Hard to blame him, considering the Cubs averaged 96 defeats per year during his three seasons in the booth.
However, even though the Cubs are in the dumps, there will be plenty of suitors to be their next radio analyst. It’ll be interesting to see if they go with a former Cub as they did with Moreland or with someone who doesn’t have ties to the team.
Prior to the Cubs deciding on Moreland to replace Ron Santo, who died after the 2010 season, the speculation list included Doug Glanville, Eric Karros, Todd Hollinsworth, Gary Matthews and Mitch Williams. All had a Cubs connection.
Former Cub favorite Mark Grace also was on the list back then. However, his personal issues now make him an unlikely candidate.
If I were to bet, I think the Cubs will make a run at Glanville. The former Cub does a good job at ESPN.
Earlier today, the Chicago Tribune’s Robert Channick reported the Cubs exercised their option to end their deal with WGN-Ch. 9 after 2014.
The Chicago Cubs have exercised an option to get out of their broadcast contract with WGN-TV after the 2014 season, sources close to the situation said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the team notified the Tribune Co.-owned station it had 30 days to meet a higher assessed fair market value for the broadcast rights, or they would be opened up for negotiation with other media. A third-party consultant hired by the Cubs and WGN-TV determined the increased valuation, according to sources.
After 30 days, the team would be free to explore other broadcast options for about 70 games televised each season by WGN, opening the door to a potentially more lucrative contract or perhaps its own cable sports network.
The move wasn’t surprise and doesn’t mean the Cubs are ending their association with WGN. Channick writes:
The Cubs get about $20 million to air 70 games each year on WGN. If the team didn’t give notice to opt out at this point in the contract, the deal would run through 2022 at the current rate, and the Cubs would lose any leverage for renegotiating the broadcast rights, according to sources.
In July, I wrote that the Cubs are looking to cash in on the big money that is being spent elsewhere for local TV rights. However, unlike the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will receive a big haul, the Cubs options could be limited.