Left: Bulls and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Right: Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz

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Bulls, Sox, Hawks, NBC Sports Chicago Reach Deal

The new deal will begin in October 2019.

December 18, 2018 - 3:24 pm

(670 The Score) The Bulls, White Sox and Blackhawks have reached a new deal to remain television partners with NBC Sports Chicago, industry sources confirmed to 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine.

The three teams and NBC Sports Chicago will have an equal ownership stake in the new deal, which will begin in October 2019, after the current deal between the Bulls, White Sox, Blackhawks, Cubs and NBC Sports Chicago expires. The new contract is for five years, The Athletic reported.

The Cubs are splitting apart on their own television venture, which is expected to begin in February 2020, when spring training starts to open a new season. The Cubs are expected to have a broadcast partner in their new venture. The Sinclair Broadcast Group, a massive television station operator in the country, is the front-runner to be that partner, sources told Levine, though that deal isn't finalized. The Cubs would rely on their partner for distribution purposes, not content, The Athletic reported.

The Cubs, Bulls, White Sox and Blackhawks teamed up with Comcast SportsNet Chicago, since rebranded as NBC Sports Chicago, back in 2004, putting an abundance of games on cable. 

Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and Bulls and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf are co-owners of the United Center and have a strong working relationship.

An announcement on the new deal is expected to come soon, sources said.