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Marquee Sports Network announces 2022 Cubs broadcast plans

2 months agoStaff Report

CHICAGO (March 14, 2022) – Marquee Sports Network today announced broadcast plans for the 2022 Cubs season, highlighted by broadcasts of the Cubs Spring Training opener, March 17 vs. the White Sox, and the regular season opener, April 7 vs. Milwaukee.

Schedule Highlights:

  • Marquee Sports Network is the exclusive home for all non-nationally televised regular season Cubs contests, including the season opener, April 7 vs. Milwaukee.
  • Marquee will carry 17 Spring Training games, including the spring opener, March 17 vs. the White Sox. Cubs fans will be able to watch games on all 19 of the scheduled spring game dates, with the other two contests being carried on MLB Network (full schedule here).

Programming Highlights:

  • Cubs 360 continues each night at 6 p.m. CT through Wednesday, March 16 as the Cubs open camp, and will air a special 30-minute pre-game show on Thursday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m. CT.
  • Marquee will air a one-hour Cubs Live! season preview special at 6 p.m. CT on April 6.
  • Cubs Live! and Cubs Postgame Live! return in 2022 hosted by Cole Wright, beginning one hour prior to every regular season game and continuing immediately after the game’s conclusion.

Broadcast Booth Highlights:

  • Jon “Boog” Sciambi (2nd season) and Jim Deshaies (10th season with Cubs) return in 2022 to lead the Marquee broadcast booth after signing multi-year extensions in February of this year.
  • Taylor McGregor and Elise Menaker each return for their third season as Cubs field reporters.
  • Pat Hughes and Beth Mowins return for a second season as play-by-play announcers for select games.
  • Doug Glanville, Ryan Dempster, Elise Menaker and Rick Sutcliffe will contribute to the broadcast booth throughout the season, in addition to providing studio analysis.

Additional On-Air Talent Highlights:

  • A pair of former Cubs join the Marquee analyst team this season as Cliff Floyd and Cameron Maybin will contribute to pre-game and post-game studio shows (more below).
  • Also returning to contribute throughout the season are Lance Brozdowski, Mark Grace, Fergie Jenkins, Bruce Levine, Sean Marshall, Gary “Sarge” Matthews, Chris Myers, Carlos Peña, Lou Piniella, Dan Plesac and Ryan Sweeney.

Marquee Sports Network enters its third Cubs season since launching in February of 2020. In 2021, the network received 12 Chicago/Midwest Emmy nominations, and took home three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Achievement for a live sporting event.

“We are very pleased that baseball is back, and we are ready to launch another season of Cubs baseball on Marquee Sports Network,” said Marquee Sports Network General Manager Mike McCarthy. “We can’t wait for our first game broadcast this upcoming Thursday, and to get the regular season started April 7 at Wrigley Field.”

Cliff Floyd, Cameron Maybin join Marquee Sports Network as Studio Analysts

Marquee Sports Network has announced the addition of Cliff Floyd and Cameron Maybin as studio analysts, contributing primarily to pre- and post-game studio coverage.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Cliff Floyd and Cameron Maybin to the Marquee family this season, two highly-respected former players who have made a difference in the game, both on- and off-the-field,” said Marquee Sports Network SVP Programming and Production, Mike Santini. “Each brings a unique baseball perspective to the Marquee studio, both as former players and two individuals with great personalities, showcasing a sense of humor and genuine passion for the game.”

Cliff Floyd, a Chicago-native and member of the 2007 Cubs, has been a broadcaster since 2010, including currently in roles with MLB Network and MLB Network Radio. Floyd was drafted in the first round of the 1991 MLB draft out of Thornwood High School in South Holland, Illinois, and went on to play 17 major league seasons.

“I’m coming home! I grew up in Chicago and loved playing for the Cubs towards the end of my career,” said Floyd. “Joining Marquee and covering the Cubs in the great city of Chicago is the opportunity of a lifetime. I can’t wait!”

Cameron Maybin retired from baseball this past offseason following a 15-year major league career, including 18 games in 2020 with the Cubs. A former first-round pick, Maybin enters his first season on the broadcast side and will also contribute to YES Network.

“I’m beyond excited to join Marquee Sports Network. Playing for the Cubs at beautiful Wrigley Field stands out as one of the highlights of my 15 year career,” said Maybin. “I look forward to my new team at Marquee while also having the opportunity to see many of my former Cubs teammates from the 2020 NL Central Division Champions!”

ABOUT MARQUEE SPORTS NETWORK: In partnership with the Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI), Marquee Sports Network brings together one of the most iconic sports franchises in the country with one of the largest television broadcasting companies to deliver unparalleled Cubs coverage, as well as additional local live sporting events and original programming. Marquee Sports Network is available within the Cubs home television territory in portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin, and is carried on more than 50 cable providers, as well as streaming platforms DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) and fuboTV. For more information, visit marqueesportsnetwork.com/about.

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