NBC Sports Chicago to provide live multi-platform coverage of 2019 MLB Winter Meetings

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NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago to provide live multi-platform coverage of 2019 MLB Winter Meetings

Chicago, IL (December 5, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE NEW EXCLUSIVE HOME of the Blackhawks, Bulls and White Sox - is set to provide southside and northside baseball fans with extensive multi-platform coverage of the 2019 MLB Winter Meetings live from San Diego, Calif. beginning Monday, December 9 through Thursday, December 12, featuring nightly editions of Winter Meetings Live presented by Wintrust, SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, live afternoon editions of the popular “White Sox Talk” and “Cubs Talk” podcasts, along with massive in-depth reports/video offerings at NBCSportsChicago.com and via the MyTeams by NBC Sports app (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).  Please note NBC Sports Chicago’s 2019 MLB Winter Meetings coverage highlights:

“WINTER MEETINGS LIVE” presented by Wintrust (Mon, Dec. 9/Wed, Dec. 11 at 10:30 PM CT -- Tue, Dec. 10/Thu, Dec. 12 at 7:00 PM CT) -- Hosted by David Kaplan (@thekapman) and Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), Winter Meetings Live presented by Wintrust will provide fans with the very latest White Sox/Cubs/MLB free agent signings details, along with the hottest trade rumor chatter throughout the week.  Kaplan and Garfien will also be joined by NBC Sports Chicago White Sox insider Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) and Cubs insider Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23), along with additional national baseball experts, to break down every player move and provide additional analysis on how those moves affect the White Sox and Cubs heading into the 2020 MLB season.  NOTE: Live stream of Winter Meetings Live will also be available to unauthenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

“SPORTSTALK LIVE” presented by The Chevy Silverado (Weeknights at 6:00 PM CT) -- NBC Sports Chicago’s weeknight sports discussion roundtable program SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado - featuring host David Kaplan - will on location in San Diego throughout the week providing viewers with the very latest Cubs & White Sox free agent player moves, news, rumors, analysis and more.  In addition, “Kap” be joined each night by a panel baseball experts, along with numerous special guests from both teams.  NOTE: Live stream of SportsTalk Live and is available at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers.

“WHITE SOX TALK” & “CUBS TALK” Podcasts presented by Wintrust (Mon, Dec. 9-Thu, Dec. 12: “White Sox Talk” podcast at 12 NOON CT; “Cubs Talk” podcast 1:00 PM CT) -- Live, afternoon “Winter Meetings” editions of NBC Sports Chicago’s popular podcasts -“White Sox Talk” (featuring Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber) and “Cubs Talk” (featuring David Kaplan and Tony Andracki) - will be presented exclusively via the MyTeams by NBC Sports app next week, providing fans with up-to-the-minute breaking news, updates, detailed analysis, along with appearances from a number of special guests. 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, fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

NBCSportsChicago.com/”MyTeams by NBC Sports” app/Social Media – White Sox and Cubs fans are also urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app for expanded “Winter Meetings” coverage, along with video offerings, including interviews with team executives, national baseball experts and much more. From a social media standpoint, NBC Sports Chicago will also deliver a number of additional on-site Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) “Winter Meetings” interviews and special segments throughout the week, along with “Sights & Sounds” highlights from ‘NBCSChicago’ via photos/quick video offerings from Instagram and Instagram Stories.  Fans can follow @NBCSWhiteSox and @NBCSCubs on Twitter for the very latest White Sox and Cubs news 24/7.

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NBC Sports Chicago to deliver a special Thanksgiving Day line-up

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NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago to deliver a special Thanksgiving Day line-up

Chicago, IL (November 25, 2019) -- NBC Sports Chicago - THE NEW EXCLUSIVE HOME of the Blackhawks, Bulls and White Sox - will provide its viewers with special Thanksgiving Day programming line-up beginning this Thursday, November 28 at 10:00 AM CT. 

Among the highlights from NBC Sports Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day content offerings includes three, thrilling White Sox “Classic” games from this past season, including the wildly-entertaining “Bill Walton Game,” along with in-depth, live Bears postgame programming on Football Aftershow presented by Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 281, immediately following the team’s nationally-televised Turkey Day battle against the rival Detroit Lions.

NBC Sports Chicago will also live stream Football Aftershow and all three the “White Sox Classics” to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive.  In addition, Football Aftershow will also stream live via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app.  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.

Note NBC Sports Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day marathon line-up below (all times Central Time): 

THANKSGIVING DAY - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28

10:00 AM“White Sox Classics”: White Sox vs. Detroit, Game 2 of DH (from July 3) – The future most certainly looked bright on the southside in this mid-season match-up as the White Sox defeated the AL Central rival Tigers 9-6, thanks in part to a pair of HR’s from team cornerstone Yoan Moncada, which included his game-tying homer in the bottom of the 10th inning, along with a walk-off solo shot in the 12th via White Sox superstar slugger/2019 AL RBI champion Jose Abreu.

2:30 PM (time approx.) – Football Aftershow presented by Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 281 (L) – Immediately following the nationally-televised Bears-Lions game, Football Aftershow will be THE destination for fans to hear from the experts who played the game, along with their always-entertaining, no-holds-barred take on the day’s events.  This 90-minute post-game show hosted by Laurence Holmes, featuring detailed post-game analysis from the show’s all-star line-up of former Bears favorites – Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, Matt Forte and Olin Kreutz - will also feature post-game press conferences with Bears head coach Matt Nagy, along with podium/locker room interviews featuring a number of Bears players and much more. 

4:00 PM“White Sox Classics”: White Sox vs. Detroit (from April 26) – Down 8-1 in the 4th inning, the White Sox wound up pounding out 21 hits in this wild, early season battle against the Tigers and featured the heroics of eventual American League (and MLB) batting title champion Tim Anderson, highlighted by his game-winning solo shot in the bottom of the ninth, which propelled the southsiders to a thrilling 12-11 win at Guaranteed Rate Field.

8:00 PM“White Sox Classics: White Sox at LA Angels (from August 16) – For what will forever be known as “The Bill Walton Game,” the collegiate and professional basketball legend joined White Sox play-by-play broadcaster Jason Benetti to provide some unforgettable “analysis” in this 7-2 White Sox victory that featured an 8th grand slam via All-Star catcher James McCann. 

NOTES:

  • In addition to NBC Sports Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day content offerings, fans can also look forward to the following live events throughout the weekend…
  • * Friday, November 29: Blackhawks vs. Colorado (live coverage begins at 2:30 PM) and Bulls at Portland (live coverage begins at 8:30 PM)
  • * Saturday, November 30: Blackhawks at Colorado (live coverage begins at 7:30 PM), along with a special IHSA Football Championships recap edition of High School Lites (11:30 PM, time approx.)  
  • * For the most complete 24/7 coverage of the entire Chicago sports scene, fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com and 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.  

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NBC Sports Chicago and Regional Networks present 'Headstrong: Mental Health and Sports'

NBC Sports Chicago and Regional Networks present 'Headstrong: Mental Health and Sports'

Stamford, Conn./Chicago, Ill. (November 6, 2019) – NBC Sports Regional Networks is launching its multiplatform initiative on mental health and men’s health, HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports, throughout November. The month-long campaign begins with the debut of the feature documentary HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports, on each of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, along with on-site activations and events planned in several key markets, and robust short-form content featuring a broad array of perspectives on mental health and men’s health.  The documentary is produced in partnership with Religion of Sports, the Sports Emmy-winning media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, and Gotham Chopra.

The one-hour HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports documentary premieres this week on the NBC Sports Regional Networks and debuts nationwide on NBCSN on November 20.  HeadStrong will make its NBC Sports Chicago premiere on Saturday, November 9 at 9:00 PM CT with re-airs to occur throughout the month on both the main NBC Sports Chicago channel location and on NBC Sports Chicago+.

The HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports documentary tells the story of four elite athletes who have faced mental health challenges: Justise Winslow, forward/guard for Miami Heat; Nathan Braaten, former Oregon State University soccer player and founder of Dam Worth It; Hayden Hurst, Baltimore Ravens tight end; and Clint Malarchuk, former goalie for Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals, and Buffalo Sabres. Six-time Pro Bowl receiver and Founder of House Of Athlete Brandon Marshall also appears in the program and serves as an executive producer.  A trailer of the one-hour documentary special is available here.  

As part of the HeadStrong initiative, a series of more than 35 short-form digital video features focused on mental health and men’s health issues will be released throughout the month on a special HeadStrong web page, www.nbcsports.com\headstrong. An additional 50-plus combined short-form digital video features will be published by the NBC Sports Regional Networks on their respective HeadStrong sites, including Chicago-specific vignettes on NBCSportsChicago.com featuring interviews with former Bears standouts Lance Briggs and Matt Forte, “Football Aftershow” host Laurence Holmes, former Northwestern running back Torri Stuckey and former Bears running back/veteran NBC 5 Chicago sports anchor Mike Adamle and his wife Kim among others. In addition, written articles, social content, and other media will complement the feature documentary and short-form videos.  Plus – fans can look forward to an exclusive interview with Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner that will air on upcoming editions of “Blackhawks Pregame Live” and “Blackhawks All Accces.”

To create additional awareness and to further the conversation surrounding mental health and men’s health issues, NBC Sports Regional Networks will host special events and activations in several markets, including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington. NBC Sports Chicago held its informative and moving HeadStrong activation event on Monday, November 4 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago which featured insights from medical experts including Gail Grabcynski (LCSW, Making the Difference International, Inc.;Lead Mental Health Clinician for the Chicago Bears for 11 years), Andrew Joy (former mental skills coach with the Blackhawks Stanley Cup-winning team in 2015; Founder, The Mental Difference-Sports Psychology Training and Counseling Services, Dr. Stewart Shankman (Professor and Chief of the Division of Psychology, Northwestern Medicine), along with candid, real-life discussions and coping skills conversations featuring the Adamle’s and Stuckey. Hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan, the special event also included a sneak preview screening of the upcoming HeadStrong documentary.

Many NBC Sports Regional Networks on-air commentators - including NBC Sports Chicago’s Pat Boyle - are making personal pledges to support the initiative. In partnership with Movember and their annual campaign in which men grow moustaches during November to generate awareness and raise funds for men’s health issues, more than 15 NBC Sports Regional Networks hosts, analysts and reporters will ‘grow their mo,’ and promote their efforts across platforms. Fans can follow their progress by using #HeadStrongNBC and #Movember, plus – fans can make a donation to NBC Sports Chicago’s Movember team by visiting NBCSportsChicago.com/Movember.

The HeadStrong initiative follows NBC Sports Regional Networks’ successful documentary project last year on youth sports, entitled Fair Play, and the 2017 initiative TOMBOY, which focused on gender issues in sports. Both Fair Play and TOMBOY were produced by NBC Sports Regional Networks and were televised nationwide on NBC Owned Television Stations and NBCSN.