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Canadian rock star Geddy Lee is less than thrilled with Sportsnet's decision to cut their dedicated radio broadcast of the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2021 season.
Sportsnet won't directly broadcast a separate radio feed and will instead simulcast their television broadcast over the airwaves for the 2021 season, becoming the first MLB team to do so. The decision was made to minimize travel and closely adhere to team, league, and government protocols related to the pandemic, Sportsnet said in a press release.
Lee, the lead singer for Rush, spoke about the importance of preserving a radio feed during an interview earlier in March.
The @BlueJays won't have dedicated radio broadcasts for this season's games. Instead, the TV broadcasts will get simulcast on radio. This does not sit well with baseball traditionalists like Jays superfan, Geddy Lee of @rushtheband pic.twitter.com/X5Vp8mtmV4
— Jared Max (@Jared_Max) March 31, 2021
Lee has been avid Blue Jays fan for years, throwing out the first pitch during the 2013 Blue Jays opener, and was a regular attendee at home games for decades.
It would be easy enough to spin this into "old man yells at cloud" in defence of a slightly outdated medium, but the sports media business is tough enough as it is, and the radio broadcast does indeed have charms that television simply can't replicate, which is especially important for the visually impaired.
Everything about the 2021 Blue Jays season feels a bit abnormal, as the team is playing home games out of TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida to begin the year, the second consecutive season the team won't be able to play in Toronto due to travel restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For now, we'll just have to get used to the realities of Blue Jays baseball as we know it, through the familiar sounds of the television simulcast.
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