Friday, December 9

Marquee Sports Network will air up to 16 Chicago Sky games as part of broadcast deal

Marquee Sports Network has another tenant: the WNBA champion Sky.

The regional sports network, owned jointly by the Cubs and Sinclair, announced Monday a multiyear agreement to air up to 16 Sky games, as well as stream all non-nationally televised games on Marquee Plus, which will be available to authenticated Marquee subscribers through the network’s app.

The Sky’s first game on Marquee will be their season opener at 7 p.m. Friday against the Sparks. The team’s broadcasters will be play-by-play voices Lisa Byington and Jason Ross Jr. and analysts Stephen Bardo and Meghan McKeown.

“On behalf of the Chicago Cubs organization, I’m so honored to announce this broadcast partnership with the WNBA Champion Chicago Sky,” Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts said in a release. “We’re looking forward to a great partnership between the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Sky and Marquee and wish the Sky the best of luck this season!”

Said Sky president and CEO Adam Fox: “This partnership with Marquee elevates the Chicago Sky fan experience in a way that has never been done before. Women’s basketball, particularly the Chicago Sky, is increasingly gaining attention and affinity, and Marquee’s commitment to women’s professional sports made this an easy partnership. With Marquee, as well as our continued relationship with WCIU-TV, fans will never miss a moment of the Sky’s title defense.”

Sky games that conflict with Cubs games on Marquee will air on WCIU-TV and Marquee Plus.

“Thanks to Adam Fox and the Chicago Sky organization for their work in helping make this deal a reality,” Marquee Sports Network general manager Mike McCarthy said. “We look forward to not only broadcasting their games on Marquee, but also sharing stories about their players and coaches and the organization’s tremendous community work on our network.”

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