CSN announces 2015-16 Bulls on-air/online season coverage details

CSN announces 2015-16 Bulls on-air/online season coverage details

Pre-Season Action begins Oct. 6, First Regular Season game on Oct. 30, Plus – Live Pre/Post-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive nightly coverage on ‘SportsNet Central,’ Highlight 2015-16 Schedule

Live streaming coverage of EVERY Pre-Season and Regular Season Bulls telecast – including all Pre/Post-Game Shows –

to be made available to authenticated subscribers on and via the NBC Sports Live Extra app to feature 24/7 reporting from Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences,

“Bulls Pulse” Social Media Center, Daily Player/Coaches Interviews, Game Highlights, plus In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent and much more!

Chicago, IL (September 29, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bulls, is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NBA excitement with 42 live regular season Bulls games (23 home, 19 away), including in-depth pre-game and post-game shows, and the most thorough 24/7 online Bulls coverage to date on!

In addition -- EVERY pre-season and regular season Bulls telecast on Comcast SportsNet, including surrounding Bulls Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be streamed live on and will be made available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app on tablets and smart phones.  Authenticated Comcast SportsNet Chicago subscribers can watch live Bulls 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, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service of Bulls games, viewers are urged to visit the following link:

The 2015-16 Chicago Bulls regular season on Comcast SportsNet/ Sports Live Extra gets underway on Friday, October 30, as 2015 NBA All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol join a loaded Bulls roster featuring Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy, Nikola Mirotic, Kirk Hinrich and rookie Bobby Portis among others, as the Bulls travel to face the Central Division rival Detroit Pistons at 6:30 PM CT, featuring the always-entertaining announcing tandem of Neil Funk and Stacey King (NOTE: Coverage gets underway on Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light at 6:00 PM with hosts Mark Schanowski and Will Perdue).  Kia Bulls Postgame Live immediately follows the game featuring new Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg’s post-game press conference, along with live locker room player interviews and complete post-game analysis.  Plus – Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on Bulls Pre/Postgame Live and during home game telecasts.

Game enhancements of note for the 2015-16 Bulls season include a brand new, expanded graphics package, along with the addition of a second super slo-mo camera that is capable of showing slow-motion replays of over 2,000 frames per second. 

Comcast SportsNet/ Sports Live Extra’s first home game telecast of the ’15-’16 campaign takes place on Friday, November 13 vs. Charlotte featuring expanded, live coverage from the United Center beginning at 5:00 PM on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, which will then followed by SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business at 6:00 PM, Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light at 6:30 PM, with tip-off set for 7:00 PM.

In addition to the 42 regular season games, Comcast SportsNet/ Sports Live Extra will also televise six Bulls pre-season games starting on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 PM, when the Bulls face the Milwaukee Bucks live at the United Center.  Additional pre-season match-ups will air on Oct. 10 vs. Minnesota (in Winnipeg, MB), Oct. 12 vs. New Orleans, Oct. 14 vs. Detroit, Oct. 19 at Charlotte, and Oct. 23 vs. Dallas (in Lincoln, NB).

Highlights from this season’s Bulls regular season schedule on Comcast SportsNet/ Sports Live Extra features 32 big games against Eastern Conference foes, eight of which are against Central Division opponents.  Among the key highlights on this season’s Bulls telecast schedule include three divisional match-ups against former Simeon Career Academy sensation Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks (Jan. 5 & 12, Apr. 3), three games against Whitney Young H.S. National Player of the Year/2015 NCAA champion Duke standout Jahlil Okafor and the Philadelphia 76ers (Nov. 9, Dec. 14 & Apr. 13), a home battle against four-time NBA All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs (Nov. 30), a pair of games against Chicago native/11-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat (Jan. 25 & Mar. 1), along with the only regular season home game against NBA MVP Stephen Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors (Jan. 20). (NOTE: Comcast SportsNet/ Sports Live Extra’s complete 2015-16 pre-season and regular season Bulls schedule appears at the end of this release).

For the eighth-straight season, veteran Bulls play-by-play announcer Neil Funk will be teamed up with former Bulls standout center Stacey King, who will handle color analysis all season long.  SportsNet Central’s Bulls beat reporter Chuck Garfien will also be the primary courtside reporter for Bulls home game telecasts this season. 

Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light (featuring hosts Mark Schanowski and four-time NBA champion center, including three titles with the Bulls, Will Perdue) is a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evening’s match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NBA.  Bulls Pregame Live will air prior to every Bulls game this season with additional weeknight Bulls pre-game discussion airing on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado.  Featuring host David Kaplan, SportsTalk Live will also be the place to hear from numerous Bulls/NBA experts all season long.

Immediately following every game this season, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Kia Bulls Postgame LiveKia Bulls Postgame Live (hosted by Schanowski/Perdue) will also feature live coverage of new Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg’s post-game press conference and live locker room interviews with Bulls players.  Following the majority of evening Kia Bulls Postgame Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 & 10:30 PM and SportsNet Central presented by CLR at 12 Midnightwith the most complete recap of the day’s top local and national sports news. 

Two regular season Bulls games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus (see attached schedule).  Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN+) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  CSN+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details). Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can also watch all CSN+ games in standard definition on CLTV. 

From a digital/online perspective, Comcast SportsNet’s website,, delivers comprehensive 24/7 Bulls coverage all season long, including the following highlights: 

  • Live stream of Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg's post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following EVERY home game telecast.
  • Video highlights from every Bulls game, including in-game highlights at halftime.  Pre-game interviews from team practices will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the “Kia Bulls Postgame Live” team.
  • “Bulls Pulse presented by AT&T U-Verse,” 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, “Bulls Pulse” aggregates all Bulls player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #BullsTalk.
  • “Bulls 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 Bulls 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.
  • BullsTalk,’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Bulls news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. BullsTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and Golf Central. SportsTalk was extended to through the creation of BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk, CubsTalk, WhiteSoxTalk and BearsTalk, PrepsTalk and B1GTalk which contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
  •’s state-of-the-art “AT&T U-Verse Lounge” to provide expanded Bulls content through daily and weekly shows and segments.
  •, NBC Sports and will also produce Bulls and NBA content in tandem this season, which will include on-camera segments and digital reports.
  • Yahoo: Via the Yahoo Sports – NBC Sports Network digital alliance,’s Bulls content will be available via
  • Bulls coverage on is presented by Toyota.
  • Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill enters his first full season on the Bulls beat. Follow him on Twitter @vgoodwill for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7.  Bulls digital reporter and producer Mark Strotman will also provide Bulls and NBA reports/features on the beat with Goodwill.  Follow @CSNBulls on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from the United Center and across the country.
  • Expanded coverage from Mark Schanowski, Will Perdue and Chuck Garfien, CSN Chicago’s Bulls reporting team will provide pre-game and post-game coverage throughout the playoffs, along with digital content contribution and videos for throughout the season.  Follow them on Twitter @MarkSchanowski, @Will_Perdue32, and @ChuckGarfien.



2015 - 2016 Chicago Bulls Schedule 


  1. Tue, Oct 6            vs. Milwaukee                           7:00 pm  
  2. Sat, Oct 10           @ Minnesota (from Winnipeg)      7:00 pm
  3. Mon, Oct 12         vs. New Orleans                       7:00 pm
  4. Wed, Oct 14         vs. Detroit                                7:00 pm
  5. Mon, Oct 19         @ Charlotte                              6:30 pm
  6. Fri, Oct 23            @ Dallas (Lincoln, Nebraska)       7:00 pm

Regular Season:

  1. Fri, Oct 30            @ Detroit                                 6:30 pm                 
  2. Tue, Nov 3           @ Charlotte                              6:00 pm        
  3. Mon, Nov 9          @ Philadelphia                          6:00 pm        
  4. Fri, Nov 13           vs. Charlotte                             7:00 pm        
  5. Mon, Nov 16         vs. Indiana                               7:00 pm        
  6. Fri, Nov 27           @ Indiana                                7:00 pm        
  7. Mon, Nov 30         vs. San Antonio                        7:00 pm        
  8. Wed, Dec 2          vs. Denver                                7:00 pm        
  9. Mon, Dec 7          vs. Phoenix                              7:00 pm        

10. Wed, Dec 9          @ Boston                                 6:00 pm        

11. Mon, Dec 14         vs. Philadelphia                         7:00 pm        

12. Wed, Dec 16        vs. Memphis                             7:00 pm        

13. Fri, Dec 18           vs. Detroit                                7:00 pm        

14. Mon, Dec 21         vs. Brooklyn                             7:00 pm        

15. Mon, Dec 28         vs. Toronto                               7:00 pm        

16. Fri, Jan 1              vs. New York                            7:00 pm        

17. Tue, Jan 5            vs. Milwaukee                           7:00 pm         CSN+         

18. Thu, Jan 7            vs. Boston                                7:00 pm        

19. Mon, Jan 11         vs. Washington                         7:00 pm        

20. Tue, Jan 12          @ Milwaukee                            7:00 pm         CSN+

21. Wed, Jan 20         vs. Golden State                       7:00 pm        

22. Mon, Jan 25         vs. Miami                                 7:00 pm        

23. Mon, Feb 1           @ Utah                                    8:00 pm        

24. Fri, Feb 5             @ Denver                                 8:00 pm        

25. Sat, Feb 6            @ Minnesota                            7:00 pm        

26. Mon, Feb 8           @ Charlotte                              6:00 pm        

27. Wed, Feb 10        vs. Atlanta                                7:00 pm        

28. Fri, Feb 19           vs. Toronto                               7:00 pm        

29. Wed, Feb 24        vs. Washington                         7:00 pm        

30. Fri, Feb 26           @ Atlanta                                 7:00 pm        

31. Tue, Mar 1           @ Miami                                  6:30 pm        

32. Wed, Mar 2          @ Orlando                               6:00 pm        

33. Mon, Mar 14         @ Toronto                                6:30 pm        

34. Thu, Mar 17         vs. Brooklyn                             7:00 pm        

35. Mon, Mar 21         vs. Sacramento                        7:00 pm        

36. Thu, Mar 24         @ New York                             6:30 pm        

37. Sat, Mar 26          @ Orlando                               6:00 pm        

38. Mon, Mar 28         vs. Atlanta                                7:00 pm        

39. Tue, Mar 29         @ Indiana                                6:00 pm        

40. Sun, Apr 3            @ Milwaukee                            6:00 pm        

41. Mon, Apr 11         @ New Orleans                        7:00 pm        

42. Wed, Apr 13         vs. Philadelphia                         7:00 pm                                         

6 pre-season, 42 regular season (22 Home, 19 Road regular season)

Total 48 Games

All Times Central Time/ Schedule Subject to Change

ICYMI: The Bears lose in OT, the Bulls season nears, the Blackhawks make history


ICYMI: The Bears lose in OT, the Bulls season nears, the Blackhawks make history

The Bears suffered a heartbreaking defeat (that makes two of those), but the Bulls are days away from the start of a new season and the Blackhawks did something that has never happened before in sports history.


The Bears had a slow first half, failing to score against the shorthanded Dolphins, but picked things up in the third quarter. It all fell apart late in the fourth quarter and then again in overtime in a 31-28 defeat. Miami went up against the Bears without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but Brock Osweiler threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns. What does that say about the Bears' defense?

Matt Nagy was a bit chippy with the media after the game, but there were still positive signs from the offense.

Plus, Dwyane Wade was there and repped the Bears on the road.


The Bulls wrapped up the preseason Friday with a 98-93 loss to the Nuggets. Wendell Carter Jr. and Bobby Portis both showed well in the preseason finale and Jabari Parker flashed his potential as well.

With the preseason complete, Mark Strotman graded each player on the Bulls roster. You may not want to calculate the team GPA.

The roster is being finalized as well, with Ryan Arcidiacono making the team and local product Tyler Ulis getting picked up off waivers.


Saturday was an eventful day for the Blackhawks. First, it marked the 1,000th career game for Duncan Keith. Keith talked about the emotional night after the game.

As for the game itself, the Blackhawks beat the Blues 4-3 in overtime. That was the second time the Hawks beat the Blues in OT this season, adding to a 5-4 OT win in St. Louis on Oct. 6.

Unbelievably, that was the fifth straight OT game for the Blackhawks. Every game has gone to overtime this season, and not one of those has even gone to a shootout. No NHL team has done that since the league introduced a regular-season overtime period in 1983-84, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Overtimes are more rare in other sports, but that also holds true for the NBA, NFL and MLB.

The Hawks don't play against until Thursday, when the host Arizona.

Bears notes: Was Trey Burton’s penalty justified?

Bears notes: Was Trey Burton’s penalty justified?

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — In a game full of pivotal moments, one seemed to irk the Bears in particular following Sunday’s 31-28 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

Driving on the Dolphins three-yard line, the Bears lined up in a T formation with Jordan Howard, Trey Burton and Tarik Cohen lined up left to right in the backfield behind Mitch Trubisky, who was under center. Burton motioned out of the backfield and to the right, and ran his route into linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Trubisky threw a short pass to a wide open Cohen for a touchdown, with Alonso late getting to the running back after being hit by Burton. But that score was taken off the board for offensive pass interference, with officials ruling what Burton did amounted to an illegal pick play.

“Trey did everything I asked him to do,” Matt Nagy said, sharply.

On the next play, Trubisky forced a pass into double coverage in the end zone, which was easily picked off by Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald. Miami turned that interception into eight points on Albert Wilson’s 43-yard touchdown and an ensuing two-point conversion.

The way Burton understood the rule was that offensive pass interference was only assessed on a pick play if he intentionally ran into a defender without running a true route. That’s what Burton felt he did; the officiating crew disagreed.

“I thought I ran a route and the guy ran into me,” Burton said. “I thought they changed the rule this year or last year — if you run the route, it doesn’t matter if you pick the guy or not, you’re good. Obviously they called it.”

A Rough Return

The conversations surrounding the Bears Sunday into Monday would be awfully different had a number of things happened — Trubisky doesn’t throw that interception, the Bears’ defense gets a stop, Tarik Cohen doesn’t fumble near midfield, etc. In that same group: If Cody Parkey hits what would’ve been a game-winning 53-yard field goal in overtime.

Parkey, instead, missed that kick wide right. His career long is 54 yards, which he hit last year while with the Miami Dolphins (and that was a game-winner with about a minute left against the Los Angeles Chargers).

“I had the distance, I just didn’t kick it straight enough, bottom line,” Parkey said. “But you’ve got to move on. I’ve made game winners, I’ve missed game winners. As long as I keep playing, I’m just going to keep trying to kick my best.

“… I control what I can control, and unfortunately I missed a field goal. I’d like to have that one back, but it is what it is and I’m just going to focus on the next game. That’s all I can do.”