Cast of High-Profile Columnists Join Sportsnet magazine

-  Bob McCown, Stephen Brunt, Scott Feschuk, Greg Brady and Jim Lang highlight magazine's new roster of talent  -
-  Sportsnet magazine launches on Sept. 29  -

TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - With just two days remaining until the highly-anticipated unveiling of Sportsnet magazine, Steve Maich, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, today announced Bob McCown, Stephen Brunt, Scott Feschuk, Greg Brady and Jim Lang as the publication's official team of columnists.

"We are blessed with some of the most powerful and engaging voices in the world of sport in our pages," said Maich. "It's truly a dream lineup of columnists to complement an outstanding roster of feature writers, led by Gare Joyce. We promised Sportsnet magazine would look and read like no other magazine Canadians have ever picked up, and this group of writers will help us fulfill that promise."

Sportsnet magazine debuts on Thursday, Sept. 29 and will publish bi-weekly with 26 issues per year.  It will launch with a circulation of 100,000 copies.

Sportsnet magazine's new lineup of columnists will entertain sports fans with passionate and informative commentary on the stories they want to read about—in an elegantly designed package featuring stunning visuals.

Here is an introduction to Sportsnet magazine's columnists:

Bob McCown
One of the best-known commentators of sports issues for decades, Bob McCown joins Sportsnet magazine to answer questions and comments submitted by readers in his own inimitable style. As the old saying goes, don't ask a question unless you're prepared to hear the answer. Anyone who's ever listened to or watched McCown's show Prime Time Sports on Sportsnet Radio The FAN 590 knows that McCown doesn't suffer fools gladly. In fact, he doesn't suffer them at all.

Stephen Brunt
Long the lead sports columnist for The Globe and Mail, Stephen Brunt is one of the most influential and respected commentators in the world of sports. Now, his millions of fans can find his unmistakable style in his new home: on the back page of Sportsnet magazine.

Scott Feschuk
Millions of Canadians know Scott Feschuk through his weekly column in Maclean's as one of the country's funniest and most insightful commentators on pop culture and politics. What they might not know is that Feschuk is also a keen observer of the sports world, and he will bring his sharp eye and wit to the pages of Sportsnet magazine.

Greg Brady and Jim Lang
The popular hosts of the morning show for Sportsnet Radio The FAN 590 in Toronto, Brady and Lang will do what they do best: argue about the most pressing issues in the pro sports world. Who's more persuasive? Sportsnet magazine readers will vote online.

About Rogers Media Inc.
Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc., (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), operates Rogers Broadcasting and Rogers Publishing. Rogers Broadcasting has 55 AM and FM radio stations across Canada. Television properties include 5 Citytv stations as well as five OMNI multicultural television stations. Rogers Sportsnet, the Canadian leader in NHL and MLB broadcasts, is comprised of five channels, all of which are available nationally and in high definition. The Shopping Channel is a televised and Internet shopping service. Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer magazines such as Maclean's, Chatelaine, Flare, L'actualité and Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of marketing, medical and financial publications. All media properties are integrated with their own popular websites. Rogers Media also owns The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club and Rogers Centre, a year-round sports and entertainment facility.

SOURCE Rogers Sportsnet

For further information:

Suneel Khanna
Rogers Publishing Limited

Dave Rashford
Rogers Sportsnet

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