Whatever you know about Sinclair Broadcast Group, the time has come not to know them as just an owner of television stations, albeit the biggest station owner in the business. Over the last four years, the company has built a national programming presence via first-run syndicated series (Full Measure, The Look: All Stars), multicast channels (Comet TV, Stadium, Charge!, TBD) and linear cable/satellite distribution through The Tennis Channel.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. and the Chicago Cubs announced the formation of a joint venture that will own and operate Marquee Sports Network, a regional sports network based in Chicago, IL. Marquee will be the Chicago region’s exclusive network for fans to view live Cubs games beginning with the 2020 Major League Baseball season, and will also feature exclusive Cubs content and other local sports programming. In addition to the execution of the joint venture agreement, the Cubs simultaneously entered into a long-term rights agreement with Marquee.
It's been a busy -- and public -- October for the chief overseer of Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation's largest owner of television stations. Wherever Chief Executive Officer Chris Ripley faced fellow media officials throughout the month, including keynote one-on-one interviews at Advertising Week NY and NAB Show New York, he came ready with a consistent message: Sinclair has moved from stage one of its existence to stage two, encompassing widespread content and advertising delivery to smart TV sets, TV-connected devices and mobile.