Marquee Sports Network is adding Chicago Bears football to its stable of content.
The network and the Bears announced a partnership that will feature exclusive re-airing of regular-season games and a weekly Bears show hosted by Cole Wright called “Bear Essentials.” Catchy! Football fans who crossover to Cubs fandom might be familiar with Wright’s previous work as a host on NFL Network before joining Marquee in its first year as the exclusive rights holder of Cubs games. And fans of both teams probably know the relationship between the two dates back to the 1920s when Wrigley Field served as the football home of the Bears. Long story, short: It’s nice to see the two working together again.
A first glimpse of the Bears-Marquee partnership can be seen on Wednesday when the first episode of “Bear Essentials” airs at 7 p.m. CT. Following the premier, a director’s cut replay of Chicago’s Week 5 win against the Buccaneers kicks off at 7:30 p.m. CT. Because, let’s face it, you can’t get enough of Father Time reminding Tom Brady that he’s undefeated either.
Of course, there is a catch. The Bears-centric content will run only in the Chicago, Rockford, and South Bend markets. That’s because NFL rules limit these sorts of things to stay within a team’s primary television market — even if network carriage extends beyond that. Sorry in advance to those of you who are out of market who want to check this out.
As for Marquee, the deal provides a little extra sports content to a network that has been primarily Cubs focused, but clearly has designs on covering more than baseball.
Marquee Sports Network announces partnership with the @ChicagoBears for a weekly show, followed by game re-airs.
— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) October 13, 2020