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CSN Chicago Showing Commercial-Free Chicago Cubs, White Sox Game

CSN Chicago Showing Commercial-Free Chicago Cubs, White Sox Game
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...

David Kaplan talks CSN Sports Awards, Sports Media (Exclusive)

David Kaplan talks CSN Sports Awards, Sports Media (Exclusive)
On Monday, February 10th David Kaplan will host as some of Chicago’s current and former professional athletes receiving honors at the 26th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards. The Live Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet (7:30 PM) from the Hilton Chicago (International Ballroom). The honorees chosen are top athletes from Chicago’s professional teams who have made considerable contributions to their teams and the Chicago community. The proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes This year’s honorees include: Martellus Bennett (Bear of the Year) Patrick Sharp (Blackhawk of the Year) Nazr Mohammed (Bull of the Year) Welington Castillo (Cub of the Year) Nate Jones (White Sox of the Year) Mike Magee (Fire of the Year) Stan Mikita (Lifetime Achievement) Alyssa Gialamas (Inspirational Athlete Award) Tickets are $400 per person. To purchase tickets to the 26th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards, please call Kate Adams at (312) 596-4721 or visit CSNChicago.com/sportsawards26 Now we move on to an exclusive discussion of sports media and sports that David Kaplan and I had by phone recently...

David Kaplan Discussing the Biggest Issues facing the Chicago Cubs

David Kaplan Discussing the Biggest Issues facing the Chicago Cubs
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...
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Chicago White Sox, Cubs legends playing in 670 The Score Charity Game

Chicago White Sox, Cubs legends playing in 670 The Score Charity Game
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...

Matt Garza gets ANGRY, Misogynist on Social Media

Matt Garza gets ANGRY, Misogynist on Social Media
(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...

Wrigley Rooftops make nice with Cubs; not too late to make it right

Wrigley Rooftops make nice with Cubs; not too late to make it right
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. For now. 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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Darren Rovell Award Winner: Chicago Cubs

Darren Rovell Award Winner: Chicago Cubs
ESPN and ABC reporter Darren Rovell is coming to Chicago Cubs Social Media Night on August 21st. *Faceplant* (credit Julie DiCaro @JulieDiCaro) And may I add #letdown #epicfail #pleasedon't. Obviously, this grants the ballclub a Darren Rovell award. All national sports media and local Chicago media are eligible for the Darren Rovell award. Of course, priority will be given to Chicago sports media candidates. With Darren Rovell being a Northwestern alum, this award is both local and national. The Darren Rovell award will be given to the entity who either a.) gives us obvious product placement in their journalism or b.) engages in prodigious self-promotion. The Cubs are guilty of both because they are now adding gallons of gasoline to the Rovellian fire. If you have a candidate for the Darren Rovell award, email thesportsbank.net@gmail.com...

Cubs and City to Announce Renovation Deal; Ricketts does Media Circuit

Cubs and City to Announce Renovation Deal; Ricketts does Media Circuit
It’s the Cubs home opener! Baseball opening day is always a wonderful experience for tourists, bandwagon types and raging alcoholics. However, the buzz around Wrigley Field isn’t about baseball (and why should it be have you seen what this team looks like?) but business operatons and local politics instead. A deal to renovate Wrigley Field is likely to be announced sometime this afternoon. CBS 2's Jay Levine broke it first saying the Chicago Cubs and city officials have reached a deal to make changes to the landmark stadium. Since Chicago Cubs Chairman  Tom Ricketts is BFF with Wrapports Chairman Michael Ferro (who own the Chicago Sun-Times) I thought the Bright One would break this first. Maybe when the ink dries they still will. The hold-up now is with Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Ricketts is waiting for Rahm to be ready so both he and Ricketts can make the announcement together. And knowing what I know about MLB and their history with issuing press releases- we'll get the official word from the baseball club about 2 days after the news is published at every major outlet. There is a huge public relations battle being fought right now between the Wrigleyville rooftop owners and the Chicago Cubs. In their last press release, the rooftops association looked desperate and defensive. It wasn't just Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts making the media rounds today. A few members of the Ricketts family did the local media circuit. I just embedded the tweets, because the links are there if you want to watch/listen to the Ricketts get their message out there. Basically, the Ricketts family was to Chicago media this morning what the Plumlee family is to Duke basketball- you can’t escape them...

Wrigleyville Rooftops: Looking Defensive, Desperate and Pathetic

Wrigleyville Rooftops: Looking Defensive, Desperate and Pathetic
It was widely reported today that the city of Chicago and the Chicago Cubs could announced an agreement on a deal regarding the proposed Wrigley Field renovations. This announcement could happen Monday, the same day Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts will appear on WSCR’s "Mully and Hanley" morning show. It’s a battle now between the Chicago Cubs organization and the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association. It’s a fight to see who can win Chicago hearts and minds by getting their message heard the loudest. Through the media and public relations, both the Cubs and the Wrigleyville Rooftops will get their agenda to the people. And since Ricketts is BFF with Wrapports Chairman Michael Ferro (who own the Chicago Sun-Times) it will be interesting to see how the second city’s second paper covers this. Why do you think the S-T was first in having the story of the supposed agreement today? I detailed this argument a week ago in a previous article, where I included the rooftops' last press release and debated each point. I grudgingly gave the edge to the Cubs and Ricketts. After the press release sent out by the rooftops today, I am even more swayed to Ricketts’ side. The rooftops association release looks desperate, scared, pathetic and defensive. They claim they will sue if their contract with the Cubs is not honored Here’s the rooftops association release...
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Cubs vs Wrigleyville Rooftops vs Rosemont: PR War Begins!

Cubs vs Wrigleyville Rooftops vs Rosemont: PR War Begins!
As the wheels are in motion for the Wrigley Field renovations, it’s a battle now between the Chicago Cubs organization and the Wrigleyville Rooftops. It's a fight to see who can win Chicago hearts and minds by getting their message heard the loudest. Through the media and public relations, both the Cubs and the Wrigleyville Rooftops will get their agenda to the people. And since Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts is BFF with Wrapports Chairman Michael Ferro (who own the Chicago Sun-Times) it will be interesting to watch how the second city's second paper covers this. And as you no doubt have heard, the city of Rosemont threw their hat into the ring too. However, that’s just a cheap publicity stunt by the mayor of Rosemont. Imagine the Kennedy with Cubs traffic ADDED to people commuting to/from the suburbs AND O’Hare traffic, the world’s busiest airport. Traffic jams on I-90 north are already homicide inducing as it is, adding Cubs traffic would be LUDICROUS. The Cubs are going nowhere, they’re investing more in the land around Wrigley Field; not less. And Cubs fans might just care more about their ballpark and “the experience” than they do winning. The craziest fan base in all of sports, despite 105 years of "rebuilding," attests to this. Sorry Rosemont, you don't count here. The Cubs and Wrigley Field are intertwined. Moving to Rosemont has certainly done nothing to help DePaul, who is based in Lincoln Park. So we’ll just dismiss the stupid Rosemont idea and move on to the two actual players in this conversation: the Cubs and the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association. The Wrigleyville Rooftops Association sent out a press release they labeled as “facts” as the Cubs’ self-imposed April 1 Wrigley Field renovation deadline approaches. We’ll look at their arguments and see where we agree/disagree...
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