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Chicago Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network added to Hulu

MLB franchise seal streaming carriage tie-up but still waiting on Comcast cable deal.

by Tom Bassam

Chicago Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network added to Hulu

Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Chicago Cubs have confirmed their regional sports network (RSN) joint venture with Sinclair, Marquee Sports Network (MSN), will be carried on the Hulu+Live TV streaming platform.

The in-market broadcast home for the Cubs, which will air every spring training game, at least 145 regular season games, exclusive Cubs content and original programming, debuts 22nd February. Hulu subscribers will be able to access MSN on portable devices and smart TVs through the Hulu+Live TV over-the-top (OTT) platform.

“[It is] nice to have Hulu done,” Crane Kenney, Cubs' president of business operations, told reporters at the Cubs spring training base. 

“They’re the largest streaming service in the country and really happy to have Hulu join 30 other distributors to pick up Marquee [Sports] Network.

“That means in addition to DirecTV, which is available in every home in our territory, if you are a cord-cutter, in terms of people potentially being shut out from our games, there is a way to have our service.”

MSN is yet to close a carriage agreement with Comcast, which is the cable provider for half of the Chicago-area homes, but Kenney is confident of securing a deal before the start of the regular season on 26th March. 

“We still expect Comcast to carry it, but today, if someone was worried about it, there’s another way of getting our games for the 2020 season,” he added.

Kenney also confirmed that the Cubs were in discussions with YouTube TV and other streaming services that are currently without an MSN carriage agreement.