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MLB Network will continue to focus on the contenders in August

With the dawn of another month upon us, it’s time for one of our favorite pastimes here at Awful Announcing – looking at MLB Network’s schedule of live games and complaining endlessly about it. Just like last month, I can’t nitpick too much about the schedule. The network will feature five of their Showcase games this month, and the only team to show up more than once is...
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WWE Network to launch overseas as subscribers grow stagnant

The WWE Network is one of the most ambitious plays in the history of sports and entertainment.  A multi-million dollar company completely changed their business model and revenue stream in the hopes that they could serve content directly to fans.  We might look back several years down the road and see WWE Network as a groundbreaking step that fundamentally changed the television...
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AA Q&A: Jon Champion on the World Cup, Premier League and working in America

Jon Champion’s life headed in a completely direction following one cricket match he played in as a teenager when, as he describes, “didn’t know what I wanted to do.” Following the game, a local radio station asked him to do a phone interview to discuss his part in the game. They were impressed, though he acknowledges his performance was “fortified by a couple of beers.”...
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Iowa TV reporter strikes back at photobombers and a troll

We at Awful Announcing always enjoy stories of reporters who show a little spunk and attitude towards viewers who complain or in extreme cases, photobomb them from behind. Such is the case with Iowa TV reporter Addie Olson of WOI-TV. While she was reporting on the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, Addie found herself repeatedly targeted by cyclists who...
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Fox Sports restores advertising to WEEI and Entercom

Fox took a dramatic step in standing up for Erin Andrews in the wake of repeated meathead comments from Kirk Minihane of WEEI in Boston.  The network removed all advertising not just from WEEI, but from parent station Entercom, which controls over 100 stations across the nation.  It was a drastic measure and a powerful statement that Fox would not stand for one of their top female...
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NBCSN has cancelled SportsDash

It looks like NBCSN’s original general sports studio programming will be limited to Sunday nights for the foreseeable future. Awful Announcing has learned that the network has ended the television version of SportsDash, their midday sports show, after a little more than 10 months on air. The network released a statement to AA Thursday morning: “Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports have...
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Sunday Night Baseball will be called from the Green Monster

This week’s edition of Sunday Night Baseball will pit the Yankees against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. While you try to stifle your excitement about this fresh matchup, ESPN is adding a new wrinkle to the game broadcast that might capture some attention – they’re sending Dan Shulman and John Kruk to the top of the Green Monster to call the game. Much like they did in May when...
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The MASN/Baltimore Orioles dispute with the Washington Nationals is getting very ugly

The Washington Nationals and regional sports network MASN have been embroiled in a bitter dispute over the team’s rights fee since 2012. Between 2005 and 2011, MASN and in particular, Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, were able to get the rights to the Nats for a substantial discount paying $29 million annually during that period. This was Major League Baseball compensating...
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Ray Hudson is now in a Dairy Queen commercial

Longtime readers of our site will know that beIn Sport soccer analyst Ray Hudson is one of our favorite commentators around the globe.  His one-of-a-kind commentary is truly a gift from the gods.  No announcer is as exquisite or extravagant in his use of the English language as the self-proclaimed verbal gymnast. Hudson has gained more and more recognition in recent years, and...
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Viewing Picks for July 31, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Fremantle Dockers vs. Carlton Blues — Fox Soccer Plus, 6 a.m. College Baseball Cape Cod League Hyannis Harbor Hawks at Cotuit Kettleers — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 4:30 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. CFB Daily: The Blitz — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 7: Missouri vs....
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BTN, The SEC, And Principles: College Football’s Media-Day Mess

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy Bloguin’s brand-new college sports site The Student Section. TSS will be your hub for football and basketball coverage throughout the year and features an excellent team of writers. In this piece, Matt Zemek sifts through the long, strange trip that is college football media days. A third of a century ago, in 1981, college football wasn...
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MLB Network’s Hall of Fame coverage draws record viewership totals

This past Sunday, MLB Network aired the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the sixth consecutive year. Unsurprisingly, the class of six living members drew an incredible audience for MLB Network, the best ever seen for an induction ceremony on the network, but the raw numbers are more incredible than expected. 516,000 viewers tuned in to the event, which is a mammoth increase of...
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NBCSN throws some serious shade at Fox Sports 1

Network press releases are very rarely the source of anything interesting or exciting, but eyebrows were certainly raised around the industry when the latest announcement from NBCSN reached inboxes earlier today.  NBCSN has had a lot to brag about this year, whether that be high ratings for the Winter Olympics, EPL, or NHL Playoffs.  In fact, the network had a record setting first...
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College GameDay names its opening weekend location

How dominant is College GameDay as the best pregame show in sports television?  Fox Sports 1 attempted to go head-to-head against College GameDay with their own Saturday morning pregame show, got beat 25-1 in ratings, and cancelled Fox College Saturday after a year.  When it comes to who the best dynasty is in college football, the answer is not even close.  It’s GameDay. The...
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The Baltimore Ravens are a PR dumpster fire

While a lot of attention in this corner of the sports world has been focused on Stephen A. Smith, Michelle Beadle, and the controversy surrounding the former’s “provocation” comments on First Take and subsequent suspension, it’s easy to forget about the genesis of this recent news cycle. That would be the NFL and specifically Commissioner Roger Goodell lightly punishing Ray...
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Cleveland paper rejects Dan Le Batard's LeBron troll job

When I was driving around Tuesday afternoon, I flipped to ESPN Radio long enough to listen to Dan Le Batard talk about putting an ad in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer in homage of LeBron James’ time with the Miami Heat.  The whole thrust of the segment was James’ lack of true appreciation of Miami Heat fans.  So, as a longtime Miami media personality, it was up to Le Batard to...
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MLB on Fox Sports 1 was beaten by exhibition soccer on ESPN2 Saturday

Out of the good ratings news for the MLB All-Star Game on Fox, the regular season has returned with a bit of a thud to cable. Fox Sports 1 had an MLB doubleheader on Saturday, with a non-exclusive Washington/Cincinnati game leading into an exclusive game featuring Cleveland and Kansas City. This means that, while the game co-existed with the regional television networks in DC and...
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Bad British Commentary: NASCAR edition

One of these days, Anthony Richardson and the folks behind Bad British Commentary will run out of sports broadcasts to imitate.  But until we get there, we have the privilege of enjoying these awesome videos. This time, it’s NASCAR in the spotlight… which is probably as far away as you can get from proper British sports as possible.  As always, it’s a fantastic effort and...
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NBC signs Tim Howard to a multi-year deal for EPL broadcasts

The biggest star of the World Cup in the United States will be pulling double duty for at least a couple more seasons to help promote the beautiful game in America. NBC announced Tuesday that Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard — starting keeper for the United States at the 2014 World Cup — signed a multi-year deal to serve as an analyst for the network’s EPL coverage, while continuing...
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Viewing Picks for July 30, 2014

All Times Eastern Baseball Big League Baseball World Series, Easley, SC Final Puerto Rico vs. United States (Southwest) — ESPN2, 6:30 p.m. College Baseball Cape Cod League Harwich Mariners at Orleans Firebirds — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. CFB Daily: The Blitz — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of...
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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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