Chicago Bulls set 2011-12 TV schedule
Bulls to make 35 national TV appearances
In addition to Chicago’s 10 nationally-televised games on WGN America, Joakim Noah and the Bulls will also appear on ESPN 10 times, TNT seven times, ABC five times and NBA-TV four times.
December 13, 2011 – The Chicago Bulls today announced their television broadcast schedule for the 2011-12 season, with Comcast SportsNet and WGN-TV/WCIU overseeing all local television duties. All 66 regular season games will be televised, as well as both preseason games. On the year, Chicago is slated to appear on national television a combined 35 times.
Comcast SportsNet will televise 35 regular season games, including Chicago’s home opener versus the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Comcast SportsNet will also broadcast Chicago’s preseason contest versus the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 20. WGN-TV will televise 14 regular season games, plus Chicago’s preseason opener at Indiana on Dec. 16; 10 of those games will air nationally on WGN America. WCIU-TV rounds out the Bulls’ local television schedule with six regular season games. Bulls TV play-by-play man Neil Funk and color analyst Stacey King will provide the call for every local Bulls telecast.
“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 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 35 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.”
Chicago’s season opener on Christmas Day will be televised nationally on ABC, as the Bulls travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers. The following night on Dec. 26, WGN-TV will broadcast its first game of the regular season when the Bulls face the Golden State Warriors. That game will also be seen nationally on WGN America. Comcast SportsNet will televise its first regular season game on Dec. 29 from Sacramento as the Bulls take on the Kings. Finally, WCIU-TV will televise its first game of the regular season on Jan. 6 from Orlando when the Bulls go up against the Magic.
In addition to Chicago’s 10 nationally-televised games on WGN America, the Bulls will also appear on ESPN 10 times, TNT seven times, ABC five times and NBA-TV four times.