"Crosstown Cup" coverage returns to CSN next week

"Crosstown Cup" coverage returns to CSN next week
May 1, 2014, 11:15 am

Comcast SportsNet’s Crosstown coverage gets underway on Monday, May 5 LIVE from Wrigley Field starting at 5:00 PM!

CSN to carry LIVE coverage of all four Crosstown battles (May 5-6 at Wrigley Field & May 7-8 at U.S. Cellular Field); coverage team to include Harrelson, Stone, Kasper, Deshaies, Melton, Hollandsworth, Kaplan, Garfien, Lada, Crull, Mooney, Hayes…and Future Hall of Famer Frank Thomas!

 CSNChicago.com to also provide LIVE video stream of post-game press conferences, plus detailed “Crosstown Cup” analysis via ‘CubsTalk’ & ‘WhiteSoxTalk,’

along with numerous feature stories & in-game “Tweets” from CSN on-air/digital talent!

Chicago, IL (May 1, 2014) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, is ready jump start the annual northside-southside rivalry in a big way with expanded, LIVE coverage of ALL FOUR GAMES of the “Crosstown Cup” series beginning MONDAY, MAY 5.  Plus - CSNChicago.com will be there to provide dedicated 24/7 coverage of this always-entertaining city series.

Comcast SportsNet’s “Crosstown Cup” coverage gets underway on Monday, May 5 with a live, remote Wrigley Field edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado (hosted by David Kaplan and a panel of local baseball experts and special Cubs/Sox guests) at 5:00 PM CT.  Immediately following SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-verse at 6:00 PM, Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group will take place from the Friendly Confines at 6:30 PM (hosted by Kaplan featuring analysts Todd Hollandsworth, Bill Melton & White Sox legend/2014 Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas) featuring a complete series preview, interviews with players and coaches and much more.  First pitch coverage of this “Cubs telecast” on CSN begins at 7:00 PM featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies with the game call.  Immediately following the game, fans can look forward to a complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences, player interviews and much more on Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.

Tuesday’s (May 6) game at Wrigley Field will be a “White Sox telecast” on Comcast SportsNet featuring the announcing tandem of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone; White Sox Pregame Live presented by Orland Park Toyota begins at 6:30 PM (hosted by Chuck Garfien featuring Melton, Hollandsworth & Thomas as analysts), first pitch coverage begins at 7:00 PM, which will be followed by White Sox Postgame Live presented by Subaru immediately after the game.

The “Crosstown Cup” series then shifts to the southside for the final two games with the Wed, May 7 game being a “Cubs telecast” on CSN (SportsTalk Live from U.S. Cellular Field begins the coverage at 5:00 PM) and Thu, May 8 presented as a “White Sox telecast.” First pitch coverage for these two games also begins at 7:00 PM.

Jen Lada (White Sox beat reporter) and Kelly Crull (Cubs beat reporter) will also be on hand for every game providing detailed pre-game/in-game/post-game reports and player interviews throughout the “Crosstown Cup” series.

In addition, Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive “Crosstown Cup” content including the following highlights:

  • Live stream of White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Cubs manager Rick Renteria’s “Crosstown Cup” post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following every home game.
  • White Sox/Cubs In-Game Live, a second screen platform for web and mobile devices that combines state-of-the-art infographics, data visualization of real-time statistics and game info with rich social interactivity tied to CSN Chicago’s live White Sox/Cubs “Crosstown Cup” game telecasts.
  • “White Sox/Cubs Pulse,” a one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Plus, “White Sox/Cubs Pulse” aggregates all White Sox/Cubs player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #WhiteSoxTalk/#CubsTalk. Fans can also get interactive on Twitter by utilizing hashtags #WhiteSoxTalk/#CubsTalk for the latest news, rumors, trades and more by following @WhiteSoxTalkCSN/@CubsTalkCSN.
  • Complete coverage of the “Crosstown Cup” 24/7 from CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney), White Sox Insider Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN), plus - additional coverage provided by CSN “Pre/Post Game Live” hosts Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and David Kaplan (@thekapman), along with Todd Hollandsworth (@hollytime28), Jen Lada (@JenLada) and Kelly Crull (@kcru11).  CSNChicago.com digital baseball reporters Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) and JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) will also be providing game day reports, analysis and features. 
  • WhiteSoxTalk & CubsTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive “Crosstown Cup” White Sox & Cubs news sections featuring original commentary, news reports, and more via contributions from Hayes, Mooney, Garfien, Kaplan, and other in-house experts as they lend their knowledge and expertise to the latest happenings throughout the week and throughout the season. WhiteSoxTalk & CubsTalk are under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. SportsTalk was extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk, CubsTalk, WhiteSoxTalk and BearsTalk, which contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
  • CSNChicago.com’s state-of-the-art “AT&T U-Verse Lounge” to provide expanded White Sox & Cubs “Crosstown Cup” content throughout the week.
  • CSN Chicago’s White Sox & Cubs content will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including NBCSports.com, NBCNews.com, Yahoo! Sports and Xfinity.com.

Note Comcast SportsNet’s full coverage breakdown for the upcoming White Sox vs. Cubs “Crosstown Cup” series:

MONDAY, MAY 5

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado– Special edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan and special guests LIVE from Wrigley Field

6:00 PM – SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse – Even more pre-game coverage LIVE from Wrigley Field

6:30 PM – Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from Wrigley Field

7:00 PM – WHITE SOX at CUBS (L) – “Cubs telecast” featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies

9:45 PM – Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

10:00 PM/10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:00 AM – SportsNet Central presented by CLR – Full Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – White Sox at Cubs (game replay)

TUESDAY, MAY 6

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado– Special edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan and special guests (from the CSN studios) featuring live updates from Wrigley Field

6:00 PM – SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse – Even more pre-game coverage, including live updates from Wrigley Field

6:30 PM – White Sox Pregame Live presented by Orland Park Toyota – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from Wrigley Field

7:00 PM – WHITE SOX at CUBS (L) – “White Sox telecast” featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone

9:45 PM – White Sox Postgame Live presented by Subaru (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

10:00 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:00 AM – SportsNet Central presented by CLR – Full Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – White Sox at Cubs (game replay)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado– Special edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan and special guests LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field

6:00 PM – SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse – Even more pre-game coverage LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field

6:30 PM – Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field

7:00 PM – CUBS at WHITE SOX (L) – “Cubs telecast” featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies

9:45 PM – Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

10:00 PM/10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:00 AM – SportsNet Central presented by CLR – Full Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – Cubs at White Sox (game replay)

THURSDAY, MAY 8

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado– Special edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan and special guests (from the CSN studios) featuring live updates from U.S. Cellular Field

6:00 PM – SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse – Even more pre-game coverage, including live updates from U.S. Cellular Field

6:30 PM – White Sox Pregame Live presented by Orland Park Toyota – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field

7:00 PM – CUBS at WHITE SOX (L) – “White Sox telecast” featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone

9:45 PM – White Sox Postgame Live presented by Subaru (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

10:00 PM/10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:00 AM – SportsNet Central presented by CLR – Full Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – Cubs at White Sox (game replay)

ALL TIMES CENTRAL TIME

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE