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Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Csn bayarea.png
CSN logo
Launched October 1, 2004
Network Comcast SportsNet
Owned by Comcast
Thomas S. Ricketts
Jerry Reinsdorf
Rocky Wirtz
Picture format 480p (SDTV) / 1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Fans Best Friend.
Country United States
Language American English
Broadcast area Chicago Metro
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Southern Wisconsin
Nationwide via satelite
Replaced FSN Chicago
Website CSN Chicago
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 665 (SD and HD)
666 CSN Chicago+
666-1 CSN Chicago+ HD
667 CSN Chicago+ 2
Dish Network 429 (SD)
5429 (HD)
450 CSN + SD
Cable
Cable Check local listings
AT&T U-Verse CSN Chicago 741 (SD)
CSN+ Chicago 742 (SD)
CSN Chicago 1741 (HD)
CSN+ Chicago 1742 (HD)

Comcast SportsNet Chicago (CSN Chicago) is a member of the Comcast SportsNet network of regional sports networks that covers local sports teams in the Chicago area.

CSN Chicago is jointly owned by Comcast (20%), Thomas S. Ricketts (owner of the Cubs, 20%), Jerry Reinsdorf (owner of the both the Bulls and the White Sox, giving him a 40% stake), and Rocky Wirtz (owner of the Chicago Blackhawks, 20%). The channel airs a majority of games for those four teams. They also carry games for the NIU Huskies football, MLL Chicago Machine and the AFL Chicago Rush. If any two of the teams play at the same time, a second alternate channel (called Comcast Sportsnet Plus, and aired on CLTV (on Comcast systems )) is utilized to show the SD feed of both events CSN+. CSN HD is on its own. CSN+ SD may get its own slot when Comcast in Chicagoland is done with the analog crush, although WCIU and WGN-TV carry many Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bulls games. Comcast SportsNet Chicago was created so the teams mentioned could have editorial control over their broadcasts, unlike the past 'produced by' arrangements with the now-defunct FSN Chicago, whose facilities were taken over by CSN Chicago when the network launched. All games of the major Chicago sports teams on CSN Chicago are broadcast in high definition.

In the Chicago area, Comcast operates an unrelated separate Comcast Network, a general entertainment channel that also airs the entire schedule of the AHL's Chicago Wolves.

On April 2, 2007, it was announced that the Tribune Company will be selling both their shares in CSN Chicago and the Chicago Cubs at the end of 2007. Tom Ricketts reportedly reached a deal on July 6, 2009, though it has yet to be officially announced.[1]

On March 30, 2008, the Blackhawks announced that all of their games, both home and away, would be televised, in high definition, with the bulk of the games going to CSN Chicago, and others being broadcast on WGN-TV. (Chicago only not on Wgn America)

CSN Chicago, along with the other Comcast SportsNet branded networks, was revamped with a new network logo and graphics package on October 1, 2008, the fourth anniversary of its launch.

On January 5, 2009, Comcast SportsNet launched a morning talkshow with former radio host of WSCR Mike North and Comcast SportsNet reporter and former Chicago Bear Dan Jiggetts called Monsters in the Morning.

Contents

Anchors

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SportsNite

Current

Former

  • Mitch Robinson (2004-2009)
  • Kerry Sayers (2004-2009)

Broadcast Teams

White Sox

Bulls

Blackhawks

Bears

Cubs

CSN Sports Awards benefiting the March of Dimes

Every Year since 1987, CSN Chicago (and FSN Chicago/Sportschannel Chicago before them) Hosts an award show to raise money for the March of Dimes.The honorees included top athletes from Chicago's professional teams, who were chosen based on their contributions to their teams and the Chicago community.To date, the "Sports Awards" has raised over $6 million for the charity.

The 2009 awards were:

  • Date: February 9th, 2009
  • Location: Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Time: 5:00-9:00pm

The awards were:

  • Chicago Bears player of the year (Greg Olsen)
  • Chicago Blackhawks player of the year (Patrick Kane)
  • Chicago Bulls player of the year (Drew Gooden)
  • Chicago Cubs player of the year (Reed Johnson)
  • Chicago Fire player of the year (Brian McBride)
  • Chicago White Sox player of the year (John Danks)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Bobby Hull)
  • Inspirational Athlete Award (Stella McMillan)

Sportsnite Segments

CSN has many segments during sportsnite including

  • Luke-A-Likes:Is a popular segment on sportsnight whenever Luke Stuckmeyer hosts. Fans get to vote on sports figures and pick out someone else who looks like them.
  • Chicago Sports Trivia Question: A (usually difficult) trivia question right before a commercial break which has something to do with Chicago Sports; the answer is given after the commercial break.
  • Anchor Chuck Garfien enthralls Sox fans with his Sox Drawer Blog. The Blog keeps fans up-to-date with behind the scenes information, as well as giving fans a chance to email questions to Chuck and have them answered. It is unparalleled access for Sox fans, courtesy of Chuck Garfien.

Deep Dish

CSN had fans e-mail in suggestions on what their new mascot's name should be. Fans then had to vote for the top names and "Deep Dish" won. The name "Deep Dish" is a Chicago style pizza that is very popular. Deep Dish is a white and brown Bulldog and the new CSN slogan is "Fans Best Friend".

CSN Chicago HD

Comcast SportsNet Chicago HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. It shows all Chicago Cubs[2], Chicago White Sox,[3] Chicago Blackhawks[4], and Chicago Bulls[5] games in HD, as well as all studio shows. The HD service is available on the Comcast Cable HD Tier at Channel 200 in the Chicago Area and 665 on DirecTV. The Plus Feed is in HD as well on Comcast Cable HD Channel 285 in the Chicago Area and DirecTV 666-1.

FSN on Comcast SportsNet

CSN Chicago carries FSN programming in lieu of an FSN affiliate. This offers the regions access to a variety of college sports, notably ACC men's and women's basketball on Sundays, Pac-10 basketball on various nights, plus Big 12 and Pac-10 football on Saturdays during their respective seasons. They also air studio shows, such as The Best Damn Sports Show Period, and the Final Score. This arrangement is to secure national coverage for its collegiate lineup of games.

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References

  1. ^ http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090706&content_id=5724780&vkey=news_chc&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc
  2. ^ Welcome to Comcast SportsNet
  3. ^ Welcome to Comcast SportsNet
  4. ^ Welcome to Comcast SportsNet
  5. ^ Welcome to Comcast SportsNet

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