(CHICAGO) – Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry, the NBA’s #2 and #4 overall draft selections, join newcomers Eddie Robinson, Greg Anthony, returning fan favorite Charles Oakley and standouts Ron Mercer and Marcus Fizer, for an exciting new season of Chicago Bulls basketball on Fox Sports Net. This season, fans can look forward to head coach Tim Floyd’s squad in action 48 times on Fox Sports Net (46 regular season and two pre-season), once again, the most Bulls games covered by any television network.
Fox Sports Net will carry the season opener live from the United Center as the Bulls host the division rival Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, October 31 at 7:30 PM. All of the festivities of Opening Night will be covered in the Dodge of Midlothian Chicago Sports Tonight Bulls pre-game show beginning at 7:00 PM. Prior to the start of the regular season, FSN will also carry a pair of pre-season home games on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 PM when the Bulls host the Los Angeles Clippers and again on Friday, October 26 at 7:30 PM against the Denver Nuggets.
This year’s regular season Bulls schedule on Fox Sports Net features match-ups against the NBA’s very best teams and players including a road game against Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and the two-time defending champion Los Angles Lakers (Feb. 6), a pair of games against NBA MVP Allen Iverson and the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers (Mar. 28 & Apr. 15), plus, exclusive live coverage of the triumphant return of Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards second visit back the United Center on March 1.
Fox Sports Net’s unrivaled coverage of the Bulls is led by the veteran announcing tandem of Tom Dore and Johnny “Red” Kerr, who begin their tenth season together for FSN. Eric Collins will once again handle sideline reports for all Bulls home games.
The Dodge of Midlothian Chicago Sports Tonight Bulls pre-game show, featuring the studio team of Eric Goodman and Bulls legend Norm Van Lier, will air a half-hour prior to every Bulls telecast on FSN. Goodman and Van Lier will also host half-time intermissions and Chicago Sports Tonight post-game coverage. Plus, the Chicago Sports Report, airing nightly at 10:00 PM or immediately following games finishing after 10:00 PM, will provide viewers with the most complete post-game recaps and player interviews from every Bulls home and away game.
“The Bulls are continuing to build their foundation for the future and we’re looking forward to covering this storied franchise for what looks to be an exciting season of NBA basketball in Chicago,” said James J. Corno, Senior Vice President/ General Manager for Fox Sports Net Chicago. “From our expert game, pre-game and post-game coverage to our wrap-ups on the Chicago Sports Report, along with our weekly, behind-the-scenes footage on Full Access, viewers can count on us for the very best in Bulls coverage.”
This season’s Bulls schedule on Fox Sports Net includes 19 home games and 27 road match-ups during the regular season. A schedule breakdown includes 32 games against Eastern Conference opponents, two games against the rival New York Knicks, including a Thanksgiving weekend afternoon road match-up (Nov. 24, plus Feb. 20), a battle against Tracy McGrady, Grant Hill and the Orlando Magic (Dec. 5), three games facing Vince Carter, Hakeem Olajuwan and the Toronto Raptors (Dec. 20, Jan. 9 & Apr. 3), a Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday afternoon match-up against Indiana (Jan. 21, other Indiana games include Oct. 31, Dec. 7 & Jan. 11), plus a “homecoming” game for former Bull Elton Brand, along with local preps standouts Quentin Richardson, Darius Miles and Corey Maggette of the Los Angeles Clippers (Mar. 8).
Four regular season Bulls games are currently scheduled to be telecast on FSN+ (see attached schedule). FSN+ telecasts are provided to Fox Sports Net affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are airing simultaneously.
Through a cooperative agreement on CLTV, inner market cable operators are given the opportunity to place FSN+ games on CLTV. Cable operators who do not carry CLTV will place FSN+ telecasts on a to-be-determined channel. FSN viewers can call their local cable operator for FSN+ channel locations in their area.
Fox Sports Net Chicago reaches more than 3.6 million households in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. Fox Sports Net Chicago is managed by Rainbow Sports Networks, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. Fox Sports Net Chicago’s programming includes Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs baseball, Chicago Bulls basketball and Chicago Blackhawks hockey, along with select NASCAR and PGA Tour coverage.
Fox Sports Net reaches more than 77 million households nationwide and is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. and Fox Entertainment Group. Rainbow Sports Networks incorporates Rainbow’s 50% ownership of Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports National Advertising and the ownership and management of Fox Sports Net regional networks in five of the nation’s largest markets: Chicago, Florida, Ohio, New England and San Francisco.
FOX SPORTS NET
|1. Wed Oct. 17||vs L.A. Clippers||7:30pm|
|2. Fri Oct. 26||vs Denver||7:30pm|
|1. Wed Oct.||vs Indiana||7:30pm|
|2. Wed Nov. 7||vs Detroit||7:30pm|
|3. Thu Nov. 8||@ Minnesota||7:00pm|
|4. Tue Nov. 13||@ Denver||8:00pm|
|5. Fri Nov. 16||@ Sacramento||9:00pm|
|6. Sat Nov. 24||@ New York||12:00pm|
|7. Tue Nov. 27||@ New Jersey||6:30pm|
|8. Wed Dec. 5||@ Orlando||6:30pm|
|9. Fri Dec. 7||@ Indiana||6:00pm|
|20. Tue Dec. 11||vs New Jersey||7:30pm|
|11. Fri Dec. 14||@ Boston||6:30pm||FSN+|
|12. Tue Dec. 18||@ Cleveland||6:00pm|
|13. Thu Dec. 20||@ Toronto||6:00pm|
|14. Wed Dec. 26||@ Memphis||7:00pm||FSN+|
|15. Sat Dec. 29||vs Cleveland||7:30pm|
|16. Mon Dec. 31||vs Milwaukee||2:30pm|
|17. Wed Jan. 2||vs Dallas||7:30pm|
|18. Mon Jan. 7||vs Seattle||7:30pm|
|19. Tue Jan. 9||vs Toronto||7:30pm||FSN+|
|20. Fri Jan. 11||@ Indiana||6:00pm|
|21. Thu Jan. 17||@ Atlanta||6:30pm|
|22. Mon Jan. 21||vs Indiana||2:30pm|
|23. Tue Jan. 29||@ Phoenix||8:00pm|
|24. Wed Jan. 30||@ Utah||8:00pm|
|25. Sun Feb. 3||@ Portland||9:00pm|
|26. Wed Feb. 6||@ L.A. Lakers||9:30pm|
|27. Wed Feb. 13||@ Charlotte||6:00pm|
|28. Fri Feb. 15||vs New Jersey||7:30pm|
|29. Mon Feb. 18||@ Miami||6:30pm|
|30. Wed Feb. 20||vs New York||7:30pm|
|31. Wed Feb. 27||@ Detroit||6:30pm|
|32. Fri Mar. 1||vs Washington||7:30pm|
|33. Sun Mar. 3||@ New Jersey||2:00pm|
|34. Wed Mar. 6||vs Miami||7:30pm|
|35. Fri Mar. 8||vs L.A. Clippers||7:30pm|
|36. Tue Mar. 12||@ Milwaukee||7:00pm|
|37. Thu Mar. 14||@ San Antonio||7:30pm|
|38. Tue Mar. 19||vs Atlanta||7:30pm|
|39. Fri Mar. 22||vs Portland||7:30pm|
|40. Thu Mar. 28||vs Philadelphia||7:30pm|
|41. Sat Mar. 30||vs Denver||7:30pm|
|42. Wed Apr. 3||@ Toronto||6:00pm|
|43. Mon Apr. 8||vs Boston||7:30pm|
|44. Wed Apr. 10||@ Detroit||6:30pm||FSN+|
|45. Mon Apr. 15||@ Philadelphia||6:00pm|
|46. Wed Apr. 17||@ Charlotte||6:00pm|
* SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
* ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL TIME
* ALL GAMES ARE PRECEDED BY A HALF-HOUR PREGAME EDITION OF CHICAGO SPORTS TONIGHT
PLEASE NOTE: FSN+ telecasts may be found on CLTV or viewers can call their local cable provider for channel number