Cubs Release 2017 Regular Season Broadcast Schedule
Those of you worried that the Cubs might not be on TV again this year can rest easy, as the team has announced that their games will once again appear in all their Technicolor glory. You’ll still have to deal with the pesky business of having several different broadcast partners, but a new local streaming agreement will ease a little bit of that pain.
It’s probably safe to assume that the syndication agreements with various local television stations will continue for a good portion of those WGN and ABC 7 games, but we’ll keep you updated on any specifics as they become available. Check out the official press release below for more info.
The Chicago Cubs today announced their 2017 regular season television schedule featuring broadcasts from CSN Chicago, WGN-TV and WLS-TV/ABC 7.
CSN Chicago will televise the club’s first local broadcast on Tuesday, April 4 at St. Louis at 7:15 p.m. CT, the team’s second game of the season following the national opener on ESPN on Sunday, April 2. WGN-TV’s first broadcast is on Wednesday, April 5 at St. Louis at 12:45 p.m. CT while WLS-TV/ABC 7 has its first broadcast on Wednesday, April 12 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field at 7:05 p.m. CT, also the night of the club’s pre-game World Series ring ceremony.
In 2017, CSN Chicago will televise as many as 81 Cubs games, WGN-TV will broadcast 45 games and WLS-TV/ABC 7 has 25 games.
Beginning this season, every regular season Cubs telecast on CSN, including surrounding Cubs Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be accessible live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers.
Chicago Cubs games have been on WGN since 1948, with this year marking the station’s 70th season televising Cubs baseball. This will be CSN’s 13th season televising the Cubs and the third for WLS-TV/ABC 7.
Len Kasper returns for his 13th season in the Cubs’ television booth and will be joined by Jim Deshaies for their fifth season together broadcasting Cubs baseball.