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Old 06-29-2018, 11:11 PM
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Bruce Levine is reporting tonight at the Score web site (I know, take it with a grain of salt) that at the end of October 2019 WGN-TV is officially out of the sports business locally after almost 80 years.

He writes, "Either an entire cable package or some kind of subscription format will be in place for Chicago fans to purchase cable or digital sports programming after the present deal between NBC Sports Chicago and the Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bulls expires in the early fall of 2019."

He says the difference per baseball team between what they get from NBC Sports Chicago and WGN is 550,000 dollars per game. 750,000 vs. 200,000.

He also writes that the Cubs are hoping when they get their new broadcast rights to get ONE MILLION DOLLARS per game.

He also says that if the Cubs do go their own way the other three teams will have their own regional sports network be it back at NBC Sports Chicago or elsewhere since the relationship between JR and Rocky Wirtz is very solid.
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Old 06-30-2018, 04:45 AM
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Bruce Levine is reporting tonight at the Score web site (I know, take it with a grain of salt) that at the end of October 2019 WGN-TV is officially out of the sports business locally after almost 80 years.

He writes, "Either an entire cable package or some kind of subscription format will be in place for Chicago fans to purchase cable or digital sports programming after the present deal between NBC Sports Chicago and the Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bulls expires in the early fall of 2019."

He says the difference per baseball team between what they get from NBC Sports Chicago and WGN is 550,000 dollars per game. 750,000 vs. 200,000.

He also writes that the Cubs are hoping when they get their new broadcast rights to get ONE MILLION DOLLARS per game.

He also says that if the Cubs do go their own way the other three teams will have their own regional sports network be it back at NBC Sports Chicago or elsewhere since the relationship between JR and Rocky Wirtz is very solid.
Good for them if they can get it. You'll get nothing from me.
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Old 06-30-2018, 07:53 AM
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I'd be happy to see the north siders on their own channel / network. Hopefully, they'll take their cheerleaders with them when they leave NBC/Comcast Sports however it's called.

If the rumor is true, that will be one less reason to watch WGN. The only channel with more commercials is AMC. Other than the Sox and some Hawks games they have nothing to draw my attention. Lose those, and they're not worth tuning in.
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Old 06-30-2018, 08:03 AM
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I can't prove this, but I thought I heard somewhere the Sox and Cubs show by far the most games on regular TV in the league. Both teams show around 60-65 games, while the majority of the league teams only show 20-30.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:53 AM
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Most teams now have NO games on broadcast TV. The Mets have 25, the Yankees have 21. A handful of other teams broadcast 10 or fewer. Chicago (69 Cubs games, 55 Sox games) is the last city where there's a significant number of games on free TV.
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Old 07-02-2018, 12:39 PM
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I was really hoping this post was about Farmer and DJ no longer being part of the radio broadcasts, oh well..
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Old 07-02-2018, 01:03 PM
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Wow that's huge news. WGN has been covering baseball for as long as I've been alive. Mostly Cubs that's for sure, but I was happy the Sox went back in 1981 to the Superstation.

In years past I've watched 100+ Sox games a season, but with a new job switch I hardly get to see them now except on weekends. So a PPV package probably won't make sense for me.


PS. I hope WGN empties the vaults, I would love to get my hands on a WGN no hitters boxset similar to what the Yankees put out a few years back. I remember Joel Horlen's no hitter vs the Tigers in '67 followed by Kenny Holtzman's 2 no hitters in '69 and '71, and the two no hitters in '72 Burt Hooten vs the Phillies and Milt Pappas' near perfect game against SD. (I was at the game the day before Milt's no hitter.)
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Old 07-02-2018, 04:51 PM
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PS. I hope WGN empties the vaults, I would love to get my hands on a WGN no hitters boxset similar to what the Yankees put out a few years back. I remember Joel Horlen's no hitter vs the Tigers in '67 followed by Kenny Holtzman's 2 no hitters in '69 and '71, and the two no hitters in '72 Burt Hooten vs the Phillies and Milt Pappas' near perfect game against SD. (I was at the game the day before Milt's no hitter.)
It's not up to WGN for anything you suggest, it is up to MLB. And by the way the only known footage that still exists of Horlen's no-hitter are the last two outs on film.
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Old 07-03-2018, 11:59 AM
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Maybe the new Cubs network will do what Sportsvision did for the Sox in the 80's....
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Old 07-03-2018, 12:21 PM
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The Cubs don't matter.
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Old 07-03-2018, 12:29 PM
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Maybe the new Cubs network will do what Sportsvision did for the Sox in the 80's....
In the 80's cable was not everywhere. They were laying cable for the first time in the country through the mid 80's. Satellite dishes had diameters measured in yards, not inches like today (and were in most rural areas that we not wired for cable). Also, Sportsvision required extra equipment for your television.
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Old 07-03-2018, 01:38 PM
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In the 80's cable was not everywhere. They were laying cable for the first time in the country through the mid 80's. Satellite dishes had diameters measured in yards, not inches like today (and were in most rural areas that we not wired for cable). Also, Sportsvision required extra equipment for your television.
I know. I should have tealed it... sorry.
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Old 07-03-2018, 01:47 PM
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I know. I should have tealed it... sorry.
Or deep pink...…

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Old 07-03-2018, 01:57 PM
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This should be interesting. The sports broadcast rights bubble is close to popping imo, and there's a perfect storm facing the Sox between tv ratings, the Cubs' success, the Sox' lack of success, cord cutters, etc. I think we will see neither the term nor the value that everybody's grown to expect.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:16 PM
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I'm not an expert in this field, but what keeps the Sox from landing an exclusive deal with WGN on the cheap?

Especially when payroll is down as it is today.

The Sox need the marketing edge here, Free TV might not be a bad idea.

As bad as we want to say The Score (Radio) is, the Sox losing that deal was a terrible.
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