Argos scrap radio broadcasts in favour of TV simulcast

The Toronto Argonauts are ditching their radio broadcast in favour of a simulcast from TSN, according to former play-by-play man Mile Hogan.

The cost of broadcasting games was shared between the team and rights holder TSN 1050 and sources say the decision to drop them was a mutual one – while there is actually competition for radio rights in some CFL markets, that isn’t the case in Toronto. Ratings, according to multiple sources, were not particularly strong (and that’s the nice way to say it) and the team will now likely reallocate those resources to other areas in hopes of raising the team’s profile.

But the end result is that the Argos lose another sliver of their already problematic exposure in the Toronto market. Hogan, who held the job for 12 years, and colour commentator Jeff Johnson, a former player, were as knowledgable as they come and Hogan is well-liked among both his media colleague and the Argo fan base (such as it is.).

And the Argos are now the only team in the CFL without a dedicated radio broadcast. Whether this is a Toronto thing or the beginning of a trend remains to be seen.

The Argonauts have issued a statement from senior director, media and communications Jamie Dykstra.

“This was a tough decision to make. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Hogan. He’s a pro’s pro and we thank him for all of his contributions throughout his years calling Argos games. But when we sat down with our partners at TSN 1050 this off-season to evaluate our options moving forward, we decided that simulcasting our games on radio was the right business decision.”

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