Is It Time to Rebuild Blue Jays Broadcasts?

Is It Time to Rebuild Blue Jays Broadcasts?

by mike in boston / @mikeinbostonemail

 

I have been sitting on this topic for a few months but with spring training upon us the time seems right to ask the question. It will be another month until the team starts playing meaningful games, and we often see new faces and voices in front of the cameras and microphones in February and March. With that in mind, the question is: how satisfied are you with the current state of the Blue Jays TV and radio broadcasts on Sportsnet and FAN590? Here is a breakdown of the various components that make up the current line-up and what I’d like to see going forward. As always, this is one person’s opinion and I’m more interested in yours than I am in mine.

 

The Sportsnet Bundle

 

 

For context it’s important to remember that in Toronto one organization owns both the team and the networks that have the broadcast rights. That organization’s core business is selling telephone contracts and cable services, not sports. In other cities the usual set up is an individual owner whose team sells the rights to a sports network for a hefty fee, with the network then selling ads for all kinds of goods and services unrelated to the owner’s other business ventures. So you have a diversity of interests at work, some of which work to the benefit of the fan.

 

In Toronto, things are different since the entire ecosystem is organized around RCI’s share price. As we have seen many times over the last decade, this can lead to confusing and creative ways of talking about the Jays. Most recently there were the strange quotes about “surfacing value” in the team, and blaming earnings shortfalls in the media division on things like Troy Tulowitzki’s contract.

 

Because there is no bidding war for the radio or TV rights it also means there is little incentive for change. The status quo is all there is, and no other network can exert pressure on behalf of the audience. Sportsnet technically is separate from the Jays, but they are paid from the same bucket by Rogers, so the wall of separation is pretty thin. For further context, recall that Mark Shapiro and Scott Moore agreed to a reorganization of the media division under which one person would function as a bridge between the two units. Previously, the Jays handled media independently.

 

The current state of things is that there are great synergies for Rogers, but few of these lead to a benefit for viewers and listeners. To further illustrate the complexities of this issue, consider this passage from Jerry Howarth’s book. Here he is recounting his famous comments about SS Jose Reyes and his tendency to smile after making errors:

 

“In the big picture, I also learned a valuable lesson about honesty. That came from Alex Anthopoulos. “You sure made that trade of Reyes to the Rockies a lot more difficult for me because the Rockies kept asking what was going on with Reyes. That deal took a few more weeks than I expected, but we pulled it off.” I had never thought about that. My words could have negatively affected a transaction that was paramount to the Blue Jays’ future success in 2015, bringing Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays.”

 

Here you have a member of the broadcast team expressing regret at his comments because they potentially made life harder for the team’s GM. This gives you some insight into how he saw his role within the structure. Howarth is there to help the team win. I’m not drawing attention to this quote to mock him. Rather, it’s important for fans to know how to conceptualize the kind of information and analysis they can expect from Jays broadcasts. Even though Howarth is employed by Sportsnet, he see himself as on the same team as Alex. This works because Rogers pays both their salaries. Things might be different if they answered to different masters.

 

As the audience, this arrangement means that you will need to look elsewhere for critical commentary. On that point, John Ourand of Sports Biz Journal commented on Richard Deitsch’s media podcast that broadcast crew and commentators are not journalists and that the audience needs to keep that in mind when interpreting their comments. (Link – Episode 43, March 5th 2019, 32 minute mark).

 

What this means is that to thrive within the Rogers ecosystem you have to know how to root for the home team, or at least keep your negative opinions to yourself. This perception would be mitigated if there were a firewall between the role of Sportsnet journalist and the role of Sportsnet broadcast media. But no such wall exists. People like Stephen Brunt have a foot on both sides, which can be confusing for the audience. Similarly, when the Chris Colabello steroids story broke, his public interview went to … Jamie Campbell, rather than someone wholly unaffiliated with the team.

 

Not to say that any of this is easy. A network with a rights relationship with a team they cover will always find themselves facing difficult decisions about keeping the team happy while providing objective and credible journalism for the audience. Striking this balance comes with risks and costs. Arguably, CBC and TSN are on the outside looking in on NHL rights because they weren’t friendly enough to Gary Bettman. However, the public mandate at Sportsnet under Scott Moore never prioritized protecting the journalistic integrity of the network. His most famous comments were about partnership with the league around celebrating the game. That same approach can be seen at work with the Jays.

 

But Scott Moore has moved on and Bart Yabsley has been in charge for a year and is in a position to make changes to Sportsnet’s Jays coverage, if he so chooses. This is the guy who walked away from Bob McCown and a few months later fired Don Cherry, so he is not afraid of making difficult decisions.

 

The Current Roster

 

Trigger warning: discussion of race and gender and (lack of) diversity to follow. If that kind of thing upsets you then please position your fainting couch accordingly.

 

Speaking of Scott Moore, one defining feature of his tenure at Sportsnet was his love of white men. He presided over this legendary lineup at FAN590.

 

 

He also hired this guy:

 

 

And was in charge during this guy’s reign:

 

 

You might be tempted to dismiss these as cherry-picked examples that don’t tell an accurate story, but generally when people tell you who they are it’s a good idea to believe them:

 

 

It’s probably too soon to predict whether diversity will matter more to the new guy than it did to the old guy, but when you look at the Jays broadcast crew it’s notable how white and male it is. Here’s how the radio side looked for most of last year:

 

 

Here’s how the TV side looks while balls are in play:

 

 

Here’s how the pre and post game show looks:

 

 

And here’s how things sit in the extended Sportsnet baseball universe:

 

 

If you see nothing in need of change in the picture painted above then it’s unlikely anything you read here will convince you otherwise. But think about this in the context of a city as diverse as Toronto. Wouldn’t it make business sense to try to attract as many viewers as possible?

 

Internally, it’s hard to understand how a team managed by a Latino and with a core of young Hispanic players doesn’t see value in having a Spanish-speaking member of the broadcast crew. In fact, no one covering the team for Sportsnet can interview these individuals in their own language, and that seems like a willful missing of an opportunity.

 

 

These might be some of the considerations Yabsley takes into account as the Jays try to recapture the attention of the marketplace after losing 95 games in 2019, half of the ticket-buying audience over the last couple of seasons, and a significant amount of viewers on TV.

 

It is worth mentioning that things look a little more diverse in the role of sideline reporter.

 

 

 

Fixing the Radio Side

 

The biggest missing piece on the radio side is, in my opinion, the perspective of someone who has played the game and is excited to talk about the modern era of baseball. Jays fans were treated to a masterclass when the excellent Alan Ashby was partnered with Jerry Howarth from 2007-2012. To a lesser extent Jack Morris played this role well in 2013. Joe Siddall did a serviceable job from 2014-2017. In 2018 we were told that there would be a rotation of colour commentators but really it was just a lot of Wilner, who was eventually given a shot at carrying the load full-time in 2019.

 

The problem with the current duo is the lack of perspective. Wilner has only ever worked here, growing up as a lifelong Jays fan, and hosting the worst call in show in the history of radio for a decade. Wagner has done a nice job since being given the lead gig in 2018, after working in Buffalo for 11 years. Neither has worked in another MLB market. As a result the analysis is pretty thin, given that there is also no on the field experience from which to draw. This may or may not matter to you, but as someone who has lived in several MLB markets, I think there is a difference.

 

The easy solution would be to find a great ex-Jay who wants to be in broadcasting. It’s hard to believe that none of the legendary players from the 80s and 90s want to come back and work for Sportsnet. More recently JP Arencibia and Dirk Hayhurst made some noises before fading away. But where are the Barfields and Mosbeys and Carters? Or the Homer Bushes and Alex Rioses? A fallback solution would be to move Siddall back to radio alongside Wagner. This would be still too vanilla for my tastes, but would be an improvement over the current duo.

 

Fixing the TV Side

 

The return of Shulman has refreshed the TV broadcasts significantly. The three man booth of Tabler, Shulman, and Martinez is too crowded however. Shulman needs to be paired with someone who is comfortable taking a back seat. That does not describe either Tabler or Martinez. So long as Shulman is splitting his time with other commitments we will be stuck in limbo but all reports indicate this will change in the next year. Once that happens, the dominos should start to fall.

 

Personally I would like to see Shulman paired with a rotating cast of ex-players until the right chemistry emerges. He was quite good with John Kruk on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and there is no reason Sportsnet can’t find a comparable character willing to work in Canada.

 

I don’t spend much time on pre and post game shows, but until Jamie Campbell screws something up he owns that desk. He is well on the way to becoming baseball’s Ron MacLean. Kevin Barker is in the “love him or hate him” category, but since he and Hazel are a package deal I don’t see much change happening there.

 

As I have written many times before, I would love to see Hazel get a bigger role on Jays coverage. She has tons of experience working in many markets, and every time she is a guest on FAN590 she says something intelligent. I’m not sure where she would fit but she has earned the right to succeed or fail doing more meaningful work than getting showered in sports drink several times a month. Arash is a good broadcaster but his talents seem wasted in his current 50 game role with the Jays. He would be a better fit for a full-time radio show or podcast.

 

These are some of my thoughts, I might update this post with some further ones in the coming days. Here’s a poll to gauge what is the biggest priority for 2020.

 

 

Over to you: What changes would you like to see to Sportsnet’s baseball coverage? Do you care who hosts JaysTalk? How important is playing experience to your enjoyment of the radio call?

 

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thanks for reading and commenting,

until next time …

mike (not really in boston)

COMMENTS

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    Just get rid of that fool Wilner and the broadcast will be a lot better

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    Frequent readers here know that I usually have nothing but the utmost contempt for Rogers and their broadcasting decisions. But I will give credit where it’s due – they are very good at covering the Jays, and although it’s not perfect, I doubt most other teams have this breadth of coverage from their local braodcaster. Shulman, Martinez, and Tabler work well together; Barker and Siddal are both knowledgeable and easy to listen to; Madani and Mae are very good within their roles; and the cadre of writers on sportsnet.ca, led by Shi Davidi, are all over this team on a daily basis. You’re not going to get hardcore journalism with this crew but that isn’t the fault of the talent – more a byproduct of directions from above. Since Rogers isn’t only the sole rights holder but owns the team, it’s honestly understandable and a reflection of the direction the industry has been going in. Although it’s not great for viewers at times, there’s plenty of other outlets we can get those types of pieces from.

    By and large, I’m happy with what I’m getting on the TV and digital side. The radio side is a bit more messy, although Wilner has improved considerably since he first started in the booth. He and Wagner are a fine duo but Jerry Howarth is a very hard act to follow. I still miss him quite a bit, he just ‘sounds’ like baseball for me in the same way that Bob Cole had that ‘voice of the game’ aura to him with hockey.

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    I can’t Wilner from his years harassing callers on the radio show. So I refuse to tune in. And that’s too bad because baseball is such a great radio sport.

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    I wholeheartedly agree with the need for diversity, but omitting Cliff Floyd’s name from this article was a bit of a mistake imo – he was on the desk with Campbell and Siddall quite a bit in 2019, and is the recent player type you’re looking for.

    I personally like the radio booth quite a bit, natural chemistry and nice passion there. I wouldn’t change it. I understand that not everyone’s a Wilner fan, but I enjoy his commentary, and Wagner’s done a great job filling big shoes.

    I think it’s also unfair to say Buck Martinez isn’t willing to take a backseat when he works as the analyst several times throughout the season with Dan already, has worked as the main analyst with Gary Thorne for the Orioles in the past, and works currently as the analyst alongside Matt Vasgersian in the World Series.

    It would definitely be an adjustment for him to do it full-time, but I honestly think it would be a great thing for him. I’m personally not a huge fan of his play-by-play style, but he’s a really good booth analyst. I also don’t need to add to the echo that says Shulman’s great – I agree, and he’s missed on Sunday Night Baseball.

    If it were me, and I was reshuffling the current roster, I’d consider moving one of Floyd or Siddall to the booth and Tabler to the desk. Tabler did a pretty solid job there during the playoffs a few years ago (and his old-school analysis probably fits there better anyway at this point), and I was actually more impressed by Floyd during his YouTube game (with Braun/Pena) than I thought I would be.

    I was pretty selfishly disappointed (though thrilled for him since it was a fairly big boost in visibility) when I heard Siddall would move out of the radio booth, and I think pairing him with Shulman would also be a home run.

    I agree that Hazel Mae should be considered for a bigger role on the broadcasts, and that actually reminds me how Sam Cosentino was used more frequently when he was on the broadcasts – he was also the backup play-by-play choice at the time, calling the Arencibia debut and the Morrow near no-no on TV. 

    If the possibility exists that Shulman isn’t interested in a full-time broadcast job, I do wonder if they’d pull an uncharacteristic move and look externally. Scott Braun, who did the YouTube games, reportedly was a finalist for the Marlins job that eventually went to Paul Severino. I think a younger voice like that would match the younger team well – especially if you think of a booth with him, Martinez, and Floyd together for three different perspectives.

    There’s also Rich Waltz, who is excellent. I don’t think he’s super likely to move to Canada because of his age and college work with CBS, but he’s also a free agent after FS Florida dumped him for no real reason.

    Sportsnet has at least a small relationship with MLB/NHL Network, who broadcasts the YT games and employs both Braun and Waltz. They’re the ones who helped set up a deal to let Buck M. in as the booth analyst for the International World Series feed produced by MLBN.

    Just some of my thoughts, ranging from plausible to a little more far-fetched.

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    David 1 month ago

    I understand that Rogers feels their people need to pump up the brand and I consider the Blue Jays as a part of there brand. 

    Excluding Don Cherry, the biggest sports media personality in Toronto and probably Canada has been Bob McCown. Was it partially because he blasted Rogers all the time? 

    The TV crew is competent but nothing great. A lot of times I would watch the game but listen to Jerry. I do that with Leaf games now. Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph rip the players and rip the refs. Winer “it’s still early” Wilner needs to… just go somewhere else. Ben is ok.  I think Barker could be great but they need to send him to media school to improve his delivery. 

    NCAA basketball isn’t what it once was, one and done has killed it. I can see Dan coming back full time on TV but not with Buck and definitely not with Siddal. Would be nice to see a rotation of retired Canadian MLBers on pre or postgame shows kind of what MLB Tonight does.  Larry Walker HOF. Ernie Whitt. 

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    Have to agree Cliff Lee is quality.

    Would love to see Darrin Fletcher get another shot.

    Wilner I feel he is stuck in the past, keeping the regular season relevant when all people want to see is playoffs.

    Dan Shulman is in a class of his own.

    Anyone else I have not mentioned takes away from away the game with their Cheerleading. I find myself listening less and less because of it.

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    I like the broadcast team and with regards to Jerry Howarth not wanting to hurt the manager or coach, he is honest, he’d say that because it was real.  Other talking heads would just think it but not say it.
    Personally after watching broadcasts in other cities when I had MLB Network we are very very lucky with the Team we have except for Mike Wilner who seems more apt to be rude because he has the microphone than anything else.  I called in one time, (one and only time) to agree with the guy and he dissed me after I said exactly what he had said.
    I detest what Rogers does as a corp and the slimey way they do business.  Everything went downhill after Ted passed away.  I know a good many things I care not to mention, but seriously the broadcast Team is really the one thing we have, and always have had, over the rest of MLB.

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    D. Smith 1 month ago

    I can do without Tabler. Time for a change. If they can add Cliff Floyd to the booth or pre-post game I’d be happy. I don’t mind Barker. Doesn’t take himself too seriously and provides some fairly objective commentary on Baseball Central.
    I never hated Wilmer as much as some. That he had to put up with those callers for a decade is a feat of patience. I’d have drank myself to oblivion.
    For people thinking they are homers they are nothing compared TSN radio and TV in Winnipeg. They are borderline unwatchable broadcasts.

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    Chris A. 1 month ago

    I used to listen religiously to the radio broadcast. I cannot do so until the Wilner experiment ends.

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    Drumanchor 1 month ago

    Agree 100% with your comment that Siddal is just too vanilla. Nice guy, knowledgeable but brings nothing. 

    Wilner? He just rubs too many people the wrong way. I don’t know where he fits in. 

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    Great post.
    Sportsnet is very lucky that Dan Shulman is from Toronto and appears to want to work here, because he is one of the best play by play guys in any sport. So based almost on him alone I find it hard to complain about Jays coverage too much.
    Personally I like Wilner and Wagner and think they have potential. I don’t think the broadcast needs an ex jock at all. The broadcast has a fun, smart, modern feel to it.  Did they ever replace Scott MacArthur as Jays talk host?  I haven’t listened much since Wilner moved up. 
    I think Blair and Barker are fun. I also think the At The Letters podcast with Arden and Ben is very good. Bit dry but excellent analysis/info.  I agree that Hazel and Arash should have bigger roles, absolutely. 
    I think the main voice I find a bit ‘meh’ is Siddal. He seems like a nice guy,  I just find his analysis to be run of the mill and he doesn’t bring a lot of fun to the role.
    Does TSN do Jays coverage now that MacArthur has left? Or anything other than hockey and CFL?

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    Original Mitch 1 month ago

    I very much like the Jamie Campbell is The Ron Maclean of baseball in that both are two-faced sycophants who would throw their own mothers under the buss before saying a negative word about the company they work for. Pathetic that these people are allowed to flourish and get paid well simply because they refuse to have a backbone.

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    Absolutely agree about Wilner – I always enjoyed baseball on radio but I just can’t take that jerk – As for Schulman I find him way overated – To me he is just annoying and like so many current PbP/colour guys he just never shuts up – However I find there are just too many ad breaks to make a baseball broadcast enjoyable on any medium and really don’t miss it –

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    Joseph 1 month ago

    While Blue Jays are unique in that Rogers’ main business is not sports, there are many baseball teams that now own, co-own or are minority owners of their local sports network.
    Orioles, Yankees (still own a slice of YES), Cubs, Dodgers, Mets, Phillies come to mind but there may be more. No real difference between the way Yes Network treats the Yankees vs Sportsnet treating the Jays.
    Other than Shulman, I find the other voices boring. Of course, when you suffer through horrible losing seasons, its hard to listen to games so it may just seem that way.

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    Guest 1 month ago

    Buck Martinez is very good as a PBP guy and excellent in a colour commentator role, when partnered with Dan Shulman. I have a soft spot for Tabby too. I would like to see Hazel Mae take a more visible role in broadcasts, maybe even as the permanent host of Baseball Central. Joe Siddall was better on radio. Don’t like Wilner. Ben Wagner has a good voice for radio and appears to be an excellent fit, but I haven’t listened to many games with him.

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    So Sportsnet is only broadcasting 2 live spring training Blue Jay games from Dunedin this spring.
    If they care that little about promoting their product why should WE the public care about their TV/Radio crews ?
    Clearly,there will be no movement, changes to TV/Radio other than subtractions.

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    Great content!

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    Liberty Village Bob 1 month ago

    Am I the only one who misses Barry Davis?

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    @Daniel – Scott Mitchell covers the Jays full time for TSN.

    https://www.tsn.ca/talent/scott-mitchell-1.771853

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    For clarification, I didn’t include Cliff Floyd because it is unclear what his status is with SN. He doesn’t mention SN in his Twitter bio, and hasn’t tweeted about being on the show since August 11th 2019. He does mention his Sirius show and has been tweeting about his MLB.com appearances lately. I also couldn’t find an accurate tally of the number of times he was on the desk show in 2019. I’d be grateful if anyone can track that down.

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    peter 1 month ago

    https://twitter.com/FadooBobcat     Hmmmmmm!!!!!…………….

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    Elvis 1 month ago

    Buck Martinez only knows how to repeat things. Adds very little insight. And between his awful GET UP BALL call and Wilner’s screaming every time a Jay hits a home run we are not getting what we deserve from Sportsnet. Maybe give Andrew Stoeten a try on radio?

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    Steve in Waterloo 1 month ago

    Not sure what taking a shot at Scott Moore had to do with this post? The title of the post was Blue Jay Broadcasts, and then you spent the first half of the post pointing out that he only hired white men, on Sportsnet.

    Back to Jays broadcasts. I pretty much like them, and hate to be negative, but we need a change in whoever is doing the colour on TV. Pat Tabler, who I used to like, has developed an ability over the years to say nothing. He talks, but says nothing.

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    @ Steve in Waterloo Unfortunately your correct take on Tabler will most likely keep him on the air.

    Rogers loves the “problem, what problem?” approach to covering the team.

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    Bingo Bango Bongo 1 month ago

    The annual dump on Wilner post…
    Meanwhile, Ashley Docking gone from the Fan morning show…crickets
    McCown tweets some tease and the world is on fire.
    Ridiculous 

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    Mike Shapman 1 month ago

    What’s the origin of your personal animus against Wilner? I miss his post-game dial-in show – it was hilarious. He was enough of a homer but called out player failings and especially caller idiocy… of which there was plenty. Goldberg seems like a guy – maybe too nice. a bit of tension with the callers and stupid trade ideas and erroneous observations is a good thing (also being able to i.d. the drunk callers). Wilner is fine home team announcer. The other guy is competent. When compared with Devlin and Jack baseball is dry but also the nature of the game and broadcasts.

    I see that much of the premise of the article is “reverse racism.” I agree with your observations even if you glaringly missed mentioning Cliff Floyd’s visits to the TV coverage and who was a great call-in guest on Prime Time and other FAN shows. Here’s hoping they bring him back to TV & radio esp on Tim & Sid similar to having Nate Burleson comment on NFL. Thanks for clarifying further about Cliff in your comment but they made an effort to address the concerns you raised but didn’t acknowledge.

    But what do you propose? nothing constructive. you fall short of calling for Yabsley to fire “white guys” (b/c of the colour of their skin) but appear to be too uninformed to propose a specific and realistic alternative of a Latino or Black candidate – you just raise vague rhetorical questions or suggestions.
    shaking it up for the sake of shaking it up? great comments about Scott Moore though 🙂

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    Fan/590 Past 10 years 10 different morning shows. Maybe it could be questionable management ?

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    grimfaced 1 month ago

    Find it funny to hear the disparaging remarks about Moore only hiring white men. The NHL only hires j uwes in its New York office, and Fehr appears to be of the same mindset with regard to the NHLPA; is Gary Bettman and Fehr (and their ilk) therefore afraid of gentiles? This sounds like very dishonest, selective outrage. Last time I checked, not many Christians or non-Israelis were in positions of power in Hollywood or Goldman Sachs. I guess diversity is only brought up when it can be used as a stick to beat over the head of WASPs or Christian males.

    What a dirty take.

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    Bingo Bango Bongo 1 month ago

    Wow. I’ve had some posts taken down that weren’t anywhere near as offensive as that one. 

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    Poker Guy 1 month ago

    @Bingo Bango Bongo

    Meanwhile, Ashley Docking gone from the Fan morning show…crickets

    I had no idea, as I rarely listen to their morning show anymore. The times that I did tune in, Ashley was not the issue in my opinion.

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    Gary M 1 month ago

    Big fan of Mike’s writing and agree with all his points on diversity. But not at all a fan of the whole “fainting couch” bit. This need everyone has to open such conversations with an insult is counterproductive and one of the big reasons minds don’t get changed.

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    Poker Guy 1 month ago

    Since TSN is more open to giving females more of an opportunity, perhaps they’ll hire Docking. While they’re at it, have her replace Petrillo as host of Leafs Lunch #anybodybutandi

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    @Poker Guy…Great idea. I like Docking and Leafs Lunch doesn’t need the “shoes commentary”.

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    Bingo Bango Bongo 1 month ago

    @ Poker Guy  I was referring to the grimfaced post. I’m not on the Mike (in Boston) diversity train. Of course there should be more women and minorities in media in general. That’s not a debate,but you can’t force it although Mike does continue to bring it up. It’s fine that he does. It’s an opinion.The thing is you have to have an audience. There will be chances for things to get better, but the media is not like an assembly line job. You can’t do quotas. Do I think that more women and minorities should be on the air. Absolutely.What  I was astounded at was the anti Jewish take from the aforementioned grimfaced. Can anyone say Charlottesville?
    One last thing. There is a place where women and minorities get chances. The CBC. And almost all of them are great at what they do.

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    @Bingo Bango Bongo – You lost me at “The CBC. And almost all of them are great at what they do’ – The CBC is a perfect example of abuse of the quota system(affirmative action)and the dreadful results – None of the clowns on the CBC could hold a job in the real world – I have no problem with women/minorities as long as who ever has the job is the best – But to say that more women/minorities SHOULD absolutely be on air is silly – It implies the best will not necessarily be chosen and that benefits no one –

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    @MontfromLondonOnt

    “The CBC is a perfect example of abuse of the quota system(affirmative action)and the dreadful results – None of the clowns on the CBC could hold a job in the real world”

    CBC Radio 1 is the highest rated station in Toronto, and I believe has been for some time.

    https://broadcastdialogue.com/the-hill-group-of-companies-the-parent-company-of-harvard-broadcasting-has-acquired-regina-based-agency-carbon-marketing-to-form-harvard-media/

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    Does anyone know what happened to Ashley Docking? It’s like she never existed on the Fan 590. What gives?

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    Angel Ize 4 weeks ago

    I’e stopped listening to Jays radio ever since Wilner got airtime during the game. I had stopped listening to his post-game nonsense and they actually rewarded that guy with during-game airtime! A bigger Rogers shill doesn’t exist. 

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    Batch 4 weeks ago

    You have brought up excellent points