The Chicago Tribune.
So, the NFL’s TV deals require that its games on ESPN, as well as NFL Network telecasts not simulcast by Fox, also be made available on a broadcast TV station in the participating teams’ home markets.
Typically, ABC-7 would pick up an ESPN game because the two outlets are corporate cousins within the Walt Disney Co., and most Chicago-area viewers watch it on that channel rather than the cable outlet.
But Monday is the beginning of the new network fall television season and so ABC-7 is obliged to carry a two-hour edition of “Dancing With the Stars” and the third-season debut of “The Good Doctor.”
Free of network commitments as an independent, WGN-9 has secured the right to carry the 7 p.m. ESPN production. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m., with Joe Tessitore and analyst Booger McFarland calling the action.
WGN-9 will supplement the feed with its own half-hour pregame show featuring Lauren Magiera and Jarrett Payton at 6:30 p.m.
The station will control some of the ad spots during the game, but otherwise will run ESPN’s telecast — even ESPN’s halftime show — intact. Postgame show elements will be folded into the WGN-9 newscast that follows.