FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
NBC SPORTS CHICAGO TO CARRY EXPANDED, MULTI-PLATFORM “SOXFEST 2018” OPENING NIGHT COVERAGE (LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT 4:00 PM CT!)
4:00 PM — LIVE SoxFest 2018 “Opening Ceremonies” coverage –
Hosted by Chuck Garfien!
4:30 PM — “Inside Look presented by Cadillac” –
‘Updated’ edition featuring former White Sox fan favorite/future Baseball Hall of Famer JIM THOME!
5:00 PM — “Beer Money presented by Coors Light” –
White Sox edition!
5:30 PM — Special edition of “SportsTalk Live” from SoxFest –
Hosted by David Kaplan, featuring Chuck Garfien, a panel of White Sox experts, and White Sox players!
6:00 PM — “White Sox Talk at SoxFest” –
LIVE panel discussion hosted by Chuck Garfien & Jason Benetti, featuring White Sox SVP/GM Rick Hahn and Manager Rick Renteria!
NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app
Complete SoxFest coverage throughout the weekend on NBCSportsChicago.com’s ‘WhiteSoxTalk’ section via reports from Garfien, White Sox digital reporters Vinnie Duber & JJ Stankevitz, which will include even more player/coaches/front office interviews, along with panel discussion highlights and much more!
Social media highlights on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to include the latest Convention news, live streaming segments, and special NBC Sports Chicago prize giveaway details!
Chicago, IL (January 23, 2018) – 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 start up the 2018 MLB season in a big way with expanded, live Opening Night coverage from “SoxFest 2018,” which is being held downtown this weekend (January 26-28) at the Hilton Chicago.
On Friday, January 26 beginning at 4:00 PM CT, NBC Sports Chicago’s expanded, multi-platform coverage of “SoxFest 2018” gets underway with LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage (hosted by Chuck Garfien) featuring introductions of White Sox players/coaches/broadcasters/front office executives, plus video montages, and much more. NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the Opening Ceremonies will also be made available to fans via “Facebook Live” (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago).
Immediately following the Opening Ceremonies coverage at 4:30 PM, viewers can look forward to an “updated edition” of Inside Look presented by Cadillac featuring new interviews with former White Sox fan favorite/likely 2018 first ballot Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Thome. At 5:00 PM, NBC Sports Chicago will carry an all “White Sox” edition of its hit sports trivia show Beer Money presented by Coors Light.
Beginning at 5:30 PM, NBC Sports Chicago’s live, on-site coverage from “SoxFest 2018” continues with a special remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado. This special edition of SportsTalk Live will feature host David Kaplan, along with Chuck Garfien and a panel of White Sox experts discussing the team’s exciting roster of up-and-coming talent, all the off-season moves and acquisitions, along with a timeline discussion on when key prospects may make their 2018 big league debut. In addition, special guest interviews with White Sox players are also scheduled during the show.
ALSO — Fans are also in for a special treat at 6:00 PM as NBC Sports Chicago will provide fans with an exclusive presentation of White Sox Talk at SoxFest, a “SoxFest 2018” marquee panel discussion event as special guests White Sox SVP/GM Rick Hahn and Manager Rick Renteria join hosts Chuck Garfien & Jason Benetti for an in-depth discussion on the 2018 White Sox, along with what the future will look like on the southside in the years to come. NOTE: Live stream of all NBC Sports Chicago programming is available for viewing 24/7 at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers.
Throughout the weekend, fans can look forward to even more comprehensive SoxFest coverage on NBCSportsChicago.com’s White Sox Talk section (NBCSportsChicago.com/WhiteSox) featuring additional players/coaches/front office executive interviews, feature stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more provided via Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), NBCSportsChicago.com White Sox digital baseball reporters Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) & JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz), along the NBC Sports Chicago team of behind-the-scenes White Sox experts (@NBCSWhiteSox).
From a social media standpoint, NBC Sports Chicago will also deliver a number of additional on-site Facebook Live interviews and special segments throughout the weekend, along with SoxFest “Sights & Sounds” highlights provided via Snapchat (‘nbcschicago’), along with additional coverage/photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ through Instagram and Instagram Stories.
Plus, White Sox fans can look forward to brand new “White Sox Talk” Podcasts presented by Wintrust featuring the hottest SoxFest topics and special guest interviews. 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.
Fans attending SoxFest this weekend can also stop by NBC Sports Chicago’s “Authentic Fan” booth to observe a pair of “White Sox Talk” Podcast tapings on Saturday, January 27 featuring White Sox organization players Nicky Delmonico & Jake Burger (9:45 AM) and Alec Hansen & Zack Collins (2:30 PM). In addition, NBC Sports Chicago’s “Authentic Fan” booth will feature a number of special White Sox-themed giveaways including baseball caps, sunglasses, pop sockets, decals, cheer cards and much more (while supplies last). Plus, fans can are urged to utilize the social media hashtag #AuthenticFan throughout the weekend as a number of lucky fans will be “authentically surprised” with special White Sox giveaways and experiences. NBC Sports Chicago’s dedicated White Sox Twitter handle (@NBCSWhiteSox) will also provide up-to-the-minute NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan” booth activities throughout the weekend.