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Why Can’t Cubs Fans Watch Scheduled Cubs Broadcasts on WGN?

2015 April 26
by Phil Miller

In January, Cubs fans were told this:

 The Chicago Cubs and Tribune Broadcasting’s WGN-TV today announced a new 5-year agreement under which the local station will televise 45 games annually beginning with the 2015 season. This new agreement continues a broadcasting partnership that spans more than 60 years. Specific terms of the agreement were not released.

I get WGN via DirecTV and have been able to watch Cubs games on WGN in the past when they’ve been scheduled.  However, that’s not the case this year.  Today on WGN they are showing a movie called “Out of Sight” even though the Cubs vs. Reds game is scheduled to be on WGN.

Luckily, I have the MLB.TV package and can watch the game.  It’s on right now and the WGNSports logo is on the scorebox that is shown throughout the game, but the game is not being shown on WGN on DirecTV at my location.

Do any readers know a reason why I (a person who lives in Minnesota) cannot receive the Cubs broadcasts on WGN via DirecTV.  Are they only shown locally on WGN in Chicago?

4 Responses
  1. Tim permalink
    April 26, 2015

    I just looked it up because I was curious also. The WGN channel you recieve on directv is WGN America and they converting there channel from a Chicago station to a superstation. WGN also has a local channel for the surrounding Chicago area. Which today’s game is broadcast on today.

  2. April 26, 2015

    Yep, basically that’s what happened. “WGN America” (which is what you get on cable or satellite) is different from the actual WGN-TV broadcast in Chicago, and has been for several years now.

  3. Robert permalink
    April 26, 2015

    There are two different WGN channels: WGN-TV and WGN-America. WGN-TV is the local TV network and is only broadcast locally. Direct TV broadcasts WGN-America, which is a cable/satellite channel. The Cubs are on WGN-TV but not WGN-America.

  4. Phil Miller permalink
    April 26, 2015

    Thanks Robert.

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