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...