In Phoenix, Bob McManaman noted former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has "let it be known that he is currently negotiating a contract with two competing television networks regarding an NFL broadcast gig." One job "would be as a studio analyst," the other as an in-game color commentator. Arians: “It should be (announced) in the next few weeks, booth or studio. I’m kind of back and forth. I’m looking at the booth because in the booth gives me the ability to go to practices, see the coaches, see the players and stay in the game" (AZCENTRAL.com, 4/14).
MOUND VISIT: In K.C., Pete Grathoff notes former MLBer Jeremy Guthrie had "long considered trying his hand at broadcasting," and he "will get his chance Wednesday when he is part of the Facebook broadcast" of Royals-Blue Jays. Guthrie, a former Royal, said he has "had discussions in the past" with Royals VP/Communications & Broadcasting Mike Swanson where he "expressed an interest" in calling games (K.C. STAR, 4/16).
GET WELL SOON: In Toronto, Dave Washburn noted longtime Star reporter Doug Smith "suffered a rather serious heart attack" last week and will be "stepping away from the Raptors beat for the time being." There is "no timetable for his return at the moment, but a return is planned" (THESTAR.com, 4/11).