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 to carry expanded, multi-platform 2018 Cubs Convention coverage

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NBC Sports Chicago to carry expanded, multi-platform 2018 Cubs Convention coverage

5:00 PM -- Special edition of “SportsTalk Live” from Cubs Convention

Hosted by David Kaplan, featuring NBC Sports Chicago Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull, a panel of Cubs experts, and Cubs players!

6:00 PM -- LIVE Cubs Convention “Opening Ceremonies” coverage

Hosted by Kaplan, featuring Crull and additional Cubs experts, along with live interviews with numerous Cubs players, coaches, and front office execs!

7:30 PM -- Exclusively on Facebook Live -- “Friday Night with Ryan Dempster”

Hosted by the former Cubs fan favorite and featuring numerous interviews/variety show antics with current Cubs players!

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

Complete Cubs Convention coverage throughout the weekend on www.NBCSportsChicago.com’s ‘CubsTalk’ section via reports from Kaplan, Crull, and Cubs digital reporters

Tony Andracki & Vinnie Duber, which will include even more player/coaches/front office interviews, along with panel discussion highlights and much more!

Social media highlights on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to include the latest Convention news, live streaming segments, and special NBC Sports Chicago prize giveaway details! 

Chicago, IL (January 10, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the defending NL Central Division Champion Chicago Cubs, is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2018 MLB season in a big way with expanded, live Opening Night coverage from the “2018 Cubs Convention,” which is being held downtown this weekend (January 12-14) at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

On Friday, January 12 beginning at 5:00 PM CT, NBC Sports Chicago’s live coverage of the 2018 Cubs Convention begins with a special remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, which will take place on the floor of the convention center.  This special edition of SportsTalk Live will feature host David Kaplan, along with NBC Sports Chicago Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull and a panel of Cubs experts discussing the team’s run to a third-straight NLCS appearance last season, all the off-season moves and acquisitions, along with the key factors needed to bring another World Series title to the northside in 2018.  In addition, special guest interviews with Cubs players are also scheduled during the one-hour show.

Then, starting at 6:00 PM, viewers can look forward to every thrill-packed moment of the convention’s Opening Ceremonies featuring live introductions of Cubs players/coaches/front office executives, video montages, and much more.  NBC Sports Chicago’s 2018 Cubs Convention Opening Ceremonies coverage will be hosted by Cubs Pre/Post Game Live host David Kaplan, featuring beat reporter Kelly Crull, along with live interviews with Cubs players, coaches, and team VIPs.  NOTES: NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the Opening Ceremonies will also be made to fans via “Facebook Live” (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago).  In addition, live stream of SportsTalk Live and the Opening Ceremonies will also be available at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers. 

ALSO -- Fans are also in for a special treat at 7:30 PM as NBC Sports Chicago will provide fans with a “Facebook Live” (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) exclusive presentation of Friday Night with Ryan Dempster, a Cubs Convention primetime special featuring the animated former Cubs fan favorite hosting his own talk/variety show showcasing Cubs players/coaches/front office execs in this fun and entertaining live event. 

Throughout the weekend, fans can look forward to even more comprehensive Cubs Convention coverage on NBCSportsChicago.com’s CubsTalk section (NBCSportsChicago.com/Cubs) featuring additional players/coaches/front office executive interviews, feature stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more provided via Kaplan (@thekapman), Crull (@Kelly_Crull), NBCSportsChicago.com Cubs digital baseball reporters Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) & Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber), along with the NBC Sports Chicago team of behind-the-scenes Cubs experts (@NBCSCubs). 

From a social media standpoint, NBC Sports Chicago will also deliver a number of additional on-site Facebook Live interviews and special segments throughout the weekend, along with Convention “Sights & Sounds” highlights provided via Snapchat (‘nbcschicago’), along with additional coverage/photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ through Instagram and Instagram Stories

Plus, Cubs fans can look forward to a brand new “Cubs Talk” Podcast presented by Wintrust featuring the hottest Cubs Convention topics and special guest interviews. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

Fans attending Cubs Convention this weekend can also stop by NBC Sports Chicago’s “Authentic Fan” booth, which will feature a number of special Cubs-themed giveaways including a winter hat, sunglasses, pop sockets, decals, cheer cards and much more (while supplies last).  Plus, fans are urged to utilize the social media hashtag #AuthenticFan throughout the weekend as a number of lucky fans will be “authentically surprised” with special Cubs giveaways and experiences. NBC Sports Chicago’s dedicated Cubs Twitter handle (@NBCSCubs) will also provide up-to-the-minute NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan” booth activities throughout the weekend.

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.