CSN Chicago nominated for 12 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

CSN Chicago nominated for 12 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

Chicago, IL (October 7, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, garnered twelve Emmy Award nominations from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the 2014-15 television season.  The nominations were announced last evening (October 6) with the awards ceremony to be held in Chicago on Saturday, November 7.  Since its launch on October 1, 2004, Comcast SportsNet Chicago has garnered 111 Chicago/Midwest Emmy nominations.

“We are honored to receive these nominations from our peers in the industry and we feel they are a reflection of the great work performed by our entire staff,” said Phil Bedella, Vice President/General Manager of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. 

Note the following Comcast SportsNet Chicago Emmy nominations for the 2014-15 television season:

1 & 2) Category #7-b:  Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs – Program Series

  • Bears Classics: Payton Forever:  Sarah Lauch, William Parker, Greg Dely, Eric Fogle, Jeff Korbitz, Michael Cappozzo, Kristina Quinn, Brett Fisher, Kevin Cross, Bill Kurtis, Todd Williams, Jason Dolan, Producers.
  • A Piece of the Game:  Don DuPree, Rob Steinmetz, John Komnenich, James Liszka, Jan Mueller, Producers.

3 & 4) Category #7-d:  Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs – Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited Program/Special

  • Blackhawks Hockey on Comcast SportsNet Chicago: Jim Corno, Jr., Executive Producer; Mike Leary, Dave Turner, Mark Harper, Producers; Dave Ross, Associate Producer; Pat Foley, Play-by-Play Announcer; Eddie Olczyk, Analyst; Luke Stuckmeyer, Reporter/Producer.
  • Illinois High School Hockey Championship on Comcast SportsNet Chicago: Jim Corno, Jr., Executive Producer; John Walsh, Todd Benjaminson, Mark Harper, Producers; Tamra Anderson, Associate Producer; Judd Sirott, Play-by-Play Announcer; Steve Konroyd, Analyst; Luke Stuckmeyer, Reporter/Producer.

5) Category #17:  Outstanding Achievement for Interactivity

  • #CubsSocial - Interactive Cubs/Giants broadcast at Wrigley Field: T.K. Gore, Jim Corno, Jr., Jay Wadhwa, Senior Executive Producers; John Walsh, Executive Producer; Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies, Hosts; Tamra Anderson, Nicole Bersani, Senior Producers; Dave Turner, Director; Mark Harper, Technology Producer; Kelly Crull, Patrick Mooney, Reporters.

6 & 7) Category #19-b:  Outstanding Achievement for Program Promotion (Non-News) Single Spot/Campaign

  • What a Game:  Justin Schoenrock, Supervising Producer, Jay Wadhwa, Cannon Kinnard, Executive Producers; Jeremy Murayama, Michael Dolan, Producers; Jessica Weber, Co-Producer. (Shared nomination with Bridges Media)
  • CSN Chicago - Bulls 2014 Season Campaign: Jay Wadhwa, Executive Producer; Jeremy Murayama, Producer.

8) Category #21-e:  Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On-Camera Talent - Program Correspondent/Narrator/Performer

  • Mandy Patinkin, Ryan McGuffey - Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox.

9 & 10) Category #26-c:  Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air: Editor – Promotions/PSAs/Commercials

  • Justin Schoenrock- Blackhawks Playoffs Image.
  • Justin Schoenrock-What an April.

11) Category #28-b:  Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air:  Writer – Program (non-news)

  • Ryan McGuffey, Kevin Cross - Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox.

12) Category #28-c:  Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air:  Writer – Short Form (Promos, PSAs, Commercials)

  • James Wallin - Composite.      

There are 600,000 reasons you won't hear Gar, Pax or Hoiberg discuss losing


There are 600,000 reasons you won't hear Gar, Pax or Hoiberg discuss losing

The Bulls made headlines on Tuesday when VP John Paxson announced that David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne would be entering the rotation, thus continuing the youth movement in Chicago.

On the surface the moves make sense. The 24-year-old Nwaba, the 25-year-old Felicio and the 23-year-old Cameron Payne will be replacing 28-year-old Justin Holiday, 29-year-old Robin Lopez and 25-year-old Jerian Grant. The Bulls want to see what they have in these younger players who haven't played much; they already know what they have in Lopez and Holiday, and Grant (like the other two) is under contract through next year.

OK, got that? Here's why they're making the move: they're sitting 8th in the NBA Lottery standings and really want to move into the top-5 to give themselves a chance at what should be a loaded front-end of the draft class. It's pretty obvious, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either named Gar Forman, John Paxson or Fred Hoiberg.

And here's why: On Wednesday Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined a whopping $600,000 by the NBA for comments he made on a podcast regarding tanking. The Mavericks are currently 18-40, the third worst record in the NBA. This comes a season after they finished 33-49, netting them the No. 9 pick that turned into talented point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

So when Cuban was asked about the best interests of his Dallas team, which touts young talent but clearly isn't headed for the postseason in 2018, he said this on the House Call with Dr. J Podcast:

"I'm probably not supposed to say this, but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know, we weren't competing for the playoffs. I was like, 'Look, losing is our best option. [Commissioner] Adam [Silver] would hate hearing that, but I at least sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans were going to be this summer, that we're not going to tank again. This was, like, a year-and-a-half tanking, and that was too brutal for me. But being transparent, I think that's the key to being kind of a players owner and having stability."

Cuban isn't wrong, and the Mavericks sure as hell aren't the only team tanking. But to come right now and admit that losing is the team's best option wasn't, as Cuban predicted, going to sit well with the league office.

Commissioner Adam Silver sent out a memo with the fine that said Cuban's comments "which concerned his perspective on the team's competitive success this season" were "detrimental to the NBA."

So while the Bulls are going about their business in trying to lose as many games down the stretch as possible, don't expect anyone to admit it's the reason behind their personnel moves. There are 600,000 reasons why.

NBA Draft Tracker: Michigan State's Miles Bridges


NBA Draft Tracker: Michigan State's Miles Bridges

NBA general managers were fully expecting to see Miles Bridges declare for the 2017 draft after a solid, but unspectacular freshman season at Michigan State. Bridges arrived in East Lansing as one of the nation’s top prospects, and his impressive leaping ability led to a number of highlight reel plays for Tom Izzo’s Spartans.

Problem is, Bridges didn’t show much versatility to his offensive game because of an inconsistent outside shot and inability to create shots off the dribble. Bridges probably would have been a late lottery pick last year on athletic talent alone, but to his credit, he decided to go back to Michigan State for his sophomore season and work on some of his weaknesses.

Unfortunately for Bridges, he really hasn’t shown much improvement year to year. Yes, he’s leading the Big Ten in free throw shooting at 89%, but his other numbers are basically flat from season to season. Bridges averaged 16.9 points a year ago, 17.1 this season. He shot .486 from the field in 2016-17, .477 this year. Even with all the work he put in on his 3 point shooting, his percentage has dropped slightly this season, from .389 to .376. Rebounding is also down slightly, from 8.3 to 6.8. 

Bottom line, Bridges is once again projected as a late lottery pick.

How does he fit for the Bulls? It’s no secret small forward and center are the two positions of need heading into the 2018 draft, and the 6-7 Bridges would give the Bulls another athletic frontcourt player who fits the pace and space game Fred Hoiberg prefers. Bridges could be a real weapon running the floor with Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine for alley-oop dunks, and he should continue to improve as a 3 point shooter.

The Bulls are hoping to land a top 5 pick to add one of the elite players in this draft, and unless the Pelicans drop into the late lottery, Bridges will probably be gone by the time that selection comes up. He’s probably a bit of a reach in the 6 to 10 range, but if positional need and athletic potential are the most important factors for the Bulls, Miles Bridges could be the choice if they don’t improve their position in the current lottery watch standings.

Personally, I would prefer either Kentucky’s Kevin Knox or Villanova’s Mikal Bridges (no relation) over Miles Bridges as a small forward prospect, but all 3 players offer different skill sets that could be helpful to a young, developing team like the Bulls.

The dream scenario would be drafting a young center like Deandre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr. or Mo Bamba with a top 5 pick, then coming back to add one of those 3 small forward prospects with the 1st rounder they acquired in the Niko Mirotic trade with New Orleans. We’ll all have to wait until the lottery is held on May 15th to see if the Bulls are in position to add two more foundation pieces to their rebuilding project.