Marquee Sports Network, the new TV home of the Chicago Cubs set to launch Saturday Feb. 22, announced a partnership with the streaming platform Hulu.
Hulu joins a list of more than 30 affiliates that will carry Marquee including deals with AT&T and RCN, but the network remains without a carriage agreement with Comcast, Chicago’s largest cable provider serving nearly half the area’s homes.
“We are thrilled to partner with Hulu and add them to our growing list of over 30 affiliates who will carry the network,” general manager, Marquee Sports Network Mike McCarthy said in the press announcement. “We’ve heard from countless Hulu subscribers who were keenly interested to see their favorite baseball team. And now, they will!”
Marquee game broadcasts will only be available to Hulu subscribers within the Cubs’ area as defined by Major League Baseball, which includes all of Illinois, portions of Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana. Hulu cannot be used elsewhere to access Cubs’ broadcasts, MLB instead offers its Extra Innings package for out-of-market games.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
NFL Ratings on CBS Off to Best Start Since 2010
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season.
The NFL of CBS is behemoth to start the 2022 season. This past weekend saw the more massive ratings for the network.
Sunday’s national game window, which was led the Patriots-Packers overtime game, averaged 24.647 million viewers which was the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since 1998, when the NFL returned to CBS. It’s also a ratings increase of 8% from last season.
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season, CBS‘ best start to a season since 2010.
ESPN Asked NHL For More Games on Linear TV
“It’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure.”
The 2021-2022 NHL season was the first of a new media rights deal that saw the league’s games air nationally on ESPN and TNT.
The 2022-2023 season will see more games on linear television, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says that’s from ESPN’s insistence.
When asked by Sports Business Journal‘s Alex Silverman about a noticeably larger linear television schedule for the upcoming season, Bettman said “We’re happy to have it, but it’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure. Although, last year and the way things were balanced was a terrific year for us. Ratings were up, viewership was up, connectivity on all platforms for our fans was up. And ESPN and Turner have done an incredible job, and we’re grateful to be with them.”
Last season, ESPN and ABC only aired 28 games on linear television, 18 airing on ESPN or ESPN2 and 10 on ABC. 75 regular season games were exclusive to ESPN+ and Hulu.
This year, 52 games will air between the two networks with 37 games on ESPN or ESPN2 and 15 games on ABC. The Walt Disney Company has exclusive rights to 103 NHL broadcasts during the 2022-2023 season, including the opening night double header, the All-Star Skills Competition and All-Star Game, and the NHL Stadium Series.
FOX Ends MLB Regular Season Coverage With Highest Audience of Season
FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves).
FOX’s regular season coverage of MLB ended so strongly that it featured the best Saturday night baseball telecast on the network all season.
FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves). The Mets-Braves series was a battle of two teams trying to win the National League East division.