Chicago Bulls announce 2009-10 TV schedule
Bulls announce 2009-10 TV schedule
September 8, 2009—The Chicago Bulls today announced their television broadcast schedule for the 2009-10 season, with Comcast SportsNet and WGN-TV overseeing all local television duties. With the exception of Chicago’s preseason game in London, every Bulls preseason contest and all 82 regular season games will be televised this season. The Bulls will make 33 nationally-televised appearances on TNT, ESPN, NBA-TV and WGN America.
Comcast SportsNet will televise 42 regular season games, with three of those games being televised on Comcast SportsNet Plus. Comcast SportsNet will also broadcast six of the Bulls’ eight preseason contests, including two on Comcast SportsNet Plus. WGN-TV will televise 24 regular season contests, plus one preseason contest. Of these, 14 regular season games and one preseason game will appear on WGN America. Rounding out the local TV schedule, WCIU-TV will air nine games, produced by WGN Sports. Neil Funk and Stacey King will call all local telecasts.
“Once again we are very pleased that Bulls fans in the Chicago area will have the ability to watch every Bulls game on television and in High Definition,” 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 and “Loving it Live”, 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 33 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.”
The Bulls tip off the 2009-10 campaign on TNT, when they host the San Antonio Spurs on October 29 at 7:00 p.m. The next night in Boston, October 30, WGN-TV will air its first regular season game at 7:00 p.m., as the Bulls take on the Celtics at the TD Garden. Comcast SportsNet will air its first contest of the regular season on November 1 at 5:00 p.m., when the Bulls travel to Miami to take on the Heat. Chicago will make its WCIU-TV debut on November 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Toronto.
In addition to Chicago’s 15 nationally-televised games on WGN America, the team will also appear on TNT nine times, ESPN four times and NBA-TV five times.