At last check, we were up to 16 of the Cubs’ 33 Spring Training games this year being available via TV/video of some kind, which is a huge uptick from recent years. And it’s getting even uptickier.
That’s because MLB Network has announced its Spring broadcast schedule, which you can see here, and there are several additional Cubs games being broadcast. There are 15 Cubs games total that will appear on MLB Network (subject to local blackout), and here are the ones that aren’t otherwise available on WGN-9, CSN Chicago, or ESPN:
- Tuesday, March 10 at Indians (tape delayed, airing on MLBN at 5am CT on Wednesday, March 11)
- Wednesday, March 11 vs. Dodgers, 3pm CT
- Thursday, March 12 at Los Angeles Angels (tape delayed, airing on MLBN at 5am CT on Friday, March 13)
- Saturday, March 14 at Milwaukee Brewers (tape delayed, airing on MLBN at 8am CT on Sunday, March 15)
- Monday, March 16 at San Diego Padres, 3pm CT
- Wednesday, March 18 at Los Angeles Dodgers (tape delayed, airing on MLBN at 8am CT on Thursday, March 19)
- Tuesday, March 31 at Texas Rangers (tape delayed, airing on MLBN at 1am CT on Wednesday, April 1)
- Friday, April 3 at Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, 8:30pm CT
On those tape-delayed games: in theory, the video used for the delayed broadcast is going to be a live, local broadcast in another market, and those games *should* be available live on MLB.tv. The MLB.tv schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but that’s usually how this works.
So, then, when you total everything – between Cubs local broadcasts, MLBN games, and MLB.tv games – we should have some form of video available for at least 20 of the Cubs’ 33 Spring Training Games. It’s possible that, when the full MLB.tv schedule comes out, there could be a few more from other markets, too. I’ll keep you posted on that front.
The volume of TV/video available on the Cubs this Spring is going to be far more than we’ve ever had available. I’m giddy.
As the games approach, obviously I’ll keep you apprised of where and when you can watch/listen to that day’s game.
And, here’s your sales pitch (but a highly-relevant one): MLB.tv is pretty awesome, and is going to be how I watch these games. If you buy via that link, it supports BN in the process. So, if you’re going to get MLB.tv for the 2015 season anyway, please consider going through that link.*
*Don’t forget those pesky blackout restrictions before you buy, though. Check your status here.