Here is the article that broke the news at the time.
Sources have confirmed to TSM that Sportsnet is preparing to make significant cuts to their on-air staff as the network tries to cut costs in the face of disappointing revenue. This comes at a time when the Globe is reporting that advertising revenue for the Raptors and the NBA playoffs was up about 350 per cent this year on Sportsnet compared with last year.
There is a list of possible names from all platforms circulating but we have decided not to publish it here until the changes are announced or confirmed by the parties themselves. The only name we will confirm at this time is Bob McCown. The current reports are that today – Thursday June 20th 2019 Friday June 21st 2019 – will be the final show with McCown at the microphone.
They wound up letting go Bob Ryan and Don Banks as correspondents once Bob was laid off. Unfortunately, Don died a few weeks later.
As many of you are by now aware, Don Banks, my longtime NFL correspondent, passed away last night at age 56. Don and I had been speaking regularly over the past few weeks since he told me of his new job covering the NFL for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Presumably Stephen Brunt will be back in the co-host rotation after Labour Day.