CSN announces its 2016 Chicago Fire on-air/digital season coverage details

CSN announces its 2016 Chicago Fire on-air/digital season coverage details

CSN’s 28 regular season game schedule – featuring announcers Dan Kelly and Fire legend Frank Klopas – begins with the HOME/SEASON OPENER on Sunday, March 6 vs. New York City FC at 12:30 PM CT;

“Chicago Fire All-Access” behind-the-scenes special to debut Wed, March 2 at 9:00 PM CT 

Network to also carry five Spanish-language simulcasts on CSN+ in 2016; plus – Live Pre-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive coverage on ‘SportsNet Central’ highlight 2016 Schedule

CSNChicago.com to feature 24/7 reporting from Fire “Insider” Dan Santaromita; website to also feature bi-monthly Fire players interviews in the AT&T U-verse Lounge, Daily Player/Coaches Interviews, Game Highlights, and much more!

Chicago, IL (February 29, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the regional television home of the Chicago Fire, is once again ready to deliver another action-packed MLS season with 28 live regular season Fire games (14 home, 14 away), along with five Spanish-language simulcasts, in-depth pre-game shows, the return of Fire All-Access, extensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central and the most thorough 24/7 digital “Men in Red” coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2016 Chicago Fire regular season on Comcast SportsNet gets underway with the HOME/SEASON OPENER against New York City FC on Sunday, March 6 beginning at 12:30 PM CT with Fire Pregame Live.  The opening kick-off will take place at 1:00 PM featuring veteran Fire play-by-play announcer Dan Kelly and first-year Fire game analyst, Chicago Fire/U.S. National Team legend Frank Klopas.  In addition, veteran soccer journalist Paul Tenorio will be a part of every Fire telecast on CSN handling sideline reporting duties.  A special edition of Fire Postgame Live immediately follows the home/season opener featuring live post-game press conferences, live locker room player interviews, full highlights and complete post-game analysis.   

In addition to 28 regular season games (14 on the main CSN channel location and 14 airing on CSN+), five telecasts will be Spanish-language simulcasts that will air on CSN+.  The announcing tandem for the Spanish-language telecasts will feature Telemundo Chicago sports anchor Rodrigo Arana handling play-by-play and MLSSoccer.com columnist Raquel Ortiz providing game analysis.  IMPORTANT NOTE: For the 14 games airing on CSN+, along with the five Spanish-language telecasts, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s channel finder section (csnchicago.com/channel-finder) for a complete listing of CSN+ and CSN+HD channel locations in their area. 

Prior to the start of the MLS regular season, fans can look forward to the season debut of Fire All-Access on Wednesday, March 2 at 9:00 PM on CSN.  The season’s first edition of this unique behind-the-scenes series, co-produced by CSNChicago.com and the Fire, will include features on new Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez and new Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic at last month’s 2016 MLS SuperDraft that was held in Baltimore, MD, along with a feature on the opening of this year’s training camp sessions as both Fire veteran and newcomers come together for the first time, along with additional season preview segments.  NOTES: Comcast SportsNet will re-air this edition of Fire All-Access on Sunday, March 6 at 12 NOON prior to the network’s live coverage of the home/season opener. Comcast SportsNet’s complete 2016 regular season Fire schedule appears at the end of this release.

Throughout the season, Fire fans are also to tune into SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business at 6:30 PM, GMC SportsNet Central 10:00 & 10:30 PM and the midnight edition of SportsNet Central presented by CLR for the very latest team/player news, interviews, specials features, and much more. 

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

  • Fire “Insider” Dan Santaromita joins CSNChicago.com for his first season on the beat.  Follow him on Twitter @TheDanSanto and CSNChicago.com for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7, which will include daily content featuring match previews, game stories, player interviews, in-depth/long-form features, along with national MLS and U.S. Soccer coverage throughout the year. 
  • CSNChicago.com’s FIRE section - csnchicago.com/firefeaturing numerous videos with players and soccer operations staff, along with comprehensive game previews/recaps and the up-to-the-minute team/player is sponsored by Al Piemonte Ford.
  • Digital video content this season will include bi-monthly Fire player interviews in CSN’s state-of-the-art “AT&T U-verse Lounge,” along with a massive video-on-demand library that will be distributed on CSNChicago.com  and Chicago-Fire.com.


2016 Chicago Fire Schedule

  1. Sun, Mar 6       1:00 pm        vs. New York City FC                     (2016 HOME/SEASON OPENER!)          
  2. Sat, Mar 19      4:00 pm        vs. Columbus Crew SC                  CSN+
  3. Sat, Apr 2         4:00 pm        vs. Philadelphia                              (Spanish on CSN+)
  4. Sat, Apr 16       4:00 pm        vs. Montreal                                  CSN+
  5. Sat, Apr 30       4:00 pm        vs. D.C. United                              (Spanish on CSN+)
  6. Wed, May 11    9:00 pm        @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC           CSN+
  7. Sat, May 14      6:30 pm        @ New England                            
  8. Wed, May 18    6:30 pm        @ New York                                  CSN+         
  9. Sat, May 21      4:00 pm        vs. Houston                                   CSN+ (in progress - CSN 4:30p)

10. Sat, May 28      7:30 pm        vs. Portland                                   (Spanish on CSN+)

11. Sat, June 18     8:00 pm        @ Colorado                                   CSN+ (in progress - CSN 9:30p)

12. Wed, June 22   6:00 pm        @ Philadelphia                               CSN+

13. Sat, July 9        6:30 pm        @ Toronto FC                              

14. Wed, July 13     7:30 pm        vs. Sporting Kansas City                (Spanish on CSN+)

15. Sat, July 16      8:00 pm        @ FC Dallas                                  CSN+

16. Sat, July 23      6:30 pm        @ New England                             CSN+

17. Sun, July 31      6:00 pm        vs. New York                                 (Spanish on CSN+)

18. Sat, Aug 6        9:00 pm        @ Real Salt Lake                          

19. Sat, Aug 20      6:30 pm        @ Montreal                                   CSN+

20. Wed, Aug 24     7:30 pm        vs. Los Angeles                             CSN+

21. Sat, Aug 27      6:00 pm        @ D.C. United                               CSN+

22. Sat, Sept 3       7:30 pm        vs. Philadelphia                              CSN+

23. Sat, Sept 10     7:30 pm        vs Toronto FC                               CSN+

24. Wed, Sept 28    9:30 pm        @ Seattle Sounders FC                

25. Sat, Oct 1         6:30 pm        @ Columbus Crew SC                  

26. Thu, Oct 13      7:30 pm        vs. Columbus Crew SC                 

27. Sun, Oct 16      4:00 pm        vs. New England                           

28. Sun, Oct 23      3:00 pm        @ Toronto FC                                             

28 games – 14 CSN & 14 CSN+

14 Home, 14 Road

Schedule subject to change

All times are Central Time

Denzel Valentine suffers setback on injured left ankle, will be reevaluated in 2 weeke


Denzel Valentine suffers setback on injured left ankle, will be reevaluated in 2 weeke

Denzel Valentine’s troublesome left ankle is going to keep him on the sideline for at least the next two weeks. Fred Hoiberg said Saturday before the Bulls’ home opener against the Detroit Pistons that Valentine is suffering from a bone bruise in the ankle he sprained on the second day of training camp. Valentine will be evaluated in two weeks.

“It sucks because of all the work I put in this summer and being around the guys you want to be out there so bad,” he said. “Things happen for a reason, and now that we know what’s going on I at least have a time frame and be patient with it; it’s bad news but good news at the same time as it gives me time to get ready.”

Valentine had been practicing earlier in the week and appeared close to a return after spraining the ankle on Sept. 25. But the third year wing complained of discomfort in the ankle and missed practice on Friday. A scan of the left ankle revealed the bone bruise, and Hoiberg wouldn’t speculate on when exactly Valentine might return.

It’s the same ankle Valentine had surgery on in May 2017. Valentine also missed the last two weeks of last season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. The injury couldn’t come at a worse time for Valentine or the Bulls, who are in desparate need of help both in the backcourt and on the wing.

Though Valentine isn’t a true point guard, he averaged 3.2 assists per game off the bench last season. The Bulls could use that kind of production when Kris Dunn returns on Monday, as Cameron Payne and Ryan Arcidiacono haven’t exactly showed promise in the early going.

Instead, Valentine is on the mend and it’s unclear when he might return. Given he’s had surgery on the same ankle before, the Bulls will be cautious upon his return.

“I’m a fighter, I’m not going to quit; just deal with the hand dealt," Valentine said. "I can’t sit here and be negative, I just got to fight, stay mentally strong and this will be bittersweet when I come back and have a great year.”

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

The Bulls are still scrambling to add depth at point guard and found another body to throw in the rotation.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Bulls "are planning to sign" Shaquille Harrison. Harrison was waived by the Suns on Monday.

In order to complete the move, the Bulls are reportedly waiving center Omer Asik.

Harrison went undrafted out of Tulsa in 2016. The Suns signed him and sent him to the then NBA D-League. Last season, the 25-year-old from Kansas City played in 23 games and made two starts in the NBA. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

The Suns signed Jamal Crawford earlier this week and waived Harrison. The Bulls apparently have swooped in.

This move comes just six days after the Bulls added Tyler Ulis, who was also waived by the Suns. Ulis didn't play in the season-opening loss at Philadelphia.

Kris Dunn will miss his second straight game Saturday against the Pistons. His absence against the Sixers showed the lack of depth at guard for the Bulls. Cam Payne started at point guard and split minutes with Ryan Arcidiacono. Payne went 0-for-4 in 21 minutes and led coach Fred Hoiberg to say potential lineup changes are "still up in the air."

Harrison can now join Payne, Arcidiacono and Ulis in a battle for backup minutes at point guard when Dunn returns to the lineup.