TSN has to fill the CFL play-by-play void left by Chris Cuthbert moving over to Sportsnet and Dustin Nielson is in line to see more action.
Nielson called nearly 10 CFL games for TSN in 2019, it was his rookie season in the football broadcast booth for the network. According to Postmedia reporter Dan Barnes, Nielson will be getting more play-by-play work.
“I’m not leaving them high and dry. They’ve got a lot of options and I’ll let those guys decide what the best options are. But Dustin is a rising star and what he did last year was just outstanding,” Cuthbert told Barnes.
“I can really appreciate somebody coming in on the fly for the first time. He made an impact right off the hop. Talented guy who treated the game with the respect I think it deserves.”
After graduating from Lethbridge College in 2003, Nielson called games for the McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL), Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) and Edmonton Wildcats (CJFL). He graduated to doing University of Alberta football and hockey games in 2010 and became the lead play-by-play voice for Canada West Showcase football games in recent years.
The 38-year-old is based in Edmonton and hosts his popular The Nielson Show on TSN 1260 radio weekday mornings from 6-10 a.m. mountain standard time, which has been going for over 10 years.
TSN has put Nielson on hockey assignments, for the last two years he’s called Spengler Cup match ups.