CSN Chicago promotes Phil Bedella to Vice PresidentGeneral Manager

CSN Chicago promotes Phil Bedella to Vice PresidentGeneral Manager

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO PROMOTES PHIL BEDELLA TO VICE PRESIDENTGENERAL MANAGER

Veteran Chicago Sports Media executive to continue to report to Comcast SportsNet Chicago President JIM CORNO

Chicago, IL (September 26, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, has announced the promotion of 23-year Chicago sports media executive Phil Bedella to Vice PresidentGeneral Manager, effective October 1, 2011. The announcement was made by James J. Corno, President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Holding the previous title of Asst. GMVP of Advertising at Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Bedella will continue to report to network President Jim Corno and continue to assist Corno on major network initiatives, but he will now be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the network, which includes overseeing all departments with the exception of finance and human resources.

As our assistant general manager, Phil has demonstrated expert leadership in numerous facets of our business over the years, so it is without question in my mind that we elevate Phil to the next level, said Corno. His vast management experience in the regional sports business, constant creative-thinking and contagious energy will not only continue to benefit me, but will also benefit our network for many years to come.

Bedella was one of Cornos first hires at Comcast SportsNet Chicago, as he joined the regional sports network several months prior to its debut in October 2004 as Vice PresidentGeneral Sales Manager. At that time, Bedella helped launch the networks sales department and has lead his sales team to account for consistent, annual revenue growth, placing Comcast SportsNet Chicago as one of the nations best-performing sales departments for a regional sports television network. In addition, Bedella also oversaw the development and launch of Comcast SportsNet Chicagos digital operation and its flagship website, CSNChicago.com, which has delivered consistent website traffic growth and significant ad sales success.

In 2008, Bedella was promoted to Assistant General Manager at Comcast SportsNet Chicago, as he worked closely with Corno to assist with the overall management of the station and the continued goal of seeking out new business opportunities and revenue streams.

Prior to joining Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Bedella was hired as the Local Sales Manager at Fox Sports Net Chicago in 1999. Three years later in 2002, he was named Vice PresidentGeneral Sales Manager of the station.

Bedella began his career in the local sports business in 1989 as a sales associate for the Chicago Cubs. Under the tutelage of current Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough, Bedella spent seven years with the Cubs, holding a variety of key positions including Manager of Broadcasting & Special Events and Manager of Luxury Suites. He also played a major role in managing the annually-sold out Cubs Convention from 1994-96 and oversaw the development and launch of the Wrigley Field Tours.

Following his tenure with the Cubs, Bedella was hired as Senior Account Executive at CBS Sports Marketing in 1996, which was part of a sales group that launched Chicago Bears radio sales for CBS Sports Radio. He was promoted to Manager of Sports Sales of that division in 1997.

A native of Chicago, IL, Bedella graduated from Illinois State University in 1988 with a degree in mass communications. He is an active member of the Illinois State University Alumni Advisory Board, the Media Advertising Club and the Chicago Latino Network. Bedella and his wife Arti, along with their two children Zara and Braden, reside in Wilmette, IL.

33 Days to Kickoff: Westmont

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33 Days to Kickoff: Westmont

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Westmont

Head coach: Dan Woulfe

Assistant Coaches:  Dan McCulloch, Mitch Balek, Joe Helton, Scott Helton, Ryan Cahill

How they fared in 2016: 1-8 (0-5 Interstate 8 Small Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th @ Lake View

September 1st vs Chicago Tech Academy Charter

September 8th @ Wilmington

September 15th vs Seneca

September 22nd @ Reed-Custer

September 29th vs Peotone

October 6th @ Lisle

October 13th @ Streator

October 20th vs Plano

Biggest storyline: Can the Sentinels improve upon it's 1-8 season a year ago?

Names to watch this season:  Senior OL/DL Dustin Samoulis Senior QB Brenton Baldwin

Biggest holes to fill: The Sentinels will look to reload upfront on both the offensive and defensive lines this summer. 

EDGY's Early Take: Westmont first year head coach Dan Woulfe, who takes over for Hall of Fame head coach Otto Zeman this fall will look to get the Sentinels back on the winning track. Westmont welcomes back 9 starters (4 offense 5 defense) and the biggest key will be finding new linemen to step up this fall.

Confident Blackhawks youth ready to take the next step

Confident Blackhawks youth ready to take the next step

Ryan Hartman likes how he feels approaching this season, his sophomore stint with the Blackhawks. Scoring 19 goals, earning the trust of the coaches and gaining a good deal of responsibility in your rookie season will do that for you.

“It’s feeling like I should be there,” he said on Friday. “Maybe sometimes when you first get called up, you’re like, ‘Wow, I’m here,’ and you’re still thinking about that. Now it’s just feeling like hockey for me and how it’s always supposed to be.”

More confidence is there for Hartman, as well as a few other young Blackhawks players who cut their teeth last year. That’s good, because those guys, having shown what they can do, will likely get more responsibility this season.

That includes Nick Schmaltz, who will either get first crack at the second-line left wing vacancy or help the Blackhawks at center, which he says is his preference “but I’m fine with wing, too.” Schmaltz struggled to start last season but following a few games in Rockford, he returned a more confident player. He played well with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik on the top line and filled in for Artem Anisimov later in the season.

“I was nervous coming in. I didn’t know if it was going to work and I gained confidence game by game and felt more comfortable,” he said. “I was making the plays I’m used to making.”

When Tanner Kero was recalled right before Christmas, it was because of Anisimov’s injury. But outside of a bye-week return to Rockford Kero turned that call-up into a full-time gig, giving the Blackhawks another bottom-six center option and earning himself a two-year contract. With Marcus Kruger and Dennis Rasmussen no longer here, Kero is expected to have that third- or fourth-line center role; thanks to experience gained last season, Kero’s more comfortable now.

“It was great,” he said. “Going in, you’re not sure. It’s day-to-day to start and you just want to prove yourself and get those opportunities, get trust and more ice time. As the season went on I got more confident, trusted my game more. Going into the season I’m going in with a lot more confidence.”

John Hayden felt fairly comfortable when he joined the Blackhawks last spring thanks to his senior season at Yale – “I needed that fourth year as a player and a person,” he said. Still, getting in some NHL games, getting a feel for the pro level and gaining familiarity with the Blackhawks will benefit him in September.

“It’s important considering it’s my first training camp and I’ll know a lot of the guys, which helps a ton. From an on-ice standpoint, I have that experience,” he said. “I’ve spent a ton of time addressing areas in need of improvement all in all I’m excited for training camp.”

But Hartman and others don’t see it as weight on their shoulders.

“I don’t think there’s pressure,” Hartman said. “When you look back you want to see improvements every year, you want to see yourself becoming a better hockey player. That’s something I want to do, I want to be able to look back and say I had a good career my first year but each year I got progressively better. That’s where my mindset is at.”

There’s more opportunity for the young players but Hayden says that’s true of everyone.

“I don’t really analyze opportunity. Regardless of the team, it’s going to be competitive,” he said. “Every summer you have to have a hard-working mindset and do what you can to show up in the fall in the best shape of your life.”

The Blackhawks’ young players have all set the bar at a certain level and will be expected to improve. It takes confidence to take that next step. Thanks to experience gained last season, they’re feeling good about taking it.