NBC Sports Chicago Vice-president of content Kevin Cross said: “Our primary goal at NBC Sports Chicago is to super serve our fans and with the introduction of Bulls Outsiders to our multi-platform programming line-up, we are able to continue that mission with a fresh and fun new program that not only speaks to Bulls fans, but one that directly involves them in the dialogue.”
Outsiders is airing after all Bulls post-game coverage this season, whether NBC Sports Chicago is carrying the game or not. This Thursday’s game is a national telecast on TNT, as NBC Sports Chicago’s first game is the home opener against the Detroit Pistons Saturday.
The news comes as the Bulls announced Monday ESPN college football announcer Adam Amin is the first name to fill-in for regular play-by-play voice Neil Funk for the October 22 game at the Dallas Mavericks, also on NBC Sports Chicago. Funk is scaling back his workload this season, so the Bulls are using a rotating circle of fill-in for the 20 or so games he’ll skip.
An Addison native, Amin also did play-by-play for three pre-season Chicago Bears games in August to rave reviews. Amin ha been with ESPN since 2011 and in addition to college football, Amin has called numerous NBA, MLB, and NFL games for ESPN radio. He’s also done work for IHSA.
Bulls Outsiders is the latest programming initiative from NBC Sports Chicago after the regional sports network announced it was expanding post-game coverage for Bulls and Blackhawks contests while cancelling In The Loop and Fast Break. In addition to airing Outsiders on their linear channel, NBC Sports Chicago is also streaming the show over the NBC Sports Chicago app (for authenticated users) and Facebook Live, with interaction on social media platforms Twitter and Facebook.
(Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the first game of the Bulls’ season was against the Detroit Pistons. T Dog Media regrets the error.)