Fox Sports 1 relaunched Fox Sports Live tonight in hopes a revamped format might spark the highlight show’s inexplicably bad ratings. What we got instead was hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole in a miniscule studio repeatedly mocking the previous incarnation’s failures with their signature brand of Canadian, um, humour.
Not that we expected any differently; after all, this is a show that responded to our piece illustrating FS1's disastrous Nielsen scores by reading from the article, live, verbatim. That the network appears to have cut every financial corner is no surprise to regular FS1 viewers, either; the rundown, meanwhile, consisted mostly of video clips and news you’ve already read here on Deadspin. A successful Fox Sports Live is good for us, and a strong competitor is good for ESPN, too; we’re crossing our fingers, but not holding our breaths.