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The new Cubs TV boss has 8 months to figure out what the team's fans want from the new network

CHICAGO - Mike McCarthy seems clear about the challenge ahead as general manager of Marquee Sports Network, the future TV home of the Cubs.

As the man responsible for everything from hiring talent to selecting camera positions to setting commercial prices, the network's success or failure is basically in his hands.

It may seem like a push-button job now that the Cubs are an annual contender with several young stars and a built-in viewership. But nothing is predictable in baseball, and nothing lasts forever.

After a lifetime of working in the sports media business, from producing Yankees and Mets games for MSG Network to chief executive stints with the NHL's Blues and NBA's Bucks, the 58-year-old New Yorker said he's ready to settle down in Chicago and spend the rest of his

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