This was quite a tough blow this week as it was announced that Sportsnet to make significant cuts to their on-air staff as the network tries to cut costs in the face of disappointing revenue.
According to the most recent Rogers quarterly report issued in April, its media division lost about $84 million over the first three months of this year after excluding taxes and other expense items.
It is a terrible week for sports fans, especially hockey enthusiasts as it has been reported that Doug MacLean will not be returning as a hockey analyst next season. His contract was not renewed by Sportsnet.
Fans loved MacLean’s take on the game. He was often a panelist on Hockey Night in Canada for the later games and could also be heard on the air of Sportsnet 590.
He will be missed and we hope to see him involved in the NHL nonetheless next season.
Sportsnet also made headline when Bob McCown was removed from Prime Time Sports. It was quite little surprising given that he was recently renewed with much fanfare.
While he might have been popular with a certain crowd, it was revealed that his numbers had been slipping, especially now that podcasts grow more popular. But his price tag remained the same, close to $1 million, which appears to have been too much for Sportsnet.
We wish all the folks affected by these cuts the best of luck in the future.