NBC Sports Chicago and the White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks Wednesday announced a multiyear media rights deal that provides NBC Sports Chicago with exclusive local, multiplatform media rights to present game coverage of all three teams starting with the 2019-2020 season. The deal is subject to formal documentation and pending MLB, NBA and NHL approval.
NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Chicago+ will be the exclusive regional home for all regular season games, preseason/spring training, and the first round of postseason coverage for the Bulls and Blackhawks. This new agreement also enables the continuation of all games to be streamed on NBCSportsChicago.com and the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
"The Chicago White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks have provided countless memorable moments for this city's fans, and NBC Sports Chicago has been dedicated to immersive coverage of each and every one," said David Preschlack, President, NBC Sports Regional Networks and Platform & Content Strategy. "This is a significant agreement, and we are proud to continue to provide the most comprehensive, multiplatform coverage of these historic franchises."
"We are very pleased to extend our relationship with our partners at NBC Sports Chicago," said Jerry Reinsdorf, Bulls and White Sox chairman. "In addition to being the experts in consistently delivering the finest game and surrounding game coverage in the business, it is their year-round commitment to providing our fans with innovative and entertaining multiplatform content that makes NBC Sports Chicago among the very best in the regional sports industry. We are pleased that this agreement allows for the very best access to Bulls, Blackhawks and White Sox live action and content."
"Blackhawks fans should be very excited we are continuing our partnership with NBC Sports Chicago. In addition to raising the bar on our game day broadcasts, NBC Sports Chicago has elevated nongame day television coverage and evolved their digital and social media platforms into some of the most viewer-friendly in the industry," said Rocky Wirtz, Blackhawks chairman.