NBC Sports Chicago hires fans to host ‘Outside the Ivy’

Michael Cerami, Danny Rockett and Luis Medina

Three die-hard Cubs fans and bloggers will host a new postgame show for NBC Sports Chicago, starting Wednesday.

“Outside the Ivy” will air after select Cubs games this season on the regional sports network. Wednesday’s debut will follow the Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies game and “Cubs Postgame Live” at about 10:30 p.m.

Hosts of the new show are Michael Cerami, 27, of Schaumburg, a blogger for Bleacher Nation; Danny Rockett, 44, of Arlington Heights, a blogger for SB Nation’s Bleed Cubbie Blue; and Luis Medina, 31, of Chicago, a blogger for Bleacher Nation.

The half-hour show will emphasize viewer interaction through fan engagement on various social media platforms. It also will be available through NBC Sports Chicago’s website, the MyTeams by NBC Sports app and Facebook.

The format is similar to “Bulls Outsiders,” the first fan-hosted/fan-interactive postgame show launched last fall by NBC Sports Chicago.

This marks the final season of Cubs broadcasts on NBC Sports Chicago before the launch of Marquee Sports Network, the regional sports network being developed by the Cubs in partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group.