Upstart Comcast SportsNet Chicago Tuesday dealt incumbent regional sports network Fox Sports Net Chicago a major blow by hiring its general manager, Jim Corno, as its new senior vice president and GM.
Beginning March 1, Corno -- who has served as FSN Chicago’s GM since 1983 -- will oversee the new regional sports network, which is co-owned by Comcast Corp., the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls, the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks, Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox, and Tribune Co., which owns MLB’s Chicago Cubs, Comcast said.
"Jim is one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry," Comcast SportsNet president and CEO Jack Williams said in a prepared statement. "His vast experience and familiarity with the Chicago market and our team partners will be a tremendous asset to our network."
Comcast joined the four area franchises to create the network after each team last October exercised out clauses in their existing carriage agreements with Rainbow Media Holdings Inc.- and Fox Sports Net-owned FSN Chicago.