DirecTV Agreement Reached for Cubs' Home Opener

DirecTV had dropped WGN-TV over licensing fee snafu

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012  |  Updated 12:59 AM CDT
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Starlin Castro and the boys kick off the season Thursday, but you may have a problem watching the game on TV.

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Looks like Cubs fans will not have to worry about drowning their sorrows into their beer on Thursday because an agreement has been reached between DirectTV and Tribune Co.

The announcement was made Wednesday night on the Chicago Tribune website a little less than 24 hours before the Cubs' home opener.

Chicago bar owners were having problems acquiring the TV broadcast for one of the biggest sporting events on the North Side of Chicago.

DirecTV, which supplies many local bars, dropped WGN from its lineup due to a licensing fees dispute.

And according to the Chicago Sun-Times, bar owners were bombarding the phones of satellite TV technicians to find a way to get the signal in time for the game.

Thanks to the new agreement, those bars can now focus on perfect pours for fans rather than adjusting the antennas they had planned to use as a backup in case a deal was not reached before the first pitch.

The Cubs kick off the season versus the Washington Nationals at 1:20 p.m.

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