If you have been waiting to pick up single game tickets the Cubs have announced that pre-sales will begin March 6th with the Mastercard pre-sell that we have got accustomed to the past couple of seasons. Fans can purchase individual game tickets in advance of the general on-sale date at a 20 percent premium, or a 15 percent premium for fans using a MasterCard. I don’t recommend picking up tickets this way unless you really need tickets to a specific game but I don’t think very many will sell out right away so I’d take my chances.
On Thursday March 7th, Cubs season ticket holders will have all day to pick up additional tickets to games. This is where a lot of ticket brokers will pick up additional tickets to the better selling games like weekends in May-Aug as well as tickets for games against the White Sox and Cardinals etc. As a season ticket holder, I’m only looking for a couple of additional games to get more tickets to. I think ticket brokers are very wary of how much inventory they want to carry this season.
Finally on Friday March 8th, the general public on-sale will happen. Fans in Chicago can hope that their number is close to the wristband number that is pulled or you can order via the phone / Internet at Cubs.Com . This will be the last season that the team decides to do the whole wristband thing to move tickets at Wrigley Field. It sounds like they are pushing to have everything taken care of online and will use virtual waiting rooms etc. I think that is bad for the fans in the city in my opinion.
So do you plan on getting tickets on any of the three days? I personally have quite a few games left to move that are in my season ticket package. So if anyone is needed a pair or two pairs for any games let me know via comments or on twitter @chicagocubsblog and I’ll let you know if they are still available.
It’s getting closer to Spring Training and the team has finally released their spring training broadcast schedule. Comcast SportsNet will carry two games, while WGN will have four. Cubs.com will also stream most of the team’s spring training contests in February and March. So as you can see below, there aren’t too many televised games, but quite a few will be the radio and the Internet.
I never would have thought that CSN would only be showing two games compared to the four that WGN is getting to show. You would find much better nfl football odds then the odds on WGN carrying more games even if it is only spring training. I really think WGN will be losing more and more games in the next few seasons and at one point, we will be watching 80% of the Cubs games on CSN.
Date Opponent TV
March 16 Kansas City (ss) WGN
March 17 Oakland (ss) WGN
March 22 Milwaukee WGN
March 23 Los Angeles (AL) WGN
March 25 San Francisco CSN
March 28 Seattle CSN
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In the last seven to ten days, people on the Cubs season ticket waiting list have been receiving telephone calls as well as emails letting them know to log into their online account and see where they currently stand on the waiting list. I personally moved up a little over 9000 spots which was surprising to me. I knew that the team didn’t have a good season, and the team also revoked around 1000 tickets from scalpers but I was still surprised that that many spots would open up on the list.
So where do I stand now? In between 1500 and 2000 on the list. I would never have bet that I would be asked to buy this year even if I had checking out Sports Betting World has reviews. It wasn’t even 24 hours later after I found out my new spot on the waiting list that I received another email from the Cubs. This time it was with a time that I needed to be at Wrigley Field on December 8th. It’s nice that we can pick our seats and in person if it works for you. But for someone that has to buy plane tickets, reserve hotel etc it is kind of a pain that I can’t make the purchase over the phone or online. Sure I can use a proxy, but that I have to have someone local that I can trust and currently I don’t have that option.
So in the end, after being on the waiting list for over 10 years. It looks as though I’ll be offered something other than bleacher season tickets and I will have to buy now or go to the back of the line. Time to break out the credit card and get plane tickets and hotel booked and keep that card looking shiny to make a big purchase through the Cubs ticket office. I just hope they turn things around and have a better 2013 season. Currently odds are bad for the Cubs but looking good for the Bears and their 2013 Super Bowl betting options.
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Cubs fans will no longer be able to listen to Len and Bob on WGN or Comcast Sports Net. Bob and chosen to take a job in the broadcast booth with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Brenly had just finished his eighth season with the Cubs and partnering up with Len. It will be the second stint for Bob in the Diamondbacks booth as was the color analyst from 1998-2000.
“Working here in Chicago was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my professional career,” Brenly said Wednesday. “The Ricketts family, everyone associated with the Cubs and WGN and, most importantly, Cubs’ fans everywhere, will always be in our hearts, and [my wife,] Joan, and I wish nothing but the best for the organization moving forward.
“I was very blessed to have the best play-by-play man in the game as my partner for eight years and Cubs’ fans are very fortunate to have Len Kasper as the voice of the Cubs,” Brenly said. “I’ll miss working with him, and we look fondly toward returning to Chicago in the future.” Bob commented on.
So where do the Cubs and WGN/Comcast go from here to replace Bob? Would Rick Sutcliffe say yes this time to the job opportunity? Would they hire someone from within the Cubs broadcasting ranks? One guy that has already said that he would not be interested was Kerry Wood. Which I think is good. Wood needs more time away from the game before jumping back into any full time position with a club.
What’s everyone think on the next hire? Will Sutcliffe say yes and come back to Chicago? @chicagocubsblog is our twitter handle