CSN announces 2012-13 Bulls game schedule & surrounding on-aironline coverage details

CSN announces 2012-13 Bulls game schedule & surrounding on-aironline coverage details

CHICAGO BULLS BASKETBALL RETURNS TO COMCAST SPORTSNET

Pre-Season Action begins Oct. 9, First Regular Season game on Nov. 2, Plus Live PrePost-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central, Highlight 2012-13 Schedule

CSNChicago.com to feature 247 reporting from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences, Daily PlayerCoaches Interviews, Game Highlights,
plus - On-Air Talent Blogs, In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent, Live Chats, Live interactive Scoreboard and more!

Chicago, IL (October 3, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the two-time defending regular season NBA Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls (who also finished tied for the 2011-12 regular season with the NBAs best overall record at 50-16), is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NBA excitement with 42 live regular season Bulls games (20 home, 22 away), including in-depth pre-game and post-game shows, and the most thorough 247 online Bulls coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2012-13 Chicago Bulls regular season on Comcast SportsNet gets underway on Friday, November 2 as NBA All-Star Luol Deng, along with Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Richard Rip Hamilton, and the return of fan favorite Kirk Hinrich, visit the Central Division rival Cleveland Cavaliers at 6:30 PM (NOTE: Expanded coverage gets underway on Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan at 5:00 PM; McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live begins at 6:00 PM). Kia Bulls Post Game Live immediately follows the game featuring Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeaus post-game press conference (to also be streamed on CSNChicago.com), along with live locker room player interviews and complete post-game analysis.

Comcast SportsNets first home game telecast of the 12-13 campaign takes place on Tuesday, November 6 vs. Orlando (with expanded, live coverage from the United Center beginning at 5:00 PM on Chicago Tribune Live; tip-off at 7:00 PM). (IMPORTANT NOTE: Even though it will not be carrying the game, Comcast SportsNet will be airing a special Opening Night edition of Kia Bulls Post Game Live immediately following the 2012-13 Bulls homeseason opener vs. Sacramento on Wed, Oct. 31 at approx. 9:30 PM).

In addition to the 42 regular season games, Comcast SportsNet will also televise six Bulls pre-season games starting on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 PM, when the Bulls host the Memphis Grizzlies. Additional pre-season match-ups will air on Oct. 12 vs. Cleveland (in Champaign, IL), Oct. 16 vs. Milwaukee (currently scheduled on CSN), Oct. 19 vs. Minnesota, Oct. 23 vs. Oklahoma City (currently scheduled on CSN) and Oct. 26 vs. Indiana (in South Bend, IN).

Fans can also look forward to a thorough look ahead to the upcoming BullsNBA season on SportsNet Central: Chicago Bulls Season Preview on Tuesday, October 30 at 10:30 PM. The season preview special will feature interviews with Bulls playerscoaches, along with a review of all the off-season transactions from the around the league and how these moves impact the Bulls this season.

This seasons Bulls regular season schedule on Comcast SportsNet features 27 games against Eastern Conference foes, ten of which are against Central Division opponents. In addition, Comcast SportsNets Bulls schedule features a highly-anticipated home court battle against reigning NBA Champions LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat (Mar 27), plus three games against the defending Atlantic Division champion Boston Celtics (Nov. 11, Dec. 18 & Feb. 13), a road rematch against last seasons NBA Playoffs first round opponent Philadelphia (Dec. 12), a pair of road games against Carmelo Anthony and the rival New York Knicks (Dec. 21 & Jan. 11), home game against Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and rising L.A. Clippers (Dec. 11), the teams first-ever road game against the newly-located Brooklyn Nets (Feb. 1), and both the home and road match-ups against the defending regular season Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs (Feb. 11 & Mar. 6). (See attached sheet for Comcast SportsNets complete 2011-12 pre-season and regular season Bulls schedule).

For the fifth-straight season, veteran Bulls play-by-play announcer Neil Funk will be teamed up with former Bulls standout center Stacey King, who will handle color analysis all season long. SportsNet Centrals Gail Fischer will be the primary courtside reporter for Bulls home game telecasts this season, along with Luke Stuckmeyer and Susannah Collins on a rotating basis.

McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live (featuring hosts Mark Schanowski and former NBABullsFighting Illini great Kendall Gill) is a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evenings match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NBA. McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live will air prior to every Bulls game this season with the exception of 6:00 PM game time starts (pre-game coverage for these games can be seen at 5:00 PM on Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan featuring host David Kaplan; CTL will also be the place to hear from numerous BullsNBA experts all season long).

Following every game this season, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Kia Bulls Post Game Live. Kia Bulls Post Game Live (hosted by SchanowskiGill) will also feature live coverage of Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeaus post-game press conference and locker room interviews with Bulls players. Following the majority of evening Kia Bulls Post Game Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 & 10:30 PM and SportsNet Central presented by CLR at 12 Midnight with the most complete recap of the days top local and national sports news.

Five regular season and two pre-season Bulls games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus (see attached schedule). Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously. Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can watch all CSN games on CLTV. Cable and satellite operators who do not carry CLTV will place CSN telecasts on a to-be-determined channel. Viewers can visit CSNChicago.com for the exact channel location of Comcast SportsNet, CSN, Comcast SportsNet HD and CSN HD telecasts in their area.

From an online perspective, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 247 Bulls coverage all season long, including the following highlights:
Live stream of Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeaus postgame press conferences.
Video highlights from EVERY Bulls game that airs on Comcast SportsNet.
Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam returns for his fourth season covering all home and away games. Sam will also file daily storiesvideo reports (including reports from practice and shoot-arounds) and will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live, Chicago Tribune Live, SportsNet Central and in all Comcast SportsNet Bulls games, highlighting BullsTalk on CSNChicago.com.
In addition to his on-air duties, Bulls PrePost Game Live host Mark Schanowski will partner with Sam this season on CSNChicago.com providing multi-platform coverage via on-going blogs, weekly live chats, fan Q&A mailbag segments and much more. Fans can also follow Schanowski (@MarkSchanowski), Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) and Gail Fischer (@gailfisch) via Twitter 247 for the latest teamplayers news, insight and insider access.
Twitter users should follow @BullsTalkCSN for all the latest news and views about the Bulls and can join in the Bulls conversation using the hashtag BullsTalk when tweeting their Bulls-related thoughts and comments.
Interactive Scoreboard featuring real-time, live data combined with timely editorial and compelling elements such as up-to-the-second game stats, detailed box score & play-by-play, photos, out of town scoreboard, Twitter feeds from talent and VIPs, LIVE in-game chat sessions, team headlines and much more.
In addition, CSNChicago.com will work closely with NBCSports.com and its ProBasketballTalk blog, plus CSNChicago.com brings back its Bulls Talk blog, a high-frequency blog covering all Bulls news, rumors, trades, etc., which will include contributions from Sam, Schanowski and Gill as they lend their knowledge and expertise to the latest happenings in the Central Division, as well as league-wide. It will also include special Sam and Sam weekly video segments, featuring CSNChicago.coms Aggrey Sam and Bulls.coms Sam Smith, talking up the Bulls and the NBAs biggest headlines.
Bulls content this season will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, NBCSports.com, SB Nation and Bleacher Report.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
2012-13 Chicago Bulls Schedule

Preseason:
1. Tue, Oct 9 vs. Memphis 7:00 pm
2. Fri, Oct 12 vs. Cleveland (Champaign, IL) 7:00 pm
3. Tue, Oct 16 vs. Milwaukee 7:00 pm CSN
4. Fri, Oct 19 vs. Minnesota 7:00 pm
5. Tue, Oct 23 vs. Oklahoma City 7:00 pm CSN
6. Fri, Oct 26 vs. Indiana (South Bend) 6:00 pm

Regular Season:
1. Fri, Nov 2 @ Cleveland 6:30 pm
2. Tue, Nov 6 vs. Orlando 7:00 pm
3. Mon, Nov 12 vs. Boston 7:00 pm
4. Wed, Nov 14 @ Phoenix 8:00 pm CSN
5. Wed, Nov 21 @ Houston 7:00 pm
6. Mon, Nov 26 vs. Milwaukee 7:00 pm
7. Wed, Nov 28 vs. Dallas 7:00 pm
8. Wed, Dec 5 @ Cleveland 7:00 pm
9. Fri, Dec 7 @ Detroit 6:30 pm CSN
10. Tue, Dec 11 vs. Los Angeles Clippers 8:30 pm
11. Wed, Dec 12 @ Philadelphia 6:30 pm
12. Mon, Dec 17 @ Memphis 7:00 pm
13. Tue, Dec 18 vs. Boston 7:00 pm CSN
14. Fri, Dec 21 @ New York 6:30 pm
15. Wed, Dec 26 @ Indiana 6:00 pm
16. Wed, Jan 2 @ Orlando 6:00 pm
17. Wed, Jan 9 vs. Milwaukee 7:00 pm
18. Fri, Jan 11 @ New York 7:00 pm
19. Mon, Jan 14 vs. Atlanta 7:00 pm
20. Wed, Jan 16 @ Toronto 6:00 pm
21. Wed, Jan 23 vs. Detroit 7:00 pm
22. Fri, Jan 25 vs. Golden State 7:00 pm
23. Mon, Jan 28 vs. Charlotte 7:00 pm
24. Wed, Jan 30 @ Milwaukee 7:00 pm
25. Fri, Feb 1 @ Brooklyn 6:30 pm
26. Fri, Feb 8 @ Utah 9:30 pm
27. Mon, Feb 11 vs. San Antonio 7:00 pm
28. Wed, Feb 13 @ Boston 6:30 pm
29. Tue, Feb 19 @ New Orleans 7:00 pm CSN
30. Tue, Feb 26 vs. Cleveland 7:00 pm
31. Wed, Mar 6 @ San Antonio 8:00 pm
32. Fri, Mar 8 vs. Utah 7:00 pm
33. Wed, Mar 13 @ Sacramento 9:00 pm
34. Mon, Mar 18 vs. Denver 7:00 pm CSN
35. Thu, Mar 21 vs. Portland 7:00 pm
36. Wed, Mar 27 vs. Miami 7:00 pm
37. Sat, Mar 30 @ Dallas 1:00 pm
38. Tue, April 2 @ Washington 6:00 pm
39. Fri, April 5 vs. Orlando 7:00 pm
40. Sun, April 7 @ Detroit 6:30 pm
41. Tue, April 9 vs. Toronto 7:00 pm
42. Wed, April 17 vs. Washington 7:00 pm

6 pre-season, 42 regular season (20 Home, 22 Road regular season)
Total 48 Games
All Times Central Time Schedule Subject to Change

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Dustin Johnson, Kevin Chappell tied for lead at Tour Championship

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Dustin Johnson, Kevin Chappell tied for lead at Tour Championship

ATLANTA (AP) — Dustin Johnson had a reasonable lie in the rough and only a few pine tree branches blocking his path to the 17th green. Neither seemed like a problem until he played the wrong shot, clipped the tree and wound up with a double bogey Saturday in the Tour Championship.

It was an example of how one hole can change everything at East Lake.

And it's why the final round of the PGA Tour season suddenly has more scenarios than Johnson cares to consider.

Johnson recovered with a birdie from the bunker on the par-5 18th for a 1-under 69, giving him a share of the lead with Kevin Chappell (68) going into the last round that will determine who wins the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

For the first time since 2009, there's a chance it might not be the same player.

"There's a lot of scenarios that could happen," Johnson said. "But yeah, I'm still going to go out and try to shoot as low a score as possible."

Johnson only has to win or finish second alone to claim the $10 million bonus as the FedEx Cup champion.

Rory McIlroy, who has gone 28 holes without a bogey at East Lake, had three birdies over his last six holes for a 66 and was two shots behind. If he were to win the Tour Championship and Johnson finished in a two-way tie for second or worse, McIlroy would claim the FedEx Cup.

"It would just be great to try to win the Tour Championship, and if the chips fall my way, then so be it," McIlroy said.

The winner of the Tour Championship has won the FedEx Cup every year since 2009, when Phil Mickelson won the tournament and Tiger Woods won the FedEx Cup.

Johnson led by as many as four shots when he ran off three straight birdies on the front nine, and he really didn't do much wrong to give up the size of that lead. He had a three-putt from 70 feet on No. 13, and missed the fairway by a few feet on the next hole, enough that his ball was buried so deep that even Johnson and his power couldn't advance more than about 135 yards.

It was the 17th hole that reshaped the tournament.

Johnson tried to played a fade from a flyer lie in the rough, and the ball came out high and hit a branch, leaving him in more rough about 60 yards short of the green. He put that in the bunker, blasted out to 6 feet and missed the putt to make double bogey.

Chappell rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt for a three-shot swing on the hole and suddenly had the lead, only for Johnson to catch him with the final birdie.

They were at 8-under 202.

Chappell, a runner-up three times this season who has never won on the PGA Tour, has made only one bogey in 54 holes this week, a show of consistency, discipline and a few good breaks when he does miss the fairway.

His next chance at a breakthrough victory is to face golf's best player at the moment (Johnson), with McIlroy and Ryan Moore (66) two shots behind.

"I've always kind of been the underdog, so it's a role I'm comfortable in," Chappell said.

Moore went out in 31 until he was slowed by a pair of bogeys, though very much in the mix just two shots out of the lead. The mystery is whether anything he does on Sunday - even if that means a victory - is enough for Davis Love III to use his last captain's pick on Moore for the Ryder Cup.

"I came here this week to win a golf tournament, and I'm 100 percent focused on that," Moore said, adding that the Ryder Cup is "completely out of my control."

And that's how the last day is shaping up for everyone - post a score and see where it leads.

Johnson, for a moment, looked as though he might take all the drama out of the season-ender when he made a 15-foot par putt early in his round and then ran off three straight birdies on the front nine to go four shots clear.

The putter cooled off, however, and Chappell stayed in range.

Chappell chipped in on No. 12 to match birdies and stay three shots behind, and then he quickly closed the gap when Johnson made back-to-back bogeys, only to respond with a 4-iron over the water to a peninsula green on the par-3 15th to 15 feet for birdie.

The 17th hole changed everything.

"I thought about just trying to hit it in the front bunker, which I probably should have done - probably would have made 4 if I'd have done that," Johnson said. "But it is what it is. I came back and birdied the last hole, tied for the lead going into tomorrow. I like my position."

And he doesn't need a degree in math to figure out the easiest scenario - just win.

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