Chicago Cubs: new sports broadcast network a political pawn?

Todd Ricketts /Chicago Cubs (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Chicago Cubs: Potential broadcast partner could be telling

Now it seems that politics may be drawing closer than ever to the ball field as the future Chicago Cubs Regional Sports Network (CCRSN) television partner Sinclair Broadcast Group, a proud, right-leaning broadcasting company has joined the party – according to Sage Kelley of 12UP:

"So, what’s the problem with Sinclair? Earlier this year, they forced their anchors on almost 200 television stations to record a promo “informing” the audience about the dangers of fake news. The right-leaning media brand, however, is famous for defending and making apologies for ​the same U.S. President that weaponizes fake news to protect his fragile ego. The boilerplate statement read word-for-word by allegedly local journalists sets the stage for coordinated campaigns of disinformation, plain and simple."

The new Cubs television network isn’t expected to make its debut until 2020 and so Kelley may be a bit paranoid thinking Sinclair is ready to turn Cubs baseball fans into minions of the president. If Sinclair does decide to use the Cubs platform to reach conservative audiences, it isn’t out of the question to think we may be hearing, “Make America Great Again,” around Wrigley Field next.

There certainly is a little smoke there as the Ricketts have not had the best history running one of the most popular, national sports organizations out of the heartland.