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Bulls TV ratings post huge season-to-season gains on CSN

Bulls TV ratings post huge season-to-season gains on CSN

2014-15 Season Average Increased 56% for Households (up 111% for Adults 25-54) compared to ’13-’14;

CSN posted the second highest-rated regular season game in network history this season;

Significant Increases for “Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light” & “Kia Bulls Postgame Live” 

Network’s first season of live streaming Bulls telecasts garnered over FIVE MILLION minutes consumed

Chicago, IL (April 16, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2015 NBA Playoffs-bound Chicago Bulls (3rd seed in Eastern Conference with a 50-32 regular season record), posted significant television ratings for the 2014-15 NBA regular season, which have resulted in massive season-to-season increases in overall households and in all key demographic ratings categories.  Plus - Comcast SportsNet’s Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Lite and Kia Bulls Postgame Live have also experienced solid year-to-year ratings increases, along with successful digital traffic numbers for the network’s inaugural season of live streaming game telecasts.

Comcast SportsNet’s game telecast ratings for the Chicago Bulls this regular season averaged a 4.71 household rating (approx. 163,781 Chicago market households watching per game)-- a 56% increase compared to last season’s 3.03 final average, which is an increase of 58,419 more Chicago market households tuning per game this season compared a year ago.

In addition, Comcast SportsNet also experienced massive year-to-year ratings increases in EVERY key advertiser demo category, including Adults 18-34 (up 140%)Adults 18-49 (up 107%)…Adults 25-54 (up 111%)…Men 18-34 (up 131%)Men 18-49 (up 89%)…and Men 25-54 (up 98%).  

On January 5 vs. Houston, Comcast SportsNet delivered its second-highest Bulls regular season game rating in network history with a 7.59 household rating (approx. 264,000 Chicago market households tuning in), peaking at a 10.0 (approx. 347,730 households tuning in).  All-time CSN regular season high rating for a Bulls game was an 8.73 vs. Indiana on January 25, 2012.

For its 42 telecasts during the 2014-15 NBA regular season, Comcast SportsNet’s Bulls game ratings averaged “at least” a 4.0 household rating on 31 occasions.  For all of last season (43 total games), only seven games reached at least a 4.0 average. Also among the 42 regular season game telecasts this season on CSN, 17 games reached “at least” a 5.0 household rating.

In addition to its ratings increases for its game telecasts, Comcast SportsNet’s Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Lite experienced a season-to-season household ratings increase of 24%, while Kia Bulls Postgame Live ratings increased 32%.  Source for all television ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research. 

From a digital standpoint, Comcast SportsNet’s first season of live streaming its Bulls game telecasts on a variety of platforms experienced solid traffic thus far, as over FIVE MILLION total minutes have been consumed by Bulls fans choosing to access the games on CSNChicago.com and via NBA Sports’ Live Extra app.  On January 27 (Bulls at Golden State), the network enjoyed its highest digital traffic numbers to date as it was the most streamed game overall in minutes watched (326K), along with being the most streamed game in visits (5.8K) and live starts (12K).  Source for all digital traffic information is provided by Adobe Reports & Analytics.

Comcast SportsNet will begin its comprehensive 2015 NBA Playoffs “Hometown Call” coverage – featuring the Bulls in first round action against the division rival Milwaukee Bucks – starting this Saturday, April 18 at 5:00 PM CT with an expanded, one-hour edition of Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Lite hosted by Mark Schanowski and Will Perdue. Game 1 tip-off gets underway at 6:00 PM featuring the expert play-by-play and analysis of Neil Funk and Stacey King. 

In addition -- for the first time ever -- Comcast SportsNet’s live first round Bulls NBA Playoffs telecasts, including surrounding Bulls Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be streamed live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app on tablets and smart phones.  Authenticated Comcast SportsNet Chicago subscribers can watch live Bulls playoffs 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, and Cedar Falls (IA) Utilities.  For more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service of Bulls games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: csnchicago.com/page/live-extra-faq.

In addition, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com for up-to-the-minute Bulls playoffs news, live video stream of every Bulls post-game press conference, “Insider” reports from Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill), “Bulls Pulse” social media page, game previews/recaps/highlights, stats, and much more.  Fans can also follow Comcast SportsNet’s Bulls/NBA Playoffs coverage 24/7 on Twitter @CSNBulls and fans are urged to interact and have their voice heard throughout the playoffs by utilizing the hashtag #BullsTalk.

Addison Russell is so over 2017: 'That's last year, don't want to talk about that'

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Addison Russell is so over 2017: 'That's last year, don't want to talk about that'

MESA, Ariz. — “That’s last year, don’t want to talk about that.”

In other words, Addison Russell is so over 2017.

The Cubs shortstop went through a lot last year. He dealt with injuries that affected his foot and shoulder. He had a well-documented off-the-field issue involving an accusation of domestic abuse, which sparked an investigation by Major League Baseball. And then came the trade speculation.

The hot stove season rarely leaves any player completely out of online trade discussion. But after Theo Epstein admitted there was a possibility the Cubs could trade away one or more young position players to bolster the starting rotation, well, Russell’s name came up.

And he saw it.

“There was a lot of trade talk,” Russell said Saturday. “My initial thoughts were, I hope it doesn’t happen, but wherever I go, I’m going to try to bring what I bring to the table here. It’s a good thing that it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m happy being in a Cubs uniform, I want to be in a Cubs uniform, for sure. But there was some talk out there. If I got traded, then I got traded, but that’s not the case.”

No, it’s not, as the Cubs solved those pitching questions with free-agent spending, bringing in Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood to replace the departed Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. It means Russell, along with oft-discussed names like Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ and Javy Baez, are all still Cubs.

While the outside world might have expected one of those guys to be moved in some sort of blockbuster trade for Chris Archer or some other All-Star arm, the Cubs’ young core remains intact, another reason why they’re as much a favorite to win the World Series as any team out there.

“I’m really not surprised. The core is still here. Who would want to break that up? It’s a beautiful thing,” Russell said. “Javy and I in the middle. Schwarber, sometimes playing catcher but mainly outfield. And then (Kris Bryant) over there in the hot corner, and of course (Anthony) Rizzo at first. You’ve got a Gold Glover in right field (Jason Heyward). It’s really hard to break that up.

“When you do break that down on paper, we’ve got a lineup that could stack up with the best.”

This winter has been about moving on for Russell, who said he’s spent months working to strengthen his foot and shoulder after they limited him to 110 games last season, the fewest he played in his first three big league campaigns.

And so for Russell, the formula for returning to his 2016 levels of offensive aptitude isn’t a difficult one: stay on the field.

“Especially with the injuries, I definitely wanted to showcase some more of my talent last year than I displayed,” Russell said. “So going into this year, it’s mainly just keeping a good mental — just staying level headed. And also staying healthy and producing and being out there on the field.

“Next step for me, really just staying out there on the field. I really want to see what I can do as far as helping the team if I can stay healthy for a full season. I think if I just stay out there on the field, I’m going to produce.”

While the decrease in being on the field meant lower numbers from a “counting” standpoint — the drop from 21 homers in 2016 to 12 last year, the drop from 95 RBIs to 43 can in part be attributed to the lower number of games — certain rate stats looked different, too. His on-base percentage dropped from .321 in 2016 to .304 last year.

Russell also struggled during the postseason, picking up just six hits in 36 plate appearances in series against the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out 13 times in 10 postseason games.

Of course, he wasn’t alone. That World Series hangover was team-wide throughout the first half of the season. And even though the Cubs scored 824 runs during the regular season, the second most in the National League and the fourth most in baseball, plenty of guys had their offensive struggles: Schwarber, Heyward and Ben Zobrist, to name a few.

“You can’t take anything for granted. So whenever you win a World Series or you do something good, you just have to live in the moment,” Russell said. “It was a tough season last year because we were coming off winning the World Series and the World Series hangover and all that. This year, we had a couple months off, a couple extra weeks off, and I think a lot of guys took advantage of that. I know I did. And now that we’re here in spring training, we’re going to get back at it.”

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

High School Lites had five matchups between top-25 teams on Friday night as the Public League Playoff semifinals and big matchups in the CSL South, Catholic League Blue and SouthWest Suburban Blue took shape.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for the latest news and scores for IHSA basketball.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Palatine's Eduardo Orozco

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Maine West girls basketball

Highlights

No. 1 Simeon holds off No. 4 Whitney Young

No. 2 Orr gets revenge on No. 3 Curie

No. 9 New Trier takes down No. 6 Evanston

No. 8 Fenwick handles No. 10 Loyola Academy

No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor rallies past No. 18 Bolingbrook

Oswego East upsets No. 20 Joliet Central

Andrew shuts down Thornridge

Sandburg tops Lockport in OT

Richards runs by Shepard

Maine West captures second straight girls basketball regional title