What Does Superbowl 50 & The Toronto Raptors Have In Common?

by TSM

Quickly, what do Superbowl 50, the Denver Broncos, The Carolina Panthers and the Toronto Raptors have in common?

They were the topic du jour on my appearance Monday on the Todd Shapiro Show with Todd Shapiro.

I’m now on Monday’s at 5pm… All good fun!

Also, we have a new Toronto Raptors writer about to start so stay tuned for that!

Curious, did anyone listen to the Friday roundtable on PTS? Im writing about a the future of sports in the new digital era and I’d love to know your thoughts…



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Rob J
Rob J
January 26, 2016 3:11 pm

Just too bad all 4 on the roundtable discussion all work for 1 media company. Hard to get diverse views, especially since that company also owns the teams.

Bob Canuck
Bob Canuck
January 26, 2016 4:44 pm

I thought the discussion about the challenging times faced by newspapers was interesting. Damien Cox offered insights from his Toronto Star days (decline of revenues from classified ads, cost-cutting and the related impact on retaining staff, uncertainty about the future, etc.) and John Shannon made an important point regarding how sports websites, for example Sportsnet, are largely promotional and do not have to be financially self-sustaining, unlike a newspaper, including its own website. Arash Madani asked a good question as to whether Yahoo was a content-play or not.

Andrew Coyne had a interesting piece in the National Post about the newspaper industry.


The subject of the future of digital sports was briefly addressed; the reduction in the number of ESPN subscribers has had an impact (layoffs, the cessation of Grantland, etc.). I thought Damien made a good point that we are now in the early stages of an industrial revolution for media, including sports media.

Overall, for a segment that was less than 25 minutes, I enjoyed the PTS discussion of a very complex topic.

January 26, 2016 7:51 pm

Hey Jonah

I’ll download your segment with Todd Shapiro and Jay Brody from the iTunes App Store and Todd Shapiro Show podcast.

I actually did tune in to the Roundtable on Friday’s Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown and his guests Damien Cox John Shannon and Arash Madani.

I’ll give credit where it’s due Bob is exceptional when he talks about business of sports and changing landscape. Honestly if you own a newspaper these days whether your Postmedia or BCE or Torstar why pay big dollars for columnists and reporters.

In the changing times we live in a click a second world. Everyone gets information from news apps and online sites in real time. The whole industry is on the verge of extinction.

Look forward to the new Raptors Writer soon to be coming aboard. Is it Eric Koreen? Payal Doshi?

January 26, 2016 7:59 pm

McCown’s out of touch with modern day media which is shown in his state of wonderment at the plight of newpapers – the actual print/paper versions and for the most part their useless websites especially in regard to sports reporting.

January 27, 2016 10:43 am

I’m surprised The Globe even bothers with a website – at least specifically in regards to sports. If you go to the sports section of it, you’ll see they have several stories posted (masquerading as news) from a week to two weeks ago. It seems whomever is in charge of editing the site does so on a weekly basis, at the most. Its lame and unprofessional.

I even took the time to write their online editor and point out these issues – to which I received no reply.

Steve Clark
January 27, 2016 11:52 am

I thought it was an interesting discussion and the best point was made by Shannon when he talked about “journalistic integrity” That is what has been blurred. A guy like Damien Cox, former Star columnist and a very good writer who has to follow all the journalistic standards and practices that came with writing for a newspaper, now gets lumped in with Joe Blogger. Don’t get me wrong, there are good and credible bloggers affiliated with very credible sites, but there are a lot who write without backing up facts, getting quotes etc.

Heck, I blog, have my own site and in no way do I consider myself anything close to a proven journalist.

January 27, 2016 1:35 pm

Shannon also repeatedly laughed at his own “jokes” on the roundtable and made a reference to Woodward and Bernstein, thus once again demonstrating that he’s well past his best-before date. When Rogers makes its cuts, would it be too much to ask that he’s among them? Worst on-air guy at the Fan. Bob complains that he’s being pushed out but then regularly serves up Shannon and Reid, both of which receive numerous complaints here. No one pushes out a ratings winner but you can’t make ratings gains with such significant contributions from these two broadcasting train wrecks. Reid’s case for retiring Keon’s jersey was laughable and the segment with Blair was a tire fire.
While I’m at it, what the hell was Terry Ryan doing on PTS last night?? This was clearly Reid’s influence. We’ve heard Ryan’s sob story at least twice before on PTS. This was the WORST interview I’ve ever heard on PTS. After a few minutes of that tripe I turned to Graham/Hayes and then turned off the radio. Silence was an improvement. Graham doesn’t add much to a broadcast. He’s not funny. He’s not overly opinionated and feels the need to ALWAYS one-up his co-host. Hayes was good with Bruce Arthur the day before but couldn’t find chemistry with Graham. Let’s end the Graham experiment.

Rob J
Rob J
January 27, 2016 5:45 pm

Amen about that 30 minute Ryan interview…I literally thought it was a rerun of one of his previous visits. I predicted the exact moment he mentioned David Langkow and Jon Sim. Meanwhile the hosts acted like they’d never heard it before. Ryan’s nickname should be ‘Cottage’ since he only has one story. And he will be back again when his next book comes out. A low point for PTS in 2016.

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