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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

Red Stars' Kealia Ohai marries Houston Texans' JJ Watt

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Red Stars' Kealia Ohai marries Houston Texans' JJ Watt

There’s a new sports power couple with ties to Chicago.

Kealia Ohai, a midfielder who was traded to the Red Stars in January, married Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt on Saturday in The Bahamas. The pair shared a number of photos on social media the morning after.


Ohai had spent the first six years of her pro career with the Houston Dash, putting her in the same city as Watt. When Ohai was traded to the Red Stars, she and her then fiancé took photos together decked out in Red Stars gear.

Ohai has 28 goals in her NWSL career and has made three appearances for the U.S. national team. Watt is a five-time all-pro defensive end who has won three Defensive Player of the Year awards.

They aren’t the only soccer-football marriage on the Red Stars. Midfielder Julie Ertz is married to Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.

NBC Sports Chicago to air 'The Adamles: Mind Over Matter' documentary

NBC Sports Chicago to air 'The Adamles: Mind Over Matter' documentary

Chicago, IL (February 12, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago will provide viewers with a special, exclusive documentary presentation entitled The Adamles: Mind Over Matter, chronicling the past year with beloved Chicago sports on-field/broadcasting icon Mike Adamle and his devoted wife Kim on their challenging journey dealing with the life-altering effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  This in-depth, half-hour documentary unveiling the emotional realities of heartache, hope, love and triumph premieres Monday, February 17 at 7:00 PM CT exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive.  TRAILER: https://bit.ly/37nxdfA

 

Over the past few years, Mike and Kim have been open about sharing their daily challenges to help bring a heightened level of awareness of CTE, along with better educating other individuals who may also be suffering with CTE symptoms. Mike, a standout athlete who was both an All-American fullback at Northwestern and a veteran of six seasons in the NFL, including one with the Chicago Bears, is probably best known off-the-field as one of local and national sports media’s most versatile anchor/reporters. After a successful three decade-plus career in sports media, Mike officially retired in 2017 due to his health issues. While CTE can only be diagnosed post-mortem, many experts believe Mike is living with it, but he and Kim are determined to not let the disease win, nor define their life and devotion to one another.

 

The Adamles: Mind Over Matter was produced, written and edited by NBC Sports Chicago’s Emmy award-winning team of Executive Producer of Original Content Sarah Lauch, Senior Producer of Original Content Ryan McGuffey and Managing Photographer Matt Buckman. 

 

“Mike and Kim’s story is one that we felt needed more than just one interview…we needed to experience their challenges with them over the course of a year to better enable us and our viewers to fully understand what they are going through on a daily basis,” said Kevin Cross, Senior Vice President/General Manager, NBC Sports Chicago.  “We couldn’t be more thankful to Mike and Kim for opening their doors and hearts to us and we are honored to tell this amazing story about their unwavering determination and love.”

 

In addition to deep discussion with Mike and Kim, The Adamles: Mind Over Matter includes interviews with Dr. Bal Nandra (IV Solution Chicago), Dr. George Michalopoulos & Dr. David Traster (The Neurologic Wellness Institute), Jesse & Iryna DeSoto (Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Long Grove) and Adamle family friend/NBC Sports Chicago host David Kaplan.  

 

NBC Sports Chicago will re-air The Adamles: Mind Over Matter throughout the month of February on the following dates/times: Feb 19 (9:00 PM), Feb 20 (11:30 AM on NBCSCH+), Feb 22 (12:30 PM), Feb 24 (11:00 PM), Feb 27 (6:00 PM on NBCSCH+), Feb 28 (9:00 AM on NBCSCH+) and Feb 29 (9:30 PM).

 

Please note the following quotes from the NBC Sports Chicago Original Production of The Adamles: Mind Over Matter, debuting Monday, February 17 at 7:00 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive:

 

“The one thing that would hurt me the most is if I get separated emotionally or spiritually from my daughters Svetlana and Alex. Sometimes they break out in tears, ‘don’t leave us, dad.“ - Mike

 

“In this evolution of spreading awareness about CTE, we can help other people, tell them that they are not bad, they are victims. It is a disease. It is brain damage.” - Kim

 

“One night I went on the air doing the sportscast totally asleep. That is a little scary. You do not think about being Mr. Superman. You do not know that part of you exists anymore. If you just gut it out, you are going to be ok.” - Mike

 

“What we have seen is an overall improvement of Mike’s quality of health in the last six to eight months. His memory and mood have improved.”  - Dr. Nandra, IV Solutions

 

“Mike’s my role model. I have learned to be more grateful and live in the moment…it is when he is at his worst, that I see his best.” - Kim

 

 

NOTE:  To assist patients and families who may be living with CTE, Mike and Kim have established their own not-for-profit organization – “The Mike Adamle Project: Rise Above” – a program of the Concussion Legacy Foundation.  For more information and/or to donate to “Rise Above,” fans are urged to visit GoFundMe.com/MikeAdamleProject.

 

 

NBC Sports Chicago, a partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago White Sox (MLB) and the NBC Sports Group, features over 275 live pro games in high definition each year.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago delivers extensive pre/post-game coverage for its core pro team partners, as well as Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs multi-platform coverage, plus - local sports discussion programs that includes SportsTalk Live, and massive cross-platform coverage provided by the network’s growing digital platform, NBCSportsChicago.com, the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, and its variety of fan-focused social media outlets. Fans can follow the network on Twitter via @NBCSChicago.  

 

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