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NBC Sports Chicago begins new era with new discussion show, championship classics and the Blackhawks season opener

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NBC Sports Chicago begins new era with new discussion show, championship classics and the Blackhawks season opener

Chicago, IL (October 1, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE NEW EXCLUSIVE HOME of the Blackhawks, Bulls, and White Sox - enters a new era beginning today and fans are in for a treat as the network will deliver week-long championship classics featuring the Blackhawks and Bulls, along with the debut of a brand new, monthly roundtable discussion show featuring executives/coaches/players from the Blackhawks/Bulls/White Sox, along with a White Sox Season Recap special, a Blackhawks Season Preview special, and more…all of which leads up to NBC Sports Chicago’s exclusive local coverage of the 2019-20 Blackhawks Season Opener LIVE from Prague, Czech Republic against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, October 4 (an expanded, one-hour edition of Blackhawks Pregame Live presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com begins at 12 NOON CT; face-off at 1:00 PM). Please note the following highlights for this week:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 --

  • 7:00 PM CT“Crossover” - Immediately following SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, NBC Sports Chicago will debut a brand new, monthly roundtable discussion series featuring executives/coaches/players/broadcasters from the Blackhawks, Bulls, and White Sox joining together to discuss the respective areas of their business and how the three teams work together as one cohesive business unit.  Hosted by David Kaplan (@thekapman), the debut episode of Crossover will feature an exclusive, in-depth interview with Bulls/White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz.  Reinsdorf and Wirtz discuss numerous topics including their massively-successful joint ownership of the United Center (currently celebrating its 25th anniversary), what they’ve learned from one another as team owners over the years, their favorite sports/non-sports events they’ve witnessed at the UC, along with the importance of patience when running a team and much more.  (NOTES: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app; 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…in addition, Crossover will also re-air on this day at 10:00 PM, along with Wed, Oct. 2 at 9:30 PM and Thu, Oct. 3 at 11:00 PM)
  • 7:30 PM -- 2013 Stanley Cup Final-Game 6: Blackhawks at Boston (In one of the most miraculous finishes in sports history, the Blackhawks, down 2-1 with 1:16 left in regulation, saw Bryan Bickell & Dave Bolland scoring the game-tying & game-winning goals just :17 apart to give the Blackhawks their second Stanley Cup title in just four years.)
  • 10:30 PMWhite Sox Season Recap Special - Hosted by Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and White Sox legend Ozzie Guillen (@OzzieGuillen), the White Sox Season Recap Special will wrap-up the southsiders 2019 MLB campaign, which will include discussion surrounding the resurgence of 2019 American League (and MLB) batting champion Tim Anderson, the future of American League RBI champ Jose Abreu, the emergence of rookie sensation Eloy Jimenez, the progression of franchise cornerstones Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito, along with the excitement heading into 2020 MLB campaign and much more. (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive…in addition, the White Sox Season Preview Special will also re-air on Fri, Oct. 4 at 11:30 PM)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 --

  • 7:00 PM -- 1998 NBA Finals-Game 6: Bulls at Utah (The G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan nailed a historic game-winning shot as the Bulls clinch their sixth NBA Championship; MJ finishes with 45 points in his final appearance in a Bulls uniform; named NBA Finals MVP for the sixth time.)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 --

  • 7:00 PM Blackhawks Season Preview Special - Hosted by Pat Boyle (@BoyleNBCS), along with former Blackhawks standout/current Blackhawks Community Liaison Jamal Mayers (@jamalmayers) and NBC Sports Chicago digital Blackhawks reporter/producer Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis), who will deliver the very latest team news/player updates from Prague, the Blackhawks Season Preview Special will provide viewers with a detailed season preview analysis, along with a comprehensive look at this year’s Blackhawks roster and all the off-season trades & acquisitions that will have this team primed for a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)
  • 7:30 PM -- 2015 Stanley Cup Final-Game 6: Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay (Highlighted by goals via Conn Smythe Trophy winner Duncan Keith and Stanley Cup Playoffs co-leader in total points Patrick Kane, not to mention 25 saves in a shutout win thanks to Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks earn their third Stanley Cup title in six years…and their first title clincher on home ice since 1938.)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 --

  • 12 NOONBlackhawks Pregame Live presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com - Hosted by Pat Boyle, along with Blackhawks legend/U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Eddie Olczyk, former Blackhawks standouts Adam Burish (@ABurish37) and Jamal Mayers, and Charlie Roumeliotis with the latest team news/player updates from Prague, this expanded ONE-HOUR edition of Blackhawks Pregame Live (taking place at the Blackhawks Official Watch Party at WestEnd, 1326 W. Madison St. in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood) will also provide a complete look at the 2019-20 squad featuring player and coaches interviews, a number of season preview feature segments, and a detailed Blackhawks vs. Flyers player match-up discussion. (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)
  • 1:00 PM – 2019 NHL Global Series/2019-20 Blackhawks Season Opener – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. Philadelphia (LIVE from Prague, CZ) – Featuring the game call from Blackhawks Hall of Fame broadcasting legend Pat Foley, along game analysis provided by former Blackhawks standout Steve Konroyd. (NOTES: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app…Olczyk will join Foley in the broadcast booth providing game analysis for the Home Opener on Thu, Oct. 10 vs. San Jose)
  • 3:30 PM (time approx.) – Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hyundai - Hosted by Boyle, Olczyk, Burish and Mayers, Blackhawks Postgame Live will provide fans with a complete game recap/analysis and live reports from Prague featuring the live post-game press conference featuring Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton, along with locker room player interviews and much more. (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)
  • 6:00 PM SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado – Hosted by David Kaplan, SportsTalk Live will deliver a complete Blackhawks post-game recap, along with a Bears-Raiders preview and look ahead to the weekend on both the local and national sports front. 
  • 7:00 PM – Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia (game replay)

In addition, fans can look forward to Football Aftershow on Sunday, October 6 (3:00 PM, time approx.) hosted by Laurence Holmes and featuring analysts Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, Matt Forte and Olin Kreutz, along with the very first Chicago Bulls preseason telecast of the 2019-20 NBA season, as the Bulls take on the division rival Milwaukee Bucks LIVE from the United Center on Monday, October 7 at 7:00 PM featuring Neil Funk and Stacey King with the game call.

All times are Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

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Chicago Red Stars come up short in first-ever NWSL final appearance

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Chicago Red Stars come up short in first-ever NWSL final appearance

For all the positive momentum and attention the Chicago Red Stars received for reaching the NWSL Championship, things unraveled quickly once the game kicked off.

The Red Stars’ first appearance in the NWSL final was not one to remember. The host North Carolina Courage won 4-0 to win their second straight NWSL title.

Vanessa DiBernardo had an early shot for the Red Stars in the second minute which required a solid save from Stephanie Labbe. After that, the Red Stars were under siege,

The top-seeded Courage got a goal in the fourth minute from Debinha and kept piling on the pressure. Two more goals put the game out of reach before the break. U.S. national teamer Sam Mewis added a fourth goal on a header in the second half.

Red Stars forward Sam Kerr, who broke her own single-season record with 18 goals this season and was named the league MVP just days before the final, was unable to get on the board. The Australian had a pair of solid chances, but couldn’t convert.

The Red Stars went 2-0-1 against the Courage in the regular season and Kerr scored in all three of those games. Neither of those trends continued.

The Red Stars’ season featured a fifth straight playoff appearance and a first-ever final appearance. They won a semifinal in front of a raucous home crowd the week before. They also had a record crowd of 17,388 in a July 21 match that was the first game back for the team’s returning World Cup winners. However, the final defeat, and especially the way it happened, will leave a bitter taste in their mouths.


Red Stars coach Rory Dames tweeted out some reaction to the final.