ESPN Chicago 1000 Becomes Flagship Station For Football & Men's Hoops

Courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics

ESPN Chicago 1000 has reached a multiyear agreement to broadcast every Notre Dame football and men’s basketball game beginning with the 2016-17 seasons.
June 21, 2016

ESPN Chicago 1000 has reached a multiyear agreement to broadcast every Notre Dame football and men’s basketball game beginning with the 2016-17 seasons. The deal returns the Fighting Irish to Chicago’s No. 1 sports station, which was previously the home for Notre Dame sports from 1999-2005. ESPN Chicago 1000 will produce Notre Dame basketball games, while IMG will produce Notre Dame football games, as part of IMG’s Notre Dame Football Network. The Fighting Irish will kick off their 2016 football season on Sunday, Sept. 4, at Texas.

“In the world of college sports, there is nothing more prestigious to a broadcaster than teaming with Notre Dame,” said Jim Pastor, general manager, ESPN Chicago 1000. “Returning Notre Dame football and basketball to our airwaves is great news for their legion of fans in Chicago and a great addition to ESPN 1000’s menu of championship play by play offerings.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with Chicagoland’s leader in sports, ESPN 1000,” said Dan Skendzel, Notre Dame’s senior associate athletics director for media operations and branding. “In addition to the live broadcasts of Notre Dame football and basketball games, in-depth programming in the form of the Jack Swarbrick, Brian Kelly and Mike Brey Shows will now be available on Chicago radio.”

About ESPN Chicago 1000

ESPN Chicago1000 is the flagship station of ESPN Radio, providing a popular weekday talk lineup featuring Carmen & Jurko, Kap & Co. and Waddle & Silvy, news, local and national play-by-play coverage. It’s also the official home of the NBA playoffs, including the entire post-season, Major League Baseball, including the World Series, Notre Dame football and basketball, the College Football Playoff and high school sports coverage. Also streamed live at

About Notre Dame Football and Men’s Basketball

The University of Notre Dame boasts one of the most tradition-rich football programs in America, dating back to a 1913 upset win over Army that put the Irish on the football map and the first three of 11 consensus national titles under Knute Rockne in the 1920s. Coaches Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz also have contributed championship teams—and current Irish coach Brian Kelly led his 2012 squad to the Bowl Championship Series title game and saw his 2015 unit qualify for a New Year’s Six berth in the Fiesta Bowl. The Irish men’s basketball team under Mike Brey has played in an NCAA Championship regional title game in both 2015 and 2016—and the program, now part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, has a long tradition of knocking off #1 opponents.

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.

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