Chicago Bulls, White Sox and Blackhawks Announce New Broadcast Network Will Launch in October

Guaranteed Rate Field is pictured in a file photo. (WTTW News)Guaranteed Rate Field is pictured in a file photo. (WTTW News)

There’s a new sports network in town.

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Chicago Sports Network (CHSN) is set to launch in October and will broadcast Chicago Bulls, White Sox and Blackhawks games along with other content through traditional cable providers, streaming services and over-the-air broadcasts, according to a Monday announcement.

The move was long expected and will replace NBC Sports Chicago as the three teams’ broadcast home.

The network will air more than 300 live games annually and feature “24/7 multisport programming,” according to a news release.

CHSN will reach most of Illinois, and parts of Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin, pending approvals, according to the release.

The new network partners the three teams with Nashville-based Standard Media, which owns four others television stations.

“As we set out to design the network, we began and ended every discussion with the simple question: What is best for our fans?” said Jason Coyle, who has been named president of the network, in a news release. “What is the best approach to distribution? How can we push the limits of both in-game and studio production? We plan to serve our fans on as many platforms and in as many markets as our rights allow.”

Blackhawks and Bulls preseason games will start airing on the network in October and the 2025 White Sox season will be broadcast on the new station.

There is no word on the immediate future of NBC Sports Chicago, the impact on current staff members or how long the network will continue operations.

“We thank the White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks for the long and collaborative partnership on NBC Sports Chicago,” according to a statement from an NBC Sports Chicago spokesman. “We look forward to producing quality coverage of the teams through the remainder of our partnership, along with continuing our extensive coverage of every local pro team in town on NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago.”

The teams have aired their games on the network since 2004, when it was known as Comcast SportsNet.


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