Cabral Richards, a renowned sports journalist, better known as “Cabbie,” is returning to Canadian television.
One of Canada’s most influential sportscasters will be joining Sportsnet as executive producer of sports betting content.
Betting community calls
Previously, Richards was active in Canadian sports media from 2001-2019.
In 2019, however, Cabbie left TSN to work for Bleacher Report, where he co-hosted the live betting show on Sunday mornings. He spent eight years at TSN before heading south.
The time has come for the Toronto native to return to Sportsnet, where he worked from 2002 to 2005.
“Having an opportunity to come home and help build the betting portfolio, social experiences, and ride the highs and lows of wagering with Sportsnet has me hyped like hitting a 15-leg parlay,” says Richards.
“Working with Bleacher Report Betting in Las Vegas was an invaluable experience, one that I will cherish.”
“But now I’m excited to return to Sportsnet and reunite with my good friends,” he added. “Tim Micallef, Donnovan Bennett, and a whole host of other really smart people who have us in a great position to put Sportsnet on the board in this space. I can’t wait to start engaging with the betting community, which has been thriving under wraps in Canada for decades. Let’s get it!”
Bringing energy and expertise
Apart from leading sports betting content, Cabbie will be seen on Sportsnet’s platforms and properties, connecting with sports fans across Canada.
Being one of Toronto’s favourite sportscasters, there’s no doubt Cabbie will bring energy and expertise from his various experiences.
“There are few media personalities anywhere who have achieved instant first-name recognition and who resonate strongly with a diverse set of audiences,” said Andrew Sutherland, Sportsnet’s VP of original content.
“Cabbie’s style, enthusiasm, and originality are unrivalled,” added Sutherland. “And his addition to Sportsnet is another exciting step in our expansion into sports betting.”
The raptors are coming (back)
Speaking of comebacks, the Toronto Raptors are returning home after more than 19 months. The team received the green light to host games at Scotiabank Arena this season.
The Raptors will open their regular season playing against the Washington Wizards on Oct. 20. But how many fans will be allowed at Scotiabank Arena remains unknown.
Due to the Canadian government’s strict health and safety protocols, the team relocated to Tampa Bay in Feb. 2020.
Now, with nearly 75% of Canadians receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, the government’s measures are easing. Changes include lifting travel restrictions and approving Raptor’s home games for the upcoming season.