(670 The Score) The Cubs plan to launch a standalone streaming service for their games on the Marquee Sports Network sometime in July, president of business operations Crane Kenney said.
“This is something we talked about at the (Cubs) Convention (in January), and certainly it’s been a pretty popular topic,” Kenney said on Inside the Clubhouse on 670 The Score on Saturday morning. “The landscape for media consumption – I would just put it in the terms of consumers, you know, people are finding their programming in all sorts of ways, not just with cable and satellite subscriptions. Streaming services seem to be popping up daily. We’ve seen a few teams – the Red Sox and Yankees and then a few of the Bally teams and most notably the Padres just launched a streaming service after their rights were returned to them in the bankruptcy. So the world is changing very, very quickly, even since the 2019 launch of Marquee, which is primarily on cable and satellite. And to reach our fans that have cut the cord, we’re going to be introducing a streaming service this year. We’re aiming for July sometime after the All-Star break, to bring a service for those who say, ‘I cut the cord, I don’t have Fubo’ – which we are available on – ‘but I’d like to buy Marquee individually, not as part of a package, but just a channel to see Cubs games.’ We hope to make that available to them in July.”
The Marquee Sports Network has been working extensively behind the scenes for about a year to launch this offering, Kenney said. Kenney didn’t yet reveal the cost for the standalone streaming service.
“We’re taking our time to make sure this thing is exactly right in terms of both the quality of the program, the type of program, pricing, marketing, ease of access so that it’s available on all devices, whether it’s Roku, a handheld, etc.” Kenney said.