Gail Fischer leaving Comcast SportsNet after 14 years

Gail Fischer leaving Comcast SportsNet after 14 years

On one of the greatest nights in Illinois Fighting Illini basketball history, it became public knowledge that a prominent Illinois alum (class of '91), Gail Fischer was moving on from her post in the Chicago media. After 14 years, the 44-year-old Fischer will no longer be with CSN.

“We have decided we will not be renewing our contract with Gail Fischer,” Comcast SportsNet said in a statement Thursday. “Her final day on our air was January 31. We appreciate everything Gail has provided our network over the years and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors. Per company policy, we have no further comment on personnel matters.”

Fischer probably set the unofficial record for keeping a headshot too long/not at all resembling one's head shot. But then again she was at the station for a decade and a half; none of us look the same as we did 15 years ago. Except for Faith Hill, she does not age for some reason.

Back to Fischer, earlier stops in her career included CLTV, the Tribune Co.-owned cable news channel, in 1998. Two years later, she became an anchor/reporter for Fox Sports Net, the predecessor of Comcast SportsNet. No word yet and when or who will fill Fischer's spot. I also can't tell you what she'll do next.

For some Chicago sports fans, the Rockford native is notorious for a rumored romantic involvement with a Chicago athlete from the early-mid 2000s. I don't count rumors, hearsay, conjecture or message boards as sources, so that's all we'll say about that. Remember, this supposed relationship occurred prior to the no privacy era of social media.

Today she is married and has a very young daughter. For more on Fischer's bio go here

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