Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

by Rob G

Here’s your drive home lineups

On Sportsnet 590 The FAN from 4-7pm, Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown. Damien Cox co-hosts from 5pm:

400 – Phones for the full hour
500 – Open segement with McCown & Cox
520 – Ken King, Calgary Flames President
600 – Glenn Healy, HNIC
620 – Dirk Hayhurst, Sportsnet baseball analyst
640 – Declan Hill, author of The Fix

On TSN Radio 1050 from 4-7pm, TSN Drive with Dave Naylor:

Jose Bautista
Craig Button
Bob McKenzie
Steve Simmons
Brad Watters

4-6pm only, Leafs pregame at 6pm

On TSN (5pm) & TSN2 (6:30pm), Off the Record with Michael Landsberg:

Mr. T., Actor
Jordan and Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes
Craig Button, TSN Scout and Former Calgary Flames GM

Today on Sportsline:

Have the Penguins secured a Stanley Cup by acquiring Jarome Iginla? Have the Habs by-passed the Bruins as the best team in the NHL’s Northeast division? After ending their win streak at 27, have the Bulls created a blueprint on how to beat the Heat? Join Hebsy & Bubba today at 5, on CHCH

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Daniel
Daniel
March 28, 2013 5:44 pm

Interesting article on some of Rogers’ plans:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/rogers-hopes-to-hit-advertising-home-run-with-blue-jays-broadcasts/article10474771/

They supposedly are considering using the Score for interactive post game shows.

Darren Johnston (@AFRAUDHATER)
Darren Johnston (@AFRAUDHATER)
March 28, 2013 6:50 pm

Bob McCown & Glenn Healy should be ashamed of themselves for the way they were both attacking Iginla tonight. It was gutless as well as classless. Christ, why did I pick tonight of all nights to watch this show again, my bad.

Julian
Julian
March 28, 2013 7:22 pm

Share some details, Darren. Didn’t hear it.

Where’s Nan Young Lee? Did TSN give him the long weekend off from providing press-release style posts on here? I mean, it’s not too obvious.

Darren Johnston (@AFRAUDHATER)
Darren Johnston (@AFRAUDHATER)
March 28, 2013 7:31 pm

@ Julian, ROFLMAO about Nan, good stuff.
McCown & Healy were basically calling into question Iginla’s integrity in every way possible, they said he basically reneged on his word and from here on out they wouldn’t trust a thing he said. This was a follow up interview with Ken King who for the life of me I can’t figure out how but kept his composure. The weirdest thing of all was Cox was trying to be an Iginla defender. It’s worth a listen if you can find the podcast.

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
March 28, 2013 9:03 pm

A fair look at the CFL deal:

http://canadiansportsfan.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/new-cfltsn-contract-is-fair-for-both-sides/

Friedrich Nietzsche (or was it Roger) said, “Man shall be educated for war, and woman for the recreation of the warrior: all else is folly.”

Of course, this is wrong The only folly is trying to take on TSN. Muahahaha.

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
March 28, 2013 9:41 pm

How big is March Madness in U.S.? Interesting revenue numbers:

March Madness: $738 million

Baseball playoffs: $452 million

Basketball playoffs: $448 million

http://www.thebusinessofsports.com/2013/03/28/marketing-the-madness-infographic/

MattK
MattK
March 29, 2013 7:59 am

Question about Rogers and the Blue Jays. Do reporters for Sportsnet specifically Shi Davidi (who’d I say is the #1 Jays reporter for them) have a advantage in getting stories first because of the Rogers connection over other Toronto Media?

I’m wondering because I doubt he’d get the Romero being sent down first if he worked for TSN, or is that unfair to him?

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
March 29, 2013 8:31 am

Matt — Rogers owned the team during the Riccardi era. Blair, who was not working for Rogers at that time, said that he would write nice things about Riccardi so that Riccardi would keep giving him inside info. So, at least in that case, the GM was giving info based on personal relationships, not network affiliation. That’s not decisive, but it’s some evidence.
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During the AA era we’ve seen Griffin used to spin the idea that the Jays were super close on Darvish. I think Elliott has had some scoops, but most of the Jays rumors come from the states. So, local newspaper guys seem to get inside info more often than beat reports or radio guys. Has Wilner ever broken a story?
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That’s just off the top of my head. Maybe other people see it differently.

Another Steve
Another Steve
March 29, 2013 9:22 am

Mike (in Boston),

I’m pretty sure that we don’t agree on the value of “breaking a story” as it realtes to sports, but Wilner has been involved in what I regard as two of the most interesting pieces of information through his interviews in the past few years…both of them involving the former GM.

First, JPR said that the Blue Jays would not be looking at Barry Bonds in the year when he became a free agent. This made me understand that not only were the Jays not interested in winning at that time, but it also seemed to indicate that MLB was colluding to get Bonds out of the game.

Second, on Wilner’s show JPR made his comment that Adam Dunn didn’t really like baseball, which caused all kinds of trouble.

I tend to admire what Brunt had to say about sports reporting – that what most of them are doing is not really reporting per se, since so many of them have interests in promoting the product. We clearly see this in Rogers people and how they treat the Jays, but we can also see it when someone like Bruce Arthur, who works for TSN, is encouraged to gush over the CFL and to write articles about that football league because he is being paid to do so.

It’s a larger point, but on one level I’m not sure whether people really want good an thoughtful reporting in sports. Most of us turn to sports to distract us from the world. Good reporting is rarely seen anywhere, and is especially hard to find in the world of sports, for it requires a lot of work both on behalf of the writer and the reader. To me, good reporting is thoughtful analysis, and it’s the kind of stuff that is anathema to the 140-character ADD universe in which we live.

Anyway, that’s a bigger issue, and I am starting to ramble. Need coffee now….

enjoy the long weekend!

sam in oshawa
sam in oshawa
March 29, 2013 9:35 am

Naylor and Watters{who is great on the radio} talked to Mckenzie about the deal, he said until Jerome signed off on his no trade claus he was in total control. Healy is an idiot and is aimimg for Don’s gig, the other moron knows squat about hockey and most sports in generaL. Jerome held all the cards and played them to his advantage, good on him. TSN by far with Naylor in the drive chair are hands down the best in sports talk radio, and will prove it in the ratings in coming months.Just my opinion…

MattK
MattK
March 29, 2013 10:14 am

Mike (in Boston)

Any trades seem to come from the US media well in house business is from Canada. Elliott Did have the John Gibbons story and most other stories seem to be broken by writers online or newspaper.

Another Steve
Wilner does seem to get his info from interviews and not off the record which is nice. Unrelated but when Mike Wilner got suspended for the Cito thing it didn’t look good on Rogers.

Media is too much about promoting the companies product instead reporting interesting info nowadays.

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
March 29, 2013 11:06 am

There was some talk on the radio about how RA Dickey helps the pitcher following him. Here a writer quantifies the effect.

http://www.fangraphs.com/community/index.php/the-true-dickey-effect/

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
March 29, 2013 12:07 pm

good points and well said Steve.
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To me, good reporting is thoughtful analysis, and it’s the kind of stuff that is anathema to the 140-character ADD universe in which we live.
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I’ve been giving this a lot of thought lately … Personally, I tend to find people who say most of what they have to say on Twitter highly uninteresting. If that’s your preferred medium you’re probably not interested in thinking deeply about very much.
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But, I guess i’ve come to the realization that the opposite isn’t necessarily long form journalism. Lots of the blogs I read are able to make interesting and compelling points in far fewer than 750 words. So, while Twitter may be the problem, Grantland is not the only solution.
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You just need to be willing to offer reasons or support for your point of view. That’s the thing that is anathema to Twitter … the medium encourages a lot of interaction but not much engagement. Anyway, all that to say i’m someone who wants and seeks out good journalism and good discussion. While I’m not certain where to find it, I’m fairly certain where i won’t find it.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
March 29, 2013 12:12 pm

good article on Romero with some really good quotes:

http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/scott_macarthur/?id=419351

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
March 29, 2013 1:54 pm

Good Lord, is Bryan Hayes going to talk about not jinxing the Leafs by saying they’ll make the playoffs for the rest of the regular season. I wrote before that the great Mike Toth should replace Gareth Wheeler, maybe he should replace Hayes instead. I’ll take his obnoxious rationality over Hayes’ magical thinking every time.

Speaking of magical thinking, a usually excellent blog engages in some over Vernon Wells:

http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2013/03/27/wells-talks-about-his-new-swing/

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
March 29, 2013 2:14 pm
Mike S
Mike S
March 29, 2013 4:07 pm

Ken Rosenthal is on the PTS roundtable tonight…………that might be interesting…………….Shannon is also on the roundtable (along with Damien)………….that might be less interesting

Daniel
Daniel
March 29, 2013 4:25 pm

Rosenthal is on the roundtable? Wow. That’s actually quite cool.

Daniel
Daniel
March 29, 2013 4:26 pm

Yeah, I’m sure Shannon will talk over Rosenthal in the MLB discussion. Ugh. He really is the worst.

Mike S
Mike S
March 29, 2013 4:30 pm

Apparently Rosenthal is in town to cover the Jays’ opener………….don’t know why he is here several days early

Alex
Alex
March 29, 2013 4:40 pm

I’d like to see hayhurst become a roundtable regular.

Daniel
Daniel
March 29, 2013 4:57 pm

Yeah, I think Hayhurst is great. I prefer him to Zaun already.

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