Today, the Chicago Cubs played their final game of the 2014 season. The end of an era. The end of the losing, we hope. The Future looks bright, and 2015 will be the start of change. Not only for the organization, with young and talented players coming up leading the charge, but also with Wrigley Field, and then there will also be a change of broadcasting rights.
Today is the last time your Chicago Cubs will ever play a game that is broadcast on WGN. No longer will you see a game played on WGN television, as the Cubs ended that relationship looking for a bigger dollar deal. They wanted to get paid more for the television rights for their games after seeing the big dollar deals other teams have gotten across baseball. WGN TV and the Cubs, they have gone hand in hand for years. While no deal has yet been reached yet with any station to broadcast the TV rights, I can safely say that today will be the last time you see a Cubs game on WGN channel 9. That said, because the Cubs have yet to announce a new TV deal, the Cubs and WGN TV still could work out a short term deal. Do not fear, Len Kasper and JD will be following the Cubs to whatever station they land on for 2015.
This is also the last time you will ever hear a game on WGN radio. The Cubs on Radio 7-2-0 has also been a long standing tradition for many years, longer than I have been alive. WGN Radio saw their ratings going down with the Cubs decline in play and they chose (not the Cubs) to opt out of the deal looking to get a cheaper deal worked out for the rights to air Cubs games on their radio station. Next year the Cubs games will air on a station one notch up at WBBM Radio 780. Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will be going with the Cubs, so you will not have to listen to a new broadcast team.
For the most part, people do not like change. For Cub fans, a lot is changing at the conclusion of the season. Enjoy this Cub fans, soak in the tradition while you can. Because after today, the next time you see the team you grew up loving, everything will be different.