Mar­quee GM con­fi­dent Cubs will be on Com­cast

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - Jeff Agrest

“I’m start­ing to lose you. Hello?” That was Mar­quee Sports Net­work gen­eral man­ager Mike McCarthy when asked for an up­date on the car­riage talks be­tween his net­work and Com­cast, which has yet to pick up the chan­nel. It wasn’t the first time he played the joke, ei­ther.

“Good mem­ory,” he said.

“I’ll have to come up with an­other one.”

McCarthy, who pre­vi­ously was pres­i­dent of MSG Net­work in New York, knows all about car­riage talks. But he wouldn’t re­veal much re­gard­ing the ones that af­fect lots of Cubs fans, ex­cept to say he’s con­fi­dent a deal will get done.

“I can’t speak for Com­cast, but I wouldn’t want to be in the TV dis­tri­bu­tion busi­ness in Chicago with the Cubs com­ing back and not hav­ing that con­tent,” he said. “It wouldn’t be a fun place to be, I would think.

“We have a con­fi­dence that we’re stead­fast in. There’s a lit­tle time left [be­fore Open­ing Day]. It’s clos­ing in on us; we’re very aware of that. We re­main con­fi­dent that a deal will be made.”

The sides were very close to an agree­ment in March when base­ball shut down be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. Com­cast pro­vides ser­vice to more than half of the homes in the mar­ket.

Mike McCarthy

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