The 2014 Chicago Cubs and the 2014 Chicago White Sox announce their very first commercial telecasts this weekend. Comcast SportsNet Chicago will present the Sox spring training game (Saturday, March 15 vs. LA Dodgers from Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ – 9:00 PM CST) and Sunday, March 16 Cubs vs. Cleveland from Cubs Park in Mesa, AZ – 3:00 PM CST
In place of ads, CSN will showcase new one-on-one player interviews with new and veteran players from both sides of town, along with in-depth player profiles, numerous feature stories and much more. All of us are over-inundated with advertising in every aspect of our daily lives; so a relief from that is welcomed. I think we've all seen way too many Nissan commercials in our lives, and that STUPID Wendy's ciabatta burger commercial just never stops. It's a novelty that the spot features Ron Zook's daughter, but it doesn't make the Wendy's add any less annoying. How can you boycott a restaurant that you would never go to in the first place?
Moving on, you know and I know that for both baseball teams, it's more about the young nucleus coming up, and the prospects in the pipeline than it is the veterans. What's more intriguing and relevant are the guys who have just arrived on the team/will arrive soon. Not the guys who have been there for awhile. On both sides of town.
“We wanted to start off our coverage of the 2014 Chicago baseball season in a big way by taking the time we would normally air commercials and provide some very unique content for our viewers,” said CSN Chicago GM Phil Bedella...
Very big news today as we now have a third sports talk radio station, WGN Radio's 87.7 FM The Game, to compete with CBS' WSCR 670 The Score and ESPN MVP AM 1000. The Game is the local sports media story that everyone is talking about just like Kelly Crull, of Comcast SportsNet Chicago is the one sports media personality that everyone is talking about. We'll go into detail on both in this notebook.
We'll also cover the trend of college basketball coaches trashing Twitter and social media, and get thoughts from Northwestern's Chris Collins on the matter. We'll also cover Comcast SportsNet producing a very compelling special on White Sox World Series hero Bobby Jenks and much more...
David Kaplan is certainly a local sports media figure who truly needs no introduction.
He's a columnist, radio and television personality who hosts The David Kaplan Show on WGN Radio (weekdays 7 to midnight) and Sports Talk Live, a daily sports roundtable discussion show on Comcast SportsNet in Chicago (Monday-Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.) He also co-authored the award winning Around Town column in the Chicago Tribune with Fred Mitchell from 2009-2011.
David Kaplan is also the pre and postgame host for CSN's Chicago Cubs broadcasts where he partners with former Chicago Cubs outfielder and 1996 National League Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth.
Kaplan grew up in Skokie and is a graduate of Hamline University. He formerly was a basketball coach at Northern Illinois University, and a scout for two NBA teams: the Indiana Pacers and the Seattle SuperSonics. Kaplan worked at WMVP-AM before joining WGN's sports staff as a reporter in 1995.
In part one of this three part series, The Kapman and I discuss the biggest trending Cubs topics right now. Off the heels of the annual Cubs Convention, there are some important Cubs topics making the news. Look for part two next week discussing: media, media criticism, balancing being a journalist and being a fan, and how players and coaches react to criticism...
Pat Hughes has a voice that is so beautiful, he could be talking for three hours about aluminum siding, and I'd be captivated the whole time. You don't have to like Chicago Cubs baseball to enjoy the work of Pat Hughes. Which is fitting I guess because the Cubs, the 4th most valuable brand in Major League Baseball, are the team of choice for so many people who don't actually like baseball and don't actually care about watching the games.
Yesterday, at the second day of Cubs Convention, when discussing a possible move from WGN radio, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Crane Kenney said Pat Hughes "is coming with us." So that makes a lot of Cubs, and Pat Hughes fans, happy.
But there was more Cubs media rights news/discussion, beyond Pat Hughes...
ESPN College Gameday set up shop this morning at Lakeside Field on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston.
Tonight at Ryan Field, not be confused with the Fox Sports 1 anchor named Ryan Field, the #4 Ohio StateBuckeyes, favored by a touchdown, will take on the #16 Wildcats. Kickoff at 7pm on ABC with OSU alum Kirk Herbstreit and NU alum Brent Musburger on the call. Heather Cox will be on the sidelines.
I love College Gameday, but the best part of it, in my opinion, would be the signs.
I’ve led this post with a great sign about Kain Colter. And posted a few in gallery. You can see a few more signs here.
NU will look to upset the Red Menace tonight, and have a much better outing than the last time College Gameday was on site for a NW home game. That was the infamous “we conveniently forgot about the lack of space in Wrigley Field, so we’ll have both teams go one way/the same way the whole time” game.
The Illini shredded NU 48-22 at the Friendly Confines as Mikel Leshoure ran for an Illinois record 330 yards rushing. Here's to hoping the Cats don't have a repeat of that performance tonight; and cut shut down Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde.
-From Crain’s, Northwestern sells the naming rights to their Athletic Director position. They've come such a long way in Evanston. Three decades ago, they were considering abandoning big time sports entirely to join the Ivy League. According to the Wall Street Journal....
WSCR-670 The Score and CBS Radio Chicago will be hosting the First Annual Larry A. Pogofsky Chicago All-Star Softball Challenge on Saturday. The game features Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox legends, including Frank Thomas, Ozzie Guillen, and Derek Lee. MLB All-Star Jamie Moyer will be pitching too. And it’s all for a good cause, as the proceeds will benefit Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox charities.
Prior to the game, which begins at 4pm, young fans will have the chance to take part in an on-field clinic hosted by the Bulls/Sox Academy. Starting at 2:30, kids will have the opportunity to experience the true nature of baseball, consisting of base running, batting, and fielding drills.
The game will be held at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg, Illinois. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $50 for a VIP admission, which includes priority seating, a premium item, and access into the post event VIP barbeque
This event is the brain child and inspiration of Ben Pogofsky...
(UPDATE: Garza sort of apologizes): "I appreciate the love baseball fans, sorry I let my competitive edge out, guess people thought athletes don't care. Don't like me don't follow."
If 1967 was the "Summer of Love," 1977 the "Summer of Sam" and 2001 the "Summer of the Shark," we still need a nickname for 2013. I'll suggest "Summer of Cubs Twitter Idiocy."
Dave Sappelt, Ian Stewart and now Matt Garza.
Ok, that's admittedly a bit of a stretch.
Sappy Sappelt did his terrible 1950s era women drivers' comedy routine on Twitter in the preseason, Stewart was not with the parent club when he had his pity party melt down, and Matt Garza is a couple weeks removed from the Chicago Cubs now. Still his Twitter rant makes himself a prime candidate for future sensitivity training. And a social media apology.
So I guess we can call this the "Year of Very Recent Cubs Making Social Media Missteps." Which is nowhere near as catchy.
Matt Garza is the latest to do something that will inevitably spur the "My Twitter account was hacked" excuse later. Let's take a look at what exactly went down. This happened just hours ago. The tweets of Matt Garza are protected, and I don't have access. Luckily, "The Outside Corner" does...
I started hearing rumors last weekend that Dan Pompei was out at the Chicago Tribune.
It wasn’t until this morning that I got confirmation on Dan Pompei being gone, and that this was Dan Pompei leaving the Trib, it was his decision. Not the paper deciding to get rid of him. Dan Pompei is as an accomplished NFL writer as you will ever find. So this is a huge void for the Trib to fill as his leaving coincides with the start of football season.
No word yet on what he's doing next or who his replacement will be...
Ever since I broke the news about Colleen Kane becoming the new Chicago White Sox beat writer, I’ve been getting a ton of questions about the fate of former Chicago Cubs beat writer Paul Sullivan. With Mark Gonzales replacing Sully on the Cubs beat, I’ve gotten a few emails and texts about what’s going to happen to Paul Sullivan.
He has both his fans and his critics; and they can get rather loud on Twitter. Of course, that comes with the territory of being a beat writer for a very high profile team at a big city paper. Polarization is just natural. And certainly, it’s always the malcontents that will be louder and more assertive than the admirers.
So Paul Sullivan is gone from the Cubs beat, and he will now be……...
In the words of the Dixie Chicks: “I’m not ready to make nice, I’m not ready to back down.”
As of this afternoon, the zeitgeist of that song no longer applies to the Wrigley Rooftops Association. Today, the Wrigley Rooftops released a statement. It appears the acrimony between the Chicago Cubs and the Wrigley Rooftops is over.
Just in time for the crosstown series between the Cubs and White Sox that NO ONE CARES ABOUT. Nevertheless, detente is here and we truly have peace in our time...
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