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Marquee Sports co-owner Sinclair Broadcasting remains on YouTube TV — for now

The live streaming service reversed its decision to immediately drop Sinclair’s regional sports channels, giving Cubs fans hope that it might pick up Marquee.

The future of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s sports channels with YouTube TV remains in limbo.
The future of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s sports channels with YouTube TV remains in limbo.
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There appears to be a cease-fire between YouTube TV and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Sports channels owned by Sinclair, the Cubs’ partner in the Marquee Sports Network, will remain on the live streaming service for the time being. Last week YouTube TV announced it would drop Sinclair’s sports channels, including regional Fox Sports channels and the Yes Network, after the companies failed to reach a new carriage agreement. That made it look unlikely that YouTube TV would pick up Marquee, the only place to see Cubs games.

But YouTube TV tweeted this weekend that it will continue to carry the Sinclair-owned channels while negotiations continue. YouTube TV has never officially said it planned to pick up Marquee, but this morning’s move might be a positive sign for Cubs fans looking for ways to see their team on television.

Comcast, the largest cable provider in Chicago, and Marquee have yet to reach a carriage agreement. Marquee is available on AT&T’s Uverse, DirecTV and AT&T TV, WOW and other cable services. The Hulu Live streaming service will also carry Marquee.