Soon after Awful Announcing reported that FS1 has decided not to renew Garbage Time (at least in its current format), the network has decided to cancel another show that started off with so much promise, but was ultimately left to wilt. According to SportsBusiness Daily’s John Ourand, FS1 is canceling Fox Sports Live. Furthermore, the contracts of hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole will not be renewed when those deals expire in March.

Onrait and O’Toole were hired from TSN, where they were an extremely popular anchor team that called to mind the on-air chemistry between Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann that made their version of SportsCenter must-watch TV in the mid-1990s. Fox Sports Live made its debut in August 2013 and was intended to be the network’s flagship highlights show. At the time, the two told The Big Lead that they believed highlights could be used to tell a bigger story, not just chronicle what happened in a particular game that night. Additionally, panel discussions including athletes were a part of the show.

Unfortunately, things quickly changed at FS1, notably new upper management and its feelings toward sports highlights shows. Fox Sports National Networks president Jamie Horowitz held low regard for such programming. He and Charlie Dixon (executive vice president of content for FS1 and FS2) have put their focus on opinion-based, “embrace debate” content — notably during the daytime. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie last August, Horowitz made his views on highlight shows quite clear.

“I’m bearish on the future of news and highlights shows. If there is a particular highlight you want to see, do you wait for a linear show to get to the highlight or do you just type it into your phone? When a story breaks are you more often finding that you’re hearing about it through TV or through your phone? I’m not providing any particular insight here; I’m just elucidating what everyone already knows in their hearts.”

Fox Sports Live typically began at 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m. ET, but was quickly affected by FS1’s lack of live sports content at night. There was little to keep viewers tuned to the channel when the show went on the air. Despite the best efforts of Onrait and O’Toole, the show was also hurt by an increasing disinterest in sports highlights — or rather, waiting for a nightly show to watch those highlights. Standout plays and results are immediately available online, especially social media, thus reducing any need to watch them on TV.

FS1 quickly became a much different network than the one Onrait and O’Toole (who voiced his displeasure on Twitter) joined, Accordingly, what was once viewed as its flagship show underwent several format changes and significant cuts during its nearly four years on the air. For example, the panel discussions were soon cut, especially as many of the personalities involved were not renewed with FS1. But the most notable (and drastic) of them took Onrait and O’Toole out of the traditional broadcast studio and put them into a much smaller room (a “prop room,” as O’Toole called it) with the intention of creating more of a late-night talk show, such as Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.

Dixon issued the following statement to SportsBusiness Daily:

“We’ve been committed to creating programming that resonates with sports fans. As part of that commitment, we are constantly assessing all of FS1’s studio offerings, and despite changes to the format of ‘Fox Sports Live’ and the popularity of Jay and Dan as individuals, we’ve made the difficult decision to move forward with other projects.”

If you’re a fan of Onrait, however, it looks like he’s already found himself a landing spot.

With Fox Sports Live canceled, FS1 will put a variety of shows in the 11 p.m. ET time slot, such as College Hoops Extra and UFC content. Once the MLB season begins, the network will have MLB Whiparound in that slot.

[SportsBusiness Daily]

About Ian Casselberry

Ian is an editor for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He has covered baseball for Yahoo! Sports, MLive.com, Bleacher Report and SB Nation, and provides analysis for several sports talk radio shows each week. He currently lives in Asheville, NC.