White Sox, Illini announce partnership

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White Sox, Illini announce partnership

The White Sox and the University of Illinois announced a partnership for 2012 on Wednesday, with the Sox hosting "Illini Night" at U.S. Cellular Field June 1 against Seattle. White Sox senior VP of marketing Brooks Boyer sees the partnership as strengthening the organization's bond with Champaign-Urbana.

"There are a lot of sports fans in the Chicago area, Central Illinois and Northwest Indiana who root for the Fighting Illini and the White Sox, Boyer said in a statement released by the team. To build a bridge between Champaign and Chicago, bringing the fan bases together, makes sense as we both open our gates to allow more fans to enjoy our games."

This partnership could benefit Illinois a whole lot more than the White Sox, though, when it comes to athletic recruiting.

We feel this will increase Illinois exposure in Chicago," athletic director Mike Thomas said, adding that it will "allow some great opportunities for fans to experience exciting baseball at U.S. Cellular Field.

With a new football coach and presumably a new basketball coach for the next academic year, perhaps this partnership will somehow help them make in-roads in the Chicagoland area.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Will more dominoes fall after Adam Eaton trade?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Will more dominoes fall after Adam Eaton trade?

In the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, CSN's Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with White Sox GM Rick Hahn following the trade of Adam Eaton to the Nationals, which brought more top prospects to the South Side. Will more dominoes fall as the Sox go into a full rebuild?

Hahn says they expect to compete for championships within five years! Chuck also chats with new manager Rick Renteria, who tells us what he hopes to get out of his club in 2017 and beyond.

Plus, Insider Dan Hayes and Siera Santos join the crew to breakdown the timeline of getting some of these new pieces to the major leagues.

Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast here:

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