Marquee Sports Network Announces Off-Season Program

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As the TV home of the Blackhawks, Bulls, and White Sox, NBC Sports Chicago doesn’t have an off-season. As the Cubs’ television home, Marquee Sports Network does so.

But that does not mean that it will go into hibernation. Marquee announced its Cubs off-season programming plans that include new shows, a new documentary, and new classic games.

“Cubs 360” will be broadcast weekly from November and will report on news from the off-season. It will report on-site on the December winter meeting in Orlando, Florida. The network will also present a documentary about Billy Williams, which will debut this winter.

Icons of the Ivy returns with a 2007-08 Cubs series. The round table show started this season with a discussion among five Cubs Hall of Famers. The network is discussing other shows, possibly involving the 1984 and ’89 teams.

Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will introduce a new series of “Cubs Classics” as part of a program day dedicated to him. Ryan Dempster’s “Off the Mound” show has already aired a new episode featuring Hall of Fame announcer Bob Costas.

Doug Glanville’s “Class is in Session” show will cover minor league baseball and the NIL ruling in college sports. Marquee also broadcasts Illinois state football home games and shows area college basketball teams when available. It will also broadcast ACC soccer and basketball games.

Remote patrol

Sky’s WNBA final over the Mercury was the league’s most-watched championship series since 2017. The four games drew an average of 548,000 viewers.

The most watched game of the series was Game 2, Mercury’s overtime win, which averaged 789,000 viewers and peaked at 1 million. Sky’s series clincher Sunday had an average of 417,000 viewers playing against the NFL.

Chicago was the top market in the four games with an average household rating of 1.8 (one rating point equals more than HH 31,000). That is double the rating in Phoenix, which took second place with Hartford-New Haven with 0.9.

  • CBS gives national treatment to Sunday’s Bears-Buccaneers game and casts the lead Jim Nantz, analyst Tony Romo and reporters Tracy Wolfson on the call. That probably has more to do with the fact that CBS gave away a game with Tom Brady. The network’s top crew also named Dolphins-Bucs on October 10th.
  • Blackhawks TV voice Pat Foley will make its regular season debut on NBC Sports Chicago on Thursday. He will name the game Sunday Eddie Olczyk and Wednesday with Patrick Sharp while Olczyk is in the service of TNT. Visit the Blackhawks website to follow their fluid broadcast teams.
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