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Marquee Sports Network announces expanded partnership with Chicago Bears

9 months agoStaff Report

Marquee Sports Network named Official Postgame Show Partner of the Chicago Bears;
Jim Miller, Jeff Joniak, Tom Waddle, Dan Hampton, Tom Thayer, Cole Wright and Taylor McGregor to contribute to Bears coverage throughout season

September 5, 2023

CHICAGO – Marquee Sports Network and the Chicago Bears today announced an expanded multi-year broadcast partnership, including Marquee Sports Network being named the Official Postgame Show Partner of the Chicago Bears. Marquee Sports Network will also air additional weekly and special event programming, covering the on- and off-the-field storylines from the Chicago Bears.

Marquee Sports Network’s expanded Chicago Bears coverage will include The Official Bears Postgame Live, airing immediately following Chicago Bears regular season games, as well as two weekly 30-minute programs airing throughout Bears season, including the return of Bear Essentials (weekly on Tuesdays) and the premiere of Bears Den (weekly on Thursdays).

Marquee’s coverage of the Chicago Bears will be highlighted by a number of well-recognized Chicago Bears personalities and former players, including Jim Miller, Jeff Joniak, Tom Waddle, Dan Hampton and Tom Thayer, as well as Marquee Sports Network’s Cole Wright and Taylor McGregor.

Wright will serve as host for The Official Bears Postgame Live and Bear Essentials, while McGregor will host Bears Den. On the analyst side, Miller and Joniak will contribute to the postgame show; Hampton and Thayer will continue to join Bear Essentials; and Waddle will join the newly launched Bears Den.

Marquee Sports Network and the Chicago Bears first announced a broadcast partnership in 2020, highlighted by a weekly Chicago Bears show airing during Bears season. This multi-year partnership represents an expansion of the partnership, highlighted by the official postgame shows.

“Partnering with the Chicago Bears is a tremendous honor and we’re proud to serve as an integral part of the Bears gameday experience by broadcasting the official Bears postgame show, as well as weekly coverage throughout the season,” said Marquee Sports Network General Manager Mike McCarthy. “We look forward to reaching the dedicated Chicago Bears fans across with the region with this expanded coverage.”

Scott Hagel, Chicago Bears’ Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications also added, “As we continue to find creative ways to reach all fans, we are excited to announce our new partnership with Marquee Sports Network. Marquee Sports Network, known for delivering sports coverage in Chicago, continues to amplify how big of a sports town Chicago is as they partner with other teams across the city. For the Chicago Bears, partnering with Marquee will offer fans another outlet for consuming Bears post-game coverage as we head into some highly anticipated seasons for the franchise. Forming new partnerships like these will be momentous in capturing the enthusiasm of our fans around the city for Chicago Bears football.”   

For media inquiries, please contact Alex Wilcox (awilcox@marqueesportsnetwork.com) or Micaeh Johnson (Micaeh.Johnson@Bears.NFL.net).

*All programming dates and times subject to change. Chicago Bears programming will only be available on Marquee Sports Network within the Bears TV territory as determined by the NFL. Alternate programming will air in markets outside of the Bears TV territory.

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 sporting events and programs, including Chicago Bears coverage and Chicago Sky games. Named the 2022-23 RSN of the Year by Cynopsis Media, Marquee Sports Network is available on more than 65 cable and streaming providers within the Cubs home television territory, as well as available as a direct-to-consumer offering. For more information, visit marqueesportsnetwork.com/about.

ABOUT CHICAGO BEARS: One of the founding franchises of the National Football League, the Chicago Bears were established in 1920 as the Decatur Staleys by legendary player, coach and owner, George S. Halas. The team moved to Chicago in 1921. In 1922, Halas changed the team’s name from the Staleys to the Bears and the team has gone on to win nine NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl. The Bears 30 Hall of Famers are the most of any team in the NFL. A pillar in the community for more than a century, the Bears strive to be civic leaders throughout Chicago and its suburbs by supporting initiatives focused on social justice, youth and high school football, the military, health equity, education, volunteerism and civic involvement.

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