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Over 6 million Chicago market TV households tuned in for 44 live pro games in April on Comcast SportsNet

Over 6 million Chicago market TV households tuned in for 44 live pro games in April on Comcast SportsNet

#1 Highest-Rated “Cable” Network in Primetime in April for Households & Every Demo Category

#1 “Overall” Highest-Rated Television Station in Primetime for Every Male Demo & Adults 18-49

One of the biggest month’s in network history also includes over 3.1 million homes tuning in for “Pre/Post Game Live”

Plus - Over 2.2 million homes tuning in to “SportsNet Central,” SportsTalk Live,” “Kap & Haugh,” and “Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox”

First season of Bulls Live Streaming highlighted by record numbers for NBA Playoffs coverage

Chicago, IL (May 5, 2015) – Fueled by two thrilling Bulls and Blackhawks first round playoff series, along with the always-anticipated start of another exciting baseball season for the Cubs and White Sox, Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s #WhatAnApril proved to be one of the network’s busiest and best-performing months to date.

During primetime (7:00-10:00 PM CT) in the month of April, Comcast SportsNet was the #1-highest rated “cable” television network in the Chicago market for every major TV ratings category including Households and the key advertising demo of Adults 25-54.  In addition, Comcast SportsNet was #1 “overall” in primetime (which includes all broadcast TV stations) in the demo categories of Men 18-34, Men 18-49, Men 25-54, Adults 18-34 & Adults 18-49 (Comcast SportsNet was #2 overall in Adults 25-54).

Comcast SportsNet televised 44 live professional game telecasts in April (Blackhawks: four regular season/four playoffs; Bulls: five regular season/six playoffs; Cubs: one pre-season/ten regular season; White Sox: one pre-season/13 regular season) amassing a total viewing audience of OVER SIX MILLION Chicago market TV households(6,078,668).  In addition, Comcast SportsNet also attracted over 3.1 million Chicago market TV homestuning in for all editions of Pregame Live and Postgame Live, plus – over 2.2 million more Chicago market TV homes also tuned in to the network’s locally-produced, live sports news, talk, and Original Content programming (SportsNet Central, SportsTalk Live, Kap & Haugh, and Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox).  Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research.

“This past month has demonstrated the incredible passion of Chicago sports fans, along with the depth of our local sports coverage,” said Phil Bedella, Vice President/General Manager for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.  “We understand how much Chicago sports fans love their teams and that’s why we’ll continue to go beyond just game coverage with expert insight, analysis and the very latest local sports news and detailed information that’s important to our fan base.  None of this would be possible without the enormous success and popularity of our pro team partners and I credit their staffs, along with our distributors, our advertisers and everyone here at Comcast SportsNet, for making the most of one of the most exciting time periods in Chicago sports history.”

From a digital standpoint, Comcast SportsNet’s live streaming of its Bulls game telecasts in April (including the team’s six-game first round NBA Playoffs series against the Milwaukee Bucks) experienced significant traffic numbers as over 3.5 million total minutes were consumed by Bulls fans choosing to access the games on CSNChicago.com and via NBC Sports’ Live Extra app.  For Game 3 of the Bulls-Bucks series on April 23, the network enjoyed its highest digital traffic numbers to date as it was the most streamed game overall in minutes watched (over 716K), along with being the most streamed game in visits (14.9K) and live starts (25.8K).  For Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s entire 2014-15 Bulls/NBA season, over 8.4 MILLION total minutes were consumed by fans in the network’s inaugural season of live streaming coverage. Source for all digital traffic information is provided by Adobe Reports & Analytics.

Zach LaVine continues All-Star push with historic outing against Cavaliers

Zach LaVine continues All-Star push with historic outing against Cavaliers

Forget statement games, Zach LaVine is having a statement month. 

In 10 January games, the Bulls’ 6-foot-6 messiah is the fourth-leading scorer in the NBA, averaging 30.6 points on 50% shooting (22.8 attempts). 

To borrow a word from Jim Boylen, his latest installment — 42 points on 19-for-31 shooting in a game the Bulls clawed back from down 19 in the second half to topple the Cavaliers 118-116 — was “herculean.”

“If that's not an all-star performance I don't know what is,” Boylen said. “He’s been a monster, man. He’s been a monster.”

To LaVine, there isn’t much supernatural about these types of nights; he’s been preaching his confidence and readiness to carry this team since day one. LaVine scored 21 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter, and on a night he conceded his legs were a tad worn, he attempted only six 3-pointers, instead finding most of his offense in the midrange and at the rim.

“Make or break time, we're not gonna get back in the game by just playing nicely. So I'm gonna attack their body, try to make them make a call. Had some tough finishes, made some tough shots, but I take that upon myself,” LaVine said. 

“Just playing the right way,” he added of his recent torrid streak. “I expect to. I put the work in for it.”

But All-Star berths and widespread acclaim aren’t dolled out based on individual point totals, alone, regardless of how effortless LaVine’s prolificity looks at times. And LaVine knows that. Casting the 42 points aside, he also finished the night with a team-high six rebounds, five steals and three assists. He was all-encompassing. Michael Jordan is the only player in Bulls history to post a line with those minimums in a game.

His contributions to a tightly clamped Bulls defense in the fourth were note-worthy for a player that's often advertised his motivation to grow as a two-way, all-around player. And most importantly, the game ended in victory.

“He [LaVine] wants to win. And he knows in order to win you gotta do multiple things in this league and I feel like he did that tonight,” Kris Dunn said. “He was guarding today, scoring the ball, getting rebounds, getting guys involved. We need that from him.”

LaVine lauded the Bulls’ new-look closing lineup of he, Dunn, Tomas Satoransky, Chandler Hutchison and Lauri Markkanen. The Bulls ventured to switch pick-and-rolls with that lineup late, as opposed to their usual blitzing, and outscored the Cavaliers 31-14 in the final period while forcing 10 turnovers.

“We made a lot of defensive stops, we got in transition. Chandler [Hutchison] came in and made some really big plays. Kris Dunn on the defensive end was incredible,” LaVine said. “And that helped me even recently get in some passing lanes. We put it together in the fourth.”

Tonight marked LaVine’s third 40-point game of the season and tenth straight with more than 20. His 31 field goal attempts were a season-high, three more than he hoisted in his record smashing 49-point night in Charlotte. Night in, night out, the on-court production and responsibility acceptance is there. But behind the scenes, he’s ever-improving, as well.

“He's been talking in the huddles, he's been chattering, he's been locked in,” Boylen said. “He's bouncing back from maybe a poor moment or a bad stretch. He's bouncing back now, he's not playing backward at all. And that's what the great ones do.”

“I stepped into this year from the get-go using my voice more, and you know, I've never been a real vocal person but you know, when I say something I think my voice carries weight,” LaVine added.

LaVine isn’t getting ahead of himself. He called this win — however exhilarating — an “ugly” one and lamented the familiar lackluster play that dug the Bulls their 18-point halftime deficit to begin with.

Still, the statements are piling up. If his overall outing wasn’t enough, LaVine offered another one to the United Center crowd after his final bucket of the evening, an and-one finish through Collin Sexton with 16 seconds remaining to put him over 40 points and the Bulls ahead by four.

What did he say?

“You want the explicit version or the PG-13?” LaVine said with a chuckle. “This my stuff.” 

Continuing to stuff stat sheets, as he has been, is going to make All-Star jurors’ lives that much more difficult.

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine makes All-Star statement in win over Cavs

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine makes All-Star statement in win over Cavs

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine react to the Bulls 118-116 win over the Cavs.

1:00        On Zach LaVine and his 42 point effort

2:00        Big Dave does LaVine highlites

4:20        Viewer comment on how much of a boost LaVine will get to his All-Star bid

7:30        On the new lineup in the 4th quarter

8:20        Viewer question on LaVine being the #1 option on a winning team

11:30     Viewer comment on if LaVine can lead Bulls into playoffs

14:45     Viewer comment on Markkanen in the 2nd half

16:30     On Boylen’s timeout usage at the end of the game

18:45     Breaking news: Kendall Gill wants to know if Matt Peck saw what Derrick Rose did tonight

21:45     Viewer comment on Bulls waking up in the 4th quarter

23:30     Viewer comment on if Thibs was coaching Kris Dunn

24:20     On Olympic swimmer Ryan Held wearing a Ryan Arcidiacono rookie jersey

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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