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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 CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra app

CSNChicago.com 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 CSNChicago.com!

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 CSNChicago.com 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: csnchicago.com/page/live-extra-faq.

The 2015-16 Chicago Bulls regular season on Comcast SportsNet/CSNChicago.com/NBC 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 – CSNChicago.com 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/CSNChicago.com/NBC 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/CSNChicago.com/NBC 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/CSNChicago.com/NBC 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/CSNChicago.com/NBC 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 CSNChicago.com’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, CSNChicago.com, 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, CSNChicago.com’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 NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and Golf Central. SportsTalk was extended to CSNChicago.com 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.
  • CSNChicago.com’s state-of-the-art “AT&T U-Verse Lounge” to provide expanded Bulls content through daily and weekly shows and segments.
  • CSNChicago.com, NBC Sports and ProBasketballTalk.com 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, CSNChicago.com’s Bulls content will be available via sports.yahoo.com.
  • Bulls coverage on CSNChicago.com/Bulls is presented by Toyota.
  • CSNChicago.com 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 CSNChicago.com throughout the season.  Follow them on Twitter @MarkSchanowski, @Will_Perdue32, and @ChuckGarfien.

 

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2015 - 2016 Chicago Bulls Schedule 

Pre-season:

  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

Jace Fry, who still hasn't allowed a hit, is penciling his name into the White Sox bullpen of the future

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Jace Fry, who still hasn't allowed a hit, is penciling his name into the White Sox bullpen of the future

The White Sox best reliever through the first 42 games of this rebuilding season? Undoubtedly, it’s been Jace Fry.

With Rick Renteria’s bullpen hardly the most reliable relief corps the game has ever seen, Fry has been a revelation, starting his 2018 campaign with 7.1 scoreless innings over six appearances.

And now things are getting a bit more dramatic for the 24-year-old lefty, a guy who’s been through a pair of Tommy John surgeries. He pitched some high-leverage ball in Saturday night’s 5-3 win, sitting down all four hitters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings while protecting a two-run lead.

“I was ready the whole game, just waiting for my name to be called,” Fry said. “But it was awesome getting in there in the eighth inning, even getting the first guy in the ninth inning. After I got him I was kind of hoping he’d let me keep going.”

Renteria uses his bullpen in a non-traditional manner, one that perhaps he thinks is a way of the future or one that’s a result of his lack of dominant options out there. Whichever it is, he doesn’t really have a closer but rather a host of guys he uses in those high-leverage situations, whenever they might come during the late stages of a game. Joakim Soria, Nate Jones and Bruce Rondon have all been used to get big outs late in games, and Rondon threw a scoreless seventh Saturday, with Jones getting the game’s final two outs for the save.

But it could be argued that most difficult outs were recorded by Fry, who put away the visiting Texas Rangers’ fourth, fifth and sixth hitters before getting the seventh hitter to strike out to start off the ninth.

Renteria steered away from dubbing Fry one of his new high-leverage guys after the game, but why wouldn’t Fry be in that mix? All he’s done since joining the big league squad earlier this month is get outs. He’s got 10 strikeouts, hasn’t allowed a hit and has just two walks as the lone blemishes on an otherwise perfect season line.

“It just happens to be that it was the eighth inning and the ninth that he pitched,” Renteria said. “I think he’s looking very comfortable in those. It happens to be the eighth and ninth we needed him. He’s been very, very effective. He’s been commanding the strike zone very well, confidently approaching his hitters. He’s got pretty good stuff.

“He’s able to command the zone. Along with that nice breaking ball he’s got to lefties and righties, it’s pretty effective. But he’s continuing to show you he’s capable of coming in and getting some pretty good hitters.”

Fry has been a rarity this season in that he’s appeared to be a candidate for a long-term spot in the White Sox bullpen. Jones would perhaps be the only other guy coming close to qualifying for that, mostly because of his team-friendly contract that keeps him under control a few more years, but he’s had some rough moments, even with his ERA dropping to 3.50 on Saturday.

Fry, though, is young and is dealing at the moment. He even got a shoutout as a potential long-term piece from general manager Rick Hahn earlier this week.

“Take Jace Fry, someone we haven’t mentioned when we’ve had this conversation the last couple of weeks,” Hahn said Thursday, discussing the positives he’s seen during this developmental season. “He’s shown up here and shown that he’s made some progress in his last stint in the minors and now, at age 24, seems like he’s ready to take that next step, and pencil his name in as part of what we’re building here going forward.”

There’s a lot of season left, and no one’s expecting Fry to keep batters hitless and opposing teams scoreless from now through the end of September. But this is a nice development for the rebuilding White Sox at the moment, a guy who’s giving them at least one name to put into that bullpen of the future.

How long can he keep this thing going? As long as he keeps getting ahead of hitters.

“Having the success is awesome, but I realize it’s the plan, the plan of attack,” Fry said. “I’m going out and throwing Strike 1 and getting ahead. Actually doing it, seeing it and having the process work definitely creates more confidence. Once you go back to the blueprint of baseball, Strike 1 is everything.”

Carson Fulmer's demotion and the current state of the White Sox rotation provide several rebuilding reminders

Carson Fulmer's demotion and the current state of the White Sox rotation provide several rebuilding reminders

Carson Fulmer getting sent to Triple-A following Friday’s game might be, to this point, the biggest development this season on the South Side.

Fulmer doesn’t carry the same expectations as higher-rated prospects like Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen or Dane Dunning, but this is a top-10 draft pick who the White Sox still believe can play a significant role in their bright future. And he’s struggling. Badly. Once his ERA jumped up past 8.00 thanks to his third straight brief and run-filled outing, the White Sox made the decision to send him to Charlotte.

It leaves the White Sox rotation looking like this: James Shields, a struggling Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Hector Santiago and either Chris Volstad or the recently summoned Dylan Covey.

Four of those guys (Shields, Santiago, Volstad and Covey) don’t figure to play a role in the team’s long-term future, and Giolito is dealing with his own significant struggles, leading the American League in walks heading into his Saturday-night start. Lopez has been the rotation’s bright spot, but even he watched his ERA climb more than a full point after allowing six runs in two innings his last time out.

It’s not a great state for the rotation to be in if you, like the White Sox, have your sights set on the long-term future of this team, though it probably won’t look like that for too much longer. Still, it provides a few valuable reminders about not only this rebuilding effort but rebuilds in general.

This season is about development, and this is what development looks like

For better or worse, this is what development looks like. The White Sox own baseball’s worst record, and general manager Rick Hahn has been among the large number of White Sox fans to voice their disappointment over play that has been sloppy at times.

Fulmer’s struggles fall into the same category and serve as a reminder that growing pains like this are going to happen. We’ve seen it with Fulmer. We’ve seen it with Giolito. We’ve seen it with Lopez. Heck, we’ve seen it with Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson, too.

But more than wins and losses, this is what this season is about. Hahn calls it “the hardest part of the rebuild” because it features guys getting lit up and games being lost. The hope is that Fulmer can figure things out in the minors and that Giolito won’t require a similar demotion to right his ship. And if everything turns out all right, then this will be an easily forgotten chapter in both of those players’ development.

In the moment, though, it’s another reminder that rebuilds take time and that the waiting game provides minimal fun.

Each player’s development has a different trajectory

Just because Fulmer is getting bumped down to Triple-A doesn’t mean he can’t still turn into a successful major league pitcher. Player development and rebuilds aren’t linear, as rebuilders like to say. And to expect every prospect to travel in a straight line from potential to big league stardom doesn't make much sense.

“We reiterate, ‘It’s not the end of your career,’” Renteria said Saturday. “This is simply a reboot, a reset. Ultimately, I think after the initial shock for any player, they settle down and they understand exactly what’s going on when you look at it logically and look in the mirror. I think it’s easy to logically look at it and say, ‘I need to work on x, y and z.’

“This is a good kid with a really positive attitude and a lot of confidence. I think he’ll look in the mirror and go, ‘You know what, I got things I can work on, I’ll settle in and get over this initial bump and get to work.’ Those are the guys that end up giving themselves a chance to return sooner rather than later and have success.”

Not all prospects pan out

The other side of that coin is the reminder that not every single one of the White Sox wealth of prospects will pan out. Hahn & Co. have prepared for that and built up an incredible amount of prospect depth, but when someone doesn't live up to expectations, it will be painful.

This isn’t to suggest that Fulmer, specifically, won’t pan out, but it’s to point out that not everyone will. That’s a crowded-looking rotation of the future with Kopech, Hansen, Dunning, Fulmer, Giolito, Lopez, Carlos Rodon and Dylan Cease all competing for those eventual five spots. Rather than the White Sox having to make tough decisions about who will be left out, certainly a possibility, the developments of those pitchers might make those decisions for them.

Renteria is confident that Fulmer will be back in the big leagues, and there’s little reason to think that this is the end of Fulmer’s opportunity. But not every top-10 pick reaches All-Star status.

The future is on the way

The current starting rotation might have fans asking why the heck it looks like it does. But a month or two from now it will look drastically different.

Rodon makes his first rehab start Saturday at Class A Kannapolis as he battles back from shoulder surgery last fall, and he shouldn’t be too far away from providing a serious jolt to the starting staff. Not to mention, he’s a guy who as good a chance as anyone as grabbing one of those front-end spots, and with him in the rotation, things will look a tad more futuristic.

Same goes for Kopech, whose promotion figures to be coming at some point this summer. Given the hype and the expectations there, his arrival will obviously be a really big deal.

But regardless of the results either Rodon and Kopech put up in their first tastes of major league action in 2018, they’ll make the rotation into something that way more closely resembles the rotation of the future. There’ll be plenty of development left for the Hansens and the Ceases and the Dunnings in the minors. But a rotation featuring Rodon, Kopech, Giolito and Lopez looks a lot different than one featuring Shields, Santiago, Covey and Volstad.

Patience. It’s not much fun. But it’s necessary to build a contender.