The Media Notepad: Entercom launches new sports gambling station “The Bet”

Also: Dan Bongino takes Rush’s place; ET makes history; Fox Sports Net name change set Hey remember HD Radio? No? Well believe it or not, it’s still around and here’s your reminder: On Monday, Entercom’s WCFS-FM became 105.9 The Bet, a format devoted to sports gambling.¬† However, it’s not on WCFS-FM’s main frequency, where a simulcast of Newsradio 780 continues. […]

Marquee signs deal with WOW!

  Wow, indeed: deal with chief competitor puts heat on Comcast/Xfinity In a deal that could put pressure on Comcast, Wide Open West – basically known as WOW, reached an agreement Wednesday to carry the Chicago Cubs’ new regional sports network beginning March 13. What makes this deal important is WOW covers much of Chicago’s South Side with Comcast as […]

Marquee Sports unveils on-air lineup, programming

New RSN drops details; Xfinity still not on board The Cubs and Marquee Sports Network finally (finally!) unveiled details about the new network to fans Saturday at the annual Cubs Convention in downtown Chicago. Programming on the channel consists of the obvious fare you would find on similar regional sports network channels: Cubs pre-game and post game shows and Cubs […]

Fire games to stay on ESPN Plus for 2020

With team set to move back to Soldier Field, there are no plans to alter deal with streaming service With the Chicago Fire heading back to Soldier Field for the 2020 season, there is new optimism over the soccer club. But one thing that isn’t changing next year is the television deal. In an article in Saturday’s Chicago Sun-Times, the […]

The Cubs’ new network on Dish? Don’t bet on it

Impasses with Fox, others and costs makes it tough for carriage¬† If you are a Cubs fan and you are looking forward to watching Kris Bryant and Co. on their new Marquee Sports Network on Dish, let me give you a heads up: it’s not likely to happen. With nearly 150 games set to air exclusively on the Cubs’ new […]

The Media Notepad: US 99 unveils new morning show

Also: No relief in sight for those missing CBS on DirecTV; Dish drops Fox RSNs; WCIU drops new CW 26 trailer; This TV future? Entercom country-music outlet uS 99 WUSN-FM finally announced their new morning show last week, featuring Jason Pullman and Chicago-area native Katie Bright as they replace Stylz & Roman, who were dismissed in May after three years. […]

The Media Notepad: NBC Sports Chicago names new boss

Also: Bulls, Blackhawks ratings continue to drop; don’t expect an announcement on a new Cubs network anytime soon. NBC Sports Chicago announced Thursday it has hired Kevin Cross as senior vice president and general manager of the regional sports network (RSN). He take a position once filled by Phil Bedella, who left in May 2017. He’ll report to NBC Sports […]

“New Fox” passes on Disney RSNs

New entity not interested in reacquiring regional sports networks In a setback for Disney, “New Fox”, the entity formed after the bulk of the original 21st Century Fox was sold to the company, said in a filing Friday it has no plans to re-purchase the 22 regional sports networks, or RSNs put up for sale as part of the deal. […]

Justice Department approves Disney, Fox deal

Required sale of RSNs paves way for merger In a marked turn from its dealings with AT&T and TimeWarner, the Justice Department announced Wednesday it has approved a $71.3 billion deal between The Walt Disney Corporation and 21st Century Fox for most of the latter’s business. The deal was originally announced in December 2017, with Disney offering $52 billion for […]

Cubs’ proposed network in jeopardy?

Changing marketing conditions could be factor; AT&T may be only hope If the Cubs are looking to launch their own TV network in 2020, their options are becoming quite limited. According to a report Monday in Sports Business Journal and Awful Announcing, AT&T is considering looking to add the baseball team to their portfolio of sports rights. AT&T operates a […]