Marquee Sports Network Announces Partnership With Hulu

Rob Hart
February 17, 2020 - 4:48 pm
Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations of the Chicago Cubs, (L) David Ross, new manager of the Chicago Cubs (C) and Jed Hoyer, general manager of the Cubs (R) pose for a photo as Ross is introduced to the media at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2019

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The streaming home of "The Handmaid's Tale" is now the streaming home of the Chicago Cubs - at least for some of the games.

Marquee Sports Network, the exclusive television home of the Chicago Cubs, announced Monday that the premium streaming platform Hulu will stream the new regional sports network on Hulu+Live TV.

Through the Hulu+Live TV offering, subscribers will have access to Marquee Sports Network, which will feature nearly every Cubs Spring Training game, at least 145 regular season games, exclusive Cubs content, and original sports programming.

Marquee Sports Network will debut Saturday, when the network airs the Cubs’ first Spring Training game against the Oakland Athletics in Mesa, Arizona.

“We are thrilled to partner with Hulu and add them to our growing list of over 30 affiliates who will carry the network,” said Mike McCarthy, general manager, Marquee Sports Network. “We’ve heard from countless Hulu subscribers who were keenly interested to see their favorite baseball team. And now, they will!”

Hulu subscribers will be able to access Marquee Sports Network on a tablet, computer, laptop, mobile device or smart TV through the Hulu + Live TV service.

Marquee has yet to reach a distribution deal with Comcast, which means it is not yet available to the majority of cable subscribers in Chicago.

Marquee has reached carriage agreements with AT&T and RCN.

Media Consultant Tim Hanlon, CEO of The Vertere Group in Chicago, said the Hulu deal might put pressure on Comcast to carry Marquee.

"There's no question that the Hulu+Live TV availability now is not only a help to consumers to get the channel, but also, frankly, a bit more pressure on Comcast," Hanlon said.

Marquee will only be available to Hulu subscribers in the Chicago area along with portions of Northern Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Indiana.