Dan Hayes joins CSN as White Sox insider

Dan Hayes joins CSN as White Sox insider

DAN HAYES JOINS COMCAST SPORTSNET AS WHITE SOX INSIDERVeteran San Diego Padres beat reporter to provide White Sox coverage across the networks multiple platformsCSNChicago.com also announces significant year-to-year web traffic increases

Chicago, IL (June 22, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, has named veteran baseball beat reporter Dan Hayes as its White Sox Insider effective immediately. In this position, Hayes will lead the Comcast SportsNets coverage of the White Sox across the networks growing list of multiplatforms, highlighted by CSNChicago.coms WhiteSoxTalk franchise, and will serve as an on-air White Sox contributor on White Sox Pre-Game Live, SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live and on digital shows including Sports Fix and Look Ahead. Hayes can be followed on Twitter @DanHayesCSN.

Dan comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience covering Major League Baseball over the years and his passion for the game will most certainly be felt by our television viewers, web and mobile visitors and social media audience immediately, said T.K. Gore, Sr. Director of Digital Media for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Dans hiring is another perfect example of our commitment in providing fans with the most in-depth, local coverage of their favorite teams and confirms Comcast SportsNet as the regions leading source for comprehensive multiplatform coverage.

Hayes, a native of Northern California, comes to Comcast SportsNet after spending six seasons as the San Diego Padres beat reporter for the North County Times in San Diego, CA. Along with earning an Associate Press Sports Editors (APSE) award for his coverage of the Padres, Hayes also spent the past three seasons as the publications beat writer for the top-ranked San Diego State mens basketball team. In addition, he was a general assignment reporter covering NASCAR, UFC, high school sports and the Little League World Series.

A graduate of San Diego State, Hayes joined the North County Times in 2004 from the Vallejo (CA) Times-Herald, where he covered preps sports for two years.

Hayes joins a talented team that provides multiplatform coverage of the White Sox for Comcast SportsNet, which includes Chuck Garfien, Bill Melton, Frank Thomas and WhiteSoxTalk blogger J.J. Stankevitz. Garfien, an Emmy Award-winning reporter who has covered the White Sox for the past eight seasons for the network, also serves as a daily digital contributor via his Sox Drawer blog, news, features and player interviews for CSNChicago.com.

WhiteSoxTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBCs successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, GolfTalkCentral and ProSoccerTalk. SportsTalk was recently extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of WhiteSoxTalk, CubsTalk, BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk and BearsTalk, which contain interactive content and continually updated insights from the networks team of digital producers and on-air talent.

WEBSITE TRAFFIC INCREASES

Comcast SportsNet Chicago is experiencing significant audience growth with the networks commitment to enhanced digital content, as well as ongoing investments and innovations such as: hiring team-specific Insider correspondents; the launch of a mobile app; and developing exclusive local online shows and other content. In addition to the recently launched CSN Chicago Sports app on the iPhone and CSN Local Sports app available on iPad and Android, CSNChicago.com launched a new mobile website featuring real-time video, breaking news, Insider reports and Chicago SportsTalk blogs. With these and other initiatives, CSNChicago.com has delivered substantial year-to-year traffic increases, including visits (up 114), page views (up 72), unique visitors (up 82) and video views (up 47).

Hayes is the latest addition to a rapidly growing digital media department that operates CSNChicago.com, and a portfolio of successful mobile and social media platforms. These platforms feature exclusive written, video and interactive content from several multiplatform sportswriters, including Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney, Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers and Bears Insider John Moon Mullin, as well as a stable of digital media and television reporters and producers.

What to make of Blackhawks blockbuster deals

What to make of Blackhawks blockbuster deals

Before the clock struck noon on a day Chicago was hosting its first ever NHL Draft, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman sent shockwaves throughout the city and hockey world by completing a pair of blockbuster trades within an hour of each other.

The first was dealing three-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona, and the second involving Artemi Panarin and Brandon Saad in a swap of talented wingers with Columbus.

This comes two days after the Blackhawks announced Marian Hossa will miss the 2017-18 campaign with a progressive skin disorder. That's three core players gone in the blink of an eye.

Who's ready for a new era in Chicago?

Rather than maximizing a championship window that was viewed as closing quickly, Bowman has elected to take a long-term approach and it might not be the worst idea.

There's no doubt the loss of Hjalmarsson, who remains one of the most underrated blue liners in the league, and Panarin, who finished in the top-10 in scoring among forwards in both of his first two NHL seasons, will sting.

But there's a good chance the Blackhawks wouldn't have been able to reward them with the pay raises they deserve after their contracts expire following the 2018-19 season, and that certainly played a huge role in the decision to head in a new direction.

In reacquiring Saad, the Blackhawks finally give Jonathan Toews that reliable left-winger they've desperately lacked since Saad was shipped out of town in 2015, providing balance throughout the top-six. Saad is also locked up for the next four years at a $6 million cap hit that will look better as time goes by.

For the last two years, the Blackhawks were known as a one-line scoring team thanks to the chemistry developed between Patrick Kane and Panarin.

The second-half emergence of Nick Schmaltz and familiarity Kane has developed with center Artem Anisimov has allowed Panarin to become expendable in their quest to solve their top-line woes. And that's not a bad consolation line, especially when you consider top prospect Alex DeBrincat could also be in the cards as early as this season.

On the back end, the Blackhawks receive a 24-year-old defenseman in Connor Murphy, who's also signed for the next four years at a $3.85 million cap hit, and carries a right-handed shot, something they've needed more of in the organization. While there will certainly be growing pains under Joel Quenneville, Murphy's ceiling is fairly high and gives the Blackhawks some speed coming out of their own zone.

In making both of these deals, the Blackhawks got younger in their attempt to keep up with a league that relies more on speed, addressing a few areas that Nashville exposed during their first-round sweep of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

And while they may have sacrificed two key players in the short-term, the Blackhawks executed a plan that should keep the perceived championship window open longer than expected.

Jimmy Butler is switching jerseys to the number he wasn't allowed to wear in Chicago

Jimmy Butler is switching jerseys to the number he wasn't allowed to wear in Chicago

Jimmy Butler is paying homage to the GOAT.

The former Bulls star could never be No. 23 in Chicago because of some guy named Michael Jordan, but now Butler is free in Minnesota.

Butler posted an emotional goodbye to Bulls fans and the city on Instagram Friday afternoon and fans pointed out he also changed his IG bio to read "#23 in minnesota, forever #33 from marquette."

Butler wore No. 21 during his six years with the Bulls since the most iconic jersey number in sports is retired in Chicago.

Considering Butler is probably the Bulls' best player since MJ, it makes sense Butler would want to follow in Jordan's footsteps in terms of jersey number, too.

Butler wore No. 21 with the Bulls to honor his college teammate, Joe Fulce, who he played with at Tyler Junior College. When Fulce later committed to Marquette, he brought Butler with him in Buzz Williams' first year in Milwaukee.