It’s been a whirlwind the last few months for Scott MacArthur, who found himself out of a job as morning host on Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto last fall. But the 42 year old has made some changes of his own in his life since.
Aside from sleeping better and walking more, MacArthur told Sean Fitz-Gerald of The Athletic that he has yet to watch a single minute of NHL hockey. Part of it stems from work, as he was deeply ingrained in following the Maple Leafs, but it is also a decision that’s personal in nature.
“I had found it a chore more than a joy to watch that league for a number of years,” he said. “If I’m being completely honest and self-aware about it, the moment I started to live authentically as a gay man, the more I became acutely aware of the toxic environment that lives within and around that sport.”
He said he’s still aware of the storylines on the Leafs, but he’s following from a distance. He is more of a baseball guy and is a fan of the San Francisco 49ers.
MacArthur has taken on a new co-hosting role on Newstalk 1010 in Toronto, sitting alongside Reshmi Nair for The Rush on weekdays from 2-6 p.m. There will still be some sports discussion from a more general perspective, but it won’t be nearly as intensive as his previous gig.
“Scott is not just a sports guy,” Newstalk 1010 program director Jeff MacDonald told The Athletic. “He is interested in a lot of different topics. As a storyteller, this gives him the opportunity to do a lot more.”
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“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit.
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“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”
What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.
On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.
“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”
Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.
“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”
Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.
The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.
“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”