But Rudnick is among a growing number of consumers who are turning to over-the-air digital antennas a one-time investment of as little as $20 as a way to slash their monthly video subscription costs.Research firms and electronics manufacturers say cord-cutting consumers such as Rudnick have driven up TV antenna sales and usage in recent years.,These value-conscious streamers, as they are known in the industry, are willing to cobble together a mosaic of video sources to replace the traditional pay TV bundle, which now costs an average of $107 a month, according to a recent study by the Leichtman Research Group.This year, 8.1 million over-the-air TV antennas will be delivered to retailers in the U.S., up 2% from last year and 8% over 2016, according to the Consumer Technology Assn.Nielsen estimates that 13.8% of U.S. homes depend on antennas to get their TV, up from 10.3% in 2014.,Research firm GfK North America puts the number of over-the-air TV homes at 16.4 million.The rapid acceleration of cord-cutting has put heavy pressure on the cable industry and media companies that own pay TV channels that depend on the steady revenue stream that subscribers provide.,The number of consumers whove canceled traditional pay TV service is expected to climb 33% to nearly 25 million this year, according to estimates from research firm eMarketer.Though worrisome for Hollywood, the trend has been a boon to antenna manufacturers like Channel Master.,Station ownership groups and the media conglomerates get a cut of pay TV subscriber fees, giving them little incentive to promote over-the-air antenna use.Consumers largely have to depend on manufacturer websites or blogs such as Cordcutters.com to learn which channels are available over the air in their area and which antenna is right for them.We do a terrible job of explaining that your local stations are available over the air for free, said Neal Sabin, vice chairman of Weigel Broadcasting, a Chicago-based TV station group.

Beginning next week, TV customers on Verizon FiOS and Charter’s Spectrum service could be hit by widespread channel blackouts after the companies’ contracts with major programming giants expire.,Verizon’s 4.5 million TV customers could lose access to ESPN, Freeform and the Disney Channel and other networks belonging to Disney, as well as ABC affiliates based in Philadelphia and New York, on Dec. 31.,The contract fight between Verizon and Disney has spilled out into the public this week, with both companies sending out messages to customers notifying them who will be to blame if a new deal isn’t signed by the deadline.,Verizon began delivering emails to customers on Wednesday accusing Disney of trying to jack up its prices for content, as well as attempting to force Verizon TV subscribers to pay for an additional channel devoted to regional sports, the ACC Network.,NFL playoffs could also become harder to access for Spectrum customers as a result of its dispute with Tribune, according to a company spokesman, because Tribune operates CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates in various markets.

"In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality," James said during the episode.,Several small-market general managers were upset the NBA did not intervene after James started openly recruiting New Orleans Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis, according to a report.,The general managers want the league to enforce its tampering rules against James, ESPN.com reported.,ESPN noted that the NBA's bylaws prevent a player from directly or indirectly persuading a player to join another NBA team.,James has been clamouring for another big-name player to join the Lakers and expressed a desire to play with Carmelo Anthony, who is still technically on the Rockets.

"In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality," James said during the episode.,Several small-market general managers were upset the NBA did not intervene after James started openly recruiting New Orleans Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis, according to a report.,The general managers want the league to enforce its tampering rules against James, ESPN.com reported.,ESPN noted that the NBA's bylaws prevent a player from directly or indirectly persuading a player to join another NBA team.,James has been clamouring for another big-name player to join the Lakers and expressed a desire to play with Carmelo Anthony, who is still technically on the Rockets.

"In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality," James said during the episode.,Several small-market general managers were upset the NBA did not intervene after James started openly recruiting New Orleans Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis, according to a report.,The general managers want the league to enforce its tampering rules against James, ESPN.com reported.,ESPN noted that the NBA's bylaws prevent a player from directly or indirectly persuading a player to join another NBA team.,James has been clamouring for another big-name player to join the Lakers and expressed a desire to play with Carmelo Anthony, who is still technically on the Rockets.

But Lee said the broken rib he suffered in Round 2 of his June 8 fight against Jose Hernandez at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont tops the list of most pain he has felt in a boxing ring., While Lee is unable to pinpoint exactly where his relentlessness comes from, he remembers feeling the same way at 8 years old, the first time he stepped into the boxing ring., "I sparred a 10-year-old kid and he gave me a bloody nose," Lee said, laughing as he relived his first fight., He used the time spent in and out of the hospital to dive into sports psychology and science, devouring books by people such as life coach Tony Robbins and neuroscientist Joe Dispenza, and learning a visualization process that Lee says powers him through big fights, high-profile speeches and more., Currently ranked third in the World Boxing Organization's light heavyweight division, Lee already is looking ahead to his next fight, pain aside.