Fox Sports Net to Debut "Chicago Baseball Xtra," a New Cubs/White Sox Weekly Series Airing Sunday Nights

Premieres Sunday, April 4 at 10PM featuring Joe Girardi, Ron Kittle & Kevin Kennedy

(CHICAGO) – With an exciting season of Major League Baseball ahead for both Cubs and White Sox fans, Fox Sports Net will debut a new, weekly series entitled Chicago Baseball Xtra beginning Sunday, April 4 at 10:00 PM. This half-hour program will air every Sunday night at 10:00 PM throughout the 2004 MLB season on Fox Sports Net.

Chicago Baseball Xtra will recap the previous week for the White Sox and Cubs in a fast-paced program filled with highlights, interviews and expert analysis. In addition, the program will take a look at the upcoming series for both teams and provide insight on the opposing teams, players and any other significant league developments affecting the Cubs and White Sox.

The program will be hosted by Fox Sports Net's Cubs studio host Gail Fischer and White Sox studio host Damon Andrews, featuring in-studio analysis from former Cubs star catcher Joe Girardi and former White Sox slugger Ron Kittle. FSN's Cubs game analyst Steve Stone and White Sox game analyst Darrin Jackson will provide taped features on the upcoming opponents and pitching match-ups for the coming week.

Also, FOX Sports MLB analyst Kevin Kennedy will join the Chicago Baseball Xtra cast with his weekly insight on the teams and players that will possibly have an impact on the White Sox and Cubs, along with his comments on the other major baseball news around both leagues. Kennedy's segment will be taped in Los Angeles. Chicago Baseball Xtra will also feature numerous player and manager interviews from both teams.

Fox Sports Net Chicago reaches more than 3.8 million households in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. Fox Sports Net Chicago's programming includes Chicago Bulls basketball, Chicago Blackhawks hockey, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs baseball, Chicago Fire soccer, "The Best Damn Sports Show Period," NASCAR and "Beyond the Glory." Fox Sports Net Chicago is managed by Rainbow Sports Networks. Rainbow Sports Networks incorporates Rainbow's 50% ownership in 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, San Francisco, New England, Ohio and Florida.

A leader in sports, news and entertainment programming, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC). Rainbow Media owns and manages national networks: AMC, Fuse, IFC (The Independent Film Channel) and WE: Women's Entertainment, as well as Mag Rack, a collection of on-demand video magazines. Rainbow Media's other businesses include its regional programming services – MetroChannels, News 12 Networks and Rainbow Sports Networks – in addition to the Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation and Rainbow Network Communications.

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