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Comcast Sports Net Fires Jen Patterson for Dating Blackhawks Player?

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How did this media story slip through the cracks? Or better yet, how is a Blackhawks story such as this being covered so minimally within the news cycle? I guess with the excessive coverage of Jenn Sterger-Brett Favre and Ines Sainz-New York Jets, stories about interaction between female journalists and athletes is getting saturated.

However, this is still kind of a big deal, at least locally in Chicago.

According to Fox:

Comcast SportsNet (CSN) Chicago announced the departure of a reporter who is said to be dating Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

"Jen Patterson is no longer an employee of Comcast SportsNet Chicago and we wish her well on her future endeavors," the channel said in a statement. "Per company policy, we have no further comment on personnel matters."

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The article goes on to mention that the firing comes a week after the Boynton-Patterson relationship became public knowledge and that the Blackhawks are 20% owned by Comcast Sports Net, the network that telecasts their games locally. So there's all kind of conflicts of interests going on there. At least on paper there is.

Now CSN didn't officially say Patterson was fired because she's in a relationship with a player on the team her former network covers, but we can read between the lines. The whole controversy stirred up allegedly from other female reporters complaining.

And this is hardly without precedent. You might remember Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe left his wife for Fox Sports reporter Carolyn Hughes, who got fired from her job for dating a player on a team covered by the network. Hughes would leave her spouses and marry Lowe.

These incidents severely hurt the reputation of very attractive female reporters who can quickly be labeled as "jersey-chasers with a microphone."

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net , a Midwest webzine. He is also a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune's Chicago Now network, Walter Football.com, the Washington Times Communities, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports.com

You can follow him on Twitter @thesportsbank

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