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Windy City Rollers Wed Jul 15 2009

Windy City Windfall?

WCRollerspatch.jpgThe Chicago Cubs aren't the only local sports commodity that are involved in a possible sale. The cultish Windy City Rollers are reportedly in negotiations to be sold to William Kelly, a local sports personality who is the host and executive producer of two shows, one airing on Comcast SportsNet and the other on Me-TV. With those connections, should the deal go through, might the Rollers have a regular TV outfit? More info can be found in the press release below:

(CHICAGO) - While the Ricketts family's $900 million winning bid to buy the Chicago Cubs has hit a temporary snag, another sports franchise is in the process of being sold. Broadcast personality and producer, William Kelly, is in negotiations to buy the nationally ranked Windy City Rollers, Chicago's all female roller derby league.

"Negotiations are very positive and continuing with Mr. Kelly," said Ruth Enasia, a media rep for the Windy City Rollers league. "We hope to have an announcement shortly."

"The Windy City Rollers are a Chicago original," says Kelly. "I want to do for the Windy City Rollers what Mike Ditka did for the Chicago Bears and what Rocky Wirtz did this year for the Chicago Blackhawks.
It's time to take this league to the next level in Chicago, the city where roller derby was born."

Since 2005, the Windy City Rollers have taken Chicago by storm with the "new school" flat-track version of roller derby. The league is currently comprised of more than 100 skaters and staff. The Windy City Rollers are proud members of the WFTDA - Women's Flat Track Derby Association.

A principal of Rev Productions, Inc., William Kelly is the executive producer of "William Kelly's Sportsaholic" on CSN. He also produces and hosts the Emmy award-winning Upscale TV, which airs on Weigel Broadcasting's Me TV after a successful three year-run on FOX.

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Ruth Enasia, WCR / July 15, 2009 6:31 PM

April Fools! Well, July Fools! We're NOT being sold - have no fear. But we ARE on William Kelly's "Sportsaholic" program TOMORROW late night Thursday, July 16 at 12.30 a.m. (that's early-early Friday for those of you keeping track) on Comcast Sportsnet. Check us out! We're also about to open the Alll-Star season at UIC Pavilion on July 25 vs. Philadelphia! Kind regards, Ruth Enasia, WCR

Ken / July 16, 2009 10:47 AM

WHAT? OK, thanks for the heads up. I have to check with the person who sent the press release to find out what's actually going on. Again, sorry for the wrong info and thanks.

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