Published on Saturday, 20 April 2013 15:47
This week, the NFL released team schedules for the upcoming season, which includes the broadcast schedules. As has been the case for the last few seasons, Chicago Bears game broadcasts will be seen on local television stations owned by FOX, CBS, NBC, as well as on ESPN and the NFL Network. As has been the case for many years, games will be heard on the radio via WBBM-AM.
The first two games will be at home in Chicago and the first three weeks will see the Bears playing on three different TV networks.
On television, the Bears will have the majority of their games air on Chicago's FOX station, WFLD-TV/FOX 32, who has the pleasure of airing ten of these highly-rated broadcasts. CBS's WBBM-TV/CBS 2 will again get two games this season. NBC's WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 will get one prime time "Sunday Night Football" match-up. The Bears have three other prime-time games, as ESPN has selected two games for their "Monday Night Football" program and the NFL Network has selected one for its "Thursday Night Football." As a rule, ESPN will allow WLS-TV/ABC 7 to also air the ESPN cable feed. (ESPN & ABC's WLS-TV share the same parent company in the Disney-ABC Television Group.) However, for most of the last few seasons, WLS-TV has passed on the highly-rated sports broadcast to not have a disruption of their less-highly-rated "Dancing With The Stars" live programming. Assuming WLS-TV passes on the ESPN simulcasts again happen this year, the games will most likely appear on WCIU-TV/Channel 26 The U (or less likely, WGN-TV). The NFL Network game will quite possibly appear on WPWR-TV/My50.
CBS-TV may only have two Bears games this year, but CBS Radio has every Chicago Bears game this coming season -- including all of the pre-season and potential playoff games. WBBM-AM/Newsradio 780 (simulcast on WCFS-FM) will once again be the flagship home for the local NFL team. The radio announcing team remains the same, as well: Jeff Joniak on play-by-play, Tom Thayer on color commentary, and Zach Zaidman reporting from the sidelines.
Last year, Spanish language broadcasts of all Chicago Bears games were heard on WLEY-FM/La Ley 107.9. While nothing has been officially announced, it is expected that the Bears will renew that arrangement with the Spanish Broadcasting System radio station.
The following is the Chicago Bears 2013 regular season schedule with the broadcast information:
Week 1: Sunday, September 8 - vs Cincinnati Bengals - Noon -- WBBM-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 2: Sunday, September 15 - vs Minnesota Vikings - Noon -- WFLD-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 3: Sunday, September 22 - at Pittsburgh Steelers - 7:30pm -- WMAQ-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 4: Sunday, September 29 at Detroit Lions - Noon -- WFLD-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 5: Sunday, October 6, vs New Orleans Saints - Noon -- WFLD-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 6: Thursday, October 10, vs New York Giants - 7:25pm -- NFL Network*/WBBM-AM
Week 7: Sunday, October 20, at Washington Redskins - Noon -- WFLD-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Monday, November 4, at Green Bay Packers - 7:40pm - ESPN*/WBBM-AM
Week 10: Sunday, November 10 - vs Detroit Lions - Noon -- WFLD-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 11: Sunday, November 17 - vs Baltimore Ravens - Noon -- WBBM-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 12: Sunday, November 24 - at St. Louis Rams - Noon -- WFLD-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 13: Sunday, December 1 - at Minnesota Vikings - Noon -- WFLD-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 14: Monday, December 9 - vs Dallas Cowboys - 7:40pm -- ESPN*/WBBM-AM
Week 15: Sunday, December 15 - at Cleveland Browns - Noon -- WFLD-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 16: Sunday, December 22 - at Philadelphia Eagles - Noon -- WFLD-TV/WBBM-AM
Week 17: Sunday, December 29 - vs Green Bay Packers - Noon -- WFLD-TV/WBBM-AM
*=local television simulcast to be determined.
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change. Some Noon games deep into the season (November 17th and beyond) could be "flexed" to later start times in the afternoon or at night.