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CSN names Kevin Cross News Director

CSN names Kevin Cross News Director

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO NAMES KEVIN CROSS NEWS DIRECTOR

Chicago, IL (December 3, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, has named Kevin Cross as its News Director effective immediately. The announcement was made by Phil Bedella, Vice PresidentGeneral Manager of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

In his new position, Cross, who held the title of Assistant News Director at Comcast SportsNet Chicago since 2006, will supervise the networks daily news operation and news staff, which will include overseeing CSNs locally-produced sports news and talk shows, including SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live, along with the networks live coverage of press conferences and breaking news. In addition, Cross will work closely with the networks digital department on all cross-platform sports news integration.

Kevins professionalism and dedication to excellence is widely respected and we are delighted he will lead our efforts to provide viewers with the very best local and regional sports news coverage available anywhere, said Bedella.

A multiple Emmy award-winning producer, Cross has close to twenty years of local sports television experience in Chicago, working at virtually every level in the newsroom. He began his sports TV career at SportsChannel Chicago in 1993 as a producer, earning Emmys for writing and for his work on Bulls prepost-game shows during the teams championship run. During the networks transition to Fox Sports Net Chicago in 1998, Cross was promoted to senior producer and orchestrated the networks live prepost-game shows for both Bulls and White Sox telecasts, along with a number of sports magazine series.

In 2000, Cross became PresidentExecutive Producer of Timeline Productions where he created syndicated sports programming for national distribution (including Fox Sports) in 65 million households. In 2003, Cross joined CLTV as executive producer of their sports dept., where he oversaw all editorial content and spearheaded the creation of original programming, including the networks Sports Page Roundtable & SP Express programs.

Cross replaces Charlie Schumacher, who left the network this past fall. Cross is native of Chicagos southside and attended high school at Hyde Park Academy. He received his degree in television production from Columbia College in 1993.

Can the Bears make enough plays to beat the Carolina Panthers?

Can the Bears make enough plays to beat the Carolina Panthers?

Everything changed for the Bears after going up 17-3 last week against the Baltimore Ravens. Mitchell Trubisky’s 27-yard touchdown to Dion Sims was immediately followed by Bobby Rainey running a kickoff back 96 yards for a touchdown, then the offense was bogged down with three fumbles (two lost) on three consecutive possessions. 

But Adrian Amos seemed to seal the game with his 90-yard pick six — that is, until Michael Campanaro ran Pat O’Donnell’s punt back 77 yards for what wound up being a game-tying touchdown after a two-point conversion.

The point is the Bears should’ve cruised to a comfortable win last week; a few critical mistakes didn’t allow that to happen. The Bears haven’t led at the end of the fourth quarter this year, a pretty strong indicator they haven’t played a complete game yet despite having two wins. 

The Carolina Panthers have road wins over the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots this year, and only lost to the Philadelphia Eagles by five points last week (despite Cam Newton throwing three interceptions). The bet here is the Bears keep things close on the backs of a strong defense, but either can’t make enough plays or make too many mistakes to win. 

Prediction: Panthers 20, Bears 16

Offseason of change begins with Cubs firing pitching coach Chris Bosio

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Offseason of change begins with Cubs firing pitching coach Chris Bosio

"Of course," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said in the middle of the National League Championship — he would like his coaches back in 2018. Pitching coach Chris Bosio told the team's flagship radio station this week that the staff expected to return next year. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein didn't go that far during Friday afternoon's end-of-season news conference at Wrigley Field, but he did say: "Rest assured, Joe will have every coach back that he wants back."

That's Cub: USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale first reported Saturday morning that Bosio had been fired, the team declining a club contract option for next year and making a major influence on the Wrigleyville rebuild a free agent. Epstein and Bosio did not immediately respond to text messages and the club has not officially outlined the shape of the 2018 coaching staff.

Those exit meetings on Friday at Wrigley Field are just the beginning of an offseason that could lead to sweeping changes, with the Cubs looking to replace 40 percent of their rotation, identify an established closer (whether or not that's Wade Davis), find another leadoff option and maybe break up their World Series core of hitters to acquire pitching. 

The obvious candidate to replace Bosio is Jim Hickey, Maddon's longtime pitching coach with the Tampa Bay Rays who has Chicago roots and recently parted ways with the small-market franchise that stayed competitive by consistently developing young arms like David Price and Chris Archer.

Of course, Maddon denied that speculation during an NLCS where the Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the Cubs in every phase of the game and the manager's bullpen decisions kept getting second-guessed.

Bosio has a big personality and strong opinions that rocked the boat at times, but he brought instant credibility as an accomplished big-league pitcher who helped implement the team's sophisticated game-planning system.

Originally a Dale Sveum hire for the 2012 season/Epstein regime Year 1 where the Cubs lost 101 games, Bosio helped coach up and market short-term assets like Ryan Dempster, Scott Feldman, Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija. 

Those win-later trades combined with Bosio's expertise led to a 2016 major-league ERA leader (Kyle Hendricks) and a 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner (Jake Arrieta) plus setup guys Pedro Strop and Carl Edwards Jr. and All-Star shortstop Addison Russell.

Bosio helped set the foundation for the group that won last year's World Series and has made three consecutive trips to the NLCS. But as the Cubs are going to find out this winter, there is a shelf life to everything, even for those who made their mark during a golden age of baseball on the North Side.