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Sportsnet to Simulcast Televised Baseball Call on Radio

It was only a matter of time before Sportsnet took their televison play-by-play of Blue Jays baseball and put it on the radio. Here I am early this morning calling it on Hebsy on Sports, well before any announcement was made.

Here's an excerpt of the press release from Rogers.

Sportsnet will be streamlining production for the 2021 season by simulcasting TV broadcasts on Sportsnet 590 The FAN and across the Sportsnet Radio Network. That means fans will be able to listen to Buck Martinez, Dan Shulman, and Pat Tabler on both TV and radio. Ben Wagner remains part of the Blue Jays on Sportsnet broadcast team, joining Jamie Campbell, Joe Siddall, Hazel Mae, and Arash Madani in covering all the bases throughout the season.

The news broke while I was hosting a Sports Media Roundtable with Mark Hebscher and Milon Talsania. You can hear us react to the news here.

On the bright side, Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez are great. But still, it's rather sad. The end of an era. For the first time in franchise history, there isn't going to be a radio-only tandem calling Jays games.

Once again, an MSM company is going to try and do more for less.

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