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The Cubs days on WGN may soon be over

Nov 7, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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The broadcasting business has changed a ton in recent years. And it will change a ton in the near future. Change is pretty much the only constant, so looking back to some past time and saying that things should be like they were is silly and pointless. Still: there’s going to be some emotions and nostalgia when the Cubs, as it appears likely, cease to appear on WGN in the near future:

The Chicago Cubs have exercised an option to get out of their broadcast contract with WGN-TV after the 2014 season, sources said Wednesday.  The team notified the Tribune Co.-owned station on Tuesday it had 30 days to agree to substantially higher fees for the 2015 season and beyond, or the broadcast rights would be opened up for negotiation with other media, according to a source close to the situation.

The Tribune article talks about all of the money and angles in play. WGN could still be a player. Or not. But the days when WGN and the Cubs went hand-in-hand are probably over. Really, since the Cubs have split time with WGN and Comcast for the past several years, they likely were over already.

The same story played out with the Braves and TBS. Which, very much like the Cubs and WGN, made fans of people who lived nowhere near the team they came to love. Now, thanks to technology, geography doesn’t keep someone from following a team they used to love back home. And weird national followings like those experienced by the Cubs and the Braves are a thing of the past too.

  1. blues1988 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    sad news for a few reasons, as a cards fan i sometimes watch wgn when we play the cubs because 1) i have to listen to cardinal announcers like 150 games a year and 2) cardinal announcers suck. also i enjoy watching when they’re playing teams like the reds or pirates. guess i’ll have to stick w/ illegal streams online.

    • nsauser - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Or you could purchase t

  2. stex52 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Goodbye Astrodome. Goodbye WGN. As the saying goes, let go the things of your youth…….

  3. pauleee - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    To continue the theme:

    I still don’t like that “new” Cubs emblem. Can’t we go back to the cartoony cub face?

    • auggie1955 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      I’ve always hated the Crawling Bear logo. It was brought in during the 90s when Andy MacPhail was President and GM. The Cubs sucked big time under MacPhail. MacPhail was only interested in making money, not building a winning team.

  4. bfunk1978 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I guess that’s what is for, though I live in an area that is in 3 teams’ “zones” already. I get White Sox, Cubs, and Cardinals games all year long. Too bad 2 of those teams were awful this year.

  5. rickdobrydney - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Somewhere, someone probably finds the old logo “offensive” —–

  6. twinwildflyer - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    That sucks, i enjoyed watching cubs games here and there on wgn. Can’t stand listening to Harrelson for white sox games…

  7. tigers182 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Will they keep showing Rules of Engagement reruns?

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Only if they can continue to sandwich them between episodes of Scrubs.

  8. jobe92 - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Dang. This means alot less live Baseball because the Sox play alot less day games than the Cubs. This is bad news for Baseball fans.

    • jeffbbf - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Don’t despair. The games will still be on local TV, at a minimum

  9. lapsncaps - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    This sucks! I always enjoyed watching the Cubbies during the day here on the east coast. I am not a fan, but I have always liked watching baseball in the middle of the day. I would think they would like being on WGN, as it is like having a “national” broadcaster. Just like I remember when the Braves were on TBS back in the day. TBS back then had at least a bunch of other stuff going for them, but WGN will be no more without the Cubs.

  10. StephenS - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    It might be… It could be… Hooooly Cow!

  11. louhudson23 - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    The best thing about the old TBS and WGN days,beside Harry Carey/Steve Stone and Ernie Johnson Sr. was that the Cubs were on in the afternoon and Braves in the evening a great deal of the time….it was indeed a great day for baseball…..

  12. tigerman3 - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    first they canceled The Bozo show and now the Cubs. Last one out of the WGN studios turn off the lights you have lost your identity.

  13. brent4liberty - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I fell in love with the Cubs thanks to WGN so this is sad but expected..

  14. jazynaz - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    former northern illinois resident now living in northern california. i enjoy watching cubs games when they’re on wgn, once in a while. it brings me in touch with “back home”, and my childhood, for a few hours. i’ll miss that!…something else from the past to let go of.

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