FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES ITS 2016-17 CHICAGO BULLS SEASON COVERAGE DETAILS
Pre-Season Action begins Oct. 3, First Regular Season game on Oct. 29, Plus – Live Pre/Post-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive nightly coverage on ‘SportsNet Central,’ Highlight 2016-17 Schedule
Live streaming coverage of EVERY Pre-Season and Regular Season Bulls telecast – including all Pre/Post-Game Shows – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app
CSNChicago.com to feature expert reporting from Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences, “Bulls Pulse” Social Media Center, Daily Player/Coaches Interviews, Game Highlights, plus In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent and much more!
Chicago, IL (September 28, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bulls, is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NBA excitement with 42 live regular season Bulls games (21 home, 21 away), including in-depth pre-game and post-game shows, and the most thorough 24/7 online Bulls coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!
In addition — EVERY pre-season and regular season Bulls telecast on Comcast SportsNet, including surrounding Bulls Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will once again be streamed live on CSNChicago.com and will be made available via the NBC Sports app on tablets and smart phones. The live stream of CSN’s Bulls telecasts is presented by Xfinity. Authenticated Comcast SportsNet Chicago subscribers can watch live Bulls action from anywhere in the United States. 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 CSN Chicago’s live streaming service of Bulls games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq.
The 2016-17 Chicago Bulls regular season on Comcast SportsNet/CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app gets underway on Saturday, October 29, as three-time NBA Champion/12-time NBA All-Star/Chicago native Dwyane Wade & NBA Champion/four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo join two-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, along with Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic, Doug McDermott, Bobby Portis, Tony Snell, newcomer Robin Lopez, and rookie Denzel Valentine among others, as the Bulls host the Central Division rival Indiana Pacers at 7:00 PM CT, featuring the always-entertaining announcing tandem of Neil Funk and Stacey King (NOTE: Coverage gets underway with an expanded, one-hour edition of Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light at 6:00 PM LIVE from the United Center with hosts Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Will Perdue). Kia Bulls Postgame Live immediately follows the game featuring Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg’s post-game press conference, along with live locker room player interviews and complete post-game analysis. Plus – CSNChicago.com Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on Bulls Pre/Postgame Live and during home game telecasts.
In addition to the 42 regular season games, Comcast SportsNet/CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app will also televise six Bulls pre-season games starting on Monday, October 3 at 7:00 PM, when the Bulls face the Milwaukee Bucks live at the United Center. Additional pre-season match-ups will air on Oct. 6 at Indiana, Oct. 14 vs. Cleveland, Oct. 15 at Milwaukee, Oct. 17 vs. Charlotte, and Oct. 20 vs. Atlanta (in Omaha, NB).
Highlights from this season’s Bulls regular season schedule on Comcast SportsNet/CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app features 27 big games against Eastern Conference foes, ten of which are against Central Division opponents. Among the key highlights on this season’s Bulls telecast schedule features a huge United Center battle against LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers (Dec. 2), a return home for former Bulls C/F Pau Gasol as the San Antonio Spurs invade the UC (Dec. 8), a home match-up against Dwyane Wade’s former club, the Miami Heat (Jan. 27), a road battle against back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry & the 73-9 regular season/Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors (Jan. 8), a road match-up against former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and his Minnesota Timberwolves (Feb. 12), along with a late season visit to Madison Square Garden when the Bulls take on former team All-Stars Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and the New York Knicks (Apr. 4). (NOTE: Comcast SportsNet/CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app’s complete 2016-17 pre-season and regular season Bulls schedule appears at the end of this release).
For the ninth-straight season, veteran Bulls play-by-play announcer Neil Funk will be teamed up with former Bulls standout center Stacey King, who will handle color analysis all season long. SportsNet Central’s Bulls beat reporter Chuck Garfien will also be the primary courtside reporter for Bulls home game telecasts this season.
Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light (featuring hosts Mark Schanowski, former NBA/Bulls/Fighting Illini standout Kendall Gill, and four-time NBA champion center, including three titles with the Bulls, Will Perdue) is a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evening’s match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NBA. Bulls Pregame Live will air prior to every Bulls game this season with additional weeknight Bulls pre-game discussion airing on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado. Featuring host David Kaplan, SportsTalk Live will also be the place to hear from numerous Bulls/NBA experts all season long.
Immediately following every game this season, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Kia Bulls Postgame Live. Kia Bulls Postgame Live (hosted by Schanowski/Gill/Perdue) will also feature live coverage of Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg’s post-game press conference and live locker room interviews with Bulls players. Following the majority of evening Kia Bulls Postgame Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 & 10:30 PM and SportsNet Central presented by CLR at 12 Midnight with the most complete recap of the day’s top local and national sports news.
One pre-season and one regular season Bulls game is currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus (see attached schedule). Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN+) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously. CSN+ 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 CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details. Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can also watch all CSN+ games in standard definition on CLTV.
In addition to its live stream of every Bulls pre-season/regular season/playoff telecast, Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 24/7 Bulls coverage all season long, including the following highlights:
- Live stream of Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg’s post-game press conferences following EVERY home game telecast.
- 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 “Kia Bulls Postgame Live” team.
- “Bulls Pulse,” a one-stop social media and behind-the-scenes destination that reveals the latest real time trending topics, player buzz and expert insight from Twitter and Instagram. Plus, “Bulls Pulse” aggregates all Bulls player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #BullsTalk.
- “Bulls In-Game Live,” – featuring STATS Inc.’s enhanced Game Zone real-time tracking system – is a second screen platform for PCs, tablets and mobile devices that combine state-of-the-art infographics, data visualization of real-time statistics and game info with rich social interactivity tied to CSN Chicago’s live game broadcasts.
- Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver Bulls push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
- BullsTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Bulls news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. BullsTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the new #BullsTalk podcast.
- CSNChicago.com Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill enters his second full season on the Bulls beat. Follow him on Twitter @vgoodwill for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7. Bulls digital reporter and producer Mark Strotman (@markstrot) will also provide Bulls and NBA reports/features on the beat with Goodwill.
- @CSNBulls on Twitter provides 24/7 full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from the United Center and across the country.
- Expanded coverage from Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, Will Perdue and Chuck Garfien, CSN Chicago’s Bulls reporting team will provide pre-game and post-game coverage throughout the playoffs, along with digital content contribution and videos for CSNChicago.com throughout the season. Follow them on Twitter @MarkSchanowski, @KendallG13, @Will_Perdue32, and @ChuckGarfien.
- Bulls coverage on CSNChicago.com/Bulls is presented by Toyota.
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2016 – 2017 Chicago Bulls Schedule
- Mon, Oct 3 vs Milwaukee 7:00 pm
- Thu, Oct 6 @ Indiana 7:00 pm
- Fri, Oct 14 vs Cleveland 7:00pm CSN+
- Sat, Oct 15 @ Milwaukee 7:30 pm
- Mon, Oct 17 vs Charlotte 7:00 pm
- Thu, Oct 20 @ Atlanta (Omaha) 7:00 pm
- Sat, Oct 29 vs Indiana 7:00 pm
- Mon, Oct 31 @ Brooklyn 6:30 pm
- Sat, Nov 5 @ Indiana 6:00 pm
- Wed, Nov 9 @ Atlanta 6:30 pm
- Thu, Nov 17 @ Utah 9:30 pm
- Sun, Nov 20 @ Los Angeles Lakers 8:30 pm
- Tue, Nov 22 @ Denver 8:00 pm
- Wed, Nov 30 vs Los Angeles Lakers 7:00 pm
- Fri, Dec 2 vs Cleveland 7:00 pm
- Mon, Dec 5 vs Portland 7:00 pm
- Tue, Dec 6 @ Detroit 6:30 pm
- Thu, Dec 8 vs San Antonio 8:30 pm
- Fri, Dec 16 vs Milwaukee 7:00 pm
- Mon, Dec 19 vs Detroit 7:00 pm
- Wed, Dec 21 vs Washington 7:00 pm
- Mon, Dec 26 vs Indiana 7:00 pm
- Wed, Dec 28 vs Brooklyn 7:00 pm
- Fri, Dec 30 @ Indiana 3:00 pm
- Mon, Jan 2 vs Charlotte 7:00 pm
- Mon, Jan 9 vs Oklahoma City 7:00 pm
- Tue, Jan 10 @ Washington 6:00 pm
- Sat, Jan 14 vs New Orleans 4:00 pm
- Tue, Jan 17 vs Dallas 7:00 pm CSN+
- Wed, Jan 25 vs Atlanta 7:00 pm
- Fri, Jan 27 vs Miami 7:00 pm
- Sun, Jan 29 vs Philadelphia 6:00 pm
- Fri, Feb 3 @ Houston 7:00 pm
- Wed, Feb 8 @ Golden State 9:30 pm
- Sun, Feb 12 @ Minnesota 2:30 pm
- Tue, Feb 14 vs Toronto 7:00 pm
- Tue, Feb 28 vs Denver 7:00 pm
- Mon, Mar 6 @ Detroit 6:30 pm
- Wed, Mar 8 @ Orlando 6:00 pm
- Mon, Mar 13 @ Charlotte 6:00 pm
- Wed, Mar 15 vs Memphis 7:00 pm
- Fri, Mar 17 @ Washington 6:00 pm
- Tue, Mar 21 @ Toronto 6:00 pm
- Sun, Mar 26 @ Milwaukee 2:30 pm
- Sun, Apr 2 @ New Orleans 5:00 pm
- Tue, Apr 4 @ New York 7:00 pm
- Thu, April 6 @ Philadelphia 6:00 pm
- Mon, April 10 vs Orlando 7:00 pm
6 pre-season, 42 regular season (21 Home, 21 Road regular season)
Total 48 Games
All Times Central Time/Schedule Subject to Change
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