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Report: Marquee Sports Network makes deal with Comcast to carry the Cubs’ TV channel

CHICAGO (WREX) — If you have Xfinity, you'll now be able to catch Chicago Cubs games this season.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Marquee Sports Network and Comcast have come to terms on a carriage agreement more than four months after the new Cubs television channel’s launch.

“We finished our negotiations with Comcast to carry Marquee and it will be available in all Xfinity homes,” Crane Kenney, Cubs president of business operations told the Tribune Friday.

Kenney declined to disclose the terms of the carriage agreement with Comcast but said it was a “multiple year deal.”

Comcast customers can watch the Cubs on channel 84 in the Chicago area and channel 202 in high definition.

Kenney said the arrival of the delayed July opening day created the impetus for Marquee and Comcast to get a deal done after months of negotiations that lasted through an aborted preseason, and threatened to black out large swaths of fans from watching the Cubs this season.

The arrangement ends a standoff between the new channel the Cubs launched in concert with Sinclair Broadcast Group and Comcast’s Xfinity, the largest TV provider in the Cubs’ TV market that serves roughly half its homes.

The Tribune's report does not say what — if any — cost will be passed along to Xfinity subscribers. Other providers carrying the channel have increased rates about $2 a month for customers with eligible packages to receive the channel.

The Cubs kickoff their season Friday, July 24 at 6:10 p.m. at home against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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