Another of theScore’s faces has left for another network. Producer Thomas Dobby has left to pursue other opportunities. He is just the latest personalities to leave theScore in recent months. Cabbie Richards and Steve Kouleas left for TSN. Sid Seixeiro and Tim Micallef left for The Fan 590. Now with theScore seemingly losing Serie A rights, one of theScore’s key behind-the-scenes soccer personalities has left too. Dobby was instrumental in theScore’s once mighty Footy Show. All that’s left are hosts James Sharman, Kristian Jack and Brendon Dunlop (an unconfirmed rumour has Dunlop leaving too).
Dobby was key in producing The Footy Show. He also appeared on-air on many of the podcasts. He was also the producer behind the new Live @theScore show. Dunlop was a correspondent for The Footy Show. He was also the occasional co-host when Sharman or Jack were on vacation.
I don’t know where either is going, but if I had to guess, Rogers has hired Dobby. Sportsnet World is launching a new nightly soccer highlights show this fall that will also air on Fox Soccer in America (ala Fox Soccer Report in past years). They will need a producer for that show who has worked on mainstream sports broadcasts. Dobby would fit the position perfectly. I don’t have any inside knowledge on this, just speculation. I can’t think of any other reason he would leave theScore.
I’ll have more on this as it develops. Also, I expect some major news on where La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 will air this season in the coming days. Likely after the Olympics (because I’m simply too busy with Olympic posts now). It sounds like these leagues will air on Canadian TV in 2012 and last-minute TV deals are in the works to make sure it happens.