Sinclair Broadcast Group said Tuesday it expects to generate signficant cash — up to $50 million annually — from the Chicago Cubs regional sports network it will launch in 2020.,Chris Ripley, Sinclair’s president and chief executive officer, said the Maryland-based broadcaster is looking at the Cubs TV network, announced earlier this month, as a boon to the bottom line and a model to partner with other teams.,The Marquee Sports Network, as it will be called, will become the exclusive TV home of the Cubs, ending 70 years of local over-the-air broadcasts and moving all of the games to cable and satellite.,The current Cubs local TV schedule is split between WGN-Ch.9, WLS-Ch.7 and NBC Sports Chicago, the regional sports network formed in 2004.,The Cubs represent Sinclair's first foray in a regional sports network.

NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2019 White Sox and Cubs Spring Training multi-platform coverage details originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com

Chicago, IL (February 7, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2019 MLB season as it gets set to deliver southside and northside baseball fans with its most extensive cross-platform White Sox & Cubs Cactus League Spring Training coverage to date featuring special remote editions of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, along with in-depth reports and video offerings at NBCSportsChicago.com and via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app and much more (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).,Note the following highlights beginning next Monday, February 11: read more

Chicago, IL (February 12, 2019) -- NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - along with the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN), will deliver LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Wrestling State Championships on Friday, February 15 & Saturday, February 16 from the sold-out Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines, IA.,In addition -- EVERY IHSAA Wrestling State Championship telecast on NBC Sports Chicago will be made available LIVE to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at  Fans can also visit IHSNN.com to access the NBCSportsChicago.com live stream.,For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: In addition to multiple cable and telco providers throughout the state of Iowa, NBC Sports Chicago is also available throughout the entire state on satellite via DIRECTV (ch.,For a complete schedule, cable/satellite channel locations, live streaming information, and additional details about NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships, fans are urged to visit the action for NBC Sports Chicago’s live coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships features Iowa/National Wrestling Hall of Famer Mark Ironside handling play-by-play, along with veteran Iowa sports radio & TV broadcaster Bob Selby providing expert analysis.,PROGRAMMING NOTE:  NBC Sports Chicago will carry and provide live stream coverage of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships, featuring eight playoff semifinal match-ups (airing March 6-7), along with live coverage of the Class 1A-4A state title games (airing March 8).

The Chicago Cubs are teaming with Sinclair Broadcast Group to launch a regional sports network in February 2020 that will become the exclusive television home of the Cubs.,It marks the end of more than 70 years of over-the-air broadcasts for the Cubs, and the beginning of an ambitious endeavor to sell cable and satellite providers on the value of the carrying the new regional network — no sure thing in an increasingly fragmented world of cable TV.,But if all goes according to plan and cable providers from Southwest Michigan to Iowa — Major League Baseball’s designated home broadcast turf for the team — agree to carry the new network, viewers will have no choice but to watch local Cubs games on pay TV.,Having their own channel will enable the Cubs to have all of their programming in one place, versus splitting the games between two broadcast stations — WGN-Ch.9 and WLS-Ch.7 — and sharing coverage with the Bulls, Blackhawks and White Sox on NBC Sports Chicago, formerly Comcast SportsNet, the regional sports network formed in 2004.,But in the five years since the Cubs planted the seed of the regional sports network, the pay-TV landscape has changed dramatically, with cord cutting and skinny bundles squeezing the carriage fees cable companies are willing to pay for even sports, long the most valuable programming commodity.

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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IF THE NFL IS DOING its sly diligence -- as its officiating crew yellow-flagged so magnificently in holding the audience deep into New Orleans's 20-14 NFC semi over Philadelphia last Sunday -- there is simply no way young magic man Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (-3) don't bounce New England in the AFC Championship game Sunday (CBS, 5:40 p.m.).,As for the Saints (-3, tiny push to 3½) and the visiting L.A. Rams (Fox, 2:05 p.m.), if the NFL allows the game to be played organically the whole way through -- extremely unlikely -- New Orleans can name the final.,THE LATE RED RUSH -- without question, one of the two or three most colorful play-by-play men in the history of Chicago sportscasting and the best pitchman that Gonnella Bread ever had -- will finally be appropriately honored by Loyola University.,… Broadcast hop-in of the week was Snoop Dogg, who assisted in the call of the L.A. Kings win over Pittsburgh last Saturday.,… CBS's meteoric Tony Romo, asked by one national reporter to break down the top young QBs in the NFL, had Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson.

Prep Boys Basketball BSN Classic at Heritage: Georgetown-Ridge Farm vs. Indiana Math and Science, 10 a.m. BSN Classic at Heritage: Salt Fork vs. Centralia Lutheran, 11:30 a.m.

Bi-County Holiday Tournament at Fountain Central, third place: Fountain Central vs. Attica, 3 p.m. Bi-County Holiday Tournament at Fountain Central, championship: Covington vs. Seeger, 6:30 p.m. Pontiac Holiday Tournament: Danville vs. Warren or West Aurora, 4 p.m. BSN Classic at Heritage: vs. Blue Ridge, 4 p.m. BSN Classic at Heritage: North Vermillion vs. Judah Christian, 5:30 p.m. Tri-County Tournament at Kansas: Westville vs.TBD Prep Girls Basketball Charleston Holiday Tournament: Danville vs.TBD, 10:30 a.m. Bi-County Holiday Tournament at Fountain Central, third-place: Fountain Central vs. Attica or Seeger, 1:30 p.m. Blue Devil Classic: Salt Fork vs. Cissna Park, 1 p.m. Blue Devil Classic: Westville vs. South Vermillion, 2:30 p..,m Blue Devil Classic: North Vermillion vs. Villa Grove/Heritage, 2:30 p.m. Braggin Rights Classic in Cincinnati: Schlarman Academy vs. Columbus (Ohio) Africentric Early College, 3 p.m. Tri-City/Sangamon Valley Holiday Tournament: Armstrong-Potomac vs. TBD, 3:30 p.m. Blue Devil Classic: vs. Benton Central, 4 p.m. Bi-County Holiday Tournament at Fountain Central, championship: Covington vs. Attica or Seeger, 5 p.m. Prep Wrestling Fountain Central at Twin Lakes Super 6 Tournament, 8 a.m. Danville at Lincoln Invitational, 11 a.m. Hoopeston Area at Porta Oakwood/Salt Fork, Seeger and Westville/Georgetown-Ridge Farm at New Year's Challenge at Palmer Arena read more