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WISH-TV signs deal to air 2016 Cubs, White Sox games

January 8, 2016
KEYWORDS Sports Business

Local baseball fans have reason to smile—especially if they are followers of the teams from the Windy City.

WISH-TV Channel 8 President and General Manager Les Vann announced the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox will return to WISH in 2016, for a second season.
“On the heels of an exciting first year welcoming the Chicago Cubs and White Sox to WISH-TV, we’re thrilled to announce they’ll back in 2016,” Vann said. “Fans all across central Indiana, as well as our advertisers can look forward to an expanded broadcast schedule next season, which includes 100 games.”
The schedule will include 45 Chicago Cubs games in 2016—the same number as was broadcast on WISH and its sister station WNDY-TV Channel 23 last year.

The Cubs look to make a strong playoff run in 2016, fresh off their first playoff appearance since the 2007 season. Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and new additions Jason Heyward and John Lackey will try to end the Curse of the Billy Goat on the north side of Chicago. The additions of Lackey and Heyward figures to intensify the historic rivalry between the Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.  

The last time the Cubs were in the World Series was 1945. They last won the Series in 1908.
WISH will broadcast 55 White Sox games in 2016—up from only 12 last year.

The White Sox will look to bounce back in 2016, after a fourth place finish in the American League Central. Left-hand pitcher Chris Sale who set a franchise single-season strikeout record and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu return with new additions, including 2015 Home Run Derby winner Todd Frazier, to put the White Sox in a position to contend.
Game schedules will be released this spring. WISH and WNDY will broadcast the games produced, by WGN Sports, in high definition.

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