Fan of both the Chicago Cubs and Bears can get excited. You can leave that preset channel on your remote for Marquee Sports Network; just because the Cubs were eliminated doesn’t mean you don’t have reason to tune in. Beginning this Wednesday October 14 at 7PM Central, and continuing every Tuesday after, Marquee Sports Network will air a weekly Chicago Bears show titled Bear Essentials, per a news release from the Chicago Bears website earlier today.
The show will be hosted by Cole Wright, formerly of NFL Network returning to NFL coverage, and will be followed by a re-airing of the previous Bears game. Unfortunately, this will be blacked out in the areas outside of the northern Illinois/Indiana area. According to the news release:
Per NFL rules, these shows will only run in the Chicago, Rockford and South Bend areas. Marquee extends beyond those markets but will be blacked out in areas outside the team’s primary and secondary markets.
Cubs fans are familiar with Marquee Sports Network’s recent history. The longest-running sports broadcasting partnership in the world came to a famous end last year, with the Cubs opting to shift from WGN to their own network beginning with the 2020 season. While still in infancy, Marquee had early issues reaching a deal with Comcast, the cable provider for nearly half of Chicagoland at the time. They did reach a deal before the season started, and also retained fan favorites Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies to call the Cubs games.
The Bears previously played their home games at Wrigley Field, before making the trip 8 miles down Lake Shore Drive to Soldier Field beginning in 1971.
The Bears coverage on Marquee Sports Network is likely designed to rival NBC Sports Chicago Bears coverage, which currently features Bears legends Lance Briggs, Matt Forte, Olin Kreutz, and Alex Brown in a postgame show Football Aftershow. Expect former Bears players to make guest appearances on Bear Essentials.
Leave a comment with your thoughts on the new Chicago Bears show, and whether the Cubs or White Sox are better suited to partner with Bears coverage!