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SBD/May 6, 2013/Media
Blackhawks Chair Wirtz Asked For Dismissal Of CSN Chicago's Collins
Published May 6, 2013
WHO'S TO BLAME? In Chicago, Steve Rosenbloom wrote Wirtz’ “overreaction included cc'ing” Bulls and White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf and Cubs Chair Tom Ricketts, his “partners in a majority ownership of the cable channel, which ensured Collins’ expendability.” Reaction has “run virulently against” Wirtz’ letter as it “simply seems unfair.” Rosenbloom: “Heavy-handed. Overkill. … Wirtz dropped an atom bomb on a lady bug.” Rosenbloom continued: “Didn’t anybody take breath here? Didn’t any of Wirtz’s ace marketers explain the potential stain on the Hawks’ image?” The Hawks “should’ve been bigger than this,” but now they “seem small” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/5). FANNATION.com's Jordan Campbell wrote, “Regardless of whether CSN Chicago was behind the firing or if the Chicago Blackhawks were behind it, both parties are at fault.” Collins has brought a “tremendous amount of success to CSN Chicago in her coverage of the Blackhawks.” If the Blackhawks were behind the firing, CSN Chicago “should have remained loyal and supportive to one of their top-tier reporters” (FANNATION.com, 5/3).