Chicago Cubs: The confusion surrounding the future of TV broadcasts

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Chicago Cubs: Facebook and the Chicago Cubs Regional Sports Network

Remember the Facebook games from last season? To tell you the truth, I don’t even know if that actually happened – I couldn’t find it online and I am considered “online friendly,” by most kids 10 and younger.

Whatever happened to the all Cubs network (still not a bad idea – resume in the mail) that was to keep fans satisfied with history, old games, interviews and reports? I was saving my duckets to be the first subscriber. We’ve got one of the top five franchises in baseball and most of the other top MLB teams already have a sports network for their diamond heroes. Even a small city like Boston has a regional sports network these days. It’s like not having Twitter – who doesn’t?

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The Cubs can easily follow one of these other franchises business plans and be on air and online in no time. What are they waiting for?

Most folks thought the Cubs would fall in line with the other Chicago sports franchises like the Blackhawks, White Sox and Chicago Bulls but John Ourand of the Chicago Sports Business Journal recently reported:

"The Cubs still could cut a deal to remain part of NBC Sports Chicago with the other three teams, but that scenario does not look likely, according to sources…Cubs executives have been open about their desire to control their local media rights when their current deal ends in 2020, spending much of the past three years discussing such a move publicly. The team has placed packages of games on WGN, the local ABC affiliate and Facebook."

There we go with Facebook again. This stuff is as clear as mud and no one is asking, “What is the future of Cubs broadcasts?”  From what I have personally experienced this past season, I would say that the future of Cubs broadcasts is in the archive.

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