With close to 30 years of hard work and dedication in the regional sports television business in Chicago, Jim Corno, Sr. was an industry and civic leader, overseeing the growth of this city’s acclaimed 24-hour sports television network, Comcast SportsNet and its 24/7 online counterpart, CSNChicago.com.
Under Corno’s leadership, Comcast SportsNet was successfully launched in October of 2004, immediately delivering the most comprehensive local sports coverage this city has ever seen. Since its launch, Comcast SportsNet has provided in-depth game, pre-game and post-game coverage for the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, plus Bears post-game coverage. In addition, the network introduced “SportsNet Central,” the area’s most comprehensive nightly local sports news show and “Chicago Tribune Live,” a weeknight talk show discussing the day’s most pressing sports stories. In addition, Corno oversaw the launch of CSNChicago.com, the network’s online counterpart that provides Chicago sports fans with the most up-to-the-minute coverage of the city’s professional, collegiate and preps sports scene 24/7.
In 2010, Corno received multiple business awards for his outstanding leadership in the sports and television industry including induction into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences prestigious “Silver Circle,” along with induction into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.
Corno undoubtedly made his mark in the television industry, but even more importantly to him, his civic accomplishments truly made him not only a local sports icon, but an icon on a national industry level as well. Corno’s continuous civic involvement included his commitment to CharitaBulls, Chicago White Sox Charities, Blackhawks Charities, Cubs Care, Bears Care, Chicago Fire Foundation, Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities and Special Olympics Illinois among many others. Under his leadership, the Annual “Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards” raised a single night record of $720,000 in 2012 & has grown to become the biggest sports charity function in Chicago, raising close to $9 million for the March of Dimes over the past 24 years.
In December 2013, Jim lost his long and courageous bout with cancer. With his many years of service to not only the sports industry but to the Chicago Community, Jim was inducted with the class of 2012 into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.