The Cubs rolled out their broadcast schedule for the entire 2019, beginning with spring training.
NBC Sports Chicago is set to air 83 regular season games and 2 spring training games, beginning with Cactus League contests on March 17 against the Colorado Rockies and March 25 against the Boston Red Sox. WGN will air 45 regular season games and ABC is set for 25 contests in 2019. The Cubs already have several games tabbed for ESPN, including three straight Sunday nights against the Cardinals (May 5), Brewers (May 12) and Nationals (May 19), with the first two coming at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs regular season opener against the Rangers in Texas will air on WGN and NBC Sports Chicago will have the next three games on March 30-April 1. ABC 7 will broadcast the home opener on April 8 against the Pirates.
Here are some other highlights from the NBC Sports Chicago slate:
-April 6-7: The final two games of the Cubs' first series against the rival Brewers in Milwaukee
-April 12: Mike Trout and the Angels come to Wrigley Field for a Friday afternoon game
-May 3: The Cardinals' first trip to Wrigley Field on a Friday afternoon
-May 10: The Brewers' first trip to Wrigley Field on a Friday afternoon
-May 20: The Phillies visit Chicago...with new free agent acquisition Manny Machado or Bryce Harper??
-May 31: The Cubs' first game in boring old St. Louis since Kris Bryant's comedy-show comment that apparently triggered an entire major American city
-July 12: The official kickoff of the season's second half as Cubs host Pirates
-Sept. 1, 5-6, 8: Four games against the Brewers in the season's final month
-Sept. 22: The final game of the Cubs' final homestand of the regular season against the Cardinals
Here is the complete Cubs regular season broadcast schedule:
All but a handful of the Cubs spring training games will be available to fans on TV, radio or audio via Cubs.com. Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie are back again to team up for the internet radio broadcasts.
The Cubs' first Cactus League game is on Saturday, Feb. 23 against the Brewers - a natural opponent to reignite competition, even if it's just an exhibition game.
Here is the complete broadcast schedule for the Cubs spring training games: