Appears someone finally got in the ear of Commish Ambrosie and loaded him for bear with TSN officials.
TSN is the league's biggest partner - financial or otherwise so Randy unloading on TSN sports managment that Black was unacceptable is a darn good thing.
Some strange bedfellows though - - -
Rod Smith paired with Mr. Game-Notes Suitor - perhaps for the 1st time, both dudes extremely wary of each other but it ended up coming off well . . . . neither Smith nor Suits really criticized the time botch-up at the end!
Now, veteran Chris Cuthbert paired with Duane Forde - and u can just feel/hear how relieved Forde is to have a guy who lets him do his job vs. Rambunctious Rod who has no idea how to tell the story of a football game.
Listen, Black is versatile. I get that. He's on a fixed salary so TSN shareholders, who don't care much whether the broadcasts are improved, they just want bottom-line results on the financial sheets.
Black will get his fair share of games down the road. TSN won't cut a fixed asset like that without cause (poor game casts evidently aren't cause)
But with Cuthbert approaching his mid-60s, Black at 56/57 and mostly unfit, Suitor in his mid-50s, same as Dunigan and Forde or Rod Smith no spring chicken either it behooves TSN to find, train and insert new blood into the casts. Brodie Lawson is a spectacular success but she's not broadcasting games.
Derek Taylor should be given a handful of pbp assignments this season, thats for sure. Milt, Henry and even Doug Brown should be given the odd color man assigment. Heck, Jim Barker, too!
But Taylor, Mark Lee, Chris Walby, even Marshall Ferguson should be given a crack at becoming CFL broadcasters.
Heck, Don Wittman, Fred Sgambatti, Johnny Esaw, Don Chevrier, etc. weren't born on the 55 yd line. Everyone with promise deserves a chance. Except me, of course!