Kenney Expects Marquee-Comcast Deal Soon

(670 The Score) Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney anticipates a carriage deal to be reached soon between the team-owned Marquee Sports Network and Comcast, the largest television provider in the Chicagoland area.

The pace of negotiations "has picked up dramatically," Kenney said on the Dan Bernstein Show on Thursday, after they were put on hold during MLB's shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I would expect we do reach an agreement with Comcast, in particular as we see the potential for some spring training games, potentially with the White Sox, coming even ahead of the July 23 or 24 Opening Day," Kenney said. "The pace has picked up, and we're optimstic we'll get something done soon."

Kenney felt the Cubs and Comcast were nearing a deal during spring training in late February and early March, but those discussions stopped as it became unclear whether there would be a MLB regular season. Marquee launched Feb. 22 on some cable carriers in Chicago and the surrounding regions -- but not Comcast. Marquee will be the local television home of all the Cubs games in 2020.

MLB has set in place a 60-game season that's scheduled to start July 23 or July 24. Players are due to report by next Wednesday for spring training 2.0 in their home cities.