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Passing of Jim Corno, Sr., 2012 Inductee and Chicago Sports TV Pioneer

Press Release:



Chicago, IL (December 10, 2013) – It is with heavy heart the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) announces the passing of Class of 2012 Inductee and President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Jim Corno, Sr. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Jim was not only an inductee, but also a great friend and longtime supporter of the NIASHF. A pioneer and respected broadcasting executive of over three decades, Jim lost his long and courageous bout with cancer Tuesday morning. He was 66.

Dating back to 1984, Jim set out to change the landscape in regional sports television in the Chicago area. Through his common man approach and community leadership, Jim launched his most successful endeavor in 2004, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, and later followed suit with The city’s acclaimed 24-hour sports television network, 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 analysis. In addition, the network launched SportsNet Central, the area’s most comprehensive nightly local sports news show.

In 2010, Jim received multiple awards for his outstanding leadership in the sports television industry including induction into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences prestigious “Silver Circle,” and induction into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Donating countless hours to important causes like the March of Dimes and other Chicago charities, Jim was known as a sports icon to many.

Private family services will be held. A public celebration of Jim’s life is being planned with details to follow soon. In lieu of flowers, the Corno family has asked donations be made to the oncology fund at the Edward Foundation, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540 in honor of Jim.



The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving honorable values through sport. Founded in 1977 by George Randazzo, the Hall of Fame has 238 inductees. The organization was founded on the values of Family, Friends, Faith, and Community and has been committed to providing support to students and youth of all backgrounds through its charitable programs, Second Wind and A Level Playing Field. The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is located in Chicago’s famed Little Italy neighborhood, at 1431 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607. For more information on the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, please visit



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