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Fox Sports 1 Setting Talent Lineup For Three-Hour Nightly News Program
Published May 6, 2013
CHEMISTRY LESSON: SB NATION's Steve Lepore noted Onrait and O'Toole are "cult figures in Canada for putting together an often hilarious sports newscast that harkens back to the days of 'The Big Show' on ESPN." If FS1 "allows them to do their thing, this could be a really, really solid hire for the new network" (SBNATION.com, 5/3). AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Matt Yoder writes since the days of Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick anchoring "SportsCenter," ESPN has "ensured none of their talent outshine the network or the highlights." In that regard, Onrait and O'Toole will be a "direct counterpunch from the outset for Fox Sports One." They will be given "every chance to become household names and their irreverent humor will serve as an immediate alternative to the establishment." Onrait and O'Toole's "off-beat, envelope-pushing style is quintessential Fox" (AWFULANNOUNCING.com, 5/3).