From White Sox media relations
The White Sox have agreed to a four-year contract extension with television broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson. The new deal keeps Harrelson in the White Sox television booth through the 2015 season. His previous deal was scheduled to expire at the end of the 2011 campaign.
"The White Sox are thrilled to have Hawk back in the booth for the next four seasons," said Brooks Boyer, White Sox Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "Hawk is deservingly recognized as one of the game's great broadcasters, and his overall passion for the White Sox has made him a very popular legend among our devoted fans."
Next season will mark Harrelson's 27th season as a White Sox broadcaster, his 22nd consecutive season in the broadcast booth and his fourth with color analyst Steve Stone. A Ford C. Frick Award nominee for excellence in broadcasting in 2007 and 2012, Harrelson also is a two-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year and five-time Emmy Award winner.
"As millions of White Sox fans already know, Hawk's love and passion for this team is second to none, so we are extremely pleased to have one of the nation's most colorful baseball announcers continue his informative and entertaining work on Comcast SportsNet through 2015," said James J. Corno, president of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. "On a personal level, I've had the great pleasure of having Hawk as both a trusted business colleague and close friend for nearly three decades and there's no doubt in my mind he will one day have his place in Baseball's Hall of Fame."
"Hawk is truly one of Chicago's Very Own and we're excited that he will continue to bring his passion for White Sox baseball to our WGN-TV viewers," said Marty Wilke, general manager of WGN-TV.
Earlier this season, the broadcast level at U.S. Cellular Field was renamed the "Hawk Harrelson Broadcast Level" in his honor. In 2010, the White Sox celebrated "Hawk Harrelson Night" at U.S. Cellular Field to commemorate the legendary broadcaster's 25 years of announcing White Sox baseball.