Best & Worst of 2017

by mike in boston / @mikeinbostonemail


As we come to the end of 2017 I am curious about which changes in the world of Toronto sports media will have the biggest impact on your life. Here are a few things that happened this year that made a mark in the market:


  • No more Gregg Zaun on Sportsnet’s TV and radio channels


  • Rogers and Bell enlarge their sports partnership by adding the Argos to MLSE’s roster


  • Dave Hodge ends his run hosting The Reporters, cites TSN cost-cutting as reason


  • The FAN590 continues their decade long policy of not hiring anyone other than white men as hosts


  • Bob McCown renews with Sportsnet, PTS continues to rotate (non-Cox) co-hosts


  • TSN1050 cuts costs by reducing number of local hosts, fails to show any ratings success vs FAN for 6th straight year


  • TheAthletic publicly states they want the newspaper industry to die so they can hire their writers


  • Postmedia, The Star, and the Globe all report significant financial losses, job cuts


  • Bell and Rogers cut jobs in media


  • The Jays are for sale, sort of


  • Dan Shulman returns to Toronto/Sportsnet


  • Jay & Dan return to Toronto/TSN


  • TSN heavyweight hockey personalities start standalone podcasts


  • Rogers and Bell continue to go back and forth for the #1 TV sports channel spot


  • Dean Blundell exits sports, starts website, publishes Jackie Redmond rumours


  • Mike Richards shows some success with his online radio show


Add your thoughts on which of these stories will make a difference to your own consumption habits, or other notable items from 2017. If you want to look backwards, here is our post on the biggest stories of 2016.



thanks for reading and commenting,

until next time …

mike (not really in boston)

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