Days after Joe Bowen was told he would not be travelling with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, that he would have to call road games off a screen in a Toronto studio, a change of heart changed his plans: “After some great conversations today with all parties we are back on the road baby!”
The veteran play-by-play voice delivered the news to his Twitter followers on Monday — he included the hashtags “#TrainsPlanes&Automobiles” and “#LetsGetThisSeasonStarted,” for good measure — after news of his would-be grounding had gained traction on social media.
When training camp began earlier this month, the Leafs told their radio partners they were changing team policy this year, and would not allow broadcasters to travel on charter flights. Bowen and Jim Ralph, his long-time colour analyst, are paid by TSN 1050 and Sportsnet 590 The Fan, who share the Leafs radio rights.
On Friday, Bowen was told he would not be flown to road games, and that he would have to call games off a television feed. That decision was still in place as of early Monday afternoon. It was not immediately clear what caused the change of heart — the decision was made by the stations, because the Leafs still have the ban in place — though the online reaction likely played a role.
Credit to The Toronto Sun who originally published this article.