NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2018 Cubs season-long, multi-platform coverage details

NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2018 Cubs season-long, multi-platform coverage details

NBC Sports Chicago’s 84-Game Cubs Schedule gets underway on SATURDAY, MARCH 31 at Miami featuring the highly-anticipated debut of new starting pitcher/four-time All-Star YU DARVISH!

Live streaming coverage of EVERY Cubs telecast on NBC Sports Chicago – including all surrounding pre/postgame programming –
to be made available to authenticated subscribers on and via the NBC Sports app!

NEW THIS SEASON: Former Cubs standout centerfielder/veteran baseball analyst & author DOUG GLANVILLE joins NBC Sports Chicago as the network’s multi-platform Cubs expert!

NEW THIS SEASON: Leila Rahimi to host “Baseball Night in Chicago” leading into every 7:00 PM weeknight Cubs telecast featuring Doug Glanville and Ozzie Guillen!

NEW THIS SEASON: Seven games to be designated as a Cubs “Authentic Fan Night,” featuring giveaways, talent appearances, along with remote editions of ‘SportsTalk Live’ to take place at the Park at Wrigley! to feature additional in-depth reporting from Cubs digital reporter/producer Tony Andracki; a new season of “CubsTalk Podcasts,”; Expanded Social Media highlights to include Cubs-focused editions of Facebook Live, enhanced coverage on Instagram & Instagram Stories, plus 24/7 Twitter updates from NBC Sports Chicago’s crew of Cubs experts and much more!

“Cubs Season Preview” special airs TONIGHT at 7:00 PM CT!

Chicago, IL (March 28, 2017) – NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the two-time defending NL Central champion Chicago Cubs, is ready to deliver its most extensive season Cubs coverage to date featuring 84 live regular season game telecasts, which includes live streaming of EVERY GAME to authenticated subscribers via and the NBC Sports app, plus – NBC Sports Chicago to provide a new look to its surrounding game night programming, along with a massive season-long offering of 24/7 cross-platform content. 

The first of 84 Cubs games on NBC Sports Chicago’s schedule gets underway this Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 PM CT as the Cubs face the Miami Marlins in the highly-anticipated pitching debut of free agent acquisition/four-time All-Star Yu Darvish.  NBC Sports Chicago’s veteran Cubs announcing tandem of Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will provide the call of the game.  Coverage begins at 5:30 PM CT with the season premiere of Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group with hosts David Kaplan (@thekapman) and David DeJesus (@David_DeJesus3) from NBC Sports Chicago’s downtown studios, along with the latest game night news and updates live from Marlins Park via Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull (@KellyCrull) and Cubs multi-platform reporter/producer Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23).  In addition, fans will also be treated to a special Facebook Live ( chat with Crull & Andracki at approx. 12 NOON, along with a Twitter (@NBCSCubs) live Periscope segment previewing the game with Kaplan & DeJesus at 4:30 PM.  The game will be immediately followed by Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, featuring Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s live post-game press conference, along with player post-game reaction, expanded highlights, detailed analysis and more.

Even though NBC Sports Chicago will not carry the Cubs home opener on Monday, April 9, fans can still count on NBC Sports Chicago to provide numerous, additional multi-platform HOME OPENER content offerings including a “Best Home Opener Moments” video feature on Facebook & Twitter at 8:00 AM, a Twitter (@NBCSCubs) live Periscope “Look at Wrigley” segment at approx. 11:00 AM showcasing scenes from batting practice, warmups, and atmosphere footage in and around the ballpark, plus - a multitude of Opening Day “Sights & Sounds” moments will be also provided via Snapchat (‘NBCSChicago’), along with additional photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ via Instagram and Instagram Stories

NEW THIS SEASON: Former Cubs standout centerfielder/veteran baseball analyst & author DOUG GLANVILLE will be joining the network as its primary contributor to the network’s digital platforms providing fans with expert Cubs/MLB commentary on via written columns, video essays, along with regular appearances on the popular “CubsTalk Podcast.” In addition, Glanville will be a regular game night panelist throughout the season on SportsTalk Live.

NEW THIS SEASON: NBC Sports Chicago’s Leila Rahimi will host the network’s new Chicago-focused baseball show, Baseball Night in Chicago, featuring Doug Glanville and 2005 White Sox World Series champion manager Ozzie GuillenBaseball Night in Chicago, airing weeknights at 6:30 PM, will serve as the lead-in program for every Monday-Friday 7:00 PM Cubs telecast on NBC Sports Chicago this season.

NEW THIS SEASON: Seven home game telecasts this season will also be designated as an NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan Night” at Wrigley Field.  Fans are urged to stop by the “Authentic Fan” labeled area to get their Cubs cheer cards, meet/greet NBC Sports Chicago talent members, plus - the first 500 fans who visit will receive a special “Authentic Fan” Cubs give-away.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will present special “Authentic Fan Night” remote editions of SportsTalk Live, which will be held at the Park at Wrigley, located just outside of the ballpark on Clark St.  

For the second-straight year, EVERY Cubs game telecast airing on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, will be accessible live via and the NBC Sports app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on a variety streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service of White Sox games, viewers are urged to visit the following link:

PROGRAMMING NOTE: TONIGHT at 7:00 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago, Cubs fans will get a preview of the 2018 MLB season with the Cubs Season Preview Special presented by Field Auto Group.  Hosted by David Kaplan, along with analysts Kelly Crull, Doug Glanville and additional content contribution via Tony Andracki, this one-hour special, filled with player/coaches interviews and a detailed season preview analysis, will provide viewers with a comprehensive look at this year’s Opening Day Cubs roster, an overview of all the off-season trades & acquisitions, and discussion on the key factors needed for a return trip to the World Series.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Nine (9) Cubs games on NBC Sports Chicago this season are currently scheduled to air on NBC Sports Chicago+ (see attached schedule).  NBC Sports Chicago+ (NBCSCH+) telecasts are provided to NBC Sports Chicago affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  NBCSCH+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details.

In addition to its live stream of every NBC Sports Chicago Cubs game telecast, will also provide fans with even more exclusive Cubs content throughout the season including the following:

  • will stream EVERY Cubs home postgame press conference LIVE providing insider access to manager Joe Maddon.
  • “CubsTalk PODCAST” – Featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s Cubs guru David Kaplan, Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull, Cubs multi-platform contributor Doug Glanville, along with Cubs content producers Tony Andracki & Jon Graff and an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “Cubs Talk” podcast features in-depth Cubs discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the season. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • Push Alerts: NBC Sports Chicago will deliver Cubs push notifications for breaking team and player news, behind-the-scenes reports, plus game reminder alerts via NBC Sports Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • CubsTalk ( -’s high-velocity, comprehensive Cubs section featuring the latest news, videos, feature stories, and social media highlights. CubsTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the “CubsTalk PODCAST.”
  • Fans can also follow and connect with NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive Cubs coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with NBC Sports Chicago talent), Twitter (@NBCSCubs), along with Instagram and Snapchat at ‘NBCSChicago’



2018 Chicago Cubs Schedule


  1. Sat, Mar 31                6:00 pm              @ Miami
  2. Sun, Apr 1                  12:00 pm            @ Miami                                 
  3. Mon, Apr 2                 3:00 pm              @ Cincinnati
  4. Thu, Apr 5                  7:00 pm              @ Milwaukee
  5. Fri, April 6                  7:00 pm              @ Milwaukee                          NBCSCH+
  6. Thu, Apr 12                1:20 pm              vs. Pittsburgh
  7. Fri, Apr 13                  1:20 pm              vs. Atlanta
  8. Sat, Apr 14                 1:20 pm              vs. Atlanta
  9. Tue, Apr 17                7:00 pm              vs. St. Louis
  10. Sat, Apr 21                 7:00 pm              @ Colorado
  11. Sun, Apr 22                2:00 pm              @ Colorado
  12. Wed, Apr 25               6:00 pm              @ Cleveland
  13. Thu, Apr 26                7:00 pm              vs. Milwaukee                         NBCSCH+
  14. Fri, Apr 27                  1:20 pm              vs. Milwaukee
  15. Sun, Apr 29                1:20 pm              vs. Milwaukee
  16. Mon, Apr 30               6:00 pm              vs. Colorado
  17. Wed, May 2               1:20 pm              vs. Colorado
  18. Fri, May 4                   7:00 pm              @ St. Louis
  19. Mon, May 7                7:00 pm              vs. Miami
  20. Tue, May 8                 7:00 pm              vs. Miami
  21. Fri, May 11                 1:20 pm              vs. WHITE SOX
  22. Tue, May 15               6:30 pm              @ Atlanta                                NBCSCH+
  23. Fri, May 18                 6:00 pm              @ Cincinnati                           
  24. Wed, May 23             7:00 pm              vs. Cleveland
  25. Wed, May 30             6:00 pm              @ Pittsburgh
  26. Thu, May 31               6:00 pm              @ New York Mets
  27. Fri, June 1                  6:00 pm              @ New York Mets                   NBCSCH+
  28. Wed, June 6              7:00 pm              vs. Philadelphia                       NBCSCH+
  29. Thu, June 7                1:20 pm              vs. Philadelphia
  30. Fri, June 8                  1:20 pm              vs. Pittsburgh
  31. Mon, June 11             7:00 pm              @ Milwaukee                          NBCSCH+
  32. Tue, June 12              7:00 pm              @ Milwaukee
  33. Sun, June 17             1:00 pm              @ St. Louis
  34. Mon, June 18             7:00 pm              vs. LA Dodgers
  35. Thu, June 21              6:00 pm              @ Cincinnati
  36. Sun, June 24             12:00 pm            @ Cincinnati
  37. Mon, June 25             9:00 pm              @ LA Dodgers
  38. Wed, June 27            9:00 pm              @ LA Dodgers                        NBCSCH+
  39. Thu, June 28              2:00 pm              @ LA Dodgers
  40. Fri, June 29                4:00 pm              vs. Minnesota
  41. Tue, July 3                 1:20 pm              vs. Detroit
  42. Fri, July 6                   1:20 pm              vs. Cincinnati
  43. Sat, July 7                  1:20 pm              vs. Cincinnati
  44. Mon, July 9                9:00 pm              @ San Francisco
  45. Wed, July 11              2:30 pm              @ San Francisco
  46. Fri, July 13                 9:00 pm              @ San Diego
  47. Fri, July 20                 1:20 pm              vs. St. Louis
  48. Mon, July 23              7:00 pm              vs. Arizona                             
  49. Wed, July 25              1:20 pm              vs. Arizona
  50. Thu, July 26               1:20 pm              vs. Arizona
  51. Fri, July 27                 7:00 pm              @ St. Louis
  52. Sat, July 28                3:00 pm              @ St. Louis                            
  53. Tue, July 31               6:00 pm              @ Pittsburgh
  54. Thu, Aug 2                 7:00 pm              vs. San Diego
  55. Fri, Aug 3                   1:20 pm              vs. San Diego
  56. Sat, Aug 4                  1:20 pm              vs. San Diego
  57. Mon, Aug 6                7:00 pm              @ Kansas City                        NBCSCH+
  58. Tue, Aug 7                 7:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  59. Fri, Aug 10                 1:20 pm              vs. Washington
  60. Sun, Aug 12               1:20 pm              vs. Washington
  61. Tue, Aug 14               1:20 pm              vs. Milwaukee
  62. Thu, Aug 16               6:00 pm              @ Pittsburgh
  63. Fri, Aug 17                 6:00 pm              @ Pittsburgh
  64. Tue, Aug 21               6:00 pm              @ Detroit
  65. Thu, Aug 23               7:00 pm              vs. Cincinnati
  66. Fri, Aug 24                 1:20 pm              vs Cincinnati
  67. Mon, Aug 27              7:00 pm              vs. NY Mets                            
  68. Wed, Aug 29              1:20 pm              vs. NY Mets
  69. Fri, Aug 31                 6:00 pm              @ Philadelphia                        NBCSCH+
  70. Sat, Sept 1                 6:00 pm              @ Philadelphia
  71. Tue, Sept 4                7:00 pm              @ Milwaukee
  72. Thu, Sept 6                6:00 pm              @ Washington
  73. Fri, Sept 7                  6:00 pm              @ Washington
  74. Sun, Sept 9                12:30 pm            @ Washington
  75. Mon, Sept 10             7:00 pm              vs. Milwaukee
  76. Sat, Sept 15               3:00 pm              vs. Cincinnati
  77. Wed, Sept 19             8:30 pm              @ Arizona
  78. Fri, Sept 21                3:00 pm              @ WHITE SOX
  79. Sat, Sept 22               6:00 pm              @ WHITE SOX
  80. Mon, Sept 24             7:00 pm              vs. Pittsburgh
  81. Wed, Sept 26             7:00 pm              vs. Pittsburgh
  82. Thu, Sept 27              7:00 pm              vs. Pittsburgh
  83. Sat, Sept 29               1:20 pm              vs. St. Louis
  84. Sun, Sept 30              2:20 pm              vs. St. Louis  

42 Home, 42 Road regular season games
Total: 84 games

All Times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

It might have been just another dinger in homer-happy All-Star Game, but Willson Contreras will remember it forever

It might have been just another dinger in homer-happy All-Star Game, but Willson Contreras will remember it forever

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Willson Contreras’ third-inning home run might not have ended up standing out too much in an All-Star Game featuring a jaw-dropping and record-shattering 10 dingers.

But, obviously, it will always stand out to the guy who hit it.

“I enjoyed every single second that I spent out there.”

Remarkably, Contreras repeated his feat from two seasons ago, when he hit his first big league homer on the first big league pitch he ever saw. Ditto on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, when he launched the first pitch he saw as an All Star out over the wall in left field.

“When I hit the ball and thought it was gone, I went back to 2016, playing in Chicago. It was the same thing, first pitch for a homer,” Contreras, all smiles, said following the American League’s 8-6 victory. “I’m really blessed with these kinds of situations. Those moments, they’re going to be history and they’re going to be in my mind and my heart.”

Contreras’ long ball was the highlight of the evening for fans watching back home in Chicago. Javy Baez got a hit in his first All-Star at-bat but was outdone by his teammate. White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was hitless in his two trips to the plate.

And while it will be a highlight on this night for Cubs fans, it will be a highlight forever for Contreras, who enjoyed the heck out of his first All-Star experience.

“‘I did it, I did it,’” he said when asked what was going through his head. “I knew it was something special. And I wasn’t trying to do too much because these guys are nasty, throwing 98 in the first inning. I just tried to get the hit out.”

The nasty guy he went deep against was Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell, whose 2.27 ERA on the season made him a very worthy inclusion on the AL roster. But Contreras was more impressed with the guy who started the game for the National League, raving about Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer after the game.

“He was great, man. Great stuff, he gets so into the game,” Contreras said. “I would like to have him one day on my team or play with him for a few years. That guy is amazing.”

That’s not the current Nationals star Cubs fans are dreaming about, Willy, but point taken.

But it wasn’t Snell or Scherzer or even Baez or Jon Lester, also in the NL dugout, who Contreras was thinking about the most during his home run trot. Instead, Contreras was thinking about his grandfather, Ernesto, who passed away a few years ago.

“My grandpa, he died in 2015,” Contreras said. “I grew up with him.

“He didn’t play ball. But I feel like every time I go out there and step into the box, he’s at my back. It just feels amazing when you hit a homer or do something special, look at the sky and you know that he’s there smiling somewhere.”

It all made for a pretty incredible night for Contreras, who has officially and loudly taken his place among baseball’s best on the game’s biggest stage.

The only thing that was missing? The ball.

Yeah, Contreras didn’t get the ball, not that he really expected to. But if you’ve got it, he wants it.

“I don’t think they’re giving it back,” he said with a grin.

We’ll see. Social media’s a powerful tool. So reach out.

Manny Machado as a Dodger creates a formidable foe out west for the Cubs

Manny Machado as a Dodger creates a formidable foe out west for the Cubs

Well, it's finally happening, or at least it's going to happen. The Athletics' Ken Rosenthal reported during the MLB All-Star game that the Baltimore Orioles had agreed to officially move their franchise player Manny Machado. Neither team has confirmed anything at this time, but the deal has reportedly been as close to a done deal for the last day or so, and it would seem Machado is destined for finish his 2018 campaign in Hollywood. 

Of course, with this addition, the reigning National League champions look primed for another deep postseason run. Though, the club is clinging to a half-game lead in the NL West, with Machado in tow the Dodgers are right with the Cubs and Brewers as the elite squads in the National League. It could be argued the Dodgers didn't necessarily 'need' Machado, with an offense that was already in the top 10 in runs scored, but Machado might be the perfect addition for the Dodgers. 

After losing their young star shortstop Corey Seager for the season with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery, the Dodgers were in need of a more permanent solution at shortstop. And despite Machado's defensive metrics showing a steep decline in his glove at shortstop, the Dodgers will welcome his robust slash line of .315/.387/.575 while ignoring any shortcomings on defense. 

But what this means for the Cubs, who are only two games off the 2016 World Series club pace, is the path to another championship will likely require another run-in with the Dodgers. The club's biggest threat has been at this point the Brewers, but it's not hard to envision the Dodgers distancing themselves as the clear favorites in the National League with Machado in the heart of the order.

The good news for the Chicago is at least Machado didn't end up in Milwaukee, but that also could mean the Brewers make a more concerted effort to acquire pitching before the July 30th deadline. The Cubs will also see the return of Yu Darvish, who despite only managing to win one game this season in a Cubs uniform, will be a massive upgrade over the scuffling Tyler Chatwood. If the Cubs pitching can start producing like many expected them to before the start of 2018, and guys like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant start to hit alongside All-Stars Javier Baez and Willson Contreras, it's not hard to imagine the Cubs separating themselves from the pack in the 2nd half of season. 

The Dodgers are no strangers to blockbuster deadline deals, acquiring Yu Darvish in a similar three-month rental situation, but the Cubs getting a bat like Rizzo right and an arm like Darvish healthy would be better than any deal Theo Epstein could make to improve this team. And if it's not enough, the Cubs have a solid track record of grabbing former Dodger rentals in the off-season. The push for the playoffs starts Thursday for the north-siders.