David Preschlack Says Changes At NBC Sports Chicago Part Of Evolution, Not Cutting Costs
NBC Sports Regional Networks President David Preschlack said that recent job eliminations at NBC Sports Chicago "weren’t about cutting costs" and contends that the RSN "must reinvent itself and is in the midst of doing so," according to Phil Rosenthal of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Cubs reporter Patrick Mooney and White Sox reporter Dan Hayes were "among channel staffers whose jobs were eliminated last week," while Blackhawks writer Tracey Myers "resigned to become a Chicago-based regional writer for NHL.com." But Preschlack "insists the channel’s website isn’t being downgraded." He added that it "cannot afford to be just a television channel or an app and not just a website for sports news and highlights." Preschlack said that "much of this evolution may not be evident for months." But he "wasn’t keen on sharing many details." Preschlack: “We’re actually making investment in Chicago and every one of our businesses. ... We are dedicating more resources to these businesses, not less.” His goal is for NBC Sports Chicago to "be part of the fans’ day from when they wake up and grab their mobile phone to shut off the alarm, with audio during their commute, snippets through the workday and then on TV at night." Changes coming to NBCSportsChicago.com "should make it less reactive and duplicative of what’s available elsewhere from itself and others" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/22).