Danny McManus Joins TSN



    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - TSN announced today 3-time Grey Cup champion
Danny McManus is joining the CFL on TSN broadcast team as a game analyst. The
17-year CFL quarterback announced his retirement from the League earlier
today.
    McManus will make his broadcasting debut on June 28 during TSN's coverage
of the CFL season-opening doubleheader.
    McManus will work 28 games this season, the majority of which will be
alongside play-by-play announcer Rod Black in the broadcast booth. TSN will
use a three-man team on several occasions this season with McManus joining
Chris Cuthbert and Glen Suitor in the booth. For select games, McManus will
provide analysis and insight from field level.
    "I've been playing football for more than 25 years. I've loved every
minute of my time in the CFL. Football is in my blood and I look forward to
the next phase of my career as an analyst on TSN," said McManus. "It'll be
nice to reunite with Matt Dunigan. It's been a while since we were teammates."
    McManus joins the popular CFL on TSN broadcast team of Cuthbert, Suitor,
Black, on-site host Brian Williams, studio host Dave Randorf, and studio
analysts (and former CFLers) Chris Schultz, Hall-of-Famer Matt Dunigan and
Jock Climie. McManus and Dunigan were teammates in 1992 with Winnipeg.
    "We were blown away by Danny's audition. He's articulate, entertaining,
and sure knows his football," said Jim Marshall, Executive Producer of Events,
TSN. "With Suitor, Dunigan, Schultz, Climie and now McManus, TSN almost has
enough key players to start our own CFL team."
    All 50 of TSN's CFL telecasts this season will air live on TSN and TSN
Broadband, with a minimum of 35 broadcasts airing in High Definition on TSN
HD. The majority of HD telecasts will air Friday nights during the 11th season
of the weekly staple Wendy's Friday Night Football.
    As one of the CFL's most successful quarterbacks, McManus sits second on
the CFL's career passing list with 53,255 yards and 3,640 completions. In
2004, he became just the third player in CFL history to pass for over 50,000
yards. Throughout his storied 17-year career, McManus made six Grey Cup
appearances, winning three championships (1990 with Blue Bombers, 1994 with
Lions, 1999 with Tiger-Cats). In 1999, McManus was named the CFL's Most
Outstanding Player and Grey Cup MVP in Hamilton's victory over Calgary.
McManus played for 5 teams throughout his CFL career: Winnipeg, B.C.,
Edmonton, Hamilton and Calgary.
    McManus fills the analyst role previously held by Leif Pettersen, whose
new full-time job does not provide him the time needed to fit TSN's extensive
coverage into his busy schedule.
    TSN has been televising CFL games for 21 years (since 1986) and recently
announced a new five-year broadcast partnership beginning in 2008 that
provides TSN with broadcast and digital rights for the CFL's entire 77-game
package annually, including all regular season games, divisional playoff
matches and the Grey Cup.

    TSN, a division of CTVglobemedia, is Canada's Sports Leader. Setting the
Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN's flagship news program,
SportsCentre, was voted the number-one source for sports news by sports fans
from across the country.(*) TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule also features
the NHL and first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Toronto Maple
Leafs hockey; International Hockey including the IIHF World Junior
Championship; the Olympic Games through 2012; CFL including Friday Night
Football; NFL including Sunday and Monday Night Football; PGA TOUR and all
four golf Majors; Season of Champions Curling; NASCAR including the Daytona
500; Formula One including the Canadian Grand Prix; IRL including the Indy
500; Blue Jays baseball; Raptors basketball and the NBA Finals; Tennis and all
four Grand Slam events; EURO 2008 and UEFA Champions League Soccer; HBO World
Championship boxing; and Figure Skating including the national championships.
TSN HD offers more sports coverage, more hours and more events in High
Definition than any other network in Canada, reinforcing TSN's position as
Canada's Sports Leader in High Definition. TSN is available in 8.8 million
households. TSN's programming and news content is also available online at
TSN.ca.

    (*) 2005/2006 Roper Canada - Winter





For further information:

For further information: Andrea Goldstein, TSN Director of
Communications, (w)(416) 332-7575, (c)(647) 224-8800; Josh Cogan, TSN
Communications Officer, (w)(416) 332-7599, (c)(416) 859-4738; Michelle Good,
TSN Communications Coordinator, (w)(416) 332-7584, (c)(416) 459-1141


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