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NBC Sports Chicago announces multi-year media rights deal with White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks

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NBC Sports Chicago announces multi-year media rights deal with White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks

STAMFORD, Conn., and CHICAGO, Ill. – January 2, 2019 – NBC Sports Chicago and the White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks today announced a multi-year media rights deal that provides NBC Sports Chicago with exclusive local, multi-platform media rights to present game coverage of all three teams starting with the 2019-2020 season. The deal is subject to formal documentation and pending MLB, NBA and NHL approval.

NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Chicago+ will be the exclusive regional home for all regular season games, pre-season/spring training, and the first round of post-season coverage for the Bulls and Blackhawks. This new agreement also enables the continuation of all games to be streamed on NBCSportsChicago.com and the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

“The Chicago White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks have provided countless memorable moments for this city’s fans, and NBC Sports Chicago has been dedicated to immersive coverage of each and every one,” said David Preschlack, President, NBC Sports Regional Networks and Platform & Content Strategy. “This is a significant agreement, and we are proud to continue to provide the most comprehensive, multi-platform coverage of these historic franchises.”

“We are very pleased to extend our relationship with our partners at NBC Sports Chicago,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, Chicago Bulls/White Sox Chairman. “In addition to being the experts in consistently delivering the finest game and surrounding game coverage in the business, it is their year-round commitment to providing our fans with innovative and entertaining multi-platform content that makes NBC Sports Chicago among the very best in the regional sports industry. Chicago sports fans are the greatest, and we are pleased that this agreement allows for the very best access to Bulls, Blackhawks and White Sox live action and content.”

“Blackhawks fans should be very excited that we are continuing our partnership with NBC Sports Chicago. In addition to raising the bar on our game day broadcasts, NBC Sports Chicago has elevated non-game day television coverage and evolved their digital and social media platforms into some of the most viewer-friendly in the industry,” said Rocky Wirtz, Chicago Blackhawks Chairman. 

Daily Line Podcast: Who do you like in Week 13 and beyond?

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Daily Line Podcast: Who do you like in Week 13 and beyond?

NBC Sports Chicago’s Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan are joined by VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich from Las Vegas and Joe Ostrowski from 670 the Score. Sam joins the guys to discuss the Bears and Giants opening line as Chase Daniel gets set to make his second straight start for the Bears (1:30) . How did Daniel’s Thanksgiving performance impact how the oddsmakers set the line in the Giants tilt . Plus Sam sets mock lines on Bears possible Wild Card opponents at Soldier Field as Chicago gets closer to wrapping up the NFC North (6:00).

Joe joins the guys to discuss the potential trap the Bears face when playing the Giants with next week’s showdown against the Rams in the rear view mirror (14:00). Joe plays ‘Fraud or For Real’ with Paul and Ryan with AFC teams (24:00) and the guys go around the horn for their weekly ‘6 Pack’ of this week’s picks (27:00).

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Daily Line Podcast: The Bears are 4-point favorites against Detroit, but what if Trubisky doesn't play?

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Daily Line Podcast: The Bears are 4-point favorites against Detroit, but what if Trubisky doesn't play?

Ryan McGuffey, Paul Aspan and Joe Ostrowski from 670 The Score break down the red hot Bears and where they fit among the NFL’s elite.

Off of the Rams and Chiefs memorable Monday night matchup (2:02) could that instant classic start a trend of high scoring O/U totals? Also amongst the topics, (5:00) the Bears are good, but it’s clear from both a football and gambling perspective, that they’re not elite like the Rams and Chiefs…yet. As for the Thanksgiving slate, (9:05) the Bears are 4-point favorites against Detroit, but how does Mitch Trubisky’s status impact how you bet on Thanksgiving Day? And, (10:43) if Trubisky were to miss the Thanksgiving game, the Las Vegas books projected line would move 5-6 points in favor of the Lions. (13:05)

They’ll discuss what it means that the Bears are a ‘public’ team… and how to bet the Bears in the weeks ahead? And finally…(18:45) Pick time!! The panel makes their Thanksgiving selections…why the total might be the best play in Detroit on Thursday.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: