Published on Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:38
Comcast SportsNet, Chicago's only local full-time sports television station, is preparing for a huge night of sports on their station, and making adjustments to try and fit it all in. Tomorrow night, Monday, April 23rd, CSN will find a way to show a playoff game the Chicago Blackhawks, as well as tough games for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox -- all almost simultaneously.
To manage this, major changes must take place from their regularly scheduled programming. So as not to be too confused, here are the plans for how the station will handle the situation.
On Comcast SportsNet Chicago at 7:30pm on Monday, will be the "Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live" show with hosts Chris Boden and Steve Konroyd. At 8:00pm will be the Chicago Blackhawks taking on the Phoenix Coyotes live from the United Center in Chicago, with Pat Foley & Eddie Olczyk calling the game. This will be Game 6 of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the Blackhawks playing a critical "win-or-go-home" contest. That will be followed by the "Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live" show.
Meanwhile, starting at 6:30pm will be the "Subaru Cubs Pre-Game Live" show with hosts David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth. That will lead into the Chicago Cubs taking on their fierce rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field beginning at 7:00pm. Since this broadcast will interfere with the important Blackhawks post-season game, the Cubs/Cards game will be shifted to CSN+.
At 9:00pm, the Chicago White Sox are taking on the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, with Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Steve Stone calling the game. Since both the Blackhawks and the Cubs games will still be on at that time, the White Sox/Athletics game has been shifted to CSN+2. After the conclusion of the Cubs/Cardinals broadcasts, the end of the White Sox/Athletics game will then be seen on CSN+, as well as CSN+2. Additionally, following the conclusion of the the Blackhawks post-game show, the remainder of the White Sox/Athletics game will then shift back to the normal CSN channel.
For viewers with Comcast Cable & RCN, the CSN+ channel is most often found on CLTV (Comcast Cable on channel 285 and RCN on channel 616 -- both in HD). Other ways to see CSN+ tomorrow night will be on AT&T U-Verse channel 1741 or 1742-HD, W.O.W. channel 14/15, DirecTV channel 666 or 666-HD, and Dish Network channel 440 or 9575-HD.
CSN+2 is not available everywhere, but is usually found on a local cable access/information channel. Among the locations that CSN+2 will be found are: Comcast channel 101, RCN channel 371, AT&T U-verse channel 691, W.O.W. channels 22 or 31, DirecTV channel 667 and Dish Network channel 449.
That is a lot of Chicago sports action for one night. Since finding where the games will be shown can be confusing, Comcast SportsNet Chicago is urging fans to visit their website, CSNChicago.com
. The website will have up to the minute information as to where the games can be found, and will also be able to tell viewers exactly what channel to tune to for their area and television provider.