Sportsnet replacing longtime Raptors broadcaster Leo Rautins with former NBAer Alvin Williams

Longtime Raptors broadcaster Leo Rautins "will be replaced on Sportsnet telecasts this year" by former Raptors G Alvin Williams, according to Doug Smith of the TORONTO STAR. Sportsnet "sent out a glowing thank you on its corporate Twitter feed, calling Rautins a 'beloved member' of the crew." Rautins worked alongside all of the Raptors' broadcasters. Meanwhile, Williams "moves into a game analyst job after doing significant work as a TV reporter and studio guest." Good broadcasters "entertain and inform and sometimes inflame." Rautins did "all of those, somehow surviving more than a quarter of a century in what can be a harsh business." Rautins still remains on for TSN's half of Raptors broadcasts (TORONTO STAR, 9/24). In Toronto, Mike Ganter notes the other 41 Raptors games are televised by TSN and that tandem -- play-by-play man Matt Devlin and Jack Armstrong -- "remains intact" (TORONTO SUN, 9/24).

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