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NBC Sports Chicago will have SoxFest covered all weekend long


NBC Sports Chicago will have SoxFest covered all weekend long



4:00 PM -- LIVE SoxFest 2019 “Opening Ceremonies” coverage

Hosted by Chuck Garfien!


5:30 PM -- Special edition of “SportsTalk Live” from SoxFest

Hosted by David Kaplan, featuring Garfien, a panel of White Sox experts, and White Sox players!


6:00 PM -- “Rick & Rick”

LIVE panel discussion hosted by Garfien, featuring White Sox SVP/GM Rick Hahn, Manager Rick Renteria, and play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti!


NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the new “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app!


Complete SoxFest coverage throughout the weekend on NBCSportsChicago.com’s ‘WhiteSoxTalk’ section via reports from Garfien and White Sox digital reporter Vinnie Duber,

which will include even more player/coaches/front office interviews, along with panel discussion highlights and much more!


Social media highlights on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to include the latest SoxFest news, live streaming segments, and special NBC Sports Chicago prize giveaway details! 



Chicago, IL (January 23, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2019 MLB season in a big way with expanded, live Opening Night multi-platform coverage of “SoxFest 2019,” which will be held downtown this weekend (January 25-27) at the Hilton Chicago.


On Friday, January 25 beginning at 4:00 PM CT, NBC Sports Chicago’s expanded, multi-platform coverage of “SoxFest 2019” gets underway with LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage (hosted by Chuck Garfien) featuring introductions of White Sox players/coaches/broadcasters/front office executives, plus video montages, and much more. 


Beginning at 5:30 PM, NBC Sports Chicago’s live, on-site coverage from “SoxFest 2019” continues with a special remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado.  This edition of SportsTalk Live will feature host David Kaplan, along with Chuck Garfien and a panel of White Sox experts discussing the team’s exciting roster of up-and-coming talent, all the off-season rumors, moves and acquisitions, along with a timeline discussion on when key prospects may make their 2019 big league debut.  In addition, special guest interviews with White Sox players are also scheduled during the show.


ALSO -- Fans are also in for a special treat at 6:00 PM as NBC Sports Chicago will provide fans with an exclusive presentation of Rick & Rick, a special event “SoxFest 2019” panel discussion as guests White Sox SVP/GM Rick Hahn, Manager Rick Renteria, along with play-by-play broadcaster Jason Benetti join host Chuck Garfien for an in-depth examination of the 2019 White Sox, along with what the future will look like on the southside in the years to come. 


NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the SoxFest Opening Ceremonies, SportsTalk Live, and the Rick & Rick panel discussion will also be available via live stream at NBCSportsChicago.com and via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app available on iOS and Android devices, at no cost, to fans anywhere in the U.S. and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.  In addition, coverage of the Opening Ceremonies and the Rick & Rick panel discussion can be accessed at NBC Sports Chicago’s “Facebook Live” page (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago). 


Throughout the weekend, fans can look forward to even more comprehensive SoxFest coverage on NBCSportsChicago.com’s White Sox Talk section (NBCSportsChicago.com/WhiteSox) featuring additional players/coaches/front office executive interviews, feature stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more provided via Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), NBCSportsChicago.com White Sox digital baseball reporters Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber), along the NBC Sports Chicago team of behind-the-scenes White Sox experts (@NBCSWhiteSox). 


 From a social media standpoint, NBC Sports Chicago will also deliver a number of additional on-site Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) interviews and special segments throughout the weekend, along with numerous SoxFest “Sights & Sounds” highlights via ‘NBCSChicago’ on Instagram and Instagram Stories. 


Plus, White Sox fans can look forward to brand new “White Sox Talk” Podcasts presented by Wintrust featuring the hottest SoxFest topics and special guest interviews. 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.


Fans attending SoxFest this weekend can also stop by NBC Sports Chicago’s “Authentic Fan” booth to observe a pair of “White Sox Talk” podcast tapings featuring interviews with off-season acquisition Yonder Alsonso (Friday night at 7:15 PM), along with future pitching mainstay Michael Kopech (Sunday morning at 10:00 AM). 


In addition, NBC Sports Chicago’s “Authentic Fan” booth will feature a number of special White Sox-themed giveaways including knit winter hats, recyclable tote bags, team flags, stickers and much more (while supplies last).  Plus, fans can are urged to utilize the social media hashtag #AuthenticFan throughout the weekend as a number of lucky fans will be “authentically surprised” with special White Sox giveaways and experiences. NBC Sports Chicago’s dedicated White Sox Twitter handle (@NBCSWhiteSox) will also provide up-to-the-minute NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan” booth activities and White Sox player appearance info throughout the weekend.

MLB, players deeply divided with clock ticking: 'It's ugly right now'

MLB, players deeply divided with clock ticking: 'It's ugly right now'

Where do things stand right now between Major League Baseball and the players union?

Let’s just say the owners are in New York and the players are in Los Angeles. Hopefully, they can meet somewhere in the middle — like Chicago — and we can have baseball in 2020.

But it's going to take a lot of work.

MLB's much-anticipated, first economic proposal presented to the players on Tuesday features a sliding scale of pay cuts where the players making the most money lose a greater percentage of their salaries, while those making less will have smaller cuts.  

The players' didn't like it one bit.

"The owners have a long way to go," one player said.

Fortunately, this isn’t the ninth inning of negotiations. There’s still time to make a deal.  

But with the clock ticking, there’s a big divide and harsh feelings that need to be addressed.

According to one agent, “I like to think I’m an optimist, but it’s ugly right now. While it’s a complicated situation, it comes down to money. The little hope I have is cooler and sensible heads [will] prevail.”

Will the two sides come to an agreement? If so, how and when?

That’s what I discussed with my NBC Sports Chicago colleagues Adam Hoge and Vinnie Duber on this Give Me Baseball edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast. 

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Players union unhappy with proposal by MLB owners


White Sox Talk Podcast: Players union unhappy with proposal by MLB owners

The MLB owners' proposal to the players union was said to be one that would get the two sides at least a little closer to an agreement, but the players seemed offended by what they were given.

Chuck Garfien is joined by Adam Hoge and Vinnie Duber to discuss what made the players so upset, how can this be fixed and whether the latest proposal ruined the trust between the players and owners.

(1:28) - What were the details of the new proposal the players immediately turned down?

(6:59) - Biggest issue between the two sides is money

(12:15) - Thoughts from anonymous players on the proposal

(19:19) - MLB is in a rough spot because the pandemic hit right at the start of the season

(24:50) - What gives you hope that there will be a season?

Listen here or below.

White Sox Talk Podcast


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