Chicago Cubs: A team-based regional sports network or Fox News clone?
So back to the notion that Sinclair Broadcast Group will begin to promulgate the Republican Party and its ideals when they finally begin to produce the long-awaited Cubs TV network; does this mean Cubs baseball is being invaded by politics? I guess we’ll have to see if the show feels like an ESPN, MLB.TV show or a Fox News special.
We’ll also see who the sponsors and endorsements come from in between Cubs programming. Heck, I can always watch or walk away during commercials and truth be told, most times I just record the shows and fast forward through the ads these days. That’s what’s great about technology – freedom to choose.
Unless I see Anthony Rizzo or Ben Zobrist commercials saying, “Vote for whoever…” I won’t believe Cubs baseball has turned political. When I go to the game, I’m not checking what political party card everyone is carrying that is sitting around me. We laugh, yell, chant, drink, eat, dance and sing – together.
Just like when the whole stadium sings “Take me out to the ballgame…” We aren’t Democrats, Republicans or Independents ( a case can be made for the Bleacher Bums) and we aren’t black, white, Hispanic or Asian; upper class or middle class; we’re Cubs fans – everybody in!
Fans just aren’t that interested in politics when there is a World Series to win. I hope the Ricketts, Sinclair and Kelley remember that. Fans need to remember that just because we don’t want politics in our game or on our sports network, doesn’t mean someone isn’t trying to put it there.