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Marquee Sports Network to Televise First All-Female Broadcast in Chicago Cubs History

“We look forward to an outstanding broadcast, and we know they’ll continue to be inspirations for the next generation of broadcasters.”

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Marquee Sports Network has announced that the Chicago Cubs television broadcast on Friday, July 7 will feature an all-female crew, consisting of play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins, game analyst Elise Menaker and field reporter Taylor McGregor. This will mark the first time a broadcast of this kind has taken place in Cubs history and will also include celebrations of women in baseball during the pregame and postgame shows. Social and digital media platforms will highlight the broadcast as well, along with play-by-play calls submitted by young Cubs fans. Moreover, fans will be able to interact with the broadcasters through social media ahead of the afternoon game against the Los Angeles Angels from Wrigley Field.

“Beth, Elise and Taylor excel at what they do for Marquee Sports Network,” Diane Penny, general manager of Marquee Sports Network, said in a statement. “While combining their excellence from the field to the broadcast booth marks another ‘first’ in Cubs history, it signifies yet another opportunity for our team to serve fans in a meaningful and memorable way. We look forward to an outstanding broadcast, and we know they’ll continue to be inspirations for the next generation of broadcasters.”

Mowins has called select Chicago Cubs games since 2021, becoming the first woman to work as a play-by-play announcer in the history of the organization. Outside of her work with Marquee Sports Network, she primarily broadcasts men’s and women’s college sports games for ESPN. In 2017, she became the first woman to call an NFL game. Earlier this year, Mowins was the play-by-play announcer for ESPN’s all-women NBA broadcast alongside Monica McNutt and Katie George.

“Elise and Taylor are outstanding to work with, and I’m thrilled that we will have this opportunity to work together for this historic Cubs broadcast,” Mowins said in a statement. “It’s always an honor working in the Wrigley Field broadcast booth and we are all looking forward to this special broadcast.”

Menaker has been a member of Marquee Sports Network since 2020, working as a field reporter and studio host. During the 2022 season, she became the first woman to work as a television analyst for a Cubs game. Menaker became the first woman to broadcast a Cubs game as a radio analyst last season as well. While attending Cornell University, she was a four-year starter on the school’s softball team and inducted into its athletics Hall of Fame.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Beth and Taylor on this special day at Wrigley Field,” Menaker said in a statement. “It’ll be exciting to share this broadcast with Cubs fans and particularly with young girls who may dream of one day getting involved in this great game. My mom always told me that I could accomplish my dreams, no matter how big, and I hope to inspire young girls and boys to do the same. Dream big.”

McGregor joined Marquee Sports Network at its launch in 2020 and is the primary field reporter for Chicago Cubs television broadcasts. Additionally, she works with MLB Network as a host and at ESPN on its college football game coverage in the fall. Before joining the regional sports network, she worked in Denver, Colo. with AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain for two seasons on Colorado Rockies games.

“It’s always a joy having the opportunity to work with Beth and Elise, and to be a part of this first all-female broadcast is something that we’re looking forward to,” McGregor said in a statement. “I always appreciate having the chance to show young fans, especially girls, the many opportunities in the game of baseball and this broadcast will be a great demonstration of that.”

The Cubs Live! pregame show for the Cubs-Angels game on Friday, July 7 will begin at 12 p.m. CST. First pitch of the game is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CST from Wrigley Field and will include Mowins, Menaker and McGregor making history on the first-of-its-kind broadcast for a Chicago Cubs game.

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Alex Cohen, Voice of the Iowa Cubs, to Make Major League PBP Debut This Weekend

“Thrilled to be on the call for a pair of Cubs games starting this weekend!”

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Alex Cohen, who has been the voice of the Iowa Cubs for the last seven seasons, is getting called up to the big leagues. For the first time ever, Cohen will call Major League Baseball when he fills in for Jon Sciambi on Marquee Sports Network this Sunday. He has also been told he will have a second game on July 19.

“Thrilled to be on the call for a pair of Cubs games starting this weekend!” Cohen posted on his X account. “So appreciative of Marquee Sports Network and the Iowa Cubs for the opportunity. Will wax poetically about it all later, but until then…Thank you all and can’t wait for Sunday in St. Louis and Friday at Wrigley!”

Cohen was named Ballpark Digest’s 2023 Broadcaster of the Year award. He calls all 150 home and road games for the Cubs Triple-A affiliate on AM 940 in Des Moines and does select games on TV as well. Cohen has previously done some Cubs Spring Training games on Marquee as well as 670 The Score.

Cohen also does work for Iowa State and handles many of their broadcasts on ESPN+. In addition to working with Marquee he has also done work for the Big Ten Network.

Cohen is a 2011 graduate of Indiana University who served as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Rookie Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. He then headed to manage broadcasting and media relations for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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FOX Sports Sets NFL Announcing Teams for 2024

Tom Brady will make his regular season debut with Burkhardt when FOX Sports airs the Dallas Cowboys-Cleveland Browns game on September 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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During this NFL offseason, most of the broadcaster talk has been centered around the arrival of Tom Brady as part of the No. 1 team on FOX Sports with Kevin Burkhardt. Recently it was revealed that Greg Olsen, who had been working with Burkhardt, would be paired with Joe Davis for the upcoming season. Now, based on a report from Andrew Marchand, we know who the rest of the teams will be.

Davis had been working with Daryl Johnston, however ‘Moose’ is now going to be paired with Kevin Kugler. Kugler had previously worked with former NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez, but Sanchez will now be the analyst for Adam Amin.

That means Mark Schlereth will have a new partner as he had been working with Amin. Schlereth will now work with veteran play-by-play announcer Chris Myers. The only team that will stay intact from last season is the pairing of longtime FOX Sports NFL announcer Kenny Albert and Jonathan Vilma.

Tom Brady will make his regular season debut with Burkhardt when FOX Sports airs the Dallas Cowboys-Cleveland Browns game on September 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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NBC Sports Announces Open Championship Coverage Plans

Luke Donald, former World No. 1 and current captain for the European Ryder Cup team, joins Dan Hicks as an analyst for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Open Championship.

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From July 18-21, the 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland will receive extensive live coverage from NBC Sports, Peacock, and USA Network.

Throughout the course of the tournament, NBC Sports will offer over 50 hours of live coverage from Thursday to Sunday, with a total of more than 200 hours from Royal Troon including featured groups, featured holes, and Golf Central Live from The Open studio coverage.

Luke Donald, former World No. 1 and current captain for the European Ryder Cup team, joins Dan Hicks as an analyst for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Open Championship. This will be his second time serving as an analyst with NBC Sports, after previously debuting at the Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches and the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this year.

The upcoming tournament will be Mike Tirico’s 26th time broadcasting the Open Championship, and his fourth time at Royal Troon. He first broadcasted the event at this location back in 1997 when Justin Leonard was crowned champion.

The play-by-play pairings for the tournament in addition to Hicks and Donald will be Tirico with Brad Faxon, Terry Gannon and Paul McGinley along with Steve Sands and Notah Begay III.

John Wood, Smylie Kaufman, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay and Curt Byrum will serve as on-course reporters and Cara Banks will handle player interviews.

NBC Sports will enhance their extensive coverage of the Open Championship with live broadcasts of selected groups on Peacock, featuring two morning and two afternoon groups each day. Peacock will also provide a dedicated feed for the iconic par-3 ‘Postage Stamp’ 8th hole throughout the tournament.

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