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Cubs Exercise Option To Leave WGN-TV After '14 If Station Doesn't Increase Rights Fees
Published November 7, 2013
END OF AN ERA? In Chicago, Mark Potash writes, "In today’s market, with the Cubs in need of maximizing every revenue stream possible, it's possible a new deal could be too rich for WGN’s blood." That would be "a shame to those of us who grew up" with late Cubs announcers Jack Brickhouse, Lloyd Pettit and Harry Caray, and former Cubs analyst Steve Stone. The "reality is that times have changed" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/7).
LEAVING THE DEN: WGN-AM in a statement yesterday announced that Cubs radio color analyst Keith Moreland is "leaving after three seasons to devote more time to his family." In Chicago, Mark Gonzales noted Moreland "joined the Cubs' radio team with play-by-play broadcaster Pat Hughes" in February '11. The release "did not indicate the time table for a successor" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 11/6). Moreland said that his decision "was unrelated to the uncertainty over WGN's radio future with the Cubs." His original contract "expired Oct. 31" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/7).