Chicago Bulls Basketball Returns To Fox Sports Net With Big 48-Game Schedule, Plus Pre/Post-Game Coverage

Schedule Includes Five Pre-Season Games beginning October 17 vs. Washington

(CHICAGO) – Last season’s NBA “Co-Rookie of the Year” Elton Brand is joined by a top rookie class featuring Marcus Fizer, Jamal Crawford, Khalid El-Amin, plus veteran standout Ron Mercer, for an exciting new season of Chicago Bulls basketball on FOX Sports Net. This season, fans can look forward to 48 Bulls telecasts (five pre-season and 43 regular season) on FOX Sports Net, once again the most Bulls games covered by any network. The first of 43 regular season Bulls games can be seen on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 PM, when the Bulls host #1 NBA Draft pick Kenyon Martin and the New Jersey Nets.

Prior to the start of the regular season, FOX Sports Net will carry five pre-season games, beginning Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 PM when the Bulls host the Washington Wizards from the United Center. Additional pre-season games include match-ups against the Atlanta Hawks (October 19), Boston Celtics (October 20 from Rockford, IL), Milwaukee Bucks (October 25) and Indiana Pacers (October 26 from South Bend, IN).

FOX Sports Net’s unrivaled coverage of the Bulls is led by the veteran announcing tandem of Tom Dore and Johnny “Red” Kerr. Eric Collins will once again handle sideline reports for all Bulls home games. Chicago Sports Tonight, featuring the studio tandem 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 Bulls post-game coverage. Plus, the 11PM Regional Sports Report will provide viewers with the most complete post-game recaps and player interviews from every Bulls game nightly on FOX Sports Net.

“The Bulls are continuing to develop a formidable team and we’re looking forward to covering them again for our 18th consecutive season,” said James J. Corno, FOX Sports Net Chicago’s Senior Vice President/General Manager. “With our enhanced coverage on ,Chicago Sports Tonight and the 11PM Regional Sports Report, Bulls fans know where to turn for the most in-depth coverage of their favorite team and all of Chicago sports.”

This season’s Bulls schedule on FOX Sports Net includes 23 home games and 20 road match-ups during the regular season. A schedule breakdown includes 27 games against Eastern Conference opponents, an early season battle against the new-look Orlando Magic (Nov. 9), the very first meeting against Shaquille O’Neal and the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers (Nov. 19), a pair of games against perennial Eastern Conference favorite New York Knicks (Dec. 29 & Mar. 2) and a home match-up against Reggie Miller and the defending Eastern Conference champion Indiana Pacers (Dec. 19).

Additional highlights include a Sunday afternoon road battle against scoring powerhouse Vince Carter and the Toronto Raptors (Nov. 26), a home match-up against Tim Duncan, David Robinson and the San Antonio Spurs (Dec. 28), a road and home game vs. Allen Iverson, Toni Kukoc and the Philadelphia 76ers (Jan. 17 & Mar. 14), a home match-up against Scottie Pippen and Western Conference standout Portland Trailblazers (Jan. 23), plus a “homecoming” game for local high school stars Quentin Richardson, Darius Miles and Corey Maggette of the Los Angeles Clippers (Feb. 22).

Three 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 scheduled simultaneously.

Through a cooperative agreement with 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 the 24-hour, toll-free 1-877-655-PLUS customer service line for FSN+ channel locations in their area.

Fox Sports Net is a service of National Sports Partners. Equally owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. and Fox Entertainment Group, Fox Sports Net now reaches more than 70 million homes nationwide. Rainbow Sports, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., has dedicated itself to “Home Team” fans for more than 20 years. Rainbow Sports incorporates all of Rainbow Media’s sports assets, including: its 50 percent ownership of Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports National Advertising; majority ownership of Madison Square Garden Properties; and the ownership and management of Fox Sports Net regional networks in six of the nation’s largest markets – Chicago, New England, Florida, New York, Ohio and San Francisco.


Date Time Opponent
1. Tue Oct. 17 7:30 PM vs. Washington Wizards (U.C.)
2. Thu Oct. 19 7:30 PM vs. Atlanta Hawks (U.C.)
3. Fri Oct. 20 7:30 PM vs. Boston Celtics (Rockford, IL)
4. Wed Oct. 25 7:30 PM vs. Milwaukee Bucks (U.C.)
5. Thu Oct. 26 7:30 PM vs. Indiana Pacers (South Bend, IN)
1. Fri Nov. 3 7:30 PM vs. New Jersey Nets
2. Thu Nov. 9 7:30 PM vs. Orlando Magic
3. Tue Nov. 14 7:30 PM @ Houston Rockets
4. Sun Nov. 19 8:30 PM @ Los Angeles Lakers
5. Tue Nov. 21 9:30 PM (FSN+) @ Golden State Warriors
6. Sun Nov. 26 2:00 PM @ Toronto Raptors
7. Thu Nov. 30 6:30 PM @ Atlanta Hawks
8. Tue Dec. 5 7:00 PM @ Minnesota Timberwolves
9. Wed Dec. 6 7:00 PM vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
10. Fri Dec. 8 7:00 PM @ Dallas Mavericks
11. Mon Dec. 11 7:30 PM vs. Phoenix Suns
12. Wed Dec. 13 6:00 PM (FSN+) @ Boston Celtics
13. Tue Dec. 19 7:30 PM vs. Indiana Pacers
14. Thu Dec. 28 7:30 PM vs. San Antonio Spurs
15. Fri Dec. 29 1:00 PM @ New York Knicks
16. Sun Dec. 31 1:00 PM vs. New Jersey Nets
17. Tue Jan. 2 7:30 PM vs. Milwaukee Bucks
18. Mon Jan. 8 7:30 PM vs. Dallas Mavericks
19. Tue Jan. 9 6:00 PM @ Charlotte Hornets
20. Sun Jan. 14 6:30 PM @ Miami Heat
21. Wed Jan. 17 6:00 PM @ Philadelphia 76ers
22. Thu Jan. 18 7:30 PM vs. Detroit Pistons
23. Tue Jan. 23 7:30 PM vs. Portland Trailblazers
24. Wed Jan. 24 6:30 PM @ Cleveland Cavaliers
25. Thu Feb. 1 9:00 PM (FSN+) @ Seattle Supersonics
26. Mon Feb. 5 9:30 PM @ Los Angeles Clippers
27. Tue Feb. 13 7:30 PM vs. Atlanta Hawks
28. Mon Feb. 19 6:30 PM @ Cleveland Cavaliers
29. Tue Feb. 20 7:30 PM vs. Milwaukee Bucks
30. Thu Feb. 22 7:30 PM vs. Los Angeles Clippers
31. Mon Feb. 26 7:30 PM vs. Golden State Warriors
32. Fri Mar. 2 7:30 PM vs. New York Knicks
33. Fri Mar. 9 7:00 PM @ Detroit Pistons
34. Wed Mar. 14 7:30 PM vs. Philadelphia 76ers
35. Fri Mar. 16 7:30 PM vs. Seattle Supersonics
36. Fri Mar. 23 7:30 PM vs. Charlotte Hornets
37. Mon Mar. 26 7:30 PM vs. Denver Nuggets
38. Sat Mar. 31 7:30 PM vs. Miami Heat
39. Tue Apr. 3 7:30 PM vs. Detroit Pistons
40. Tue Apr. 10 7:00 PM @ Milwaukee Bucks
41. Wed Apr. 11 6:00 PM @ Washington Wizards
42. Fri Apr. 13 7:30 PM vs. Utah Jazz
43. Tue Apr. 17 6:30 PM @ New Jersey Nets

  • Schedule subject to change
  • All times are central time
  • All Games Preceded by a Half-hour Pregame Edition ofCHICAGO SPORTS TONIGHT

    telecasts may be found on CLTV
    or call 1-877-655-PLUS for channel number


    Jeffrey Nuich
    FOX Sports Net Chicago