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CSN continues its expanded Cubs NLCS pregame/postgame coverage this week!

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CSN continues its expanded Cubs NLCS pregame/postgame coverage this week!

Game 3 coverage on Tuesday, October 18

“Cubs Postseason Live: Pregame NLCS Game 3” at 6:00 PM CT on CSN

“Cubs Postseason Live: Postgame NLCS Game 3” at approx. 10:15 PM CT on CSN

Game 4 coverage on Wednesday, October 19

“Cubs Postseason Live: Pregame NLCS Game 4” at 6:00 PM CT on CSN

“Cubs Postseason Live: Postgame NLCS Game 4” at approx. 10:00 PM CT on CSN

Game 5 coverage on Thursday, October 20

 “Cubs Postseason Live: Pregame NLCS Game 5” at 5:00 PM CT on CSN

“Cubs Postseason Live: Postgame NLCS Game 5” at approx. 10:00 PM CT on CSN

Cubs Hall of Fame legend RYNE SANDBERG to make a special appearance for every road pre/post-game edition of “Cubs Postseason Live”

“SportsNet Central: Cubs Playoff Central” airs TONIGHT at 10:30 PM CT

Chicago, IL (October 17, 2016) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs, will continue to provide fans with expanded, surrounding coverage of the Cubs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2016 National League Championship Series! 

With the series tied at 1-1, the NLCS shifts to LA this week for Game 3 (Tuesday, October 18), Game 4 (Wednesday, October 19) & Game 5 (Thursday, October 20) and CSN is set to once again deliver expanded, one-hour pre-game editions of Cubs Postseason Live presented by Fields Auto Group, along with extensive post-game coverage on Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.

Hosts David Kaplan (@thekapman) and Todd Hollandsworth (@hollytime28) will be joined via a special appearance from Cubs Hall of Fame legend RYNE SANDBERG, along with LIVE up-to-the-minute on-field reports from Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) and CSNChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney).

In addition, TONIGHT at 10:30 PM CT (and airing at 10:30 PM every evening on non-game nights throughout the playoffs), CSN will provide viewers with expanded Cubs playoff coverage via GMC SportsNet Central: Cubs Playoff Central.  This half-hour show, featuring a rotation of Cubs experts including Kaplan, Hollandsworth, Crull, Mooney, and Luke Stuckmeyer, will provide fans with up-to-the-minute Cubs-Dodgers NLCS news and updates, player/manager interviews, workout day feature reports, comprehensive game previews/recaps, a Toronto-Cleveland ALCS overview, and much more.

Please note the following details for Comcast SportsNet’s surrounding Cubs-Dodgers NLCS coverage this week:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 (GAME 3)

6:00 PM – Cubs Postseason Live presented by Fields Auto Group – Hosted by CSN’s David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth, and featuring Cubs Hall of Fame legend Ryne Sandberg, this special ONE-HOUR, pre-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live will break down and preview Game 3 of the NLCS featuring numerous interviews, a pitching match-up and player analysis overview, a recap of Games 1 & 2, along with the latest on-field pre-game reports from Kelly Crull and Patrick Mooney.

10:15 PM (time approx.) Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois – An expanded post-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live, hosted by Kaplan and Hollandsworth, along with additional post-game analysis from Sandberg, will feature Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, live locker room player interviews, a complete breakdown of the Game 3, plus, additional live on-field, post-game reports from Crull, a preview of Game 4, and much more.

NOTE: Cubs Postseason Live following Game 3 will also air on CSN+ just in case the Cubs game ends prior to the Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia game, which will be airing on the main CSN channel location. Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details. 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 (GAME 4)

6:00 PM – Cubs Postseason Live presented by Fields Auto Group – Hosted by CSN’s David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth, and featuring Cubs Hall of Fame legend Ryne Sandberg, this special ONE-HOUR, pre-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live will break down and preview Game 4 of the NLCS featuring numerous interviews, a pitching match-up and player analysis overview, a recap of Game 3, along with the latest on-field pre-game reports from Kelly Crull and Patrick Mooney.

10:00 PM (time approx.) Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois – An expanded post-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live, hosted by Kaplan and Hollandsworth, along with additional post-game analysis Sandberg, will feature Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, live locker room player interviews, a complete breakdown of the Game 4, plus, additional live on-field, post-game reports from Crull, a preview of Game 5, and much more.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 (GAME 5)

5:00 PM (note special start time)Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group – Hosted by CSN’s David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth, and featuring Cubs Hall of Fame legend Ryne Sandberg, this special ONE-HOUR, pre-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live will break down and preview Game 4 of the NLCS featuring numerous interviews, a pitching match-up and player analysis overview, a recap of Game 3, along with the latest on-field pre-game reports from Kelly Crull and Patrick Mooney. NOTE: this pre-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live will also air on CSN+ at 6:00 PM. Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details. 

10:00 PM (time approx.) Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois – An expanded post-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live, hosted by Kaplan and Hollandsworth, along with additional post-game analysis Sandberg, will feature Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, live locker room player interviews, a complete breakdown of the Game 5, plus, additional live on-field, post-game reports from Crull, a preview of Games 6 & 7 if necessary, and much more.

In addition to the comprehensive Cubs NLCS coverage on CSN, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com throughout the playoffs even more comprehensive 24/7 coverage, including:

  • Live stream of Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conferences.
  • “Cubs Pulse,” a one-stop social media and behind-the-scenes destination that reveals the latest real time trending topics, player buzz and expert insight from Twitter and Instagram.  Plus, “Cubs Pulse” aggregates all Cubs player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #CubsTalk.
  • “Cubs In-Game Live,” – featuring STATS Inc.’s enhanced Game Zone real-time tracking system – is a second screen platform for PCs, tablets and mobile devices that combine state-of-the-art infographics, data visualization of real-time statistics and game info with rich social interactivity tied to CSN Chicago’s live game broadcasts.
  • Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver Cubs push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • CubsTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Cubs playoffs news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. CubsTalk contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent, which includes the #CubsTalk podcast.
  • CSNChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney will provide extensive team/player news, special feature stories, and much more throughout the NLCS. Follow him on Twitter @CSNMooney for 24/7 inside access.  In addition, Cubs digital reporter and producer Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) will also provide Cubs reports/features on the beat with Mooney for every NLCS game.  Follow @CSNCubs on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and the very latest team news.
  • Cubs coverage on CSNChicago.com/Cubs is presented by Wintrust.

NOTE: CSN’s surrounding coverage details for Game 6 (Sat, Oct. 22 - if nec.) & Game 7 (Sun, Oct. 23 - if nec.) back at Wrigley Field, will be announced later this week.

NBC Sports Chicago to officially crown its first "Beer Money" champion on 100th episode of sports trivia show

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NBC Sports Chicago to officially crown its first "Beer Money" champion on 100th episode of sports trivia show

‘Beer Money presented by Coors Light: ALL-STAR Edition’ – Hosted by Kelly Crull & Luke Stuckmeyer – to be held at Joe’s on Weed St. (940 W. Weed St., Chicago) on

Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 PM CT -- featuring free admission for patrons 21 and over, along with special NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan” giveaways!

Special One-Hour Premiere airing on Sunday, February 11 at 7:00 PM exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago!

NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app

Chicago, IL (January 17, 2018) – To celebrate the 100th episode of its hit Chicago sports trivia show, NBC Sports Chicago has announced it will crown its very first Beer Money presented by Coors Light champion at a special “All-Star Edition” to be held on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 PM CT at Joe’s on Weed St. (940 W. Weed St. in Chicago, IL).  The one-hour “All-Star Edition” premiere – featuring hosts Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) & Luke Stuckmeyer (@LukeStuckmeyer) – will debut on NBC Sports Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 PM.  NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app.   

Since 2012 (when it was initially titled “Gas Money”), Beer Money presented by Coors Light has ventured to Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, the United Center, not to mention countless numbers of establishments in and around the Chicago area, where local sports fans’ knowledge was put to the test to answer some very challenging Chicago sports trivia questions that could win them up to $130. 

The “All-Star Edition” taking place at Joe’s on Weed St. will feature 20 of Beer Money’s most popular and entertaining winners (as determined by show’s producers) over the past 99 episodes who will square off against one another in a bracket-style format to officially determine THE top sports trivia king or queen in Chicago.

The top 16 contestants will be placed in four separate brackets, each of whom will be placed in their category of expertise (Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and White Sox). Once a winner is determined in each of the four brackets, those remaining four finalists will then have to answer questions that could pertain to any team, league, etc.  Like any sports playoff bracket, the final four will be reduced to two finalists who will then battle it out for the coveted Beer Money presented by Coors Light championship grand prize -- $500 and four tickets to a mutually-agreed upon game featuring the team from their respective bracket (Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, or White Sox) in NBC Sports Chicago’s luxury suite!  The four “Wild Card” contestants, featuring some of the show’s more memorable characters over the years, will also vie separately for a special consolation-style prize.

Note the following “Beer Money presented by Coors Light: All-Star Edition” participants, which includes each player’s hometown and original winning location. (NOTE - All Beer Money participants must be at least 21 years of age with valid proof of age identification to play): 

BLACKHAWKS bracket

  • Stephanie Burns (Rockford) - Brownstone Tavern
  • Marc Paprzyca (Chicago) - The Scout
  • JT (Chicago) - Mitchell’s Tap
  • Rob Morris (Palatine) - JL’s Pizza and Sports Bar
     

BULLS bracket

  • Mike Buchanan (Oak Forest) - JW Hollsteins
  • Chris Riney (Joliet) - McBride’s Pub and Grille
  • Ford Castino (Chicago) - Cortland’s Garage
  • Greg Williamson (Chicago) - Flo and Santos
     

CUBS bracket

  • Ben Eng (Chicago) - The Scout
  • Billy Ghighi (Naperville) - Wrigley Field
  • Maureen Morrisey (Chicago) - Wrigley Field
  • Ignacio Camacho (Berwyn) - Mitchell’s Tap
     

WHITE SOX bracket

  • George Bunker (Chicago) - O’Neil’s on Wells
  • Kevin Peterson (Downers Grove) - Butch McGuire’s
  • Jeff Delgado (Chicago) - Guaranteed Rate Field
  • Gabriel Silva (Chicago) - Guaranteed Rate Field
     

“Wild Card” bracket

  • Mary Alice Williams (Chicago) - Rizzo’s Bar & Inn
  • Mickey Roche (Chicago) - HVAC
  • Rachel McPheeters (DeKalb) - Wrigley Field
  • Jose Luna (Chicago) - Bears camp/Bourbonnais
     

Fans interested in attending the free admission “Beer Money presented by Coors Light: All-Star Edition” special event at Joe’s on Weed St. on Feb. 7 must be at least 21 years of age and are urged to arrive by 6:30 PM in preparation for the 7:00 PM start time.  In addition, fans attending the event will receive NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan” swag!

For up-to-the-minute “Beer Money presented by Coors Light: All-Star Edition” updates, fans can follow NBC Sports Chicago’s dedicated Beer Money Twitter handle at @NBCSBeerMoney and fans can chime in with their comments and cheer on their favorite participants by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #BeerMoneyAS.  Plus, fans can check out the latest Beer Money episodes, memorable clips, and other hilarious show moments 24/7 at NBCSportsChicago.com/BeerMoney.

NBC Sports Chicago names new Local Sales Manager

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NBC Sports Chicago names new Local Sales Manager

Chicago, IL (January 9, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, has named veteran sports media advertising sales executive Tony Romano as its new Local Sales Manager effective immediately.  The announcement was made by Jill Fields, General Sales Manager for NBC Sports Chicago. 

In his new position, Romano will be responsible for all of NBC Sports Chicago’s local sales efforts, including season-long sponsorship packages for the network’s four professional sports teams, along with focusing on strategic planning/development of key local sales initiatives across all platforms.

“Tony is very well-respected throughout the sports media advertising community, along with having a solid track-record of success,” said Fields.  “His experience and leadership skills will certainly be major assets to our network as we continue to take our multi-platform sales efforts to the next level.”

Romano’s advertising sales experience encompasses work on both local and national levels.  For the past four years, Romano was the National Sales Manager at Fox Sports Ohio, driving national ad sales revenues & billings to record levels for the regional sports network.  Last year, Romano also added Local Sales Manager to his title at the network, where he successfully managed MLB, NBA, and NHL ad revenues across linear, streaming, digital, and social media platforms.

Prior to joining Fox Sports Ohio, Romano was an Account Executive in the Chicago division for Home Team Sports (HTS) (2006-14), a sales unit of Fox Sports, where he was responsible for handling professional & collegiate sports media proposals/billing for over 35 regional sports networks across the country.  Romano also held additional sales positions in the Chicago market at Holmes Place Health Clubs (2004-06) and Lakeshore Athletic Clubs (2000-2004).  A native of Chicago, Romano earned his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University.