CSN delivers its highest Bulls regular season game rating to date

CSN delivers its highest Bulls regular season game rating to date

COMCAST SPORTSNET DELIVERS ITS HIGHEST CHICAGO BULLS REGULAR SEASON GAME RATING TO DATE

Last Nights Bulls-Hawks Battle Attracts over 267,600 Households on Comcast SportsNet;

1 Highest-Rated Television Network in Chicago market during Primetime
Chicago, IL (January 4, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NBA Central Division first place Chicago Bulls, delivered its highest regular season Bulls game rating in network history last evening (January 3) -- a 7.66 household rating for its live coverage of the Bulls home contest against the Atlanta Hawks.

For last nights thrilling 76-74 victory by the Bulls, Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 267,602 households for the entire game and posted an 11.54 peak rating during the 9:15 PM quarter-hour (over 403,000 households). The 7.66 single game regular season ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the networks previous all-time regular season high set on Mar. 7, 2011 vs. New Orleans (7.21 household rating). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research.

Comcast SportsNet was also the 1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market during primetime (7:00-10:00 PM) last night which includes the Bulls-Atlanta game telecast & Kia Bulls Post Game Live in the following key advertising demo categories: Men 18-34, Men 18-49, Men 25-54, Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 & Adults 25-54.

So far this season, the Bulls on Comcast SportsNet are currently averaging a 6.55 household rating, a year-to-date increase of 112 compared to last season through three telecasts. In addition, Kia Bulls Post Game Live ratings are up 171 year-to-date. Comcast SportsNets next Bulls telecast airs tonight (Wednesday, January 4) as the Bulls travel to face the Detroit Pistons (live coverage begins at 6:00 PM on McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live; tip-off at 6:30 PM featuring Neil Funk and Stacey King on the call). Viewers can also visit CSNChicago.com 247 for the very latest Bulls news, highlights, game previewsrecaps & blogs from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, along with exclusive videos and much more.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs visit White House as World Series champions

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs visit White House as World Series champions

On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Kaplan is joined by David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Jason Goch (SB Nation Radio) to discuss the Cubs' visit to the White House.

The guys reflect on the historic day and Theo Epstein's speech. Then, the panel breaks down the Packers' impressive run and question whether it's okay for Bears fans to appreciate Aarond Rodgers and company.

Finally, are the Wild the Blackhawks' biggest threat come playoff time?

Listen to the SportsTalk Live podcast below.

 

Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

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Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

Midfield has been an area of focus this offseason for Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and another new addition to that group was added on Monday.

The Fire have traded $400,000 in general allocation money in return for midfielder Dax McCarty from the New York Red Bulls. Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two first reported the trade.

McCarty was an All-Star in 2015 and part of the league's Best XI that season when he had eight assists to go with a goal. Last season he made 26 starts for the Red Bulls and totaled three goals and had five assists.

"Since the middle of 2016, we made acquiring Dax our No. 1 priority," Rodr√≠guez said in the club's press release. "We believe adding his character and leadership in the locker room, as well as his exceptional soccer abilities on the field, dramatically improves our team."

The last time McCarty played at Toyota Park was a 2-2 draw on July 31 when a Khaly Thiam tackle caused a fractured tibia, which forced McCarty to sit out a month.

McCarty got married on Saturday, which delayed his arrival to the current U.S. national team camp. McCarty's participation in national team camp means he will join the Fire's preseason already in progress. The final match of the camp is on Feb. 3 while the Fire are set to start preseason on January 23.

McCarty, 29, has spent the past five and a half seasons with the Red Bulls. He began his career by playing five seasons for FC Dallas and was with D.C. United for part of the 2011 campaign before being traded to the Red Bulls. As an 11-year league veteran and the Red Bulls' captain, McCarty adds leadership and experience which Rodriguez has prioritized this offseason.

The Fire already added a former MLS All-Star in midfield this offseason in Juninho. The pair could line up next to each other in the preferred 4-2-3-1 coach Veljko Paunovic used for most of last season. This also could potentially put Matt Polster's role with the team in question. As the roster stands now, the third-year midfielder would be competing for two veteran All-Star caliber midfielders who were brought in at a high price.

Not to suggest a position move is in the works for Polster, but he did split time between midfield and right back with the Fire in 2015 under coach Frank Yallop and played there for the U-23 national team in Olympic qualifying. Right back remains a position of need by Rodriguez's own admission.

The trade also adds further context to the Fire trading the No. 3 pick in the draft on Friday. The Fire swapped the pick for $250,000 in general allocation money from New York City FC and Tenorio is reporting the Fire will send $400,000 to the Red Bulls for McCarty. To add those two moves together, the Fire dealt the No. 3 overall pick and $150,000 of allocation money for McCarty.