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Bulls and ESPN 1000 announce multi-year deal

Beginning with 2012-13 season, new agreement insures that all regular season games, playoff games, three pre-season games, halftime, pre-game and post-game shows will air on the flagship station of the Chicago Bulls Radio Network through the 2016-17 season

December 5, 2011 – The Chicago Bulls announced today a five-year extension of its radio broadcast agreement with ESPN 1000 (WMVP-AM). This agreement insures that all regular season games, playoff games, three pre-season games, halftime, pre-game and post-game shows will air on ESPN 1000, as the flagship station of the Chicago Bulls Radio Network, through the 2016-17 season. Per team policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to renew this long standing partnership between the Chicago Bulls and ESPN Chicago. These two great brands will continue to entertain Chicago sports fans for many years to come,” said John Cravens, GM and Vice President of ESPN 1000.

ESPN 1000 has been the Chicago Bulls flagship station since 1996; a total of 15 out of the last 16 years on air.

“We are excited about the opportunity to extend our association with a great brand like ESPN and to be able to continue to bring our fans every Bulls game via radio,” said Chicago Bulls President and COO Michael Reinsdorf.

About ESPN Radio:

ESPN Radio is the nation's largest sports radio network, providing more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content to nearly 750 non-duplicative stations reaching more than 20 million listeners each week. ESPN Radio's nearly 350 full-time affiliates, offering round the clock programming, include owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and ESPNBoston.com. Chicago is the flagship station of ESPN Radio, providing sports talk, news, local and national play-by-play coverage. It’s also the official home of the Chicago Bulls, as well as the NBA playoffs including the entire post-season, the World Series, the BCS and high school sports coverage. Also streamed live at www.ESPNCHICAGO.com.