There's only a little bit of Toronto in the Toronto Indy
The Toronto Indy is back after a brief pit stop, but Canadian television coverage will not return.
In past years, I would have gotten my Calvin Kleins in a knot and fussed about more Canadian treasures being handed over to Americans to save a few bucks. In fact, if memory serves, I did just that a few times.
But that was then, before whatever racing circuit that controls the event fell into a death spiral. Back when CBC used to cover the Toronto Indy, it drew upwards of 500,000 viewers and was a true national event.
But when Champ Car (CART, whatever) and the IRL did their best to kill interest, there really was little sense in Canadian networks losing money on a race that few cared about. The event struggled to attract 200,000 viewers the last time it was on.
As much as Canadian networks should be producing Canadian events, it's hard to justify mounting an expensive production that will have to go up against ABC's in hopes of sharing 150,000 or 200,000 viewers.
Now, the only Canadian content on the broadcast will be the analysis provided by Toronto native Scott Goodyear. And he works for ABC.