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NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2019 Chicago White Sox Opening Day and season-long, coverage details

NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2019 Chicago White Sox Opening Day and season-long, coverage details

Chicago, IL (March 26, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE Home of the #AuthenticFan – is set to deliver its most comprehensive season of Chicago White Sox coverage to date featuring 106 live regular season game telecasts (53 home, 53 road), which includes live streaming of EVERY GAME and surrounding game coverage to authenticated subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com and the new “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), along with a massive season-long offering of dedicated, 24/7, White Sox cross-platform content.  

The first of 106 White Sox games on NBC Sports Chicago’s schedule begins with the ROAD/SEASON OPENER against the AL Central rival Kansas City Royals on Thursday, March 28 at 3:00 PM CT, featuring the always-entertaining White Sox announcing tandem of Jason Benetti and Steve Stone LIVE from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO.  Opening Day coverage begins at 2:00 PM with an hour-long, expanded, season premiere edition of White Sox Pregame Live presented by Aurelio’s Pizza.  NBC Sports Chicago’s veteran White Sox expert Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) will be live in Kansas City with the latest Opening Day news and updates, while Leila Rahimi (@leilarahimi) will be joined by the network’s brand new, recently announced analyst tandem – White Sox legends Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) and Ozzie Guillen (@OzzieGuillen).  NOTE: Former White Sox standouts Scott Podsednik, Brian Anderson (@WWBAD32), and team legend Bill Melton will also be in the studio analyst rotation throughout the year.  In addition, White Sox multi-platform reporter/producer Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) will also be in K.C. with Garfien to provide fans with even more Opening Day content, plus - fans on social media will also be treated to a special Opening Day Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) chat with Rahimi, Thomas, and Guillen at approx. 1:30 PM.  The game will be immediately followed by Subaru White Sox Postgame Live, featuring White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s live post-game press conference, along with player post-game reaction, expanded highlights, detailed analysis and more.  

NBC Sports Chicago will also carry the 2019 White Sox HOME OPENER on Thursday, April 4 at 1:00 PM CT when the White Sox host the Seattle Mariners. Home Opener overage begins at 12 NOON with an expanded, one-hour Guaranteed Rate Field LIVE REMOTE Home Opener edition of White Sox Pregame Live presented by Aurelio’s Pizza with the game immediately followed by an expanded edition of Subaru White Sox Postgame Live, also live from Guaranteed Rate Field.  In addition, throughout the morning and afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field leading up to first pitch on April 4, NBC Sports Chicago will provide fans with numerous, additional multi-platform HOME OPENER content offerings via Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) segments from inside the ballpark, a special “Tailgate at the Rate” Twitter (@NBCSWhiteSox) live Periscope feature showcasing/interviewing fans getting ready to start up the 2019 White Sox season, plus - a multitude of Opening Day “Sights & Sounds” moments will be also provided featuring photos/quick video offerings via Instagram and Instagram Stories (@NBCSChicago). 

For the third-straight year, EVERY White Sox game telecast airing on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, will be accessible live via NBCSportsChicago.com and the new “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers (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).  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on a variety streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service of White Sox games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq.  

Returning for its sophomore season on NBC Sports Chicago will be Baseball Night in Chicago, the network’s weeknight “Chicago-focused” baseball show airing Monday-Friday at 6:30 PM CT, which will serve as the lead-in program for every 7:00 PM weeknight White Sox or Cubs game on NBC Sports Chicago this season.  Hosted by Leila Rahimi with featured analysts Ozzie Guillen and former Cubs standout centerfielder/veteran baseball analyst & author Doug Glanville, Baseball Night in Chicago will focus on the day’s top local baseball storylines as it pertains to both the White Sox and Cubs featuring discussion/debate on the issues that matter most to the Chicago baseball fan. In addition to live game night reports from Wrigley Field or Guaranteed Rate Field, which will include interviews with White Sox/Cubs players and coaches, Baseball Night in Chicago will also have a heavy emphasis on viewer social media interaction that will prompt fans to chime in with their thoughts on the top issues of the day.  

Also returning this season will also be the popular NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan Night” at Guaranteed Rate Field.  Beginning Wednesday, May 1, fans can stop by a special booth set-up to pick up their “Authentic Fan” cards, meet/greet with NBC Sports Chicago talent members, plus - the first 500 fans who visit will receive a special “Authentic Fan” give-away.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will present special “Authentic Fan Night” remote editions of SportsTalk Live and Baseball Night in Chicago, which will be held at the ChiSox Bar & Grill (320 W. 35th St.), located across the street from Guaranteed Rate Field at Gate 5.  Full details on this year’s White Sox “Authentic Fan Night” dates and special giveaways to be announced soon.

•    TONIGHT at 10:00 PM CT, White Sox fans can look forward to a special sneak preview of the 2019 MLB season with the White Sox Season Preview Special presented by Aurelio’s Pizza.  Hosted by Chuck Garfien and Jason Benetti, along with special guest, White Sox SVP/GM Rick Hahn, this half-hour special, filled with player/coaches interviews and a detailed season preview analysis, will provide viewers with a comprehensive look at this year’s Opening Day White Sox roster, an overview of all the off-season moves, and a look at the potential minor league/future impact call-ups that will be vying to join the team this season.  

•    WEDNESDAY, March 27 at 1:00 PM CTDigital exclusive presentation on the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app - NBC Sports Chicago will be the host network for the NBC Sports Regional Networks presentation of the LIVE, one-hour, fan interactive 2019 MLB Season Preview special.  Hosted by David Kaplan (@thekapman), along with social media host Leila Rahimi, the 2019 MLB Season Preview (to be streamed exclusively on 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) will feature in-depth interviews with MLB Insiders from coast-to-coast discussing the hottest topics heading into this season, along with their early predictions on a number of subjects including team records/final standings, league MVPs & Cy Young awards, and much more.  Fans can submit their questions in advance or during the 2019 MLB Season Preview on Twitter by utilizing the hashtag #MLBPreviewNBC.  

•    NBC SPORTS CHICAGO PLUS (+) - Ten (10) White Sox games on NBC Sports Chicago this season are currently scheduled to air on NBC Sports Chicago+ (see below schedule).  NBC Sports Chicago+ (NBCSCH+) telecasts are provided to NBC Sports Chicago affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  NBCSCH+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s special “Channel Finder” section (NBCSportsChicago.com/channel-finder) for complete channel location details. 

In addition to its live stream of every NBC Sports Chicago White Sox game telecast, NBCSportsChicago.com will also provide fans with even more exclusive White Sox content throughout the season including the following:

•    “White Sox Talk PODCAST presented by Wintrust” – Featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s veteran White Sox expert Chuck Garfien, along with network White Sox content producers Ryan McGuffey & Chris Kamka, along with an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s wildly-popular “White Sox Talk” podcasts features in-depth White Sox discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the season. 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 will stream EVERY White Sox home postgame press conference LIVE providing insider access to manager Rick Renteria. 

•    Push Alerts: NBC Sports Chicago will deliver White Sox push notifications for breaking team and player news, behind-the-scenes reports, plus game reminder alerts via NBC Sports Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.

•    White Sox Talk (NBCSportsChicago.com/WhiteSox) - NBCSportsChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive White Sox news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and social media aggregation. WhiteSoxTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the “White Sox Talk PODCAST.” 

•    Fans can also follow and connect with NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive social media White Sox coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments featuring NBC Sports Chicago talent), Twitter (@NBCSWhiteSox), along with Instagram at @NBCSChicago.

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2019 Chicago White Sox Schedule


1.    Thu, Mar 28          3:00 pm               @ Kansas City                              (SEASON/ROAD OPENER!)
2.    Sat, Mar 30           1:00 pm               @ Kansas City                         
3.    Wed, Apr 3            12:00 pm             @ Cleveland                             
4.    Thu, Apr 4             1:00 pm               vs. Seattle                                (HOME OPENER!)
5.    Tue, Apr 9             1:00 pm               vs. Tampa Bay                         
6.    Wed, Apr 10          1:00 pm               vs. Tampa Bay                         
7.    Sat, Apr 13            12:00 pm             @ New York Yankees              
8.    Sun, Apr 14           12:00 pm             @ New York Yankees                 
9.    Mon, Apr 15          7:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
10.    Wed, Apr 17          1:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
11.    Fri, Apr 19             6:00 pm               @ Detroit                                  
12.    Sat, Apr 20            12:00 pm             @ Detroit                                  
13.    Tue, Apr 23           6:00 pm               @ Baltimore                             NBCSCH+
14.    Wed, Apr 24          6:00 pm               @ Baltimore                             
15.    Fri, Apr 26             7:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                 
16.    Sun, Apr 28           1:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                 
17.    Mon, Apr 29          7:00 pm               vs. Baltimore                            
18.    Wed, May 1          7:00 pm               vs. Baltimore                            
19.    Fri, May 3              7:00 pm               vs. Boston                                
20.    Sat, May 4             6:00 pm               vs. Boston                                
21.    Sun, May 5            1:00 pm               vs. Boston                                
22.    Mon, May 6           5:00 pm               @ Cleveland                             
23.    Tue, May 7            5:00 pm               @ Cleveland                             
24.    Wed, May 8          5:00 pm               @ Cleveland                             
25.    Sat, May 11           2:00 pm               @ Toronto                                
26.    Mon, May 13         7:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            
27.    Thu, May 16          7:00 pm               vs. Toronto                               NBCSCH+
28.    Fri, May 17            7:00 pm               vs. Toronto                               
29.    Sat, May 18           1:00 pm               vs. Toronto                               
30.    Mon, May 20         7:00 pm               @ Houston                               NBCSCH+
31.    Tue, May 21          7:00 pm               @ Houston                               
32.    Thu, May 23          7:00 pm               @ Houston                               
33.    Sat, May 25           1:00 pm               @ Minnesota                            
34.    Sun, May 26          1:00 pm               @ Minnesota                            
35.    Mon, May 27         1:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
36.    Tue, May 28          7:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
37.    Thu, May 30          7:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            
38.    Sat, June 1            1:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            
39.    Sun, June 2          1:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            
40.    Wed, June 5         12:00 pm             @ Washington                          
41.    Fri, June 7             7:00 pm               @ Kansas City                         
42.    Sat, June 8            1:00 pm               @ Kansas City                         
43.    Tue, June 11         7:00 pm               vs. Washington                         
44.    Thu, June 13         7:00 pm               vs. New York Yankees             
45.    Fri, June 14           7:00 pm               vs. New York Yankees             
46.    Sun, June 16        1:00 pm               vs. New York Yankees             
47.    Wed, June 19       7:00 pm               @ CUBS                                   
48.    Fri, June 21           7:00 pm               @ Texas                                   
49.    Sat, June 22          8:00 pm               @ Texas                                   
50.    Tue, June 25         6:00 pm               @ Boston                                 
51.    Wed, June 26       12:00 pm             @ Boston                                    
52.    Fri, June 28           7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           
53.    Sat, June 29          3:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           
54.    Wed, July 3           7:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                 NBCSCH+
55.    Thu, July 4            1:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                 
56.    Fri, July 12            9:00 pm               @ Oakland                               
57.    Sat, July 13           3:00 pm               @ Oakland                               
58.    Tue, July 16          7:00 pm               @ Kansas City                         
59.    Wed, July 17         7:00 pm               @ Kansas City                         
60.    Thu, July 18          12:00 pm             @ Kansas City                         
61.    Fri, July 19            6:00 pm               @ Tampa Bay                          
62.    Sun, July 21          12:00 pm             @ Tampa Bay                          
63.    Mon, July 22         7:00 pm               vs. Miami                                  
64.    Tue, July 23          7:00 pm               vs. Miami                                  
65.    Thu, July 25          7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           
66.    Fri, July 26            7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           NBCSCH+
67.    Sun, July 28          1:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           
68.    Wed, July 31         7:00 pm               vs. New York Mets                   
69.    Thu, Aug 1            1:00 pm               vs. New York Mets                   
70.    Fri, Aug 2              6:00 pm               @ Philadelphia                         
71.    Sun, Aug 4            12:00 pm             @ Philadelphia                         
72.    Mon, Aug 5           6:00 pm               @ Detroit                                  
73.    Tue, Aug 6            6:00 pm               @ Detroit                                  
74.    Fri, Aug 9              2:00 pm               vs. Oakland                              
75.    Sat, Aug 10           6:00 pm               vs. Oakland                              
76.    Mon, Aug 12         7:00 pm               vs. Houston                              
77.    Tue, Aug 13          7:00 pm               vs. Houston                              NBCSCH+
78.    Thu, Aug 15          9:00 pm               @ Los Angeles Angels            
79.    Fri, Aug 16            9:00 pm               @ Los Angeles Angels            
80.    Sat, Aug 17           8:00 pm               @ Los Angeles Angels            
81.    Tue, Aug 20          7:00 pm               @ Minnesota                            NBCSCH+
82.    Wed, Aug 21         12:00 pm             @ Minnesota                            
83.    Thu, Aug 22          7:00 pm               vs. Texas                                  
84.    Fri, Aug 23            7:00 pm               vs. Texas                                  
85.    Sun, Aug 25          1:00 pm               vs. Texas                                  
86.    Tue, Aug 27          7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           NBCSCH+
87.    Thu, Aug 29          1:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           
88.    Fri, Aug 30            6:00 pm               @ Atlanta                                 
89.    Sat, Aug 31           6:00 pm               @ Atlanta                                 
90.    Mon, Sept 2          6:00 pm               @ Cleveland                             
91.    Wed, Sept 4          6:00 pm               @ Cleveland                             
92.    Thu, Sept 5           12:00 pm             @ Cleveland                             
93.    Fri, Sept 6             7:00 pm               vs. Los Angeles Angels            NBCSCH+
94.    Sat, Sept 7            6:00 pm               vs. Los Angeles Angels            
95.    Tue, Sept 10         7:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
96.    Wed, Sept 11        7:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
97.    Sat, Sept 14          8:00 pm               @ Seattle                                 
98.    Sun, Sept 15         3:00 pm               @ Seattle                                 
99.    Tue, Sept 17         6:30 pm               @ Minnesota                            
100.    Wed, Sept 18        6:30 pm               @ Minnesota                            
101.    Fri, Sept 20           6:00 pm               @ Detroit                                  
102.    Sat, Sept 21          5:00 pm               @ Detroit                                  
103.    Wed, Sept 25        7:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            
104.    Thu, Sept 26         7:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            NBCSCH+
105.    Fri, Sept 27           7:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                 
106.    Sun, Sept 29         2:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                              

53 Home, 53 Road regular season games
Total: 106 games

All Times Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The White Sox should be better than this


White Sox Talk Podcast: The White Sox should be better than this

It's still April, but we all agree: the White Sox are underperforming as a team.

Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, Vinnie Duber and Chris Kamka break down the reasons why (1:30). What's going on with Ivan Nova and Ervin Santana? (5:20)

Could Dylan Cease be the answer sooner rather than later? (10:55)

Why the White Sox should be .500 (17:15).

What's going on with Jon Jay and how his signing is backfiring so far (19:30) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast


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A White Sox team with raised expectations was supposed to beat the bottom of the barrel, but they haven't so far in 2019


A White Sox team with raised expectations was supposed to beat the bottom of the barrel, but they haven't so far in 2019

The White Sox might not be destined for the postseason in 2019. They might not be destined to finish .500, what with the rebuild still grinding along on the South Side.

But this team spent spring training talking about raised expectations, a logical next step for a group of young players supposed to make up part if not much of the rosters of the future that will carry expectations of a lot more success. And while the individual improvements of Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson and and Eloy Jimenez and Carlos Rodon and Reynaldo Lopez are more important than whatever the win-loss record ends up being, there was a realistic hope within the fan base for more wins.

In part, that was due to the competition around these White Sox. The AL Central is aggressively weak, the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers further back in their own rebuilding efforts than Rick Hahn's front office ever was and the supposed "upper echelon" of the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins anything but terrifying. Outside of the Boston Red Sox (who to this point have been atrocious in defending their World Series championship), the New York Yankees (with a ridiculous number of players on the injured list) and the Houston Astros (generally taking care of business though not in first place in the AL West), did any other American League team look unbeatable during the preseason?

And yet, 23 games into their 2019 campaign, the White Sox have been knocked around by the American League — the good, the bad and the ugly of it.

Wednesday's 4-3 defeat to clinch a series loss to the Baltimore Orioles was particularly disheartening when it comes to which teams the White Sox will be able to take advantage of this season. The Orioles lost 115 games in 2018, the worst team in baseball, and things aren't exactly looking up this time around, either. Well, they just took two of three against the White Sox, knocking the South Side starting staff around enough that Ervin Santana's 4.2 innings of work Wednesday were the most of a White Sox starter in the series. Manny Banuelos and Ivan Nova went four innings apiece in the first two contests.

The Royals and Tigers? Those two teams combined to lose 202 games last season and seemed good bets to finish with worse records than the White Sox this season. That can certainly still happen, but so far the White Sox have split six games against the Royals and dropped two of three in their first series against the Tigers last weekend.

They've split two games with the Indians. They went a gross 1-5 against two surprise division leaders, the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners. The only team the White Sox have a winning record against is the aforementioned Yankees thanks to taking two of three in The Bronx earlier this month.

A rebuilding team not expected to make the playoffs losing to a smattering of teams including two of the best in the game to this point is not surprising. No one should pretend that other teams aren't seeing the White Sox in the same light White Sox fans see the Royals and Tigers and Orioles. The White Sox lost 100 games last year, too.

But if the expectations have truly increased, if there is progress truly being made, then these are the teams the White Sox should be showing that progress against. They haven't.

Now, individually, things are a bit of a different story. This series in Baltimore featured no starting pitcher that can be considered a part of the White Sox long-term plans, and Nova and Santana turning in losing efforts against the Orioles, no matter how frustrating, doesn't really have negative consequences for the future. Anderson and Moncada are still batting over .300, Jose Abreu could be in the middle of an early season turnaround, and the bullpen only gave up two runs in three games despite pitching more than 12 innings. In the end, what the young guys do will be what's most important, not the White Sox record against any individual team this season.

But the frustrations can be understood — and surely they're being felt inside the White Sox clubhouse as much as they are outside it — because taking care of business against teams expected to be at the bottom of the standings was supposed to be one of the examples of progress, one of the examples of improvement. The White Sox haven't taken care of business against those teams yet this season.

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