Chicago Bulls telecast on CSN posts highest-rated "pre-season" telecast in Chicago regional sports network history

Chicago Bulls telecast on CSN posts highest-rated "pre-season" telecast in Chicago regional sports network history

COMCAST SPORTSNET DELIVERS THE HIGHEST CHICAGO BULLS PRE-SEASON
TV RATING IN CHICAGO REGIONAL SPORTS NETWORK HISTORY
Bulls-Pacers Exhibition Game attracts 161,400 Households on Comcast SportsNet

Chicago, IL (December 21, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the defending regular season NBA Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls (who finished the 2010-11 regular season with the NBAs best overall record at 62-20), delivered the highest-rated Bulls pre-season game rating in Chicago regional sports network television history for last nights (Dec. 20) Chicago Bulls-Indiana Pacers exhibition telecast on Comcast SportsNet.

Last nights lone Bulls pre-season telecast of the 2011-12 NBA season on Comcast SportsNet, featuring NBA MVP Derrick Rose, new acquisition Richard Rip Hamilton, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, along with the NBAs reigning Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau, posted a 4.62 household rating, reaching approx. 161,400 total households in the Chicago DMA peaking at a 5.13 (over 179,000 total households).

The 4.62 new pre-season ratings record shattered the previous regional sports network record for a pre-season telecast (set during the SportsChannel era) when Michael Jordan and the Bulls hosted Seattle on October 11, 1997 (3.2 rating). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research overnights.

Comcast SportsNet was also the No. 1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market in the key advertising demos of Adults 18-49 & Adults 25-54 for the entire length of the game (7:00-9:30 PM). Comcast SportsNet was also 1 overall in the market in the following demo categories: Adults 18-34, Men 18-34, Men 18-49 & Men 25-54.

Comcast SportsNets first regular season Bulls telecast of the 2011-12 NBA season takes place on Thursday, December 29 as the Bulls travel to face the Sacramento Kings (McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live begins at 8:30 PM, tip-off at 9:00 PM). In addition, Comcast SportsNet will also carry the Bulls HOME OPENER on New Years DaySunday, January 1 when the Bulls host the Memphis Grizzlies (special one-hour edition of McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live will take place from the United Center beginning at 6:00 PM, tip-off at 7:00 PM).

Discomfort sidelines White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie

Discomfort sidelines White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox held Brett Lawrie out Saturday after he reported discomfort in the same left leg that sidelined him for the final 2 1/2 months of 2016.

The second baseman has been a full participant the entire spring until he informed manager Rick Renteria what he was experiencing Saturday. 

"We're going to reevaluate him tomorrow and see where he's at," Renteria said. "He didn't feel quite right, and so he was in there earlier today getting treatment. We'll reevaluate tomorrow and make a determination where we're at in terms of trying to set some parameters for how we move forward."

A confusing, tricky series of injuries that Lawrie blamed on wearing orthotics limited him to 94 games last season. He hit the disabled list on July 22 and didn't discover the cause until after the season ended. But Lawrie reported to camp feeling healthy once again and has participated at 100 percent until this point, Renteria said.

"It's been good," Renteria said. "Everything has been clean. There have been no notifications anything had been amiss. He just woke up this morning and felt it. So we're going to be very cautious, take it a day at a time, reevaluate it and see where we're at."

Jason Heyward surprised Cubs fans didn’t boo Rajai Davis more

Jason Heyward surprised Cubs fans didn’t boo Rajai Davis more

MESA, Ariz. – The Cactus League crowds are different than the ones packed into Wrigley Field. It was only a meaningless split-squad game on a Saturday afternoon in the Arizona sunshine. Finally winning the World Series must have somewhat dulled the edge.

But Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward still thought Rajai Davis would hear it from the sellout crowd of 14,929 at Sloan Park, the what-could-have-been anxiety bubbling up when seeing the Oakland A's leadoff guy who nearly changed the course of baseball history.

"I was surprised he didn't get booed more, but that's just how our fans are," Heyward said. "They're fun like that. They have fun with the game. They acknowledge it. That's pretty cool for Cubs fans to boo you. If anybody boos you from last year, that's kind of an honor, I would say. To be on that side of things, it means you did something great."

As Alfonso Soriano liked to say, they don't boo nobodies. With one big swing, Davis almost unleashed a miserable winter for the Cubs and ended the Cleveland Indians' 68-year drought.

Manager Joe Maddon kept pushing closer Aroldis Chapman, who fired 97 pitches in Games 5, 6, and 7 combined. Davis timed seven straight fastballs in the eighth inning – the last one at 97.1 mph – and drove a Game 7-tying two-run homer just inside the foul pole and onto the left-field patio. In a now-famous rain-delay speech, Heyward gathered his teammates in a Progressive Field weight room as the Cubs regained their composure.

"They booed him, but only the first at-bat," Heyward said. "The second at-bat and the third, I was like: ‘Eh, they kind of just let him off the hook.' They let him be."

The fans who stuck around until the end got to hear "Go Cubs Go" after a 4-3 win. Davis parlayed that big moment into a one-year, $6 million contract with the A's. The Cubs will see the Indians again on Sunday afternoon in Mesa.

"As players, we're all onto the season and enjoying this ride and a new journey," said Heyward, who went 0-for-3 with an RBI as he worked on his new swing. "All the teams that we played in the playoffs are obviously out here in spring training, so it's just really fun and it's good for the makeup of your team when you compete that way.

"You're thrown right back into the fire when you talk about the competition and remembering things that happened in the postseason. But we don't dwell on it too much."