Seen on Screen: CSN Chicago Gears Up for Cubs Playoff Coverage; ESPNU Tips Off #MidnightMadness

by Wilson Sy, Editorial Assistant

Comcast SportsNet will be providing fans with live, expanded, surrounding coverage of the Chicago Cubs upcoming playoff series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Game 1 and 2 (Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10) of the NLDS will take place in St. Louis and Comcast SportsNet will deliver live, remote editions of Cubs Pregame Live and Cubs Postgame Live. Comcast SportsNet’s surrounding coverage details for Game 3 on Monday, Oct. 12 (and Games 4 and 5 if necessary) will be announced on…

…As the 2015-16 college basketball season approaches, ESPNU will celebrate with a one-hour special that utilizes social media and Web-based videos to provide a sampling of college basketball’s annual preseason parties from campuses around the nation. Debuting Friday, October 23, at 9 p.m., #MidnightMadness’ best moments will be showcased with an emphasis on videos that have generated chatter on the Internet and were suited for consideration by teams and fans. The voting includes dunks, plays, championship commemorations, and celebrity appearances will take place over the coming weeks through @ESPNCBB. Teams and fans can nominate moments for consideration by tweeting at @ESPNCBB and tagging it #MidnightMadness…

…A special Kentucky Men’s Basketball Practice will air on ESPNU this Sunday, October 11, at 7 p.m. ET. The coverage will feature a two-hour look at ESPN’s preseason No. 3 ranked team showcasing the Wildcats participating in individual drills of 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmages. NBA scouts will be in attendance and fans can join the conversation by tagging their tweets with #UKPractice…

…During the NFL’s opening weekend, the league participated in Snapchat’s “Live Stories” feature, which puts together relevant posts from fans attending games. “Live Stories” collected nearly 10 million views over a 24-hour period that weekend. NBC Sports Group executives have seen the same trends and are finalizing plans to use social media in a big way around the network’s 2016 Rio Olympics coverage.

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