Sources: Cubs To Go Own Way In TV Venture

New deal: The Cubs are ending their partnership with NBC Sports Chicago and launching their own network.

Current deal: The Cubs will get paid $750K per game next year for broadcast rights.

How much more could they make? How about 3X more! The Dodgers make ≈$2M per game in local broadcast rights through SportsNet LA.

Flashback #1: The Dodgers Are on a Roll but Fans Remain in the Dark Amid Cable-TV Dispute

The Dodgers are guaranteed $8.35B over 25 years from Time Warner (now Charter Communications).

That breaks down to an average of $334M/year!

In order to break even, the Network needs to make $1,988 from every pay-TV subscriber in the region or an average of $80/year.

Flashback #2: Big Ten TV revenue distribution reaches an insane $51 million per school

Revenue distribution per school:
2013 — $25M
2017 — $36M
2018 — $51M (↑ 42% YoY)

More #1: College Football Stares Down Major Changes in the Form of Cord-Cutting

More #2: Fight for Fox Local Sports Channels Could Shake Up Broadcasting

More #3: ESPN, Kansas Provide Glimpse at Potential Future for Sports Streaming


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