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06-01-2012, 04:29 PM
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A little prove that Rocky wanted home games on TV before McD came around
In late October 2007, I crossed paths with the Blackhawks once again. I was at the United Center covering a "major news announcement." We all knew what it was. Former owner Bill Wirtz had died, and his son Rocky had taken over the franchise. Things changed quicker than anyone expected.
Peter Wirtz, considered to be the favorite to replace "Dollar Bill," left the organization on Oct. 7, and
by Nov. 5, Rocky announced an abbreviated TV broadcast schedule for home games for the 2007-08 season.
If you're not from Chicago, and don't follow hockey, you might be confused, or perhaps think you're reading about a team in Siberia, not sports-crazy Chicago. The Wirtz family -- Bill had been team president since 1966 and fully took over the reins of the franchise after his father Arthur died in 1983 -- refused to air home games on television. Every once in a while, the team would throw its fans a bone and televise a sold-out game here or there. The reasoning was that putting games on TV penalized the season ticket holders and other fans who paid for their seats. It's tough to overstate how backward this logic was, so it's best just to move on.
he announced they'd show some home games. It was an abbreviated scheduled due to logistics with CSN's schedule that wouldn't allow all of them at such short notice.
John McDonough is the new president of the Blackhawks
by SCH on Nov 20, 2007 2:02 PM CST
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Special thanks to reader Raj Binders Labido for pointing this one out in his diary...
It's being reported on the Blackhawks' official site that former Chicago Cubs president John McDonough has been hired as the new president of the Blackhawks. According to "The Score" 670 AM radio, McDonough re-signed from the Cubs at 9:00 AM this morning, and was introduced as a member of the 'Hawks at noon.
Nov 20th, 2 weeks after the TV announcement, McD is introduced as president.
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