A Skokie native, David Kaplan joined Comcast SportsNet as the primary host of Chicago Tribune Live in 2008 and continues to handle play-by-play duties for a variety of locally produced college football and basketball telecasts on the network. He was also the longtime host of Sports Central on WGN Radio AM 720.Kaplan also worked as a college football and basketball play-by-play commentator for ESPN. Before coming to WGN Radio in 1995, was midday host on WMVP-AM in Chicago after the station adopted an all-sports format in November 1993. He is a former college basketball coach at Northern Illinois University (1982-86) and was a scout for both the Indiana Pacers and the Seattle Supersonics of the NBA. In 1988, Kaplan was the Player Personnel Director for the Chicago Express of the World Basketball League (WBL). His duties included drafting and signing all players, as well as trades and contracts. Kaplan has appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and appears in the movie Hoop Dreams, which is a story of the dream of two Chicago-area prep stars to reach the NBA. Kaplan attended Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and played both football and baseball. He also earned the "First Decade" award for the most outstanding performance by a Hamline alum in their first 10 years out of college. Kaplan was also named "Father of the Year" by the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative. Kaplan and his wife Mindy reside in the northern suburbs. He is the father of four teenage boys (son Brett and stepsons Nicholas, Alex and Garret). He is an avid golfer and still plays baseball as a member of the 35-and-over Chicago North Panthers of the Men's Senior Baseball League (MSBL).
David Kaplan Insights
Wrigley deal will get done, franchise value will soar
No need to worry about the Cubs leaving the North Side. Comcast SportsNet's David Kaplan breaks down the latest from talks between the Cubs and the City of Chicago.
Kap: Cubs set to extend deadline, but roadblocks to deal remain
The Cubs are amenable to extending their renovation agreement deadline to next Monday, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is determined to keep the team in the city. David Kaplan has the latest.
Cubs, City rush to hammer out Wrigley deal
CSN's David Kaplan reports the Cubs and the City of Chicago are still at the bargaining table, rushing to try to hammer out a deal by the April 1st deadline set by the Ricketts family.
Kap: Cubs, City of Chicago to continue talks
A deadline for the the Cubs and the City of Chicago to reach an agreement on Wrigley Field renovations have passed, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel will let the two sides continue talks Tuesday.
If deadline passes, Rosemont mayor seeks Ricketts meeting Tuesday
If the Cubs can't come to an agreement with Tom Tunney and the Lakeview neighborhood by April 1, Rosemont mayor Brad Stephens wants to meet with Tom Ricketts on April 2.
Rosemont Cubs? Suburban mayor makes his pitch
The Cubs have run into some snags with the city of Chicago in trying to renovate Wrigley Field, and Rosemont mayor Brad Stephens is willing to provide a 25-acre plot of land for a new park.
Baker still frustrated by way things ended in Chicago
It's been a decade since Dusty Baker managed the Cubs to the brink of the World Series, and the current Reds skipper still harbors some resentment toward the way he left Chicago in 2006.
Barney won't let Phillips' comments become a distraction
On Monday, Brandon Phillips took a shot at Darwin Barney's Gold Glove win and the Cubs second baseman responded Tuesday in a quick interview with CSN's David Kaplan.
Epstein very pleased with progress he's seen with Cubs
CSN's David Kaplan caught up with Theo Epstein for a 1-on-1 interview down in Arizona and the Cubs' president of baseball operations weighed in on the organization's progress.
Cubs not looking to add more night games for 2013 season
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts addressed several issues in his meeting with the media Sunday, and stated the Cubs will not be adding more night games in the 2013 season.