Remember Jen Patterson? The former Comcast SportsNet Chicago and 670 The Score personality? She, along with husband and former Chicago Blackhawks player Nick Boynton, welcomed daughter their Harland Grace Boynton to the world three weeks ago on June 11th. Harland is Boynton’s third daughter; he has two children from a previous relationship.
Jen Patterson achieved local fame a few years ago as “Jen-Jen the engine” on WSCR as a producer/sometimes on-air personality. She left 670 The Score for Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she covered high school sports and was an integral part of “Monsters in the Morning” with Mike North and Dan Jiggetts. Eventually, her relationship with Boynton surfaced and it (unofficially) got her fired from Comcast Sports Net Chicago in October 2010. Neither CSN Chicago nor Patterson ever confirmed that the relationship was the reason she was terminated; but the entire city believes it's the truth, so we’ll go with that.
She lives in Arizona and she’s obviously Jen Patterson Boynton now. Her Twitter page lists her as a “Reporter/Anchor/Producer/Marketing/PR/Real Estate.” Jen Patterson also has a Facebook public page with the same Russian babushka hat profile pic, which lists her vocation as “REALTOR®, Entrepreneur, & Media Personality jenpatterson.com”
Nick Boynton isn’t a household name by Blackhawks standards, but he did get a ring with the 2010 Stanley Cup winners. He played in 7 games that year and was on the ice when Patrick Kane scored the Final clinching goal in Philadelphia. He played 48 games and accumulated 9 points during his time in Chicago. He’s been out of the NHL since 2011. There’s a good Tribune story out on what he’s doing today.
Jen Patterson allegedly losing her media career to dating a player is not without precedent. It may be the only local media member jersey-chaser story to make national headlines, but this happens all the time nationally. 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 also leave her spouse to marry Lowe.
ESPN personality Samantha Ponder married Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder. I guess she only covers college sports? Seems to be a situation like NBC reporting on GE, when the network was owned by the corporate behemoth. Erin Andrews has been linked to Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, L.A. Kings player Jarrett Stoll, former Wisconsin Badgers coach Bret Bielema and some Tampa Bay hockey players early in her career when she was covering the Lightning.
Then you have ESPN’s Wendi Nix, while covering sports for a Boston area tv-station marrying current Boston Red Sox GM and then V.P. of Player Personnel Ben Cherington. That Boston area television station is NESN (New England Sports Network) and Nix is just one of many female reporters linked to a player or front office person. NESN consistently recruits beauty pageant winners and bikini models to be reporters, and a lot of them blatantly go for the jocks: Kathryn Tappen, Heidi Watney, Hazel Mae.
So the Jen Patterson situation was not unique.
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