LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets & 2013 Pacific Southern Division Champions, announced today that WGN-TV America (Chicago) will televise the game on Saturday, March 15 featuring the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets at 1:05 p.m. at Cashman Field. The game will be televised in Las Vegas on Cox Cable 16 (HD 1016).
Big League Weekend features the Spring Training games with the Cubs-Mets and the two-game series, featuring split-squads, will conclude on Sunday, March 16 at 1:05 p.m.
WGN's relationship with the Cubs traces back to channel 9's inception in April of 1948. Len Kasper (play-by-play) and Jim Deshaies (analyst) will call Saturday's action from the Silver State. WGN-TV is also the home of the Chicago White Sox and the NBA's Chicago Bulls.
"We are excited that WGN-TV will broadcast the opener of Big League Weekend on Saturday," 51s President/COO Don Logan said. "The national broadcast will provide tremendous exposure for the city of Las Vegas and also the opportunity for the LVCVA to advertise into a key tourism market."
The Cubs will be returning to Cashman Field for the 10th straight season and 13th all-time appearance in Las Vegas for Big League Weekend (1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
In 2013, the Cubs total attendance for the two-day event was 17,807. The Cubs defeated the Rangers, 5-1, on March 16 before a crowd of 9,005. The Rangers then defeated the Cubs, 8-5, on March 17 before a crowd of 8,802.
The Mets will be making their second all-time appearance to Cashman Field for Big League Weekend. New York played two games in 1997 and defeated Seattle, 4-0, on March 29 (11,310) and Boston defeated the Mets, 8-7, on March 30 before a crowd of 7,546.
The 51s, under manager Wally Backman, will open their 32nd season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 3 against the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, at 7:05 p.m. at Cashman Field.
2014 season tickets and mini-plan packages (10 & 10-Games You Pick'em, 20, 33-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825. Individual game tickets for the 72-game home schedule will go on sale in March.
Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the "Team Shop" section of the website.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.