Michael Landsberg has been the host of Off The Record (OTR), TSN’s highly acclaimed 30-minute daily sports debate show, since the show’s debut in September 1997. Always trying to see the world of sports through the fans’ eyes, Landsberg asks his guests tough, thought-provoking and controversial questions on the day’s hottest sports topics.
One of the best-known personalities in Canadian broadcasting, Landsberg has been with TSN since the network’s inception in 1984. He started his broadcasting career as an anchor on SportsCentre (then called SportsDesk), and went on to host more than 5,000 episodes. Thirteen years later, Landsberg left SportsCentre to host OTR.
Along with hosting OTR, Landsberg was the Whistler Host for Olympic Daytime on CTV during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Landsberg attributes his success on OTR to the preparation he puts into every show and his unique ability to change an interview’s direction and think on his feet. He has a style all his own, going into every interview with a no-fear attitude while always respecting his guests.
Landsberg has interviewed numerous key, high-profile athletes – Terrell Owens, Mark Messier, Steve Nash, Lennox Lewis, Vince Carter, Roger Clemens, Paul Tracy, Jose Canseco, Alexander Ovechkin – and is hoping to one day add Tiger Woods, Mike Tyson and Barry Bonds to his already impressive roster.
Landsberg hosts a variety of charitable events and golf tournaments each year, devoting the majority of his time to two causes: The Hospital for Sick Children and eye research.
A proud, lifelong Toronto Argonauts fan, Landsberg’s favourite sports to watch are the CFL, NHL, NFL and golf. He works out at the gym four times a week and regularly attends spinning class.
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