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Marquee Sports Network announces broadcast partnership with Chicago’s expansion Major League Rugby franchise

1 year agoStaff Report

Chicago Hounds matches to air on Marquee Sports Network;
Inaugural match set for Saturday, February 18

February 2, 2023

CHICAGO – Marquee Sports Network and Chicago Hounds Rugby today announced a broadcast partnership to air Hounds matches on Marquee Sports Network. The Hounds enter their inaugural season in 2023, officially joining Major League Rugby this past November as the league’s 12th franchise.

The Chicago Hounds’ inaugural match will take place February 18 at Old Glory DC, and will be televised live on Marquee Sports Network (1 p.m. CT). The Hounds season runs 16 games from mid-February through mid-June, and 13 of the games will be carried live on Marquee Sports Network or Marquee Plus, the network’s streaming-only channel available through the Marquee Sports Network app. The Hounds will play their home matches at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview.

“We’re looking forward to our partnership with the Chicago Hounds and are thrilled to bring the global game of rugby to Marquee viewers,” said Marquee Sports Network VP of Programming, Alli Bertucci. “Good luck to the Hounds in their inaugural season!”

“Our partnership with Marquee Sports Network is a monumental achievement for the Chicago Hounds franchise,” said Hounds CEO James English. “We need to make rugby accessible to our fans in the Midwest and aligning ourselves with a premier brand such as Marquee helps us achieve that goal. Through this partnership, our fans will be able to watch every second of Major League Rugby action this season on a network they already know and trust.”

The Chicago Hounds represent the latest addition to Marquee’s lineup of live sports programming, which features Chicago Cubs spring training and regular season games, Cubs-affiliated minor league contests, the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, as well as a collection of local and national collegiate sporting events.

Chicago Hounds matches will be available nationwide on Marquee Sports Network through DirecTV and fuboTV, as well as available locally on more than 65 cable and streaming providers. For a list of providers carrying Marquee Sports Network, visit MarqueeSportsNetwork.com/Providers.

The full television broadcast schedule for the inaugural season of the Chicago Hounds is below.

Chicago Hounds Broadcast Schedule

ABOUT CHICAGO HOUNDS: The Chicago Hounds are a professional rugby team competing in Major League Rugby (MLR), North America’s professional rugby competition. The Hounds were named as an expansion franchise in 2022 and are set to play their Inaugural Season in 2023 at SeatGeek Stadium. For more information, visit ChicagoHounds.com.

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, including Chicago Sky games, and original programming. Nominated for 24 Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Awards, Marquee Sports Network is available on more than 65 cable providers within the Cubs home television territory, as well as streaming platforms DIRECTV STREAM and fuboTV, and is also available nationally on DirecTV and fuboTV (excludes live game programming). For more information, visit marqueesportsnetwork.com/about.


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