Marquee, Comcast Reach Deal Ahead Of Opener

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By 670 The Score
(670 The Score) The Cubs' new Marquee Sports Network reached a carriage deal with Comcast late Thursday night, just in time for broadcasting on Opening Day on Friday.

In agreeing with Comcast, Marquee struck a deal with the largest television carrier in Chicago and the surrounding region. It ends months of efforts and concerns as to whether the Cubs' opening game would be blacked out throughout Chicago.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney declined to discuss terms of the deal, only saying it's a multi-year carriage contract.

"We thought Opening Day was going to be in March and we'd get it done then," Kenney said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Friday morning. "But Opening Day is in July, so it took us a little longer.

"We were very happy with the terms we reached, as is Comcast. So, it's a win-win for everyone. Just wish it hadn't taken so long. I know for our Cubs fans who are Xfinity subscribers, it was unnerving to watch."

The deal between Marquee and Comcast also includes the expansion of the Cubs' television market into Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, where the team's games were previously unavailable on NBC Sports Chicago.

Marquee had previously reached carriage deals with more than 40 distributors in addition to several streaming services. The network was close to a deal with Comcast in early March before the coronavirus pandemic postponed the start of the MLB season.

The Cubs open the 60-game season by hosting the Brewers at Wrigley Field on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT. Fans with Comcast can watch the game on Marquee channel 202.

Every Cubs game can be heard broadcast on 670 The Score with Pat Hughes, Ron Coomer and Zach Zaidman.