Category: Comcast SportsNet

Media Notebook: College Gameday, '03 Cubs Doc, DePaul Fox Sports 1 event

Media Notebook: College Gameday, '03 Cubs Doc, DePaul Fox Sports 1 event
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 State Buckeyes, 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....

10 Sportscasters to be Turned Off Immediately

10 Sportscasters to be Turned Off Immediately
After this list, I think I’ll pass up future chances to write about these gentlemen below. Unless they do something extremely newsworthy and very important, I’m likely never to mention these names again, because everything’s been said. If not by me, certainly by you. Or someone else. Simply put- these ten guys come on the air, I immediately switch the station — or hit the mute button. That’s it. Nothing personal, just business. And of course, making this list is in fact a very back-handed compliment. First, it shows you’re relevant enough that people who read this care deeply about who you are and what you do. Second, it shows that you have such a big presence that I find you overexposed. And I just have little more to say. Just “turn it off. Like a light switch” (CC Book of Mormon)...

CSN hires Edgy Tim, Preps and Recruiting Expert

CSN hires Edgy Tim, Preps and Recruiting Expert
Comcast SportsNet, the local television station owned by the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox and NBC, has signed veteran Illinois high school football sports writer/recruiting authority Edgy Tim, also known as Tim O’Halloran, to be its local preps football expert effective August 1. Edgy Tim (@EDGYTIM) is often featured on Rivals, which is owned by Yahoo. Even people like me, who despise National Signing Day, hate recruiting, can’t stand preps coverage, unfollow people who constantly tweet out high school sports and recruiting news, still recognize the talent and ability of Edgy Tim. He's at the very top of his specific game; no question...
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670 The Score's Herb Lawrence talks Bears, Illini and more (exclusive)

670 The Score's Herb Lawrence talks Bears, Illini and more (exclusive)
Herb Lawrence is a Content/Sound Producer at 670AM The Score-Chicago. Or WSCR if you please. If you follow ratings and stuff, you know they're beating ESPN 1000 AM, or WMVP if you will, rather soundly right now. So as much as we call ESPN the Evil Empire, this is one center of the universe in which they are currently losing! Herb Lawrence also qualified for the Boers and Bernstein “Crap of the Week” on June 21st. I saw he tweeted that out, so he should be cool with me mentioning it here. You can follow Herb Lawrence on Twitter here. Opinions are his own, not that have of 670 The Score. Also, check out his Illinois Center for Broadcasting promo on YouTube...

Kendall Gill "The Return" Full NBA Summer League Coverage Team Announced

Kendall Gill "The Return" Full NBA Summer League Coverage Team Announced
We never did get Derrick Rose “The Return” this past Chicago Bulls season. And for obvious reasons, we never saw Kendall Gill “The Return” to Comcast SportsNet Chicago. However NBA Summer League starts up in a matter of days and you can see Kendall Gill “The Return” on NBA TV. It’s hard to remain employed somewhere when you’ve punched another media member. As much as Illini fans everywhere would love to see Kendall Gill return to Chicago airwaves, you just can’t physically assault another media member and still keep your job. Especially if you commit that assault at a time when you are publicly representing your tv station’s brand...

CSN Re-Airing Blackhawks Championship Run; Better than Live Baseball

CSN Re-Airing Blackhawks Championship Run; Better than Live Baseball
The Chicago Blackhawks championship run is over. So, who’s ready to proceed full speed ahead to Cubs and White Sox season? NOBODY! Chicago baseball apathy is at record setting levels. So I think it’s pretty smart what Comcast SportsNet Chicago is doing. They’re re-airing all the top moments from the Hawks championship moments this summer. Therefore, at least you have something to watch this summer. CSN Chicago is also airing live Cubs and White Sox games too; for reasons I just cannot fathom. Did you see the crowd at the White Sox game tonight on the television? They must have had 8 maybe 9,000 people there. Pathetic! Remember that stupid color-coded terrorist warning system? It was a meaningless charade ripped off from the old Defcon system and re-installed for supposed terrorist threats by former Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. It only stayed at red or orange, the two “scariest” levels, the entire time and never moved down to blue or green. If you applied the complete farcical five color levels to Chicago Baseball measurements of “dooooooooooonnnnnn’ttttt caaaaaaarrrrrreeee,” we hit red during the crosstown series after Memorial Day. Right now, we’re OFF THE CHARTS. People will break into your house to give you White Sox tickets. The only headlines to pay attention to this baseball season are the trades between now and the deadline on July 31st. So I’d much rather watch a replay of a past  hockey game right now than a live baseball game. I’m excited to re-live some of the greatest Stanley Cup moments from 2013 on CSN Chicago. However, “Chelsea Dagger” by the Fratellis is still one of the dumbest and most awful songs in the history of music; and it’s actually a song about doing cocaine with a prostitute. I've tried dumbing myself down enough to appreciate that horrible excuse for a song, at least on an ironic level, as kitsch, or a cautionary example. But that song is just tooooooooooooooooooo horrific and simplistic for words. Anyone who knows two chords could play that crapola. I just can't do it...
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CSN Chicago & MLB Network: White Sox Promotion over White Sox News

CSN Chicago & MLB Network: White Sox Promotion over White Sox News
Comcast SportsNet Chicago often acts as a White Sox Public Relations Network; sometimes doing promotion in the vein of MLB Network and Major League Baseball. A few weeks ago, I called out Comcast SportsNet Chicago for their overt Blackhawks cheerleading. Hate to keep poking the bear here, but 1.) they are literally the only game in town right now. CSN Chicago is the only all local sports network. This is a Chicago sports media blog so naturally I have to cover the monopolist. It remains to be seen whether or not the Chicago market could support another all sports local television station. Maybe it could? 2.) most people still think CSN Chicago is an independent news outlet like NBC 5 or ABC 7. Their name has a lot to do with that. However, nothing could be further from the truth. You see it in the way Chuck Garfien and company cover the Chicago White Sox. Garfien’s homerism is pretty obvious. As for Hawk Harrelson, he’s just a cartoon character these days. He’s so over-the-top with his partisanship that he’s crossed over into becoming a lampoon of himself. There’s no point in criticizing him as an on-air personality because myself and many others have belabored that point already...

Jen Patterson and Nick Boynton welcome their first child

Jen Patterson and Nick Boynton welcome their first child
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. Here’s what Jen Patterson is doing today...

CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Biggest Cheerleaders

CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Biggest Cheerleaders
I really do love the Chicago Blackhawks “hit the ice” introduction video. The CGI effects are top notch. However, the very first thing I noticed in the vid is Coach Quenneville’s faux “media session.” There are only three microphones placed under Coach Q: WGN TV, WGN Radio and Comcast SportsNet; the Blackhawks three broadcast partners. Now why would a front-runner franchise even bother doing this? Why have any corporate media logos? Or instead throw in more media outlets and make the fake presser look genuine? Still, this is ultimately meaningless minutia; at least compared to the more important thoughts that it provokes. If you’re a media outlet who also broadcasts a team regularly, you are no longer a true news-gathering agency. At least not in regards to that specific team. You are beholden to that franchise and your on-air talent are de facto PR representatives; not reporters or journalists...
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Eddie Olczyk previews the Stanley Cup Final (Interview)

Eddie Olczyk previews the Stanley Cup Final (Interview)
Chicago Blackhawks television analyst Eddie Olczyk is part of NBC Sports’s top NHL announce team along with Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst). All three participated in a conference call with the media previewing the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Chicago Blackhawks vs Boston Bruins. It’s almost here. Olczyk won the cup as a player with the New York Rangers in ’94 and coached the Pittsburgh Penguins from ’03-’05. He’s a reknowned hockey broadcaster on both the national and local levels. He works for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, NBC Sports, and WGN. Obviously, Olczyk is known for his playing days with the Blackhawks too, and is a graduate of Brother Rice High School on the South Side of Chicago. He’s also done well betting on horses too. Olczyk won nearly a half a million dollars on a pick 6 bet...