CSN Chicago President Jim Corno passed away today. Senior Director of Communications Jeff Nuich posted a CSN tribute to Jim on the CSNChicago.com website (link).
And below you'll find the Comcast SportsNet Chicago statement-- (from Phil Bedella – VP/GM, Comcast SportsNet Chicago)
Jim Corno (President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago) passes away at the age of 66...
(UPDATE 5-7-13 11:50 A.M.: Susannah releases public statement on her own home page)
As most of you know by now, I had a slip-up last week on the air while covering the Blackhawks playoff series. As a result of the attention it received, an old web-based sports comedy series I participated in several years ago came to light. The intention of that show was to present a satirical, tongue-in-cheek approach to sports but, unfortunately, some of the material it contained was off-color and offensive. I understand why some may have been offended by it and for this I am truly sorry. To be clear, that show in no way reflects my personal opinions.
It has always been my dream to cover my hometown teams on the network I loved watching. I have worked tirelessly to develop my skills as a sports reporter, anchor and host, and I want to thank the city of Chicago for allowing me that opportunity. The outpouring of support I have received is overwhelming and it will remain in my heart, as will Chicago. Always.
As you no doubt have heard, Susannah Collins
was let go by Comcast SportsNet Chicago late Thursday night. As I reported immediately, it wasn’t CSN
that terminated her employment, it was the Chicago Blackhawks
. The order came from up on high within the Blackhawks
I knew this because I’ve covered the team for years and I know how the propaganda machine works at 1901 W. Madison.
I know how hands-on, petty and paranoid the front office and Media Relations are.
They’re Draconian about message control and hypocritical about sexual imagery
. They’re especially hypocritical in their selling of that sexual imagery.
They’ve crushed reporters in the past for no good reason other than they knew that they could. And I knew they did it again with Collins.
I was the first one to report
that it was the Blackhawks
, and not CSN, behind this. A few on-air personalities from 670 The Score
had my back instantly as Laurence Holmes, Joe Ostrowski and Herb Lawrence re-tweeted my story, and endorsed what I had to say.
The next day, talk of Susannah Collins
dominated The Score airwaves, and Score afternoon host Dan Bernstein, who has probably influenced me as much as any media
member in this market, started saying the same thing I had said: this was the Blackhawks
Update: Susannah lands a new gig
It was likely pressure from the Chicago Blackhawks
organization itself and not CSN that led to Susannah Collins
being dismissed from Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Obviously, this is a severe over-reaction
by the team in response to her simple “flub” Tuesday.
As you obviously know, Susannah Collins
made pretty much every homepage you can think of between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon: AOL, Yahoo!, Yardbarker (twice actually, the second time was for her interview
of Danica Patrick
during Shoot-the-Puck) and every online news agency: E! News, Huffington Post, NESN, well, whatever you get the idea.
Collins inadvertently said that the Blackhawks
had a “tremendous amount of sex
during the regular season.” She meant to say “success.” She made a mistake, she corrected herself right away. And she moved on. She took it, and all the publicity that came later, like a champ.
Her Twitter stream that night
conveyed that she’s a professional, and that she has a sense of humor about herself. (Obviously, she's been silent there since May 1)...
(UPDATE 5-7-13 11:50 A.M.: Susannah releases public statement on her own home page)
UPDATE 5-3-13: Susannah is fired by Comcast SportsNet. This link explains why I believe the Blackhawks themselves had more to do with her dismissal than CSN!!!
was hired by Comcast SportsNet Chicago this past September. You know her best from Chicago Blackhawks
broadcasts; but Collins also covers Bulls
, White Sox
for the network. CSN has broadcast partnerships with all four Chicago teams. Susannah Collins
became an internet superstar last week thanks to ’80s icon Mr. T (watch here to see him score a goal)
It was one of the best moments in shoot-the-puck history; right up there with this one.
is both an Illini
and a local. She grew up in the western suburb of Downers Grove, IL and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 2001. For a full biography go here.
There’s so much going on in April with Chicago sports, and at CSN.
So what better time than now to talk Blackhawks
, Derrick Rose
and more with a famous CSN anchor/reporter? (Yes, that’s a rhetorical question)
And yeah, we discuss Jim Belushi and Mr. T too.
You can follow Susannah Collins
and on Facebook
(She may or may not be on Google+ as well, but I didn’t look because no one cares about Google+)...
In the sports media
business, we all experience the heavy workload of “March Madness,” but April is also extremely busy for one Chicago network. Comcast SportsNet Chicago will deliver 45 live pro game telecasts in 30 days. This includes the NHL
’s Chicago Blackhawks
’s Chicago Bulls
preparing for the postseason; as well the opening month of the 2013 MLB
season for the Chicago Cubs
and Chicago White Sox
. The network will also carry over 200 live sports news/talk shows and surrounding pre/post game coverage throughout the 30 day period.
T.S. Eliot wrote that April is “the cruelest month.” Actually, it’s the polar opposite if you’re a Chicago sports fan.
“This April will once again be our biggest month with all four of our pro team partners in action,” said James J. Corno, President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
“We’re looking forward to bringing Chicago Blackhawks
and White Sox
fans the comprehensive and expert coverage they’ve come to expect from us all month long.”...
This is why we need to abolish halftime and postgame in-the-heat-of-the-moment interviews. Marian Hossa
last night is exhibit A to do away with these pointless exercises (even though they do give me plenty of material to write about since they're always so bad).
The Chicago Blackhawks
kept their record season opening undefeated streak going
as Marian Hossa netted the OT winner as Hawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2, improving their record to 16-0-3; increasing the streak to 19.
is just not in the mood/frame of mind to give an interview at a moment like this. And players on all teams in all sports are trained by Public Relations and Media Relations professionals to give inoffensive, cliche answers to every question. Hockey players don't say anything interesting because it's part of their job not to.
He was just coming off the ice after a very long, emotional victory. So he struggles at first to even find any words at all. This video could be edited from the original live post-game interview; because I remember much more uncomfortable silence. Susannah Collins
didn't have much to work with here. So don't blame her. Sideline reporters are put in very tough circumstances; at least in these kind of situations...
Need somewhere to go this winter once the holiday parties are over? Or something to watch as football season winds down?
Some of the biggest chicago sports legends and current stars will be honored at the 25th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards
benefiting the March of Dimes. The silver anniversary reception, dinner & ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 from 5:00-9:00 PM CT at the Hilton Chicago & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Avenue
. Over the past 24 years, the Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards
has raised close to $9 million for the March of Dimes...
Comcast SportsNet Chicago, has named Kevin Cross as its News Director effective immediately. The announcement was made by Phil Bedella, Vice President/General Manager of Comcast SportsNet Chicago...
Debuting Sunday, October 14 at 7:30 PM
, Comcast SportsNet’s David Kaplan hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with the former Mayor of the city of Chicago RICHARD M. DALEY
. Daley discusses everything from his belief that Chicago should be awarded a second NFL franchise, losing the 2016 Olympic bid for Chicago, his unending love for the White Sox, to life after running the city for 22 years and much more...