The National Football League’s (NFL) Chicago Bears have renewed their longstanding rights deal with CBS Radio.
The multi-year extension will see the broadcaster’s WBBM-AM 780 channel and its WCFS-FM 105.9 simulcast partner continue to serve as the franchise’s radio home. Both stations will provide commentary on all of the Illinois-based team’s pre-season and regular season games, and the coverage will be supplemented by pre-game and post-game shows.
The original deal was due to expire at the end of the 2017/18 season, and the extension prolongs a partnership which first began in 2000. The precise length and financial terms of the renewal were not disclosed.
“We are excited to extend our partnership with such a long-established and renowned organisation as WBBM,” said Ted Phillips, president of the Chicago Bears. “It’s an honour to be a part of their broadcast family and we look forward to further growing our relationship.”
“All of us at CBS Radio Chicago are thrilled to continue our 17-year partnership with the NFL’s most preeminent franchise,” added Tim Pohlman, senior vice president and market manager for CBS Radio Chicago. “We thank the McCaskey family, Ted Phillips and everyone at the Chicago Bears for their commitment to keeping WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM as part of this first-class organisation for years to come.”
The Chicago Bears are bottom of the NFL’s NFC North division, and will be hoping to build on their recent 23-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers when they travel to play the Green Bay Packers on Thursday.