Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough to be next featured guest on Inside Look

Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough to be next featured guest on Inside Look

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS PRESIDENT & CEO JOHN MCDONOUGH TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON
COMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look presented by Cadillac, hosted by Comcast SportsNets Pat Boyle, featuring John McDonough to debut Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 PMCSNChicago.com to provide additional web extras coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (March 27, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.

Debuting Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 PM, Comcast SportsNets Pat Boyle hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO JOHN MCDONOUGH. McDonough discusses everything from the challenges of rebuilding the Blackhawks franchiseto his pride and organization-wide appreciation for the teams Stanley Cup championship in 2010. Plus McDonough also discusses his successful tenure with the Cubs and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional web extras interview content never before seen on TV, which includes interview footage with Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz and Executive Vice President Jay Blunk.

Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with John McDonough on the following datestimes: Thu, Apr. 5 at 11:00pm - Fri, Apr. 6 at 11:00am - Sun, Apr. 8 at 2:30pm & Fri, Apr. 13 at 4:30pm.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with John McDonough presented by Cadillac premiering Saturday, March 31 on Comcast SportsNet:

MCDONOUGH on the daunting task of rebuilding the Blackhawks organization:
The first couple weeks I would be driving home on the Eisenhower and I would be saying to myself, I think I made a mistake. Now, this was to myself. Because again, this was much grander than I thought and the franchise, I thought, needed a complete overhaul from top to bottom and I almost didn't know where to start. And I am thinking, we have to start from scratch and that, at that point, is exactly what we did. It almost became personal.

MCDONOUGH on the state of the franchise when he first accepted the job as Blackhawks President:
I didnt feel it was in a very good place. This was a much more daunting ordeal than I had ever anticipated, but not insurmountable. I remember, after the press conference, I gathered the entire organization or the people that were here at the time and I really remember the message very clearly - the expectations are going to be higher, the pace is going to be swifter and you are going to need to be onboardand as I looked out at this group, I could see in their eyes, a good number of them were not onboard. They just were not onboard. And then it got into that we had to make seismic, profound change. This wasn't an assignment. This was not an assessment where I could have sat back, looked at the terrain, kind of a two-year plan and report back to (Rocky). This was a 911. There was a great sense of urgency.

MCDONOUGH on thinking about the Cubs on his way down to the Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Parade:
I remember driving down to the parade with my wife and I remember having this moment saying, I really thought this would be with the Cubs...I really thought this moment would be with the Cubs. I will tell you something that I never said publicly before. In my mind's eye...I dont know why I had this indelible snapshot, but I did. In my mind's eye, about eight to ten years ago I had envisioned a fly ball to centerfieldCorey Patterson catches itnational bedlam ensues. The Cubs win the World Series and it's the biggest civic celebration in the history of sports. That is what I thought would happen. I believed that was going to happen. I never envisioned it would be with the Blackhawks.

MCDONOUGH on wanting the Stanley Cup Championship Parade to last forever & moving forward the following week:
While I was on the bus and there were a few million people at this parade, I felt how proud I was to be from Chicago and whether it's with the Cubs or the Blackhawks that I am really fortunate to play a small role and be a part of this. I needed to savor that momentI never wanted that parade ride to end. I wanted to continue to go down North Michigan Avenue and go down Lake Shore Drive and just go on forever. Unfortunately that couldn't happen. I remember coming back on Monday, the parade was on a Friday, and really sending a simple message to the staff, business operations and hockey operations - Party's over, let's move on.

Sports Business: NBA players intern at Google to prepare for life after basketball

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Sports Business: NBA players intern at Google to prepare for life after basketball

There are many different ways professional athletes choose to spend their offseason — from traveling and relaxing, to practicing and preparing for the upcoming season.

For a group of NBA players, they decided to spend this offseason as interns at one of Silicon Valley's most powerful companies, preparing for life after basketball.

C.J. Watson, Wilson Chandler, Dahntay Jones, and D-Leaguer Moses Ehambe were among the players who interned at Google's headquarters last week, getting a crash course in how a tech giant operates. It's a smart decision by the seasoned veterans, as the average NBA career lasts less than five years.

This opportunity was part of the NBA's "Career Crossover" program, which the league launched in 2011 to help players prepare for their "second life" after basketball — something very few players plan sufficiently for.

In fact, in 2009 Sports Illustrated reported that 60 percent of former NBA players are broke five years into their retirement, and even highly-paid superstars like Allen Iverson, Latrell Sprewell, and Scottie Pippen have run into tremendous financial trouble after their playing days were over.

"One of the top priorities in regards to player development is talking to guys early and often about the importance of thinking about what you are going to do career-wise after the ball stops bouncing and your playing career is over," said Greg Taylor, the NBA's senior vice-president of player development, via VICE Sports.

Watson, Chandler, Jones and Ehambe spent their time at Google learning about how the company builds their products and makes money, as well as discussing platform analytics and YouTube.

The tech industry has been the top choice from NBA players in career discussions, leading the league to partner with companies such as Google and Facebook for offseason opportunities for players.

Just a short time spent preparing for life and a career after basketball will go a long way for these athletes, and who knows, maybe they'll be back at Google next offseason, or at the end of their time in the NBA.

Read the full story from VICE Sports here.

Rough first camp day for Kyle Long, Bears No. 1 draft pick Leonard Floyd

Rough first camp day for Kyle Long, Bears No. 1 draft pick Leonard Floyd

BOURBONNAIS — The first day of 2016 Bears training camp was one with players not in full pads as the team eases players into the rigors of the most intense practice stretch of the football year. “No pads” may suggest less grueling, but Thursday saw the Bears finish practice with two of their last four No. 1’s departing early with health issues, even as last year’s top pick was finally back on the field where his rookie season effectively was closed out.

Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd left practice early on a trainer’s cart, while guard Kyle Long finished his day in a walking boot. Neither situation was initially considered dire, but both were in disappointing contrast to the excellent first day of wide receiver Kevin White, whose 2015 season had ended with a stress fracture in his left leg.

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The feeling that swept over the practice fields on the Bears’ first day of practice in Bourbonnais was a mixture of shock and disbelief: Floyd, the Bears’ No. 1 draft choice, was leaving the field on a cart, typically one of the more ominous ways a player can exit a field. After Kevin White’s season was lost last year to a stress fracture suffered in practice even before training camp, the prospect of another Bears No. 1 pick going down before even a first practice in pads was one scenario that organization could hardly have contemplated.

Fortunately, Floyd was down with what he described as a “stomach bug” that had bothered him earlier in the week, and the rookie was expected to be practicing on Friday — subject to trainers’ OK.

“I’m feeling good right now,” said Floyd, who had tried to talk his way back onto the field initially. “What happened today was I’ve been a little under the weather the past couple of days and the trainers knew that. They told me to go out and give it a shot today and then they shut me down.

“I really was begging them to let me go back out there. They told me to shut it down and shut it down tomorrow. I’m basically just trying to get back healthy and get back out there ... because I don’t like to sit out. They recommended that I take it easy today. They didn’t want me to injure myself further.”

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Long left practice late with a calf issue, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Long has started since day one as a rookie in 2013 and missed only one game over the span of three NFL seasons, all ending with his selection to the Pro Bowl.

Bulls: Jimmy Butler says he no longer wears a chip on his shoulder

Bulls: Jimmy Butler says he no longer wears a chip on his shoulder

The biggest thing on Jimmy Butler—next to his haircut—has likely been the golden nugget-sized chip on his shoulder he proudly wore on his journey from non-entity to All-Star and Olympian.

However, Butler claims that invisible attribute that has taken him to unforeseen heights is gone as he’s two months away from leading a Bulls team that has undergone the most significant roster overhaul in his career.

Perhaps it’s a tacit admission about changing his leadership style, but it’s certainly a change on face value.

“I don’t think I have a chip on my shoulder anymore,” Butler said at USA Basketball practice at the United Center Thursday, one day before an exhibition against Venezuela. “I don’t think I have too much to prove like back in the day. That doesn’t mean I don’t work hard or anything. I just think I go about things a little differently.”

He didn’t actually specify how he’ll do things differently but perhaps the quest for validation that has driven him to insatiable heights and a few questionable moments on the way is over.

With Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose dispatched to New York, followed by the surprising additions of ring bearers Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, perhaps he’s feeling more secure about where he ranks on the team masthead.

“I think I have to catch up with them, with the winning mentality,” Butler said. “I think I can learn a lot from those guys. D-Wade, multiple championships. Rondo bringing in his intensity.”

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Wade and Rondo have the championship receipts that Butler doesn’t have, so Butler feels he’ll learn more from them as opposed to worrying about the on-court fit that on paper, doesn’t seem to be ideal.

“I don’t do the analytics and numbers. D-Wade has put the ball in the basket for a number of years,” Butler said. “He’s a great player because of the way he can score. I don’t think you can call him a non-shooter because he can shoot the ball.

“Rondo, call him what you want but he’s effective at what he does. Same thing with myself. You gotta be able to knock down shots.”

Before those new acquisitions, Butler had to deal with the belief he had Rose shipped out as a mark of some type of organizational power, as the two were never fully able to maximize their partnership on the floor to the tune of playoff success or even chemistry.

Then, in a stunning turn of events that seemed to indicate his fingerprints couldn’t be on much of anything, Butler had to endure trade rumors of his own the next day during the NBA draft.

He hasn’t spoken many times this offseason with the exception of summer league and an ESPN media tour in Los Angeles, but the proverbial scars are there and he addressed the rumors.

“That has nothing to do with me, I don’t move guys,” Butler said. “People are gonna think what they’re gonna think. I don’t let it bother me. I know where I stand, I know who I am. It’s one more thing for people to talk about. I don’t pay too much attention to it.”

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He has spoken to Rose since the trade, as Rose attended an USA Basketball game in Los Angeles and the two chatted during the contest. And he exchanged texts with Noah after Noah broke the bank for a $72 million deal with the New York Knicks in free agency.

“We’ll always have love for each other because we’re always teammates, we’ve been in the trenches together.”