Marquee Sports Network introduces itself to (parts) of Chicago

By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links

Chicago’s Marquee Sports Network launched Feb. 22, 2020 — sort of.

The network, which is the new home of Chicago Cubs baseball games, is a partnership between the Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Plans called for network to launch in time for the preseason coverage.

However, as Roger Feder observed, the network was “worst new product launch in memory.”

The network currently doesn’t have a carriage deal with Comcast’s Xfinity, meaning it’s not available on the Chicagoland’s largest cable provider, though cord cutters with Hulu Live TV subscriptions will find the network there. Other cable and satellite providers serving the region have inked deals with Marquee.

For those viewers, however, Feder also reports that many Cubs fans weren’t quite sure where to find the network on their lineup — thanks to “inadequate” marketing efforts.

Meantime, the network is moving back its big launch for the network to opening day, March 26 — maybe, reports Feder. That launch, whenever it happens, will also see the debut of a new studio from Devlin Design Group.

The network did air a stylized open and tribute to the Cubs when it officially went on the air over the weekend.