Leo Rautins to be replaced by Alvin Williams on Raptors’ Sportsnet broadcasts

There will be a new look in the middle of the Raptors television broadcasts this season.

Leo Rautins, who has been part of the team’s broadcast team since 1995, will be replaced by former Raptors point guard Alvin Williams in 41 games shown on Sportsnet, the team announced Thursday.

Matt Devlin will return as the play-by-play voice for all 82 games, 41 on Sportsnet and 41 on TSN, and Jack Armstrong will return as TSN analyst.

Rautins worked on games with Sportsnet and as part of the TSN study program in recent years; there is no indication if he will return to TSN in any position.

Sportsnet announced its full broadcast line that will include Amy Audibert taking over as a television game reporter with Brad Fay working with Sherman Hamilton and Danielle Michaud on pregame and halftime shows.

The TSN launch did not feature any specific announcer plans.

Eric Smith and Paul Jones will make 41 games on the radio for Sportsnet; TSN did not announce its radio crews.

The Raptors begin the regular season in Toronto on October 21.

Leo Rautins, seen here in 2005 while coaching the Canadian basketball team, will no longer be a part of the Raptors' broadcasts on Sportsnet.


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