In a bid to fill its post-baseball programming void, the Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network is partnering with the Chicago Bears on a half-hour program, “Bear Essentials,” that will be followed each week by a days-old, two-hour edit of the football team’s previous game.
The two schedule additions will debut Wednesday on Marquee, the TV platform launched as primary home of Cubs baseball earlier this year by the team and Sinclair Broadcast Group.
“Bear Essentials” is slated for 7 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by the abridged version of the Bears’ 20-19 victory over the Buccaneers from six nights earlier with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call.
Typically, Marquee said, the Bears shows will run on Tuesday evenings.
“Bear Essentials” will be hosted by Marquee studio fixture Cole Wright, an ESPN and NFL Network alumnus. Wright will be joined by team personnel and analysts reviewing at the previous game and looking ahead to the next one.
“We’re excited to bring Bears fans more access to the news and information they crave,” Scott Hagel, the Bears’ senior vice president of marketing and communications, said in the announcement.
The Bears were tenants at Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, from 1921-70 after leaving downstate Decatur and before moving to Soldier Field.
“Given our long and storied history together and the special relationship between the McCaskey and Ricketts families, a reunion of Cubs and Bears programming on Marquee feels incredibly natural,” said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney in a statement referring to the families that control the two franchises.
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The Indianapolis Colts will take on the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Soldier Field. Chicago is 3-0 overall and 1-0 at home, while the Colts are 2-1 overall and 0-1 on the road. Indianapolis is favored by 2.5 points in the latest Bears vs. Colts odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 43. Before entering any Colts vs. Bears picks, you’ll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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Why the Bears can cover
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