Sportscaster Mike Toth has been let go by Rogers Sportsnet. The Saskatchewan native – who earlier had worked at TSN – has been a featured host for Sportsnet’s Connected newscasts, but lately had been spending more time doing radio with The FAN 590 (also owned by Rogers) and posting to Sportsnet.ca. A network spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the veteran sportscaster had not had his contract renewed this week but declined further comment.
Which is a tactical way of saying we’d rather not answer more questions about Toth’s . . . ahem, on-air adventures with candour. This past summer, for instance, the 46-year-old opined on The FAN 590 in the wake of the incident involving ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews, “This is going to sound harsh, but be that as it may, here it comes: There are no female sportscasters that I can think of that have more knowledge than their male counterparts.”
The comment unleashed a minor torrent about the suitability of female sports reporters and about Toth himself – never a shrinking violet. Toth eventually brought colleague Evanka Osmak on his radio show to balance the story, but continued to assert the superiority of male sportscasters. Toth was also suspended in 2007 by Sportsnet for a confrontation with a producer and some pointed on-air comments about the new direction of the network. Usual Suspects attempted to contact Toth for comment but had received no reply. ~ Bruce Dowbiggin, The Globe And Mail
Are you sure he wasn’t released because of his bold prediction that the Leafs would make the postseason this year?