pmjaydanAccording to a press release from TSN, SportsCentre anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole will be leaving Canada’s largest sports network in June to pursue opportunities in the United States. The news release doesn’t mention FOX Sports specifically, but does cite Los Angeles as the pair’s destination, which also happens to be the location for FOX’s new national sports network’s base.

The move elicited a sorrowful response from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Twitter, simultaneously confirming the duo’s verging on iconic popularity in their home country and that Canada is very much the New Zealand of the Western Hemisphere. Even to the most critical, the light-hearted approach to sports highlights from Onrait and O’Toole was a breath of fresh air in a typically stodgy environment.

FOX Sports 1 is expected to become one of the largest channel launches in television history when it begins broadcasting in August. This is thanks to the network replacing the already established SPEED network, which means it will immediately supplant NBC Sports Network as America’s second largest national sports network with estimated availability in 90 million homes. 

But just in case there’s any worry of the two sportscasters becoming too big for their britches, Onrait promises that although “we may be heading south, we remain forever CANADIAN!”

Comments (57)

  1. i think it’s rad that thescore.com covered this. you didnt have to say much, but the fact that you acknowledged it speaks volumes for the people at thescore.com.

    • Agreed, much respect!

    • The Score is its own digital media company. Rogers bought out the TV division and are rebranding it to their liking. They are not affiliated with any broadcast television.

      Why are you surprised?

      • I was very careful to call it thescore.com for a reason. TSN has a website too which could be considered competition for thescore.com. Thanks for being a dick about it though. We are all in awe of how smart and correct you are.

  2. DAMNITT. THIS IS TERRIBLE. THEY ARE THE BEST PART OF TSN. MY MORNINGS WILL NOT BE THE SAME. DSFGDGSBDFSBDGFJSDVGFBBDVFSBKJDGFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!!11

  3. Welp, guess I’m done with TSN from now on–sports journalism takes itself too seriously and those guys were a needed bit of humour and self-awareness at their network.

  4. In case you can’t tell I am upset, check out Reddit’s reaction. All the Americans know they won’t appreciate them the way they deserve to be treated.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/hockey/comments/1dmue8/tsn_hosts_moving_on/

  5. well this kind of ruined my Friday. I’m not suprised, those two deserve a big break. Hopefully modern technology can some way find a way for us to watch them up here in the sticks. Part of me kind of hopes them ‘Mericans don’t get their humor and they have to come back here and say “YA BLEW IT!!!”

    But seriously good luck ya pair of beauties.

  6. First Sportsnet take over The Score and now this? Sports coverage in Canada is just the worst now

  7. “typically stodgy environment.”

    LOL, what “sports news” channels do you watch? Its all jokes everywhere

  8. Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole will be leaving TSN to work for Fox Sports in the US

  9. I have to say I didn’t find these guys funny most of the time, but respect that they were at least trying.

    After listening to getting blanked podcasts for the last year, I think drew fairservice is tthe funniest sports commentator around.

  10. I won’t miss Onraite one bit

  11. I gotta say i won’t miss them. I use to enjoy watching them in the morning when they actually talked about the highlights, but then they started to get annoying making fun of everybody like they were better then them. Also, Jay screaming for nothing became irritating to listen to.

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