Published on Monday, 16 September 2013 21:10
Today, the Chicago Bulls organization released the complete broadcast schedule for the 2013-2014 basketball season. All 82 regular season games are scheduled to be televised, as well as all eight pre-season games. Locally, more than half of the games will be seen on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, with some being shown on WGN-TV and WCIU-TV.
Once again, the lion's share of local broadcasts of Chicago Bulls games will be handled by Comcast SportsNet Chicago. 42 regular season games will be televised on CSN Chicago -- the same amount as most recent years past (not counting the shortened 2011-2012 season). Additionally, CSN Chicago will also broadcast six of the Bulls' eight pre-season contests.
The first pre-season game that CSN Chicago will broadcast will be the team's first game this year, as the Bulls take on the Memphis Grizzlies at home on October 7th. The first regular season game that CSN Chicago will broadcast will be the Bulls' fourth game of the season, with the team traveling to Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers on November 6th.
Note: Due to conflicts with other live sporting events that CSN Chicago is contractually obligated to air, a very small number of Bulls games during the season could be moved to CSN+. For viewers with Comcast/Xfinity Cable or 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+ 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. Consult the guide in CSNChicago.com or your cable/satellite system's channel guide the day of the broadcast to be certain where to find CSN+.
The Chicago Bulls organization is a 20% owner in Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
WGN-TV will broadcast 23 regular season Chicago Bulls games, plus two pre-season games, with 15 of those broadcasts also appearing nationally on cable/satellite superstation WGN America.
The two pre-season games airing on WGN-TV will be on October 5th and 21st. The first regular season game seen on WGN-TV will be the third game of the Bulls' new season, November 2nd, with Bulls traveling east to take on the Philadelphia 76ers.
An additional six games will be produced by WGN Sports, but due to WGN-TV's contractual commitments to broadcast CW Network's programming on weeknights, those six games will be shown on WCIU-TV. The first game seen on WCIU-TV will be on November 15th.
WGN Sports will produce a 30-minute pre-game show, entitled "Bulls Eye," before each WGN-TV and WCIU-TV Bulls game broadcast.
Once again, the local television broadcasts on all three of the above mentioned stations will have the games called by the announcing team of Neil Funk on play-by-play, with former Chicago Bull Stacey King as the color analyst. This will be the sixth straight season for the entertaining duo.
For this season, the Chicago Bulls are scheduled to appear on national television a combined 48 times. With the Bulls reaching the playoffs, but falling short of reaching the NBA Finals last season, plus the fact that former (and future?) NBA MVP, Derrick Rose makes his return for the first time since the 2011-2012 season, the team is highly sought after by the national networks.
Along with the already-mentioned 15 nationally shown games on WGN America, the Chicago Bulls will also appear on ESPN ten times, TNT nine times, NBA-TV nine times, and ABC-TV five times. Except for the WGN America broadcasts, which simulcast the WGN-TV broadcasts, the other nationally-seen games will have varying announcers.
The regular season opener for Chicago will be seen nationally on TNT, as the Bulls travel to Florida to take on the NBA Champion Miami Heat on October 29th. The Bull's October 31st home opener against the New York Knicks will also be televised on TNT.
Once again, all Chicago Bulls games will be broadcast on radio on WMVP-AM/ESPN 1000/ESPN Chicago via a deal with the Chicago Bulls Radio Network. This will be the sixth year of a contract between the Bulls organization and ESPN Radio, which runs through the end of the 2016-2017 season. Back to call the games on the radio are Chuck Swirsky on play-by-play, with former Bull Bill Wennington as the color analyst. This will be the fifth season together for the radio broadcasting pair. Steve Kashul returns to host the broadcasts' pre-game, post-game and halftime shows.
Additionally, WRTO-AM will be broadcasting every Chicago Bulls home game this season in Spanish. WRTO-AM's current contract with the Bulls runs through the end 2014-2015 season.
To download a PDF version of the 2012-2013 Chicago Bulls broadcast schedule, click on this link HERE