New Cubs network reaches deal with AT&T’s U-verse, DirecTV

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 08: Jason Heyward #22 of the Chicago Cubs hits a game winning home run against the Miami Marlins during the eleventh inning at Wrigley Field on May 08, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs won 3-2. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — The company behind the new Cubs network has reached an agreement with AT&T.

As of Thursday, Sinclair Broadcast Group and AT&T have agreed on a multi-year agreement across DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse for future carriage of Marquee Sports Network in 2020, according to a press release.

It was not immediately clear whether AT&T’s TV platforms would make the network available as part of their basic service or require purchase of an add-on tier, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Cubs are in the middle of a manager search after deciding not to renew the contract of Joe Maddon.

Cubs President Theo Epstein said “real change is needed” in his final press conference of the season.

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