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Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

NBC SPORTS CHICAGO ANNOUNCES ITS 2018 CHICAGO WHITE SOX SEASON-LONG, MULTI-PLATFORM COVERAGE DETAILS

NBC Sports Chicago’s 107-Game White Sox Schedule gets underway with the 2018 SEASON/ROAD OPENER against the Kansas City Royals on THURSDAY, MARCH 29 featuring the announcing tandem of Jason Benetti & Steve Stone!

 

NBC Sports Chicago to also carry the 2018 HOME OPENER vs. the Detroit Tigers on THURSDAY, APRIL 5 featuring White Sox broadcasting legend Ken “Hawk” Harrelson in his final career home opener call!

 

Live streaming coverage of EVERY White Sox telecast on NBC Sports Chicago – including all surrounding pre/postgame programming – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app!

 

NEW THIS SEASON: Veteran White Sox expert Chuck Garfien to host “White Sox Pre/Postgame Live” for all ROAD GAMES; Garfien elevates to primary on-site Multi-Platform Host/Reporter for all HOME GAMES

 

NEW THIS SEASON: Leila Rahimi to host “White Sox Pre/Postgame Live” for all HOME GAMES

 

NEW THIS SEASON: Every Wednesday Night Home Game to be designated as White Sox “Authentic Fan Night” featuring giveaways, talent appearances, and much more!

 

NBCSportsChicago.com to feature additional in-depth reporting from White Sox digital reporter/producer Vinnie Duber; a new season “White Sox Talk Podcasts,”; Expanded Social Media highlights to include White Sox-focused editions of Facebook Live, enhanced coverage on Instagram & Instagram Stories, plus 24/7 Twitter updates from NBC Sports Chicago’s crew of White Sox experts and much more!

 

“White Sox Season Preview” special airs TOMORROW NIGHT (Wed, Mar. 28) at 8:00 PM CT!

Chicago, IL (March 27, 2017) – NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the up-and-coming CHICAGO WHITE SOX, is ready to provide the team’s die-hard fan base with its biggest season of White Sox coverage ever featuring 107 live regular season game telecasts (highest number of games in network history), which includes live streaming of EVERY GAME to authenticated subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com and the NBC Sports app, plus – NBC Sports Chicago to provide a new look to its surrounding game night programming, along with a massive season-long offering of 24/7 cross-platform content.

The first of 107 White Sox games on NBC Sports Chicago’s schedule begins with the ROAD/SEASON OPENER against the AL Central rival Kansas City Royals on Thursday, March 29 at 3:00 PM CT, featuring the primary White Sox announcing tandem of Jason Benetti and Steve Stone LIVE from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO.  Opening Day coverage begins at 2:00 PM CT with an expanded hour-long, season premiere edition of White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships.  NBC Sports Chicago’s veteran White Sox expert Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) will be live in Kansas City with the latest Opening Day news and updates, while Leila Rahimi (@leilarahimi) and White Sox legend Bill Melton host the show from the network’s downtown studios.  In addition, White Sox multi-platform reporter/producer Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) will also be in K.C. with Garfien to provide fans with even more Opening Day content, plus – fans on social media will also be treated to a special Opening Day Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) chat with Rahimi & Melton at approx. 1:15 PM.  The game will be immediately followed by Subaru White Sox Postgame Live, featuring White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s live post-game press conference, along with player post-game reaction, expanded highlights, detailed analysis and more.

NBC Sports Chicago will also carry the 2018 White Sox HOME OPENER on Thursday, April 5 at 3:00 PM CT when the White Sox host the division rival Detroit Tigers featuring the “final” home opener call from legendary White Sox announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, who will be joined by game analyst Steve Stone.  NOTE: Harrelson, who will be officially retiring as a White Sox broadcaster at the end of this season, will provide the play-by-play call for every Sunday home game on this year’s schedule, along with the White Sox trip to Boston in June, and every game of the White Sox vs. Cubs “Crosstown” series in September.  Home Opener overage on April 5 begins at 2:00 PM with an expanded, one-hour Guaranteed Rate Field LIVE REMOTE Home Opener edition of White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships with the game immediately followed by an expanded edition of Subaru White Sox Postgame Live, also live from Guaranteed Rate Field.

Throughout the morning and afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field leading up to first pitch on April 5, NBC Sports Chicago will provide fans with numerous, additional multi-platform HOME OPENER content offerings via Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) segments from inside the ballpark, a special “Tailgate at the Rate” Twitter (@NBCSWhiteSox) live Periscope feature showcasing/interviewing fans getting ready to start up their 2018 White Sox season, plus – a multitude of Opening Day “Sights & Sounds” moments will be also provided via Snapchat (‘NBCSChicago’), along with additional photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ via Instagram and Instagram Stories.

For the second-straight year, EVERY White Sox game telecast airing on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding pre/postgame 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.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on a variety streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service of White Sox games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq.

NEW THIS SEASON: To further NBC Sports Chicago’s deep connection with the White Sox fan base, Chuck Garfien has been elevated to a new role for all home game telecasts this season as the network’s on-site Multi-Platform Host/Reporter, providing fans with the very latest team/player news and game day updates on a variety of content platforms which includes NBC Sports Chicago, NBCSportsChicago.com, NBC Sports Chicago’s social media outlets, along with game day/on-site editions of the popular “White Sox PODCAST.”  For all road game telecasts, Garfien will continue to be the primary host of White Sox Pre/Postgame Live with analyst Bill Melton live from NBC Sports Chicago’s downtown studios.

NEW THIS SEASON: NBC Sports Chicago’s Leila Rahimi joins the network’s White Sox coverage team this season as the host of all home game editions of White Sox Pre/Postgame Live featuring analyst Bill Melton, along with the return of 2005 White Sox World Series hero Scott Podsednik, who will also once again provide additional analysis for a select number of games this season.

NEW THIS SEASON: Every Wednesday night home game telecast this season will also be designated as an NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan Night.” Located on the concourse area of Guaranteed Rate Field between Sect. 157-158, fans are urged to stop by a special booth set-up to pick up their “Authentic Fan” cards, meet/greet with NBC Sports Chicago talent members, plus – the first 500 fans who visit will receive a special “Authentic Fan” give-away.  In addition, prior to every Wednesday night home game telecast, NBC Sports Chicago will present special “Authentic Fan Night” remote editions of SportsTalk Live, which will be held at the ChiSox Bar & Grill (320 W. 35th St.), located across the street from Guaranteed Rate Field at Gate 5.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: TOMORROW NIGHT (Wed, Mar. 28) at 8:00 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago, White Sox fans can look forward to a special sneak preview of the 2018 MLB season with the White Sox Season Preview Special presented by the Kowalis Family of Dealerships.  Hosted by Leila Rahimi & Bill Melton (and featuring the latest reports from Chuck Garfien & Vinnie Duber in Kansas City), this half-hour special, filled with player/coaches interviews and a detailed season preview analysis, will provide viewers with a comprehensive look at this year’s Opening Day White Sox roster, an overview of all the off-season trades & acquisitions, and a look at the potential minor league/future impact call-ups that will be vying to join the team this season.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Eleven (11) White Sox games on NBC Sports Chicago this season are currently scheduled to air on NBC Sports Chicago+ (see attached schedule).  NBC Sports Chicago+ (NBCSCH+) telecasts are provided to NBC Sports Chicago affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  NBCSCH+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details.

In addition to its live stream of every NBC Sports Chicago White Sox game telecast, NBCSportsChicago.com will also provide fans with even more exclusive White Sox content throughout the season including the following:

  • NBCSportsChicago.com will stream EVERY White Sox home postgame press conference LIVE providing insider access to manager Rick Renteria.
  • White Sox Talk (NBCSportsChicago.com/WhiteSox) – NBCSportsChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive White Sox news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and social media aggregation. WhiteSoxTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the “White Sox Talk PODCAST.”
  • “White Sox Talk PODCAST” – Featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s veteran White Sox expert Chuck Garfien, along with network White Sox content producers Ryan McGuffey & Chris Kamka, along with an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “White Sox Talk” podcast features in-depth White Sox 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 White Sox push notifications for breaking team and player news, behind-the-scenes reports, plus game reminder alerts via NBC Sports Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • Fans can also follow and connect with NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive White Sox coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with NBC Sports Chicago talent), Twitter (@NBCSWhiteSox), along with Instagram and Snapchat at ‘NBCSChicago’

 

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2018 Chicago White Sox Schedule

REGULAR SEASON

  1. Thu, March 29          3:00 pm                 @ Kansas City                           (ROAD/SEASON OPENER!)
  2. Tue, April 3               6:00 pm                 @ Toronto                                  NBCSCH+
  3. Wed, April 4             6:00 pm                 @ Toronto                                  NBCSCH+
  4. Thu, April 5               3:00 pm                 vs. Detroit                                   (HOME OPENER!)
  5. Sun, April 8              1:00 pm                 vs. Detroit
  6. Tue, April 10             1:00 pm                 vs. Tampa Bay
  7. Wed, April 11           1:00 pm                 vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Thu, April 12             7:00 pm                 @ Minnesota
  9. Fri, April 13               7:00 pm                 @ Minnesota
  10. Sun, April 15            1:00 pm                 @ Minnesota
  11. Mon, April 16            9:00 pm                 @ Oakland
  12. Wed, April 18           2:30 pm                 @ Oakland
  13. Fri, April 20               7:00 pm                 vs. Houston
  14. Mon, April 23            7:00 pm                 vs. Seattle
  15. Tue, April 24             4:00 pm                 vs. Seattle
  16. Wed, April 25           1:00 pm                 vs. Seattle
  17. Thu, April 26             7:00 pm                 @ Kansas City
  18. Fri, April 27               7:00 pm                 @ Kansas City
  19. Tue, May 1               7:00 pm                 @ St. Louis
  20. Thu, May 3               7:00 pm                 vs. Minnesota
  21. Fri, May 4                 7:00 pm                 vs. Minnesota                             NBCSCH+
  22. Sun, May 6               1:00 pm                 vs. Minnesota
  23. Wed, May 9              1:00 pm                 vs. Pittsburgh
  24. Sat, May 12              1:20 pm                 @ CUBS
  25. Sun, May 13             1:20 pm                 @ CUBS
  26. Tue, May 15             6:00 pm                 @ Pittsburgh
  27. Wed, May 16            11:30 am               @ Pittsburgh
  28. Thu, May 17             7:00 pm                 vs. Texas
  29. Fri, May 18               7:00 pm                 vs. Texas                                    NBCSCH+
  30. Sat, May 19              6:00 pm                 vs. Texas
  31. Mon, May 21            7:00 pm                 vs. Baltimore
  32. Tue, May 22             7:00 pm                 vs. Baltimore
  33. Wed, May 23            7:00 pm                 vs. Baltimore                              NBCSCH+
  34. Sat, May 26              3:00 pm                 @ Detroit
  35. Sun, May 27             12:00 pm               @ Detroit
  36. Tue, May 29             5:00 pm                 @ Cleveland
  37. Wed, May 30            12:00 pm               @ Cleveland
  38. Fri, June 1                7:00 pm                 vs. Milwaukee
  39. Sat, June 2               1:00 pm                 vs. Milwaukee
  40. Tue, June 5              7:00 pm                 @ Minnesota
  41. Wed, June 6             7:00 pm                 @ Minnesota
  42. Sat, June 9               3:00 pm                 @ Boston
  43. Sun, June 10            12:00 pm               @ Boston
  44. Mon, June 11           7:00 pm                 vs. Cleveland
  45. Wed, June 13           7:00 pm                 vs. Cleveland
  46. Thu, June 14            1:00 pm                 vs. Cleveland
  47. Fri, June 15              7:00 pm                 vs. Detroit
  48. Sat, June 16             1:00 pm                 vs. Detroit
  49. Mon, June 18           6:00 pm                 @ Cleveland                              NBCSCH+
  50. Wed, June 20           12:00 pm               @ Cleveland
  51. Thu, June 21            7:00 pm                 vs. Oakland                                NBCSCH+
  52. Fri, June 22              7:00 pm                 vs. Oakland
  53. Sat, June 23             1:00 pm                 vs. Oakland
  54. Tue, June 26            7:00 pm                 vs. Minnesota
  55. Wed, June 27           7:00 pm                 vs. Minnesota
  56. Sat, June 30             8:00 pm                 @ Texas
  57. Sun, July 1               2:00 pm                 @ Texas
  58. Mon, July 2               6:00 pm                 @ Cincinnati
  59. Wed, July 4              6:00 pm                 @ Cincinnati
  60. Thu, July 5               7:00 pm                 @ Houston
  61. Fri, July 6                 7:00 pm                 @ Houston
  62. Sun, July 8               1:00 pm                 @ Houston
  63. Wed, July 11            7:00 pm                 vs. St. Louis
  64. Sat, July 14              1:00 pm                 vs. Kansas City
  65. Sun, July 15             1:00 pm                 vs. Kansas City
  66. Sat, July 21              9:00 pm                 @ Seattle
  67. Mon, July 23             9:00 pm                 @ LA Angels                              NBCSCH+
  68. Tue, July 24             9:00 pm                 @ LA Angels
  69. Wed, July 25            9:00 pm                 @ LA Angels
  70. Fri, July 27               7:00 pm                 vs. Toronto                                 NBCSCH+
  71. Sun, July 29             1:00 pm                 vs. Toronto
  72. Wed, Aug 1              7:00 pm                 vs. Kansas City
  73. Thu, Aug 2               1:00 pm                 vs. Kansas City
  74. Fri, Aug 3                 6:00 pm                 @ Tampa Bay
  75. Sun, Aug 5               12:00 pm               @ Tampa Bay
  76. Mon, Aug 6               7:00 pm                 vs. NY Yankees
  77. Wed, Aug 8              7:00 pm                 vs. NY Yankees
  78. Fri, Aug 10               7:00 pm                 vs. Cleveland
  79. Sat, Aug 11              6:00 pm                 vs. Cleveland
  80. Mon, Aug 13             6:00 pm                 @ Detroit
  81. Wed, Aug 15            12:00 pm               @ Detroit
  82. Sat, Aug 18              6:00 pm                 vs. Kansas City
  83. Sun, Aug 19             1:00 pm                 vs. Kansas City
  84. Wed, Aug 22            1:00 pm                 vs. Minnesota
  85. Fri, Aug 24               6:00 pm                 @ Detroit
  86. Sat, Aug 25              5:00 pm                 @ Detroit
  87. Sun, Aug 26             12:00 pm               @ Detroit
  88. Tue, Aug 28             6:00 pm                 @ NY Yankees
  89. Wed, Aug 29            6:00 pm                 @ NY Yankees
  90. Thu, Aug 30             7:00 pm                 vs. Boston
  91. Fri, Aug 31               7:00 pm                 vs. Boston
  92. Sun, Sept 2              1:00 pm                 vs. Boston                                  (“Hawk Harrelson Day”)
  93. Mon, Sept 3              1:00 pm                 vs. Detroit
  94. Wed, Sept 5             7:00 pm                 vs. Detroit
  95. Fri, Sept 7                7:00 pm                 vs. LA Angels                             NBCSCH+
  96. Sat, Sept 8               6:00 pm                 vs. LA Angels
  97. Tue, Sept 11            7:00 pm                 @ Kansas City
  98. Wed, Sept 12           7:00 pm                 @ Kansas City
  99. Fri, Sept 14              6:00 pm                 @ Baltimore
  100. Sun, Sept 16          12:00 pm               @ Baltimore
  101. Tue, Sept 18          6:00 pm                 @ Cleveland
  102. Thu, Sept 20          6:00 pm                 @ Cleveland
  103. Sun, Sept 23          1:00 pm                 vs. CUBS
  104. Tue, Sept 25          7:00 pm                 vs. Cleveland
  105. Wed, Sept 26         7:00 pm                 vs. Cleveland                             NBCSCH+
  106. Fri, Sept 28            7:00 pm                 @ Minnesota
  107. Sat, Sept 29           6:00 pm                 @ Minnesota

 

54 Home, 53 Road regular season games

Total: 107 games

 

All Times Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change

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