Bulls announce 2013-14 television schedule
September 16, 2013 – The Chicago Bulls today announced their television broadcast schedule for the 2013-14 season, with Comcast SportsNet and WGN-TV/WCIU overseeing all local television duties. All 82 regular season Bulls games will be televised, as well as the team’s entire eight game preseason. For the sixth straight season, Bulls TV play-by-play man Neil Funk and analyst Stacey King will provide the call for every Bulls’ local telecast on Comcast SportsNet and WGN-TV.
Comcast SportsNet will televise 42 regular season games, with its first regular season broadcast scheduled for Nov. 6, when the Bulls travel to Indiana to take on the Central Division Champion Pacers. The network will also broadcast six of Chicago’s eight preseason contests.
WGN-TV will broadcast 23 regular season games, with 15 of those contests slated to air nationally on WGN America. Chicago’s first regular season contest on WGN-TV is set for Nov. 2, when the Bulls travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. WGN-TV will also broadcast two preseason games, including Chicago’s preseason opener on Oct. 5 at Indiana. WCIU-TV fills out the Bulls’ local television schedule with six regular season games.
“Once again we are very pleased that Bulls fans in the Chicago area will have the ability to watch every Bulls game on television,” said Bulls Executive Vice President of Business Operations Steve Schanwald. “Our arena seats just under 21,000 fans and, while watching the game on TV can’t replicate the atmosphere of actually being there, these telecasts are the next best thing and they play a very important role in satisfying the demand of millions of Bulls fans for access to their favorite basketball team. We are especially pleased to note that 46 of our games will be televised nationally, so that all our fans outside the Chicago area will be able to follow us all season long as well.”
Complimenting Chicago’s local television schedule, the Bulls’ 2013-14 broadcast schedule also includes 46 nationally-televised games. The Bulls first two games of the season will air on TNT, beginning with their season opener on Oct. 29 against the NBA Champion Miami Heat in South Beach. Two nights later, the Bulls will again play on TNT, when they host the New York Knicks, in Chicago’s home opener.
On the year, Chicago will play on ESPN 10 times, on TNT nine times, on NBA-TV nine times and on ABC five times.