Cubs extend TV reach with Mediacom | Chicago Cubs


— The Cubs be launching Marquee Network in February, just in for Training . In the meantime, ’s arm continues to make progress with carriage agreements that will bring the ’s regional network into more homes.

On Wednesday, Group — the Cubs’ in the Marquee venture — announced that it had reached a multiyear carriage agreement with to carry the new network. The deal with Mediacom follows carriage agreements with both and .

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring Marquee Sports Network to Mediacom customers,” Cubs of business operations Kenney said in a release. “When combine this deal with AT&T, we can guarantee that Cubs fans in our territory across Chicago and the will have the ability to access the network year.”

Mediacom provides carriage of Marquee in certain parts of , and . Terms or details of the agreement were not provided.

of the deal between Sinclair and Mediacom on Wednesday came after Marquee announced the of Santini as the senior of and production for the Cubs’ network. Santini previously served as the of production for Network, which he helped launch in 2009.

At MLB Network, Santini headed the production department and oversaw such shows as “MLB Tonight” and “MLB Central,” among others. He also has 20 years of production experience in a variety of at MSG in New .

“To be selected to programming and production for Marquee Sports Network is beyond exciting,” Santini said in a release. “MLB Network was a challenging, fluid and fast-paced . honored and grateful to have that same this time in Chicago for one of the most iconic sports franchises with the best fan base in the .”

With Marquee, Santini will be responsible for managing the network’s live programming, pregame and postgame shows and original . He will also oversee the network’s on-air talent, production staff and crew members.

Santini joins a group at Marquee Sports Network that is led by Michael McCarthy, who was hired in to be the channel’s . Previously, McCarthy was the president of the MSG Network, and also had leadership roles with the and Milwaukee Bucks. He had been a for the Cubs back to August of ’18.

“As we near the launch of the network,” McCarthy said in Wednesday’s release, “we to giving fans the in-depth Cubs content they want and deserve through multiple providers.”

Bastian covers the Cubs for He previously covered the Indians from 2011-18 and the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, League Bastian and follow him on @MLBastian.

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