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The Bears On TV 2010: 'Check Local Listings'

Just 11 days ago, The Deep Dish noted that the Bears will appear on WGN-TV this fall for the first time since 1973.

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Now, via Phil Rosenthal’s Tower Ticker in the Tribune, we learn that the Bears will appear on WCIU-TV this fall for the first time since… ever:

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Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU is the latest to get its hands on a piece of the city’s most popular sports team, one of its leading TV draws, announcing Monday it has acquired over-the-air simulcast rights to ESPN’s cable telecast of the Bears’ game against visiting rival Green Bay set for 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27.

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Typically, ESPN’s coverage of Bears games is simulcast by WLS, which, like ESPN, is owned by the Walt Disney Co. But WLS worked out a deal with WCIU to let Channel 26 carry the prime-time Packers game so that Channel 7 can air a live edition of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” set for that night.

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Wow. How the mighty have fallen. The Bears get dumped for DWTS. Here is a complete 2010 Bears regular season schedule and the local TV station carrying the game (all times Central):

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9/12, vs Lions: WFLD-Ch. 32, noon
↵9/19, at Cowboys: WFLD-Ch. 32, noon
↵9/27, vs Packers: WCIU-Ch. 26, 7:30 pm
↵10/3, at Giants: WMAQ-Ch. 5, 7:20 pm
↵10/10, at Panthers: WFLD-Ch. 32, noon
↵10/17, vs Seahawks: WFLD-Ch. 32, noon
↵10/24, vs Redskins: WFLD-Ch. 32, noon
↵11/7, vs Bills at Toronto: WFLD-Ch. 32, noon
↵11/14, vs Vikings: WFLD-Ch. 32, noon
↵11/18, at Dolphins: WGN-Ch. 9, 7:20 pm
↵11/28, vs Eagles: WFLD-Ch. 32, noon
↵12/5, at Lions: WFLD-Ch. 32, noon
↵12/12, vs Patriots: WBBM-Ch. 2, noon
↵12/19, at Vikings: WLS-Ch. 7, 7:30 pm
↵12/26, vs Jets: WBBM-Ch. 2, noon
↵1/2/11, at Packers: WFLD-Ch. 32, noon

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2010 Bears TV Scoreboard: ten for Ch. 32, two for Ch. 2, one each for Ch. 5, 7, 9 and 26.