SBD/June 29, 2012/Media

Time To Play The Feud: CSN Chicago Preps New Cubs, White Sox Trivia Show

Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Sunday is premiering "The Batter's Box," a new game show that pits "either two Cubs fans or two White Sox fans against each other, with questions ranging from the easy to the difficult," according to Tina Akouris of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. The half-hour show, which will debut Sunday "immediately after the Cubs postgame show," will run for 15 weeks "after that day's baseball broadcast." Contestants are eliminated "until one Cubs fan and one Sox fan remain." They will then "square off in the final show." Each finalist "wins an autographed jersey and tickets to either the Cubs or Sox convention." The overall champion "will receive the 'ultimate game experience': a suite at U.S. Cellular Field or Wrigley Field for the winner and guests, a visit to the broadcast booth and the opportunities to throw out the first pitch and watch batting practice on the field at a 2013 game to be determined." CSN Chicago VP/Programming Greg Bowman said that he is "always looking for more and varied programming." Akouris noted Bowman last year "came across a similar game show in the Boston area for Red Sox fans." He "contacted the production company, StarPilot Productions in Boston, and put a proposal together in November 2011" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/29).
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