FuboTV Inks Deal With Marquee Sports Network for Cubs Game Coverage

FuboTV and Marquee Sports Network have entered into a carriage agreement that will bring Chicago Cubs game coverage to the live TV streaming platform in the coming weeks.

Through FuboTV, subscribers throughout the Marquee Sports Network territory will have access to all Marquee programming, including all non-nationally televised regular season Chicago Cubs games, pregame and postgame shows, exclusive content and original programming. The regional sports network (RSN) will be available in FuboTV’s basic English language channel package in the Chicago area and surrounding regions, including Indianapolis, South Bend and Des Moines.

Fans can stream FuboTV on Android and iOS smartphone and tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Android Smart TVs, Apple TV and Apple’s TV app, Chromecast, Hisense Smart TVs, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox One’s family of devices and the web.

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In addition to the Marquee Sports Network, FuboTV includes more than 50,000 live sporting events annually — many streaming in 4K. The agreement also increases FuboTV’s local coverage in Chicago, where it already carries ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telemundo and Univision affiliates alongside national sports networks ESPN, FS1, CBS Sports Network, Big Ten Network, MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network and NHL Network, among others.

“We are thrilled to have FuboTV offering Marquee Sports Network to Cubs fans. FuboTV has prioritized live sports and we look forward to them carrying Cubs baseball all season long,” said Marquee Sports Network GM Mike McCarthy in a statement.

“As we kick off the hotly anticipated 2021 baseball season, fuboTV is thrilled to bring consumers Marquee Sports Network’s extensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs,” FuboTV’s SVP of content strategy and acquisition, Ben Grad said in a statement. “The addition of Marquee Sports Network to our leading sports, news and entertainment portfolio makes FuboTV a great streaming choice for Cubs fans, as well as other Chicagoans looking to cut the cord.”

“We’re excited to add Marquee Sports Network and their coverage of the Chicago Cubs to FuboTV,” FuboTV co-founder and CEO David Gandler said in a statement. “Our Fubo Gaming subsidiary is headquartered in Chicago, and the midwest market, particularly Indiana and Iowa where we recently closed market access agreements, will be a key cluster for our gaming strategy in the future.”

Fubo TV Announces IPO Launch on New York Stock Exchange

Live sports streaming video platform Fubo TV Oct. 1 announced the launch of its initial public offering (IPO) of 15 million shares of common stock valued upwards of $165 million, or $9 to $11 per share.

The underwriters will have a 30-day option to buy an additional 2.25 million shares of common stock from fuboTV at the public offering price. Fubo TV intends to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “FUBO.”

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The SVOD service is hoping to capitalize on the home-bound consumer looking to be entertained during the coronavirus pandemic. At the end of 2019, Fubo TV had 316,000 subscribers, with ad-revenue up 201%. It posted a $246.9 million loss on revenue of $150.8 million. Through March 31, 2020, losses totaled $62.7 million on revenue of $58.3 million.

Roth Capital Partners and Wedbush Securities are acting as co-managers for the proposed offering.

FuboTV Bows Ad-Supported Sports Network

Online TV platform fubo TV Sept. 9 launched ad-supported “Sports Network,” with content from FanDuel, Stadium, The Players Tribune, USA Today, VSiN and Young Hollywood, among others.

Soft launched in June, fubo Sports Network marks the first time fuboTV has created an ad-supported linear network for distribution off of its platform.

The Sports Network currently has distribution with LG Channels powered by Xumo, Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel and fuboTV’s Standard base package.

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“We saw a lack of sports coverage on a free-to-consumer basis,” David Gandler, fuboTV’s co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.

The platform also named Pamela Duckworth, an award-winning executive producer, head of fubo Sports Network and original programming, a newly created position.

Duckworth, founder of Duckworth Entertainment, a marketing production company based in NY and LA, was previously a consultant with fuboTV. Duckworth has been tasked with building fuboTV’s first in-house production team and leading original programming development.

“I truly believe that fuboTV is changing the game from a distribution standpoint and am excited to bring to life our unique vision of original content with fubo Sports Network,” Duckworth said.

The network’s fall slate, which kicks off today, includes:

“Call It a Night” with Julie Stewart-Binks (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT) – fubo Sports Network’s flagship news program on sports and sports culture is hosted by popular sports journalist and comedian Julie Stewart-Binks (ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports HQ, SNY). Taped from fubo Sports Network’s studio in Hudson Yards, NYC.

“The Players Lounge” with Cobi Jones and PJ Harrison (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.) — Interviewed by two towering figures of American soccer, top players, their friends and fans talk freely about the hottest sports topics of the day. About the hosts: Soccer Hall-of-Famer Cobi Jones is one of the few soccer players from the MLS to have his number retired. PJ Harrison is a creative director and City of Angels Football Club cofounder.

“The Cooligans” (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m.) — Soccer is exciting, but soccer talk is so boring … UNTIL NOW. New York comedians Alexis Guerreros and Christian Polanco bring laughter to the beautiful game. Through the lens of stand-up comedy, The Cooligans deliver hilarious takes on American and world soccer that are refreshing, fun and make fans of any league enjoy the game much more than they ever thought they could.

“Drinks with Binks” (Fridays at 8 p.m.) — Sportscaster Julie Stewart-Binks goes sip-for-sip with athletes and fans in a new vodcast.

“Football Report” (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.) — News about soccer’s biggest stars, teams and leagues.

“fubo News” (Friday at 6 p.m.) — Customized coverage of the world’s top sporting events.

Partner-Produced Sports Shows

FanDuel/TVG: “Hurry Up” and “More Ways to Win”

GolTV: “Tu Futbol” and “Portugol”

“Stadium: Baseball Stories” hosted by Jayson Stark, and more to be announced

The Players Tribune: “The Real Athlete,” “How It Happened,” “For The Record” and more to be announced

USA Today: SportsPulse, What I’m Hearing, For The Win and more to come

VSiN: “VSiN Best Bets”

Young Hollywood: “Rookie On The Rise” and “Beyond The Athlete”

Live Sports

“Liga MX Soccer” (Univision): A weekly Sunday afternoon match from Mexico’s top soccer league is broadcast in English; Available to fuboTV subscribers only.

NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball Division 1 games; Major League Lacrosse (Stadium)

Cycling (IMG): Coverage of major global cycling events including Giro d’Italia, Cycliste de Quebec and shows like In Cycle magazine.

Horse Racing (TVG): Coverage of horse racing events.

Rounding out fubo Sports Network’s lineup is “Double Play Movie Night,” featuring back-to-back sports movies, including documentaries from Gravitas Ventures and others, every Friday night at 8 p.m. ET.