Bulls play-by-play broadcaster Neil Funk to retire after 2019-20 season


Neil Funk, the Bulls long-time play-by-play announcer, is set to retire from broadcasting following the 2019-20 season.

“After 43 years calling NBA games, 28 of those with the Chicago Bulls, it is time to step aside," Funk said in a press release. "I want to give a special thanks to Jerry and Michael Reinsdorf for allowing me and my family to be a part of the best franchise in sports. I also want to thank Bulls fans around the world for being so gracious and supportive. Thanks for the great ride."

Funk, who will turn 73 in December, joined the Bulls radio broadcast team in 1991-92. He's been the team's television play-by-play man since 2008-09.

“Neil has been the voice of five of the six Bulls Championships, and his play-by-play will be forever linked to three decades of storied Chicago Bulls basketball," Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. "Not only has Neil called games for some of the NBA’s greatest players, but he has had a career that makes him one of the NBA’s most trusted broadcasters of all time.

"We thank Neil for his contributions that have consistently made our broadcasts among the best in the league, and wish him and his family the very best."

Funk cut 20 road games from his broadcast schedule last season and will follow suit this season. He'll be on the call for every preseason and regular season home game, though. The Bulls will provide an update on who will fill in for Funk on the road at a later date.

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