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Chicago Cubs name general manager to run new cable TV channel

Lewis Lazare
Chicago Cubs name general manager to run new cable TV channel

The Chicago Cubs on Tuesday said Michael McCarthy has been tapped as general manager of the new Marquee Sports Network the Cubs are expected to launch in February of 2020 in conjunction with Sinclair Broadcast Group (NASDAQ: SBGI). Since August of 2018, McCarthy has served as a consultant for the Cubs on the formation and launch of the Marquee Sports Network, which will be the exclusive home of the Chicago Cubs and an array of content tied to the team when the new channel goes live next year. Chicago Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney, said of McCarthy’s appointment: “With his combined sports and media background, Mike is the right person to bring our network online and deliver unprecedented Cubs coverage for our fans.” Added McCarthy: “The recent transformation of this iconic (Cubs) brand is incredibly impressive and the next big effort to better serve Cubs fans is the launch of Marquee." There has been considerable debate within local and national sports circles about the viability of the kind of cable network the Cubs plans to launch with McCarthy’s help.