NBC Sports Chicago to simulate White Sox games with MLB: The Show

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NBC Sports Chicago to simulate White Sox games with MLB: The Show

Chicago, IL (April 1, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago will present weekly Chicago White Sox MLB: The Show game simulations - based on the team’s original 2020 same day game schedule - beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 2.  The network’s 2020 White Sox MLB: The Show “Game of the Week” simulations, which will include the same video and audio components of MLB: The Show gameplay, will debut every Thursday at 2:00 PM CT exclusively on NBCSportsChicago.com, the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app and YouTube.com/NBCSportsChicago.  NBC Sports Chicago’s White Sox experts Jason Benetti (@jasonbenetti) and Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) will also be a part of every game simulation, providing entertaining play-by-play and analysis via an in-game video chat.  (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.)

In addition, for all games that were originally scheduled to take place in between NBC Sports Chicago’s MLB: The Show “Game of the Week” simulations, fans can visit NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app for a quick “In :60” video highlight reel, along with a complete game recap.  Please note NBC Sports Chicago’s complete White Sox MLB: The Show game simulation schedule below (NOTE: All games debut at 2:00 PM CT; schedule subject to change):

Thursday, April 2 -- WHITE SOX at BOSTON (Red Sox home opener)
Thursday, April 9 -- WHITE SOX vs. SEATTLE (from Wed, Apr. 8 due to off day on Apr. 9)
Thursday, April 16 -- WHITE SOX vs. TEXAS
Thursday, April 23 -- WHITE SOX at LOS ANGELES (Angels)
Thursday, April 30 -- WHITE SOX at COLORADO (from Wed, Apr. 29 due to off day on Apr. 30)
Thursday, May 7 -- WHITE SOX vs. TAMPA BAY
Thursday, May 14 -- WHITE SOX vs. TORONTO
Thursday, May 21 -- WHITE SOX at MINNESOTA
Thursday, May 28 -- WHITE SOX at BALTIMORE

NOTE:  For the latest news, analysis, team/league updates and team-specific podcasts, fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com or download the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app.  

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.

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago/NBC Sports Chicago+, and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

NBC Sports Chicago to air 2005 White Sox season and World Series run

NBC Sports Chicago to air 2005 White Sox season and World Series run

Chicago, IL (March 23, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago has announced additional pro game replacement programming as the network will be re-airing 70 victories from the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series Championship season, which will also include replays of every American League Division Series, American League Championship Series and World Series game.  

Beginning this Thursday, March 26 at 4:00 PM CT, NBC Sports Chicago will take viewers back to Opening Day 2005 when White Sox hosted the AL Central rival Cleveland Indians.  Every day from March 26 through April 16, NBC Sports Chicago will carry a 2005 White Sox “Classic” game telecast at 4:00 PM CT, which will lead into the network’s previously announced 7:00 PM nightly schedule of either a 2010 Stanley Cup Championship Blackhawks “Classic” game or a 1996 NBA Championship Bulls “Classic” game. Beginning April 17 through June 3, White Sox “Classics” will then air nightly at 7:00 PM. Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can also stream every “Classic” match-up online via NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive. NOTES: Game replays will only be made available to viewers within NBC Sports Chicago’s designated viewing territory; schedule subject to change).


2005 Chicago White Sox CLASSICS Schedule – NBC Sports Chicago/NBCSportsChicago.com                                      
                                                            
   
 AIR DATE               TIME            OPPONENT                 2005 GAME DATE                                                
                                                                                                              
Regular Season                          
Thu, Mar 26           4:00 pm         vs. Cleveland                (4/4/05)
Fri, Mar 27             4:00 pm         @ Minnesota                 (4/9/05)            
Sat, Mar 28            4:00 pm         @ Cleveland                 (4/11/05)
Sun, Mar 29           4:00 pm         @ Cleveland                  (4/13/05)
Mon, Mar 30          4:00 pm         vs. Minnesota                (4/19/05)
Tue, Mar 31           4:00 pm         @ Detroit                      (4/20/05)
Wed, Apr 1            4:00 pm         @ Kansas City              (4/23/05)
Thu, Apr 2             4:00 pm         @ Oakland                    (4/25/05)
Fri, Apr 3               4:00 pm         vs. Detroit                     (5/1/05)
Sat, Apr 4              4:00 pm         vs. Kansas City             (5/4/05)
Sun, Apr 5             4:00 pm         vs. Kansas City             (5/5/05)
Mon, Apr 6             4:00 pm         @ Toronto                     (5/6/05)
Tue, Apr 7             4:00 pm         @ Toronto                     (5/8/05)
Wed, Apr 8            4:00 pm         @ Tampa Bay               (5/11/05)
Thu, Apr 9             4:00 pm         vs. Baltimore                 (5/13/05)
Fri, Apr 10             4:00 pm         vs. Texas                      (5/17/05)
Sat, Apr 11            4:00 pm         @ LA Angels                 (5/24/05)
Sun, Apr 12           4:00 pm         @ LA Angels                 (5/25/05)
Mon, Apr 13           4:00 pm         vs. LA Angels                (5/31/05)
Tue, Apr 14           4:00 pm         @ Colorado                   (6/6/05)
Wed, Apr 15          4:00 pm         @ Colorado                   (6/8/05)
Thu, Apr 16           4:00 pm         @ San Diego                 (6/10/05)
Fri, Apr 17             7:00 pm         @ San Diego                 (6/12/05)
Sat, Apr 18            7:00 pm         vs. Arizona                    (6/15/05)
Sun, Apr 19           7:00 pm         vs. LA Dodgers              (6/17/05)
Mon, Apr 20           7:00 pm         vs. Kansas City             (6/21/05)
Tue, Apr 21           7:00 pm         vs. Kansas City             (6/22/05)
Wed, Apr 22          7:00 pm         @ Detroit                      (6/28/05)
Thu, Apr 23           7:00 pm         @ Detroit                      (6/29/05)
Fri, Apr 24             7:00 pm         @ Detroit                      (6/30/05)
Sat, Apr 25            7:00 pm         vs. Tampa Bay              (7/4/05)
Sun, Apr 26           7:00 pm         vs. Tampa Bay              (7/6/05)
Mon, Apr 27           7:00 pm         @ Cleveland                  (7/15/05)
Tue, Apr 28           7:00 pm         @ Cleveland                  (7/17/05)
Wed, Apr 29          7:00 pm         vs. Boston                     (7/22/05)
Thu, Apr 30           7:00 pm         @ Baltimore                  (8/1/05)
Fri, May 1              7:00 pm         vs. Toronto                    (8/4/05)
Sat, May 2             7:00 pm         vs. Seattle                     (8/6/05)
Sun, May 3            7:00 pm         @ NY Yankees              (8/9/05)
Mon May 4            7:00 pm         vs. NY Yankees             (8/21/05)
Tue, May 5            7:00 pm         @ Minnesota                 (8/24/05)
Wed, May 6           7:00 pm         @ Minnesota                 (8/25/05)
Thu, May 7            7:00 pm         @ Texas - Gm 2            (8/30/05)
Fri, May 8              7:00 pm         vs. Detroit                     (9/1/05)
Sat, May 9             7:00 pm         vs. Detroit                     (9/2/05)
Sun, May 10          7:00 pm         vs. Detroit                     (9/4/05)
Mon, May 11          7:00 pm         @ Boston                      (9/5/05)
Tue, May 12          7:00 pm         vs. Kansas City             (9/6/05)
Wed, May 13         7:00 pm         vs. Kansas City             (9/7/05)
Thu, May 14          7:00 pm         @ Kansas City              (9/13/05)
Fri, May 15            7:00 pm         @ Minnesota                 (9/18/05)
Sat, May 16           7:00 pm         vs. Cleveland                 (9/20/05)
Sun, May 17          7:00 pm         vs. Minnesota                (9/23/05)
Mon, May 18          7:00 pm         vs. Minnesota                (9/25/05)
Tue, May 19          7:00 pm         @ Detroit                      (9/28/05)
Wed, May 20         7:00 pm         @ Detroit                      (9/29/05)
Thu, May 21          7:00 pm         @ Cleveland                  (9/30/05)
Fri, May 22            7:00 pm         @ Cleveland                  (10/2/05)
                                                                                                    
American League Division Series                                       
Sat, May 23           7:00 pm         vs. Boston - Game 1           (10/4/05)
Sun, May 24          7:00 pm         vs. Boston - Game 2           (10/5/05)
Mon, May 25          7:00 pm         at Boston - Game 3             (10/7/05)
                                                                                                    
American League Championship Series                             
Tue, May 26          7:00 pm         vs. LA Angels - Game 1      (10/11/05)
Wed, May 27         7:00 pm         vs. LA Angels - Game 2      (10/12/05)
Thu, May 28          7:00 pm         at LA Angels - Game 3        (10/14/05)
Fri, May 29            7:00 pm         at LA Angels - Game 4        (10/15/05)
Sat, May 30           7:00 pm         at LA Angels - Game 5        (10/16/05)
                                                                                                    
World Series         
Sun, May 31          7:00 pm         vs. Houston - Game 1         (10/22/05)
Mon, June 1           7:00 pm         vs. Houston - Game 2         (10/23/05)
Tue, June 2           7:00 pm         at Houston - Game 3          (10/25/05)
Wed, June 3          7:00 pm         at Houston - Game 4          (10/26/05)

Schedule Subject to Change

Complete schedule can also be found at NBCSportsChicago.com/SoxRewind

NOTE:  For the latest news, analysis, team/league updates and team-specific podcasts, fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com or download the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app.  

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.

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago/NBC Sports Chicago+, and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

NBC Sports Chicago airing 'I'm Back' documentary about Michael Jordan's return to the NBA

NBC Sports Chicago airing 'I'm Back' documentary about Michael Jordan's return to the NBA

Chicago, IL (March 17, 2020) – Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the most famous fax ever sent in sports history, NBC Sports Chicago has announced it will air a brand new documentary presentation entitled I’m Back., detailing the announcement process and eventual on-court return of the G.O.A.T., Chicago Bulls/NBA legend MICHAEL JORDAN. This in-depth, half-hour documentary, highlighting Jordan’s decision to return to the NBA, the worldwide significance of his return and why that historic decision a quarter-century ago still matters in 2020 will all be told tomorrow evening, Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 PM CT, exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive. The 6:30 PM premiere of I’m Back precedes NBC Sports Chicago first Bulls “Classic” game – featuring the Bulls vs. Miami in Round 1/Game 1 the 1996 NBA Playoffs – airing at 7:00 PM.  In addition, I’m Back will also air immediately following tomorrow night’s Bulls “Classic” game at 9:30 PM.

Following his 18-month retirement from basketball, I’m Back chronicles the weeks leading up to Jordan’s internationally-celebrated two-word announcement, the timing of his decision to return, the origination and simplicity of the fax itself, his first game back (wearing a #45 jersey), which occurred the very next day against the Indiana Pacers, and much more.

Among the numerous interviews included in NBC Sports Chicago’s Original Production of I’m Back, features candid recollections from the following individuals:
 
•    DAVID FALK – MJ’s former agent
•    TONI KUKOC – MJ teammate ’95-‘98
•    HORACE GRANT – MJ teammate ’87-‘93
•    STEVE KERR – MJ teammate ’95-‘98
•    TIM HARDAWAY – 5-time NBA All-Star
•    CHRIS MULLIN – 5-time NBA All-Star
•    BRIAN MCINTYRE – former NBA Sr VP Basketball Communications
•    DOMINIQUE WILKINS – 9-time NBA All-Star
•    LEBRON JAMES – 16-time NBA All-Star
•    DWYANE WADE – 13-time NBA All-Star
•    GLEN RICE – 3-time NBA All-Star
•    ROBERT HORRY – 7-time NBA Champion
•    BILL SMITH – Bulls Photographer
•    MARK GIANGRECO – Sports Director, Anchor, ABC-7
•    MARC SILVERMAN – Co-host ‘Waddle & Silvy’, ESPN 1000
•    TIM GROVER – MJ’s former personal trainer
•    ROD HIGGINS – MJ teammate ’84-’86, longtime friend
 
I’m Back was produced 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.  Please note the following quotes from the NBC Sports Chicago Original Production of I’m Back, debuting Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive:
 
David Falk – Michael Jordan’s former agent on the fax:
“There’s not a PR agency in the country that would’ve written as something as elegant as what Michael wrote.  It was elegant and simplistic.”

Mark Giangreco – longtime Chicago sports director/anchor, currently at ABC-7
“It’s the most impactful two words (I’m Back) ever.”

Toni Kukoc – teammate ’95-’98 – on practices at Berto Center the week MJ returned
“Everybody was kind of talking, (whispering), maybe he’s back, maybe he’s not, we don’t know, but it looks like he might be back.  And it was time to go practice and once I went to the locker room and I saw about 40-50 pairs of Jordans at his locker, I said to myself, ‘there’s no way he’s just going to practice one practice with the 50 pairs of shoes here.”

LeBron James – reaction to MJ’s return as an 11 year old growing up in Akron, OH
“It was a very joyous moment for my community, myself, my friends.  Just having the greatest basketball player ever to come back playing the game.  I needed that inspiration growing up in the inner city.  It was like I kind of lost a superhero when he retired.  Someone that I kind of needed to help me, some way, somehow, even though he didn’t know it.”

Steve Kerr, head coach Golden State Warriors, MJ teammate ’95-’98 – on how MJ’s decision to return impacted him
“For me it completely changed the rest of my life.  Playing with Michael Jordan changed the entire course of my career.  I was able to play on these championship teams, made a name for myself, was able to get into TV, broadcasting, management and coaching.  And the reason that people hired me for these jobs later on is because I had played next to Michael Jordan…….I kind of owe Michael.  I owe him everything.”

Marc Silverman – co-host, “Waddle & Silvy” ESPN 1000, Bulls beat reporter in 1995 – on the scene at Market Square Arena, March 19, 1995
“You have the tunnel and this is stuck in my head.  I was jostling, trying to get as close to that tunnel as possible, to see that first time that Michael and the Bulls are coming out of that tunnel as a different Bulls organization and now a threat in the NBA.  And it was lined with people and hangers on and media, and news, not just sports media, but news people….But it was lined and the buzz was, and I’ve covered three Bulls championships.  There’s never been a buzz, compared to that tunnel of Michael Jordan running out of it for his comeback.”

Tim Grover – Michael Jordan’s former trainer on why the decision still resonates 25 years later
“That’s the difference between a legend and an icon.  That’s the difference.  There’s a lot of legends.  There’s only a few icons.  You cannot talk about basketball…you know, it’s funny, as time grows, time goes by, the legends and stories even get bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger……When you’re an icon, and he is an icon, it’s not going to stop.  It’s not going to stop.”

NOTE:  Additional air dates/times for NBC Sports Chicago’s I’m Back documentary presentation will be announced on NBCSportsChicago.com and via Twitter @NBCSChicago.

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.

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago/NBC Sports Chicago+, and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.