The Chicago Bulls released details of their 2010-2011 television broadcast schedule today. And let's just say you won't be wanting for basketball on the tube for the next several months. Including preseason games, 90 b-ball contests featuring the red and black will soon be appearing, as if by magic, on your television screen -- and, let's hope, many more beyond that.â†µ
Local TV coverage will be split between Comcast SportsNet and WGN-TV/WCIU, while national coverage will be divvied up among TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA-TV and WGN America. Here's how it breaks down:â†µ
Preseason games. The revolution may not be televised, but all eight preseason games will be. Six of the eight will appear on Comcast SportsNet (two on Comcast SportsNet Plus). The other two preseason games will be televised by WGN-TV and WCIU-TV, respectively.â†µ
Locally televised games. Most Bulls games will air on Comcast SportsNet -- 42 in all, with five of those showing on Comcast SportsNet Plus. WGN-TV will take 24 others, with 15 of those appearing on WGN America. Finally, you'll need to turn to WCIU-TV for seven regular season contests. All local telecasts will be called by Neil Funk and Stacey King.â†µ
Nationally televised games. The high-profile Bulls will be televised nationally no fewer than 39 times this season, according to the team's press release. So ready your television remote (or DVR) to tune into TNT (seven times), ESPN (nine times), ABC (twice), NBA-TV (nine times) and WGN America (as mentioned, 15 times). Actually, we get a total of 42 nationally televised games, but let's not quibble over numbers. Somebody order a pizza and turn on the game!â†µ
For the full Bulls schedule, including TV coverage, click here.