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NBC Sports Chicago to replay every Blackhawks and Bulls victory from 2010 and 1996 playoffs

NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago to replay every Blackhawks and Bulls victory from 2010 and 1996 playoffs

Chicago, IL (March 17, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago has announced its primetime pro game replacement programming as the network will be re-airing all 16 Stanley Cup Playoffs wins from the Chicago Blackhawks 2010 championship season, with this year marking the team’s 10th anniversary of their first NHL championship since 1961, along with all 15 victories from the Chicago Bulls incredible NBA Playoffs title run from 1996.  NBC Sports Chicago is currently scheduled to carry a “Classic” Blackhawks or Bulls telecast every evening at 7:00 PM CT starting tonight through Thursday, April 16.  Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can also stream every “Classic” match-up online via NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive. NOTE: Game replays will only be made available to viewers within NBC Sports Chicago’s designated viewing territory.


Please note NBC Sports Chicago’s Blackhawks & Bulls nightly 7:00 PM “Classic” game schedule beginning this evening:


Tuesday, March 17

Round 1-Game 2: Nashville at Blackhawks (From 4/18/10 -- 2-0 Blackhawks win; Niemi 23 saves, first playoff shutout since Belfour in ‘96)


Wednesday, March 18

Round 1-Game 1: Miami at Bulls (From 4/26/96 -- 102-85 Bulls win; Jordan gets championship run in motion with 35 points)


Thursday, March 19

Round 1-Game 4: Blackhawks at Nashville (From 4/22/10 -- 3-0 Blackhawks win; Niemi 33 saves, two goals from Sharp)


Friday, March 20

Round 1-Game 2: Miami at Bulls (From 4/28/96 -- 106-75 Bulls win; Pippen w/24 pts, 8 rebounds and 8 assists)


Saturday, March 21

Round 1-Game 5: Nashville at Blackhawks (From 4/24/10 -- 5-4 OT Blackhawks win; Kane game-tying SHG w/:14 left in reg., Hossa OT goal)


Sunday, March 22

Round 1-Game 3: Bulls at Miami (From 5/1/96 -- 112-91 Bulls win; Pippen triple-double propels Bulls to series sweep)


Monday, March 23

Round 2-Game 1: New York at Bulls (From 5/5/96 -- 91-84 Bulls win; MJ tears it up with 44 points in series opener)


Tuesday, March 24

Round 1-Game 6: Blackhawks at Nashville (From 4/26/10 -- 5-3 Blackhawks win; Toews go-ahead goal in 1st period caps opening round series clincher)


Wednesday, March 25

Round 1-Game 2: New York at Bulls (From 5/7/96 -- 91-80 Bulls win; Rodman dominates the boards with 19 rebounds)


Thursday, March 26

Round 2-Game 2: Vancouver at Blackhawks (From 5/3/10 -- 4-2 Blackhawks win; Versteeg goal w/1:30 left in reg. proves to be GW)


Friday, March 27

Round 1-Game 4: Bulls at New York (From 5/12/96 – 94-91 Bulls win; Bulls hold on to key road victory thanks in part to a solid offense outpourings via Jordan and Harper, along with the usual stellar defense provided by Rodman)


Saturday, March 28

Round 2-Game 3: Blackhawks at Vancouver (From 5/5/10 -- 5-2 Blackhawks win; Byfuglien scores hat trick)


Sunday, March 29

Round 2-Game 4: Blackhawks at Vancouver (From 5/7/10 -- 7-2 Blackhawks win; Toews hat trick and two assists)


Monday, March 30

Round 1-Game 5: New York at Bulls (From 5/14/96 -- 94-81 Bulls win; MJ pumps in 35 sending Bulls to conference finals)


Tuesday, March 31

Round 2-Game 6: Blackhawks at Vancouver (From 5/11/10 -- 5-1 Blackhawks win; Brouwer & Versteeg score :36 apart in series clincher)


Wednesday, April 1

Conference Finals-Game 1: Orlando at Bulls (From 5/19/96 – 121-83 Bulls win; Bulls dominate 4th quarter 40-24 to offset solid road performances by Orlando’s O’Neal and Hardaway)


Thursday, April 2

Conference Finals-Game 1: Blackhawks at San Jose (From 5/16/10 -- 2-1 Blackhawks win; Niemi 44 saves; goals from Sharp & Byfuglien)


Friday, April 3

Conference Finals-Game 2: Orlando at Bulls (From 5/21/96 -- 93-88 Bulls win; Shaq outscores MJ 36-35, but Bulls take 2-0 series lead to ORL)


Saturday, April 4

Conference Finals-Game 2: Blackhawks at San Jose (From 5/18/10 -- 4-2 Blackhawks win; goals from Ladd, Byfuglien & Toews)


Sunday, April 5

Conference Finals-Game 3: Bulls at Orlando (From 5/25/96 -- 86-67 Bulls win; Bulls hold host Magic to just 10 points in 4th quarter, Rodman w/16 boards)


Monday, April 6

Conference Finals-Game 4: Bulls at Orlando (From 5/27/96 -- 106-101 Bulls win; Jordan’s dominant 45-point performance completes series sweep and sends Bulls back to the NBA Finals)


Tuesday, April 7

Conference Finals-Game 3: San Jose at Blackhawks (From 5/21/10 -- 3-2 OT Blackhawks win; Byfuglien game-winner in OT)


Wednesday, April 8

NBA Finals-Game 1: Seattle at Bulls (From 6/5/96 -- 107-90 Bulls win; MJ and Pip pace Bulls with 28 and 21 points respectively, but Kukoc comes through with some key 4th quarter scoring to help Bulls take a 1-0 series lead)


Thursday, April 9

Conference Finals-Game 4: San Jose at Blackhawks (From 5/23/10 -- 4-2 Blackhawks win; Hawks reach Stanley Cup Final for first time since ‘92)


Friday, April 10

NBA Finals-Game 2: Seattle at Bulls (From 6/7/96 -- 92-88 Bulls win; a superior game by Rodman, who grabbed 20 rebounds, including an NBA Finals record 11 from the offensive end, puts the Bulls up 2-0 and sends the series to SEA)


Saturday, April 11

Stanley Cup Final-Game 1: Philadelphia at Blackhawks (From 5/29/10 -- 6-5 Blackhawks win; Kopecky GW in third period)


Sunday, April 12

Stanley Cup Final-Game 2: Philadelphia at Blackhawks (From 5/31/10 -- 2-1 Blackhawks win; Hossa & Eager score :28 apart)


Monday, April 13

NBA Finals-Game 3: Bulls at Seattle (From 6/9/96 -- 108-86 Bulls win; Jordan’s 36 points, along with a solid offensive effort from Longley w/19 pts gives Bulls a commanding 3-0 series lead)


Tuesday, April 14

Stanley Cup Final-Game 5: Philadelphia at Blackhawks (From 6/6/10 -- 7-4 Blackhawks win; pivotal victory featuring three 1st period goals)


Wednesday, April 15

NBA Finals-Game 6: Seattle at Bulls (From 6/16/96 -- 87-75 Bulls win; after dropping Games 4 & 5 in Seattle, the Bulls returned to the United Center on “Father’s Day” as NBA Finals MVP Michael Jordan pumps in 22 points, Rodman ties his own NBA Finals record with 11 offensive boards, and the Bulls conclude their historic 1995-96 season with their 4th NBA title)


Thursday, April 16

Stanley Cup Final-Game 6: Blackhawks at Philadelphia (4-3 OT Blackhawks win; Kane with memorable OT GW…Blackhawks earn first Stanley Cup Championship since 1961)



All games are 7:00 PM Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change


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UK outlines plan for English Premier League to resume play this summer

UK outlines plan for English Premier League to resume play this summer

The U.K. has put forth a plan for the Premier League to return this summer, but fans will have to stay home and watch on TV.

The British government detailed the steps in a report called “Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy.

Inside the 51-page document it says the U.K. can begin “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact,” in Step 2 of the plan, starting June 1.

Before moving on to Step 2, however, the report states the U.K. must pass five benchmarks, including: seeing a declining COVID-19 infection rate, a declining death rate (due to COVID-19), being confident that they will be able to provide intensive care across the U.K., and being confident that the healthcare system will still have plenty of access to PPE materials.

According to ESPN, the Premier League will also have to present a plan to the U.K.’s Department of Culture, Media & Sport before they’re cleared to play.

As for fans in seats, the report says “while reopening outdoor spaces and activities… comes earlier in the roadmap because the risk of transmission outdoors is significantly lower, it is likely that reopening… venues that attract large crowds (like sports stadia)... may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections.”

Soccer fans looking to watch games no matter who’s playing will have another option soon. Bundesliga, Germany’s top soccer league, will restart play on Saturday.

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President Donald Trump calls for sports to resume play at UFC 249

President Donald Trump calls for sports to resume play at UFC 249

Last night, live sports returned in the United States at UFC 249. Held in an empty arena without fans, with a load of coronavirus prevention guidelines and testing, some normalcy returned to the sports world.

President Donald Trump addressed UFC fans during the broadcast in a video from the White House.

"I'm standing in a very important spot, right outside the Oval Office, and you're looking at the White House behind me," Trump said. "It's an honor to be here and an honor to salute you. I want to congratulate Dana White and the UFC. They're going to have a big match.

"We love it. We think it's important. Get the sports league back. Let's play. Do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do, but we need sports. We want our sports back."

It's worth noting that UFC light heavyweight Jacare Souza tested positive for COVID-19 and his bout with Uriah Hall was pulled from the event, but the card continued otherwise. It's also worth noting that Trump and UFC president Dana White have a close personal relationship, with White speaking at the Republican National Convention in 2016.

Trump has reportedly held calls with the commissioners of the major sports leagues about how to get sports going again. As of now, the NBA, NHL and MLB seasons are suspended, and there isn't a clear return date or plan in mind. Reports of options have crept out, but nothing concrete is in place.

The NFL released its schedule in early May and is planning on starting in early September, as usual. However, there are contingency plans in place if the season needs to be delayed.