Chicago Sports Alliance Meet For Second Year In Hopes To End City Violence

Rob Hart
November 16, 2018 - 1:53 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Rob Hart

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- How do you get the Cubs and White Sox to work together?  When they want to help solve problems in Chicago.  

The Chicago Sports Alliance kicked off its second year with a lunch and discussion at the MB Ice Arena on the West Side.

Chicago Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Bulls President Michael Reinsdorf, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Bears Chairman George McCaskey, and Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz teamed up last year to donate a million dollars to organizations that work to stop the epidemic of violence in Chicago.

The teams picked organizations that used advanced data analytics to find out where to target their efforts. 

"First of all, analytics has taken over the world of sports, much to the chagrin of all of us old timers," Jerry Reinsdorf said. "But the fact of the matter is, the data works.

"We spent quite a lot of time trying to figure out where can we get that and were can we get the right information as to who is doing the right things and we came up with the Chicago Sports Alliance...We want to bring the community together to get them involved.  But to do that, we've got to know where to get involved."

McCaskey said the Alliance is more than a photo op.

"We want to be invested in it. Not just financially. We want to make sure that we are putting the funds to good use," McCaskey said.

McCaskey said everyone should care.

"This is our community. It's the right thing to do. We've got to address this issue, we think, for the survival of our great city."

Jens Ludwig of the University of Chicago Urban Lab said New York and Los Angeles saw a dramatic reduction in their murder rates after the crack cocaine epidemic subsided in the 90s and he said there's no reason Chicago can't do the same.