The Chicago Cubs are in talks with Sinclair Broadcast Group to launch a streaming service, the New York Post reported.
Major League Baseball, which has reportedly been considering launching its own streaming service, is pushing back on the potential deal. The Post’s report cites unnamed sources close to the situation.
News of the potential new streaming service comes almost exactly three years after the Cubs and Sinclair announced that they would jointly own and run Marquee Sports Network, a Chicago-based regional sports network meant to be the exclusive local TV home for the Cubs’ live games. The Cubs broke up with their previous regional sports channel partner, NBC Sports Chicago.
Sinclair was founded in 1986 and is based in Hunt Valley, Md. It owns, operates or provides services to 185 TV stations in 86 markets.
Marquee has struggled with finding a streaming service to carry it. It was on Hulu for an eight-month stint in 2020, then in spring 2021 announced a deal with sports-focused streaming service FuboTV.
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