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CSN continues its expanded Cubs NLCS pregame/postgame coverage this week!

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CSN continues its expanded Cubs NLCS pregame/postgame coverage this week!

Game 3 coverage on Tuesday, October 18

“Cubs Postseason Live: Pregame NLCS Game 3” at 6:00 PM CT on CSN

“Cubs Postseason Live: Postgame NLCS Game 3” at approx. 10:15 PM CT on CSN

Game 4 coverage on Wednesday, October 19

“Cubs Postseason Live: Pregame NLCS Game 4” at 6:00 PM CT on CSN

“Cubs Postseason Live: Postgame NLCS Game 4” at approx. 10:00 PM CT on CSN

Game 5 coverage on Thursday, October 20

 “Cubs Postseason Live: Pregame NLCS Game 5” at 5:00 PM CT on CSN

“Cubs Postseason Live: Postgame NLCS Game 5” at approx. 10:00 PM CT on CSN

Cubs Hall of Fame legend RYNE SANDBERG to make a special appearance for every road pre/post-game edition of “Cubs Postseason Live”

“SportsNet Central: Cubs Playoff Central” airs TONIGHT at 10:30 PM CT

Chicago, IL (October 17, 2016) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs, will continue to provide fans with expanded, surrounding coverage of the Cubs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2016 National League Championship Series! 

With the series tied at 1-1, the NLCS shifts to LA this week for Game 3 (Tuesday, October 18), Game 4 (Wednesday, October 19) & Game 5 (Thursday, October 20) and CSN is set to once again deliver expanded, one-hour pre-game editions of Cubs Postseason Live presented by Fields Auto Group, along with extensive post-game coverage on Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.

Hosts David Kaplan (@thekapman) and Todd Hollandsworth (@hollytime28) will be joined via a special appearance from Cubs Hall of Fame legend RYNE SANDBERG, along with LIVE up-to-the-minute on-field reports from Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) and CSNChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney).

In addition, TONIGHT at 10:30 PM CT (and airing at 10:30 PM every evening on non-game nights throughout the playoffs), CSN will provide viewers with expanded Cubs playoff coverage via GMC SportsNet Central: Cubs Playoff Central.  This half-hour show, featuring a rotation of Cubs experts including Kaplan, Hollandsworth, Crull, Mooney, and Luke Stuckmeyer, will provide fans with up-to-the-minute Cubs-Dodgers NLCS news and updates, player/manager interviews, workout day feature reports, comprehensive game previews/recaps, a Toronto-Cleveland ALCS overview, and much more.

Please note the following details for Comcast SportsNet’s surrounding Cubs-Dodgers NLCS coverage this week:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 (GAME 3)

6:00 PM – Cubs Postseason Live presented by Fields Auto Group – Hosted by CSN’s David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth, and featuring Cubs Hall of Fame legend Ryne Sandberg, this special ONE-HOUR, pre-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live will break down and preview Game 3 of the NLCS featuring numerous interviews, a pitching match-up and player analysis overview, a recap of Games 1 & 2, along with the latest on-field pre-game reports from Kelly Crull and Patrick Mooney.

10:15 PM (time approx.) Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois – An expanded post-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live, hosted by Kaplan and Hollandsworth, along with additional post-game analysis from Sandberg, will feature Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, live locker room player interviews, a complete breakdown of the Game 3, plus, additional live on-field, post-game reports from Crull, a preview of Game 4, and much more.

NOTE: Cubs Postseason Live following Game 3 will also air on CSN+ just in case the Cubs game ends prior to the Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia game, which will be airing on the main CSN channel location. Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details. 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 (GAME 4)

6:00 PM – Cubs Postseason Live presented by Fields Auto Group – Hosted by CSN’s David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth, and featuring Cubs Hall of Fame legend Ryne Sandberg, this special ONE-HOUR, pre-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live will break down and preview Game 4 of the NLCS featuring numerous interviews, a pitching match-up and player analysis overview, a recap of Game 3, along with the latest on-field pre-game reports from Kelly Crull and Patrick Mooney.

10:00 PM (time approx.) Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois – An expanded post-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live, hosted by Kaplan and Hollandsworth, along with additional post-game analysis Sandberg, will feature Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, live locker room player interviews, a complete breakdown of the Game 4, plus, additional live on-field, post-game reports from Crull, a preview of Game 5, and much more.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 (GAME 5)

5:00 PM (note special start time)Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group – Hosted by CSN’s David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth, and featuring Cubs Hall of Fame legend Ryne Sandberg, this special ONE-HOUR, pre-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live will break down and preview Game 4 of the NLCS featuring numerous interviews, a pitching match-up and player analysis overview, a recap of Game 3, along with the latest on-field pre-game reports from Kelly Crull and Patrick Mooney. NOTE: this pre-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live will also air on CSN+ at 6:00 PM. Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details. 

10:00 PM (time approx.) Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois – An expanded post-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live, hosted by Kaplan and Hollandsworth, along with additional post-game analysis Sandberg, will feature Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, live locker room player interviews, a complete breakdown of the Game 5, plus, additional live on-field, post-game reports from Crull, a preview of Games 6 & 7 if necessary, and much more.

In addition to the comprehensive Cubs NLCS coverage on CSN, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com throughout the playoffs even more comprehensive 24/7 coverage, including:

  • Live stream of Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conferences.
  • “Cubs Pulse,” 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, “Cubs Pulse” aggregates all Cubs player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #CubsTalk.
  • “Cubs 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 Cubs 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.
  • CubsTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Cubs playoffs news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. CubsTalk contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent, which includes the #CubsTalk podcast.
  • CSNChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney will provide extensive team/player news, special feature stories, and much more throughout the NLCS. Follow him on Twitter @CSNMooney for 24/7 inside access.  In addition, Cubs digital reporter and producer Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) will also provide Cubs reports/features on the beat with Mooney for every NLCS game.  Follow @CSNCubs on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and the very latest team news.
  • Cubs coverage on CSNChicago.com/Cubs is presented by Wintrust.

NOTE: CSN’s surrounding coverage details for Game 6 (Sat, Oct. 22 - if nec.) & Game 7 (Sun, Oct. 23 - if nec.) back at Wrigley Field, will be announced later this week.

Hundreds show up at Cradles to Crayons to celebrate Comcast Cares Day

Hundreds show up at Cradles to Crayons to celebrate Comcast Cares Day

The 17th annual Comcast Cares Day was successful yet again, with hundreds of Comcast NBCUniversal employees donating their time and efforts to Cradles to Crayons.

Volunteers from NBC Sports Chicago, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago showed up at the “Giving Factory,” a 22,000 square foot warehouse located at 4141 W. George St. in Logan Square, to put together packs of essential clothing, school supplies, hygiene products and toys to be distributed to disadvantaged children in Chicago.

Volunteers spent the day assessing the quality and cleanliness of donated items, sorting items based on age-specific and gender-specific criteria, and created hygiene kits that were placed in a customized KidPack containing basic essentials specific to each individual child’s needs.

Among the featured guests who spoke to the assembled volunteers at the Giving Factory included David L. Cohen, Comcast’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.

The volunteer work at Cradles to Crayons was just one of the more than 70 projects that took place across Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan as part of Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event.

More than 100,000 volunteers participated in more than 1,000 projects worldwide, and the company surpassed one million volunteers who have participated since Comcast Cares Day first began in 2001.

To learn more about how you can help, visit Cradles to Crayons’ website here.

The Packers put pressure on Bears by signing Kyle Fuller to an offer sheet

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The Packers put pressure on Bears by signing Kyle Fuller to an offer sheet

The NFL Draft isn't for another five weeks, but Ryan Pace already finds himself on the clock.

Pace and the Bears kicked off free agency by signing cornerback and former first round pick Kyle Fuller to the transition tag at $12.9 million. Which means if any team signs Fuller to an offer sheet, the Bears will either have to match the contract offer or lose their corner.

The Green Bay Packers have now emerged as the role of bad guy in this scenario.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported the Bears' division rivals signed Fuller to an offer sheet in an effort to pull him to Lambeau Field:

Pace now has to decide to either match whatever the Packers' offer is or lose Fuller to Green Bay with zero compensation coming to the Bears in return.

That decision will come over the next few days. 

This is an interesting wrinkle, as well:

However this ends up, the Bears-Packers rivalry just added another chapter.