Chicago, IL (February 7, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2019 MLB season as it gets set to deliver southside and northside baseball fans with its most extensive cross-platform White Sox & Cubs Cactus League Spring Training coverage to date featuring special remote editions of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, along with in-depth reports and video offerings at NBCSportsChicago.com and via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app and much more (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store). Note the following highlights beginning next Monday, February 11:
SPORTSTALK LIVE -- Beginning Monday, Feb. 11 through Friday, Feb. 15, NBC Sports Chicago’s weeknight sports discussion roundtable program SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado – featuring host David Kaplan (@thekapman) – will spend the entire week on location in Arizona, rotating its remote position at the White Sox spring training facility in Glendale and the Cubs spring training headquarters in Mesa. Kaplan will provide the very latest Cubs & White Sox news and player updates throughout the week as he’ll be joined each night by a panel baseball experts, along with numerous special guests from both teams. SportsTalk Live from Arizona will air at 6:00 PM CT each night with the exception of Tue, Feb. 12 when it airs at 5:00 PM CT. NOTES: Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) to host SportsTalk Live on Fri, Feb. 15…live stream of SportsTalk Live and NBC Sports Chicago’s entire roster of programming is available at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers.
DIGITAL: “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app & NBCSportsChicago.com -- From a digital standpoint, the MyTeams by NBC Sports app and NBCSportsChicago.com will have the White Sox and Cubs covered 24/7 featuring in-depth reports from White Sox expert Chuck Garfien and White Sox multi-platform reporter/producer Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber), along with the very latest on the Cubs beat from Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) and Cubs multi-platform reporter/producer Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23), plus - NBC Sports Chicago’s team of behind-the-scenes Cubs (@NBCSCubs) & White Sox (@NBCSWhiteSox) experts will provide additional content from Arizona throughout the spring. Among the network’s content offerings will include a multitude of player/coaches/front office exec interviews, behind-the-scenes feature stories, not to mention daily “White Sox Talk” and “Cubs Talk” podcasts (both presented by Wintrust) discussing the hottest topics, along with numerous special guest interviews. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
SOCIAL MEDIA -- From a social media standpoint, fans can look forward to a number of ‘Facebook Live’ (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and Twitter ‘Periscope’ (Twitter.com/NBCSChicago) segments throughout spring training, along with additional “Sights & Sounds” Cactus League highlights via ‘NBCSChicago’ on Instagram and Instagram Stories (Instagram.com/NBCSChicago).
CACTUS LEAGUE/SPRING TRAINING GAME COVERAGE -- NBC Sports Chicago’s seven-game spring training telecast schedule (five White Sox and two Cubs) gets underway with the White Sox hosting the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, March 16 at 3:00 PM CT live from Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ, featuring Jason Benetti and Steve Stone with the game call. On Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 PM CT, NBC Sports Chicago will carry its first Cubs spring training telecast as the northsiders will face their 2018 Wild Card Game opponent – the Colorado Rockies – featuring the Cubs announcing tandem of Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies from Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. Additional White Sox opponents on this year’s spring training schedule include Cincinnati (Mar. 19), Arizona (Mar. 20), Los Angeles Angels (Mar. 22), and Cleveland (Mar. 24), while the Cubs will take on the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the network’s additional spring telecast on March 25. Complete schedule below:
NBC SPORTS CHICAGO
2019 Chicago White Sox & Chicago Cubs Spring Training Schedule
“Composite” White Sox/Cubs Spring Training Schedule:
1. Sat, Mar 16 3:00 pm WHITE SOX vs. LA Dodgers Glendale, AZ
2. Sun, Mar 17 3:00 pm CUBS vs. Colorado Mesa, AZ
3. Tue, Mar 19 8:00 pm WHITE SOX at Cincinnati Goodyear, AZ
4. Wed, Mar 20 3:00 pm WHITE SOX vs. Arizona Glendale, AZ
5. Fri, Mar 22 3:00 pm WHITE SOX at LA Angels Tempe, AZ
6. Sun, Mar 24 2:00 pm WHITE SOX vs. Cleveland Glendale, AZ
7. Mon, Mar 25 8:00 pm CUBS vs. Boston Mesa, AZ
White Sox Spring Training Schedule:
Sat, Mar 16 3:00 pm vs. LA Dodgers Glendale, AZ
Tue, Mar 19 8:00 pm at Cincinnati Goodyear, AZ
Wed, Mar 20 3:00 pm vs. Arizona Glendale, AZ
Fri, Mar 22 3:00 pm at LA Angels Tempe, AZ
Sun, Mar 24 2:00 pm vs. Cleveland Glendale, AZ
Cubs Spring Training Schedule:
Sun, Mar 17 3:00 pm vs. Colorado Mesa, AZ
Mon, Mar 25 8:00 pm vs. Boston Mesa, AZ
All Times Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change
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