What’s worth posting before the weekend arrives in full force:
== FS1 has finally decided to cancel what was left of “Fox Sports Live” and will also pass on renewing the contracts of hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole — something not surprising but then again, considering all the promotion put into it when it debuted in the fall of 2013 for the launch of FS1, it seems somewhat noteworthy.
According to the story posted Thursday on the Sports Business Daily, the network will also not renew “Garbage Time” with Katie Nolan, but she is expected to stick around in some capacity. She, of course, was already part of one FS1 over-hyped show that didn’t work — “Crowd Goes Wild” with Regis Philbin, which overstayed its year-long run.
A statement emailed to the Sports Business Daily from FS1 and FS2 executive vice president of content Charlie Dixon said: “We’ve been committed to creating programming that resonates with sports fans. As part of that commitment, we are constantly assessing all of FS1’s studio offerings, and despite changes to the format of ‘Fox Sports Live’ and the popularity of Jay and Dan as individuals, we’ve made the difficult decision to move forward with other projects.”
— Jay Onrait (@JayOnrait) February 22, 2017
For more reference, a story from Canada’s National Post in June 2013 when Onrait and O’Toole left TSN and made their border crossing official: “Jay and I were back and forth between: ‘Yeah, we’re going, no we aren’t; yeah we are,’ ” O’Toole said. Added Onrait: “In the end, it was like, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ We didn’t want to be 75-year-old men saying, ‘Why didn’t we just go to L.A. for a couple of years in our 30s? We could have always come back. What the hell were we thinking?’ ”
Later Thursday, Ben Koo of AwfulAnnouncing.com followed up on the Nolan angle of this with a quote obtained by FS1 that indicated the network looks forward to “further developing her role” as she stays on.
== Highlights of the Fox Sports coverage of the Daytona 500 and all programming related to it include:
= The 11 a.m. start time Sunday on Fox (KTTV-Channel 11) with Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon on the call for the second year together. Joy and Waltrip have called every Fox Daytona 500 — 14 of them, over a 17-year period.
Waltrip’s brother, Michael, will be making his final Daytona race as a driver.
Larry McReynolds is the pit crew/technical analyst with pit reporters Shannon Spake, Matt Yocum, Chris Neville and Jamie Little.
= The Can-Am Duel at Daytona airing Thursday from 4-7 p.m. on FS1 to determine the grid aside from the front row. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has one of those two spots, will be a guest analyst for this coverage in the booth.
hardt Jr. also appeared to make some news while appearing on “The Dan Patrick Show” earlier in the week.
= “Refuse To Lose: Jeff Gordon and the 1997 Daytona 500” documentary airs at 7 p.m. Thursday
= The Xfinity Series event Saturday runs at 12:30 p.m. on FS1
= Fox will use 20 manned cameras, three in-track cameras, two high frame 4K cameras, two Xmo cameras at the end of pit road and the start-finish line, four super slow motion cameras, 10 robotic cameras, eight in-car cameras, two in-car gyro-cams and 150 mikes places along the track.
== Also curious to see how often the Monster Energy Girls get camera time on Fox.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
== The Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket PrepZone stream has Fred Salas and Tracy Murray calling both CIF-Southern Section Open Division semifinal boy’s basketball games Friday night from the Galen Center at USC — Bishop Montgomery vs. Sierra Canyon at 7 p.m., followed by Chino Hills vs. Mater Dei at 8:30 p.m.
The games are also available on the Fox Sports Go app for iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire tables and phones, Roku players and TV, Xbox One and some Windows devices, as well as online at FoxSportsGo.com.
== The ESPN Saturday night A-team of Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Maria Taylor have No. 5 UCLA’s game at No. 4 Arizona in the 5:15 p.m. window. The ESPN College GameDay crew is also at Tuscon, Ariz., for the 8-to-9 a.m. show hosted by Rece Davis, with Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. It is the first “GameDay” appearance for both schools since they faced off in Tucson in 2015.
Thursday, Dave Pasch and Bill Walton have UCLA-Arizona State at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Pac-12 Network has both of USC’s games on the Arizona road trip. Ted Robinson, Steve Lavin and Lewis Johnson call the Thursday 7 p.m. game at Arizona, while J.B. Long and Mike Montgomery have Sunday’s 3:30 p.m. game at Arizona State. Continue reading