FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
NBC SPORTS CHICAGO ANNOUNCES ITS CHICAGO BULLS 2017-18 NBA SEASON OPENER (Thu, Oct. 19) & EXPANDED, SEASON-LONG MULTI-PLATFORM COVERAGE DETAILS
NBC Sports Chicago’s 46-Game Bulls Regular Season Game Schedule gets underway with the 2017-18 SEASON OPENER at the Eastern Conference rival Toronto Raptors this Thursday, October 19!
Live streaming coverage of EVERY Regular Season Bulls telecast on NBC Sports Chicago – including all Pre/Post-Game Shows –
to be made available to authenticated subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app!
SEASON OPENER coverage on October 19 to feature morning practice updates on Facebook Live, “SportsTalk Live,” “Bulls Pre/Postgame Live,”
a new Bulls season preview PODCAST, plus – expanded social media coverage via every NBC Sports Chicago portal all day/night!
NEW THIS SEASON: NBC Sports Chicago to carry “Bulls Pre/Postgame Live” before/after EVERY GAME (including all games airing on WGN and ESPN)!
NEW THIS SEASON: Bulls Legend/Four-Time NBA Champion HORACE GRANT to join NBC Sports Chicago’s Bulls Coverage Team!
NBCSportsChicago.com to feature in-depth reporting from Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill; Live Coverage of Every Postgame Press Conference,
“BullsTalk Podcasts,” Expanded Game Highlights, plus 24/7 Twitter updates from NBC Sports Chicago’s crew of Bulls experts and much more!
“Bulls Season Preview” special airs TONIGHT at 9:30 PM CT!
Chicago, IL (October 17, 2017) – NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bulls, is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NBA excitement with 46 live regular season Bulls games, which includes live streaming to authenticated subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com and the NBC Sports app. NBC Sports Chicago is also announcing the addition of Bulls legend/four-time NBA Champion HORACE GRANT to its Bulls coverage team, plus – for the first time ever – LIVE pre/postgame coverage for EVERY Bulls telecast (including games airing on WGN and ESPN), and much more!
The 2017-18 Chicago Bulls regular season on NBC Sports Chicago gets underway with the SEASON OPENER at the Eastern Conference rival Toronto Raptors on Thursday, October 19 with expanded, day-long multi-platform coverage; note the following details (all non-game programming also available to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers 24/7 at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive):
- (MORNING) Breakfast with the Bulls – NBC Sports Chicago will get the day started with an early morning Bulls practice report from the Air Canada Centre. Hosted by NBCSportsChicago.com’s Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill, Breakfast with the Bulls will be streamed “exclusively” on Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago). Interviews with Bulls players/coaches can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago’s Facebook page later in the morning.
- (THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE AFTERNOON/EVENING) – In addition to Facebook (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and Twitter (@NBCSChicago & @NBCSBulls), NBC Sports Chicago’s social media outlets will provide fans with a multitude of Opening Night “Sights & Sounds” moments from ‘NBCSChicago’ via Instagram and Instagram Stories. Plus, fans can look forward to a brand new “Season Preview” Bulls Talk PODCAST (com/podcasts) hosted by the network’s team of Bulls experts.
- 5:00 PM – “5 at 5” on Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) – Fans can look forward to a special Bulls Opening Night preview on NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “5 at 5” segment on Facebook Live featuring Bulls Pre/Postgame Live host Mark Schanowski, studio analysts/former Bulls standouts Kendall Gill and Will Perdue, along with Bulls digital reporter/producer Mark Strotman discussing the Top 5 hottest Bulls/NBA topics heading into the season opener in Toronto.
- 5:30 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado – Special Bulls Opening Night pre-game edition featuring discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan and a panel of Bulls/NBA experts.
- 6:00 PM – Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light – Opening Night coverage gets underway with Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light featuring host Mark Schanowski, along with analysts Kendall Gill and Will Perdue. In addition to up-to-the-minute pre-game reports from NBCSportsChicago.com’s Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill from Air Canada Centre, this half-hour show will feature a complete player match-up breakdown, interviews with Bulls players and coaches, along with a look around the league at additional games taking place during the NBA’s opening week of action.
- 6:30 PM – 2017/18 NBA SEASON OPENER – Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors – Featuring the always-entertaining announcing tandem – entering their 10th season together – of Neil Funk and Stacey King. ALSO – NBC Sports Chicago will carry Metro PCS Bulls Halftime Live on a special Facebook Live segment (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) featuring Schanowski, Gill, and Perdue, which will urge fans to send along their comments and questions to the studio team.
- 9:00 PM – Sprint Bulls Postgame Live (time approx.) – Hosted by Schanowski, Gill, and Perdue, Sprint Bulls Postgame Live will provide fans with a thorough game recap/highlights/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews, along with preview of the Bulls home opener on Saturday vs. San Antonio.
- 9:30 PM – In the Loop presented by GMC (time approx.) – Expanded “Opening Night” recap, along with the latest hot topics, highlights, and can’t miss videos from the day in sports.
- 12:30 AM – Bulls at Toronto (game replay)
In addition to its Season Opener coverage, NBC Sports Chicago has announced it will begin providing its viewers with surrounding Bulls Pre/Postgame Live coverage for EVERY game (home and road) on the Bulls schedule, which includes local broadcast Bulls telecasts airing on WGN-TV, along with exclusive national games airing on ESPN. These additional airings of Bulls Pre/Postgame Live will feature primary host Mark Schanowski and primary analyst Kendall Gill, along with Will Perdue for a number of select non-NBC Sports Chicago Bulls game telecasts. NOTE: Due to live game programming airing on the main NBC Sports Chicago channel location on occasion, a number of Bulls Pre/Postgame Live editions will air on the network’s alternate channel, NBC Sports Chicago+.
ALSO – beginning this season, NBC Sports Chicago welcomes its newest studio analyst as Bulls legend/four-time NBA Champion HORACE GRANT joins the Bulls Pre/Postgame Live crew for a number of select games on the network’s Bulls season schedule. Grant, known for his trademark on-court goggles, spent 17 standout seasons in the NBA as one of the league’s dominant power forwards and helped guide the Bulls with his fellow teammates Michael Jordan & Scottie Pippen to three consecutive NBA titles (1991, 1992, 1993).
Throughout the season, EVERY Bulls game telecast airing on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding Bulls Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be accessible live via NBCSportsChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers. The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers. For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service of Bulls games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq.
In addition, airing TONIGHT at 9:30 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago, Bulls fans can look forward to a special sneak preview of the 2017-18 NBA season with the Bulls Season Preview presented by Coors Light special. Hosted by Schanowski, along with analysts Gill, Perdue, and Goodwill, this half-hour special, filled with player/coaches interviews and detailed season preview analysis, will provide viewers with a comprehensive look at this year’s Bulls roster and all the off-season trades & acquisitions that will have fans ready to go for the Opening Night tip-off. The Bulls Season Preview special is also scheduled to re-air tonight at 10:30 PM.
In addition to its live stream of every NBC Sports Chicago Bulls game telecast, NBCSportsChicago.com will also provide fans with even more exclusive Bulls content throughout the season including the following:
- NBCSportsChicago.com will stream EVERY Bulls home postgame press conference LIVE providing insider access to head coach Fred Hoiberg.
- Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill returns for his third full season on the beat. Follow him on Twitter @vgoodwill for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7. Bulls digital reporter/producer Mark Strotman (@markstrot) will also provide Bulls and NBA reports/features on the beat with Goodwill. Follow @NBCSBulls on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news throughout the 2017-18 NBA campaign.
- Video highlights from every Bulls game, including in-game highlights at halftime. Pre-game interviews from team practices will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the “Sprint Bulls Postgame Live” team. Fans can also check out the network’s fast-paced “Bulls in 60 presented by Sprint,” a comprehensive highlight package on NBCSportsChicago.com and across the network’s social media channels.
- Weekly analytical features chronicling the Bulls and league-wide data of interest including the “Honda Road Ahead” and “NBA Power Rankings,” presented by WOW!
- “Bulls Talk PODCAST” – Featuring Bulls Pre/Postgame Live host Mark Schanowski, analyst Kendall Gill, “Insider” Vincent Goodwill, digital reporter/producer Mark Strotman, and an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s “Bulls Talk” podcast features in-depth Bulls discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the season. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
- Push Alerts: NBC Sports Chicago will deliver Bulls push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via NBC Sports Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
- BullsTalk (NBCSportsChicago.com/Bulls) – NBCSportsChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Bulls news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and social media aggregation. BullsTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the #BullsTalk podcast.
- Fans can also follow and connect with NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive Bulls coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with NBC Sports Chicago talent), Instagram and Snapchat at ‘NBCSChicago’
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2017 – 2018 Chicago Bulls Schedule
- Thu, Oct 19 @ Toronto 6:30 pm SEASON OPENER!
- Tue, Oct. 24 @ Cleveland 6:00 pm
- Wed, Nov. 1 @ Miami 6:30 pm
- Sat, Nov. 4 vs. New Orleans 7:00 pm
- Fri, Nov. 10 vs. Indiana 7:00 pm
- Sat, Nov. 11 @ San Antonio 7:30 pm
- Wed, Nov. 15 @ Oklahoma City 7:00 pm
- Sun, Nov. 19 @ Phoenix 7:00 pm
- Wed, Nov. 22 @ Utah 8:00 pm NBCSCH+
- Fri, Nov. 24 @ Golden State 9:30 pm
- Fri, Dec. 1 vs. Sacramento 7:00 pm
- Wed, Dec. 6 @ Indiana 6:00 pm
- Fri, Dec. 8 @ Charlotte 6:00 pm
- Fri, Dec. 15 @ Milwaukee 7:00 pm
- Mon, Dec. 18 vs. Philadelphia 7:00 pm
- Wed, Dec. 20 vs. Orlando 7:00 pm
- Sat, Dec. 23 @ Boston 6:30 pm
- Tue, Dec. 26 @ Milwaukee 7:00 pm
- Wed, Dec. 27 vs. New York 7:00 pm
- Sun, Dec. 31 @ Washington 2:30 pm
- Wed, Jan. 3 vs. Toronto 7:00 pm
- Fri, Jan. 5 @ Dallas 7:30 pm NBCSCH+
- Mon, Jan. 8 vs. Houston 7:00 pm
- Wed, Jan. 10 @ New York 6:30 pm
- Mon, Jan. 15 vs. Miami 2:30 pm
- Mon, Jan. 22 @ New Orleans 7:00 pm
- Fri, Jan. 26 vs. Los Angeles Lakers 7:00 pm
- Sun, Jan. 28 vs. Milwaukee 2:30 pm
- Wed, Jan. 31 @ Portland 9:00 pm
- Sat, Feb. 3 @ Los Angeles Clippers 2:30 pm
- Wed, Feb. 14 vs. Toronto 7:00 pm
- Thu, Feb. 22 vs. Philadelphia 7:00 pm
- Tue, Feb. 27 @ Charlotte 6:00 pm
- Mon, Mar. 5 vs. Boston 7:00 pm
- Wed, Mar. 7 vs. Memphis 7:00 pm
- Tue, Mar. 13 vs. Los Angeles Clippers 7:00 pm
- Sat, Mar. 17 vs. Cleveland 7:00 pm
- Wed, Mar. 21 vs. Denver 7:00 pm
- Fri, Mar. 23 vs. Milwaukee 7:00 pm
- Sat, Mar. 24 @ Detroit 6:00 pm
- Fri, Mar. 30 @ Orlando 6:00 pm
- Sun, Apr. 1 vs. Washington 2:30 pm
- Tue, Apr. 3 vs. Charlotte 7:00 pm
- Sat, Apr. 7 vs. Brooklyn 7:00 pm
- Mon, Apr. 9 @ Brooklyn 6:30 pm
- Wed, Apr. 11 vs. Detroit 7:00 pm
23 Home, 23 Road regular season games
Total: 46 games
All Times Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change
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