Bulls TV ratings post huge gains on Comcast SportsNet at the All-Star break

Bulls TV ratings post huge gains on Comcast SportsNet at the All-Star break

CHICAGO BULLS TV RATINGS POST HUGE GAINS ON COMCAST SPORTSNET

Ratings up 45 compared to the 10-11 Season at the All-Star break;Top 3 highest-rated regular season Bulls telecasts in Comcast SportsNet history have occurred this season; Bulls Post Game Live Ratings continue to Rise

Chicago, IL (February 23, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NBA Central Division first place Chicago Bulls, posted record-setting television ratings for the 2011-12 NBA season at the All-Star break, which have resulted in solid increases in household and all key demo ratings categories. In addition, the top three highest-rated regular season Bulls telecasts in Comcast SportsNet history have already occurred this season. Plus - Comcast SportsNets Kia Bulls Post Game Live has also enjoyed a solid year-to-year ratings increase.

Comcast SportsNets game telecast ratings for the Chicago Bulls this season are currently averaging a 5.92 household rating at the All-Star break (approx. 206,815 households watching per game) -- a 45 increase compared to last seasons 4.09 average at the All-Star break, which is an increase of over 63,000 more households tuning per game this season compared a year ago. The 5.92 average is also Comcast SportsNets highest-ever Bulls average to date at the All-Star break. Note the following additional Bulls ratings highlights on Comcast SportsNet so far this season:

The Top 3 highest-rated regular season Bulls games in Comcast SportsNet Chicago history (network launched in October of 2004) have already occurred within the first 19 telecasts of this season:

1) 8.73 Bulls vs. IND (12512)2) 7.66 Bulls vs. ATL (1312)3) 7.54 Bulls at DET (1412)

The 8.73 household record rating for the Bulls match-up vs. Indiana on January 25 was the 1 highest-rated regular season game for any team in Comcast SportsNet history, eclipsing the previous record of an 8.30 rating for the Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers telecast from July 28, 2008. This particular game also gave the network its all-time, highest-rated Bulls regular season game rating in the key advertising demo category of Adults 25-54 (5.13).

Already this season, ten Bulls telecasts on Comcast SportsNet have averaged at least a 6.0 household rating in 42 total regular season telecasts last season, only one game averaged at least a 6.0 rating.

Already this season, 15 out of the 19 Bulls total telecasts have averaged at least a 5.0 household ratinglast season, Comcast SportsNet also delivered 15 games with at least a 5.0 household rating, but that was reached in 42 total regular season telecasts.

Comcast SportsNet has also experienced massive year-to-year ratings increases in every key advertiser demo category, including Adults 25-54 (3.3 avg., up 74 from last seasons 1.9 avg. at the All-Star break).

In addition, Comcast SportsNets Kia Bulls Post Game Live ratings are currently up 38 compared to last season at the All-Star break.

Comcast SportsNets next two Bulls telecasts take place on Tuesday, February 28 vs. New Orleans (live coverage begins at 6:30 PM) & Wednesday, February 29 at San Antonio (live coverage begins at 7:30 PM). Viewers can also visit CSNChicago.com 247 for the very latest Bulls news, highlights, game previewsrecaps & BullsTalk blogs from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, along with exclusive videos and much more.

Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

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Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss the latest slump and how much does Artem Anisimov's injury play a role in their struggles?

Konroyd tells us he was surprised by Ryan Hartman's benching in Tampa.

The guys play the game, playoff minutes or press box minutes?  They run through the players who are on the bubble when it comes to postseason play.

They also discuss the Hawks chances of overtaking Washington for the President's trophy.

Plus, Konroyd breaks down possible first round opponents: St Louis, Calgary and Nashville.

No sign Bears locked into drafting a QB in 2017 as Ryan Pace underscores 'best available' tack

No sign Bears locked into drafting a QB in 2017 as Ryan Pace underscores 'best available' tack

PHOENIX – NFL owners meetings, like the Scouting Combine, invariably involve hallway conversations regarding quarterbacks. Why doesn’t Colin Kaepernick have a job? Why does Mark Sanchez have one? Will Jay Cutler take one? This year, despite a 3-13 record last season and a continuing slide toward irrelevance, the Bears are in intriguing part of those conversations, or maybe, whispers.

The reason, beyond the obvious fact that the Bears stand at No. 3 in a QB-lite draft, is because the Bears not only have done significant things at the position – cutting Cutler, signing Sanchez and Mike Glennon, not signing Brian Hoyer – but one NFL source said to keep an eye on the Bears as potentially being involved in at least one future blockbuster after this season.

More on that in a moment.

First of all, every indication is that GM Ryan Pace is absolutely NOT locked into or about to allow himself to be pressured into drafting a quarterback in 2017. Certainly not at No. 3, maybe not at all. Maybe this is pre-draft posturing, misinformation or misdirection, and Pace has said in the past that he wants to draft quarterbacks but hasn’t in his first two Bears drafts. But still:

“We’re going to draft the best players available, wherever that may be,” Pace said on Tuesday. “And if it’s a quarterback, it’s a quarterback. But we’re going to take the best players available. I think now some of those things are unforeseen. You can’t predict some of those things. But right now I like the way Sanchez blends with Glennon and with Connor Shaw.”

Whether the public likes Pace’s moves at quarterback, or whether they’re good, bad or anywhere in between is just offseason speculation for now. The NFL will start giving him meaningful feedback sometime this September. What Pace has in fact done, regardless of analyses at this point, like it or not, is create options for himself and his coaches. And those extend beyond 2017.

Some context here: Even with some measure of job security in the short term, Pace is tasked with winning in the future as well as the present. He has addressed the 2017 quarterback situation, if not spectacularly, with Glennon and Sanchez specifically. But think beyond ’17; because Pace is.

More context: GM’s and head coaches like and need options. Doubts about Glennon, Sanchez, Connor Shaw or some rookie notwithstanding, Pace has the Bears positioned with options, not necessarily good options, but arguably best-available for the most part.

A little more context: Dowell Loggains may not have quelled all doubts about his play calling, but Cutler, Hoyer and Matt Barkley all had their best NFL stretches, albeit short, under his stewardship. 

Pace has effectively positioned the Bears for not one or two, but as many as a half-dozen spins of the quarterback wheel looking for a winner. It is a place the Bears were not in for most of Cutler’s tenure outside of brief Hoyer and Josh McCown bursts.

Within this context, consider the Pace’s chances for a strike at THE priority position for the franchise:

Spin 1: Mike Glennon

Pace announced the former Bucs quarterback as the Bears’ starter. Probably is. But Matt Flynn was the Seahawks’ starter when they free-agent signed him away from Green Bay in 2012. He lost his starting job by the end of training camp to a rookie third-round draft choice, Russell Wilson.

The Bears chose Glennon over Cutler and Hoyer because of upside; if Glennon plays to his perceived ceiling, the Bears have him under contract for two more years.

Spin 2: Mark Sanchez

When all the cynical subsides, consider him a low-risk spin who has been good enough to stand a career 37-35 as a starter. McCown amounted to something and still is after age 30, even with bad teams. Hoyer played some of his best football the past two seasons, after age 30. If Loggains resuscitates Sanchez’s career at age 30… .

Spin 3: The rookie

How, where and even if – make that a big IF – the Bears make their first Ryan Pace draft pick of a quarterback doesn’t come around for another month. But whomever the Bears select, if they select a quarterback this draft, gives Pace another spin of the QB wheel.

Spin 4: Kirk Cousins

CSNChicago.com confirmed that the Bears called on Cousins’ availability, even with the specter of Washington’s franchise tag hanging over him. But as one NFL source noted, Cousins is on a one-year deal ($23.94 million tag guarantee), it is his second and presumably last tag, and he has spurned long-term Washington offers to this point.

Glennon’s contract commits the Bears to $16 million this year. After that, minimal guarantee. Sanchez, one-year deal. Cousins, one-year deal.

Next offseason… . 

Spin 5: Jimmy Garoppolo

The Eastern Illinois quarterback wasn’t deemed worth a No. 3 pick in 2014, in either round one or two. He hasn’t put enough on film to make him worth that pick now.

But if the Cleveland Browns don’t trade for him, or New England hasn’t turned to him and locked him up contractually, he would be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. It will take a long-term market deal but at least he wouldn’t cost a high No. 1.

Spin 6: Connor Shaw

He is already clearly getting a preseason look, as he did last year, and is ahead of evaluations that accompanied David Fales and some other Bears hopefuls. He’s found money if he develops into something, but Warren Moon, Tony Romo and Kurt Warner were all undrafted free agents, too.