Ask The MSM Andi Petrillo @AndiPetrillo

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By TSM /@yyzsportsmedia/ torontosportsmedia at gmail

Coming this weekend, 20 questions with Andi Petrillo!

This is from Andi’s bio:

Petrillo brings tremendous knowledge of both the athletes and the game to CBC’s broadcasts no matter which sport she is covering. Known for her work as part of the studio team for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, she was the first full-time female Hockey Night in Canada in-studio personality. She also hosted other major international events for CBC in the past, including 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ and overnight coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and most recently as host of Pan Am Afternoon on CBC-TV during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

Petrillo got her start in the broadcast business volunteering with Rogers TV York Region, while earning degrees in English and Mass Communications from York University. She followed up her university experience with a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from Seneca College. After earning her diploma, Petrillo joined Rogers TV York Region full-time as a sports producer and host in 2004, covering local high school sports as well as golf and weekly Junior ‘A’ hockey games. In 2006, she joined Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s Leafs TV where she hosted the pre- and post-game shows as well as Leafs Today and also served as a reporter at Maple Leafs and Marlies games, providing in-game reports and player interviews.

While with MLSE, Petrillo also served as the main host and sideline reporter on the organization’s Raptors TV and GOL TV networks, covering the Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC, respectively. In 2008, Petrillo had the opportunity to report from the sidelines of the National Lacrosse League Championship for ESPN.

In 2012, Petrillo hosted All-Canadian Awards Banquet at the CIS Women’s Basketball Final 8, where she was presented with a Woman of Influence Award in honour of her influence in both her profession and community.”

Please submit your questions by end of day Wednesday!


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November 9, 2015 8:14 pm

Hello Andi

Were you offered a position with Rogers when they took control of the TV rights away from CBC Sports?

Also will you have a increased role at TSN? Or strictly soccer coverage only


Rob J
Rob J
November 9, 2015 8:17 pm

How close are we to seeing a female attain coaching (not necessarily head coach) and officiating positions in the NHL? Women have already broken through the glass ceiling in the NBA and NFL.

November 10, 2015 8:56 am

What challenges/barriers (still) exist for women in a male-dominated sporting industry?

On the topic of Andi, I’m confused by her departure. It seemed like Rogers wanted to rid of her position. And they did for the first couple of months. Then all of a sudden Sophia Jurksztowicz popped up out of nowhere and took over the token hot girl role. Made no sense to me.

November 10, 2015 9:22 am

I liked Andi Petrillo on HNIC and she really knew her sports (well in this case hockey). I like Sophia, as well. Both are gorgeous women, no doubt but they could have easily implemented Sophia together with Andi. They have Cassie Campbell doing the late west coast Canada games, why not have one of them doing the early telecasts along with Christine Simpson?

I don’t like the current HNIC package but Andi was great. I was actually thinking of that same type of question, as you Pete.

Rob In Aurora
Rob In Aurora
November 10, 2015 11:06 am

“Both are gorgeous women, no doubt but they could have easily implemented Sophia together with Andi”….(Wow). I’m not sure what that comment even means – but I am very glad I didn’t type it though!

I am sure Andi is quite content not being part of the abortion that HNIC has become on Sportsnet every Saturday since they began without exception. The woman mentioned above is there for eye candy exclusively, she provides no other value and it’s embarrassing to watch, like so many other things on that horrible show. Andi is a far superior sports broadcaster and could only have hurt her career being part of HNIC now – IMO she was lucky not to be part of it)….I am not shocked at all how bad HNIC is either. It is cringeworthy from start to finish.

Andi is in a position where she can work hard where she is (at the CBC and part time on TSN) and make her own breaks. She can use her knowledge and enthusiasm for soccer and build a role covering that while waiting for the Olympics to come around – She doesn’t need hockey and she sure doesn’t need Sportsnet.

She obviously has lots of male fans who appreciate her visual appeal as well as her personality and enthusiasm – Unfortunately for women covering sports on TV, you have to be a good broadcaster, knowledgeable AND attractive to be successful – Andi has got all that so she’ll do fine…(She’s no Erin Andrews – and that is a meant to be a compliment).

Here’s a question: “Which Olympic sports will you be covering as part of CBC’s lead up? If that has not yet been decided, which ones do you want or prefer to be assigned to?”

November 10, 2015 11:43 am

Rob in Aurora, what I mean is each and everyone of those women are beautiful and talented and we are in 2015 – not 1945 and do we really need the likes of Glenn Healy, Scott Oake, Damien Cox or Nick Kypreos on our televisions just simply because they might have been average NHL’ers?

The fact of the matter is that Christine, Cassie, Sophia and Andi all know their hockey and should be on as I personally would love to hear a woman’s perspective on the game of hockey. I am sick and tired of 95 year old Scott Oake stumble trying to be hip and cool.

Tommy Favilla
Tommy Favilla
November 10, 2015 1:31 pm

Hey Andi. I know you can’t get real pizza in Toronto. How bout next time you’re in NYC, we have some…my treat. Really enjoy your hockey insight, let’s go RANGERS!! Thanks, be well.

Steve Clark
November 10, 2015 2:47 pm

Ask Andi about crossover appeal. She was easily transitioning between sports stories/ and more lifestyle stories on the CBC.

Can she see herself crossing over, or out of sports doing non-sports hosting, or is she dyed in the wool a sports broadcaster?

I too am curious about what happened if her and Rogers. I honestly thought she could have been one of the hosts alongside Strombo/Millard/Marek/McLean

November 11, 2015 9:47 pm

I don’t know how close Andi is to other female broadcasters to comment, but it would be interesting to hear her take on other female broadcasters or female broadcasting teams in sports, how and why they have succeeded and where they haven’t.

Would Andi be interested in sharing the booth with a female athlete who never took broadcasting or journalism the way her male counterparts have? What would be the pros and cons of a two-journalist vs. one journalist-one ex-athlete team?

I remember a while back several of the female broadcasters at Sportsnet i.e. Hazel Mae doing some sort of provocative photo shoot. What does Andi think about women who play up their (sometimes self-perceived) “sexy” image? Is she in the “women shouldn’t be ashamed of their bodies” camp, or the “this sets women back 20 years” camp?

Jim Van Horne
November 12, 2015 1:10 pm

FYI, Darrell, Scott Oake and Damien Cox were never in the NHL. They weren’t professional athletes.

November 12, 2015 11:12 pm

@ Jim Van Horne: You knew exactly what I meant, you smart alick!

November 13, 2015 9:36 am

“Both are gorgeous women, no doubt but they could have easily implemented Sophia together with Andi”

Nobody seems to comment on Elliot Friedmans or Kelly Hrudy in terms of their looks? This is a double standard. The sooner we drop it the sooner women can have meaningful jobs in the sportsworld based on their skills as broadcasters (yes, I am a straight male).

November 13, 2015 10:04 am

You guys are twisting my words entirely. Of course they are gorgeous women; if you want me to diffuse that I cannot. They are gorgeous! They both totally know their hockey. All I am saying is that adding more women to the HNIC coverage which really craps the bed right now, you can add Sophia with Andi and Christine and Cassie and add more females to the broadcasts. Do you honestly get a lot out of seeing Scott Oake, Greg Millen and Glenn Healy? Whatever floats your boat, I guess? Adding Andi to the other women would increase the male viewership more because let’s face it sex sells and these women would sell to the men and it would also increase the viewership seeing women sharing about the game of hockey and erasing the stigma that women do not know hockey because they are women.

November 13, 2015 2:19 pm

What do you think the ceiling on TFC’s popularity in Toronto is? Let’s assume, for sake of argument, that they continue to make the playoffs in the next few years and maybe even make a bit of a run. Do you see them as being Raptors popular? Blue Jays popular? Or (unfortunately as I am an Argos fan) is Argos popular the best they can do?

Do you think the plentiful abundance of soccer on our airwaves (EPL, German soccer, all the European competitions) hurts TFC or helps? What I mean by this is when TFC signs a Giovinco there may be a feeling that “he’s not good enough to play in Italy” because people are more familiar with the sport globally as opposed to them not knowing who he is but being impressed that he once played for Italy internationally.

Rob In Aurora
Rob In Aurora
November 13, 2015 8:16 pm

So wait. Scott Oake sucks, because he’s a guy and he’s over 50. And Andi and all the other “gorgeous” women are preferable to have on HNIC….because …..well, they’re gorgeous women. And they know their hockey too…ok, so what about women who aren’t gorgeous at all, but know even more about hockey than the gorgeous ones?

And what happens to Andi and Christine (etc) when they get to be over 50? Darrell has covered agism and sexism. Now let’s combine them and see how big the hole gets.

November 14, 2015 2:37 pm

Has the Rogers app completely crashed? And any sub site I visit that uses their player doesn’t load either….

November 14, 2015 3:54 pm

You are choosing not to read what I am saying. Yes they are gorgeous women. Would you rather I say that they are not? If you choose to not hear me, I cannot help you.

They know their hockey – better than the moronic Scott Oake, Greg Millen and Glenn Healy.

What I am saying is that I would rather see them on television more than the moronic idiots on HNIC coverage. I am sick and tired of Greg Millen’s “No Question about it!” or “No Doubt about it!” moronic statements and would like to hear Sophia, Andi or any other woman (regardless of their beauty). We are in the freakon’ 21’st century and I am just sick and tired of HNIC’s boring coverage or the stigma it seems that you cannot have women on the telecast because they don’t know their hockey as well as men.

Rob In Aurora
Rob In Aurora
November 14, 2015 11:04 pm

Go to YouTube and search for : “office space what would you say you do here”, it reminds me of Darrell’s last comment

November 15, 2015 6:48 pm

Whatever floats your boat, Rob in Aurora. I know my thoughts are pure and innocent and you wanting to twist it? I can’t help you!

November 15, 2015 10:56 pm

Man, some really disappointing comments on this thread.

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