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Vin Scully will return to the broadcast booth in 2015

Rejoice baseball fans and fans of living legends.  Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully will return to the broadcast booth for the 2015 season.  It will mark his 66th season announcing Dodgers games.  Scully has seen it all – from Jackie Robinson and Don Larsen’s perfect game to the baseball’s move west to FernandoMania, Kirk Gibson, and Yasiel Puig.  It means we will...
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ESPN gives Stephen A. Smith a week off

They’re not calling it a suspension, but ESPN has decided to keep Stephen A. Smith off its airwaves for a little while. The network, in a statement released to the press on Tuesday, announced “that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week.  He will return to ESPN next Wednesday.” ESPN did not say whether or not Smith would be paid during...
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Michelle Beisner is joining ESPN

Beginning in September, Michelle Beisner will be joining ESPN as an NFL Features Reporter. Her role will involve stories for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown as well as other player profiles. Beisner is no stranger to the world of football and is a solid addition to ESPN’s NFL broadcast. She has been a studio host and field reporter for NFL Network and has appeared on dozes of programs...
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What we know about the NFL on Fox in 2014

This will conclude our “What We Know” series on the NFL TV partners. Today we focus on the NFL on Fox. Fox Sports has been the home of the National Football Conference since 1994 and will enter its 21st season of airing NFL games. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are once again the “A” team for Fox. Let’s go over what we know for the upcoming season for the network. What’s New...
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Mixed results for ESPN’s first NASCAR race of the season

ESPN began its final season televising the second half of the NASCAR campaign on Sunday. The network (and sister ABC) have always had a bit of trouble gaining traction during their deal with the circuit. The second half of NASCAR season, despite the playoff format, always just seems to fade because of football, though it still draws a decent number. The Brickyard 400 drew a 3.2 overnight...
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James Brown’s public stance on the Redskins name further fuels the media fire

Earlier this month, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus told the Hollywood Reporter that he would let the network’s talent decide individually whether or not they’d use the Washington Redskins’ increasingly controversial nickname on the air. Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say,” said McManus. “Up to this point, it has not been a big issue...
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AA Q&A: Jon Miller, NBC Sports President of Programming

This summer, we here at Awful Announcing have written a freaking lot about the various foibles of ESPN and, to a lesser extent, Fox Sports 1. First Take controversy, LeBron, Erin Andrews, LeBron, Pam Oliver, LeBron, ratings going all over the place, and most importantly, LeBron. While these networks have had some good moments over the past couple of months, it seems like they’ve...
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ESPN has hired Richard Deitsch as a PR man, according to hilariously wrong Syracuse newspaper

We all knew this would happen someday, so this scoop from the Syracuse Post-Standard is no surprise. One day, the chosen one — SI’s Richard Deitsch — would take his talents to Bristol and begin a public relations nuclear arms race unlike which has never been seen before. It would take sports media reporting in an amazingly weird direction. Sadly, the Syracuse Post-Standard’s...
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MLB Network, ESPN hope for a more entertaining trade deadline

Last year, I was in Secaucus, New Jersey to observe MLB Network’s trade deadline coverage. The network went on the air in the morning and didn’t stop shuffling broadcasters in and out for the rest of the day. The coverage was good, the only problem was… maybe one trade got completed the entire day. This is the story of how I ruined the 2013 MLB trade deadline. 2014 is a new...
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ESPN inaction on Stephen A. Smith shows network’s inconsistency on suspensions

When Stephen A. Smith went off the rails on First Take last Friday, saying that women have a responsibility to not provoke men into attacking them, he was deservingly and roundly criticized (even by ESPN colleagues), and it seemed likely punishment from the network would follow. After all, the Worldwide Leader has a long history of suspending, firing, or otherwise parting ways...
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Fox Sports and Sporting News forge online partnership

Partnerships between major online sports media companies is a decisive trend in the industry.  You can even go beyond sports to see the industry moving towards giant media conglomerates with the recent rumors surrounding Time Warner Cable.  Back on the sports side, in the not-so-distant past we have seen Turner Sports acquire Bleacher Report and Yahoo Sports come together with...
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Viewing Picks for July 29, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football B1G Football Media Day 2014 — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. 2014 College Football Media Days — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. CFB Daily: The Blitz — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 12: Rutgers vs. SMU — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 11: Mississippi vs. Vanderbilt ...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 7/28 – 8/3

Monday, July 28 San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves (MLBN Noon) Local Broadcast Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox (ESPN 7 pm) Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone Tuesday, July 29 New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (FS1 8 pm) Joe Buck, Tom Verducci Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs (WGNA 8 pm) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers (MLBN 10 pm) Local Broadcast...
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Stephen A. Smith: “Ben Roethlisberger has never come across as a bad guy”

I’m not going to say that Stephen A. Smith’s comments on Ben Roethlisberger are another window into his soul and his views on humanity, we all need a break from that after the last three days. I will say that Stephen A. Smith couldn’t have picked a worse time to say “Ben Roethlisberger, to me, has never come across as a bad guy” than the same day he offered a serious apology...
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What we know about Monday Night Football in 2014

We continue with our “What We Know” series on the NFL TV packages that begin anew this season with a contract that will end in the early 2020′s. We’ve already provided you with “What We Know” on Thursday Night Football, the NFL on CBS and NBC’s Sunday Night Football. It’s now time for ESPN’s Monday Night Football and there are a few changes to tell you about. Let’s...
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John Madden turned down the chance to announce one final game

WWMD… What Would Madden Do?  Maybe that’s a question that comes to mind for football fans when it comes to the present slate of NFL broadcasters and current affairs in the league.  This week Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated had an interview with Madden that touched on numerous subjects. Perhaps the most interesting insight was that NBC approached Madden with jumping on...
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Hope for a way forward after a week of chaotic insanity

I’ve been writing about, reporting on, and analyzing this sports media industry on a full-time basis for over three years now.  And I can safely say that I’ve never seen a period of time as chaotic, distressing, and insane as what transpired last week. Reflecting over the weekend, it was easy to be discouraged about the current state of our daily sports conversation and generally...
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The Baseball Hall of Fame has enacted the “Le Batard Rule”

Starting this winter, a new rule will be in effect for the Baseball Writers Association of America members voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Nicknamed the Le Batard Rule (after Dan Le Batard infamously donated his vote to Deadspin last winter, and then proceeded to turn in a ballot better than 95% of the other writers), voters will now need to register online and agree to a code...
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Stephen A. Smith apologizes for domestic violence comments

ESPN’s first statement on the controversy that has enveloped the network after Stephen A. Smith’s comments on domestic violence amounted to an advertisement for Monday’s First Take.  There the network said, Smith would address the controversy in full. Monday’s First Take opened with what appeared to be a taped apology from Smith on set alone with Cari Champion.  After Smith...
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Video: The Hall of Fame honored Ralph Kiner and Tony Gwynn on Sunday

During Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on MLB Network, the Hall did something that should have also been done two weeks earlier at the All-Star Game – they honored late MLB Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn and Ralph Kiner. Two minutes. Yes, the video didn’t honor the other recently deceased players and personalities from the past year, but then again, this is the...
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Stephen A. Smith leaving ESPN Radio for SiriusXM

Stephen A. Smith is polarizing. Whether he’s on First Take or ESPN Radio in New York, he always garners a reaction. So imagine him on another national platform like SiriusXM radio. It’s about to happen. The New York Daily News reports that Smith will be joining the “Mad Dog Radio” channel and host his own show in the 1-3 p.m. ET timeslot leading into Chris Russo’s show...
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Viewing Picks for July 28, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football B1G Football Media Day 2014 — Big Ten Network, 10:30 a.m. 2014 College Football Media Days — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. CFB Daily: The Blitz — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 15: Georgia vs. Tennessee — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 14: Michigan vs. Penn State...
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ESPN offers first remarks on Stephen A. Smith controversy

It’s been a very long weekend of discussion regarding Stephen A. Smith’s comments about Ray Rice’s suspension. A reminder that Smith is in hot water for saying that, while men need to continue to be educated that domestic violence is never the answer, “we also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation...
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HBO producing sports mockumentary starring Andy Samberg

Before ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series essentially took the title away, HBO was the pioneer of quality sports documentaries. So it might stand to reason that the premium cable network would plow new ground in the making of sports mockumentaries. Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) will star in 7 Days in Hell, focusing on a marathon tennis match at...
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Baltimore Ravens attempt to rehabilitate Ray Rice’s reputation

In the wake of the NFL’s punishment of the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice (or lack thereof) and subsequent reaction to domestic incident involving his then-fiancee, now wife Janay, the team is attempting to gain control of the message and take a new tact on his reputation. The team’s Senior Vice President for Public and Community Relations, Kevin Byrne, took it upon himself to...
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