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Hawk Harrelson takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

So many people have done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that I’m afraid people who haven’t been challenged yet are starting to feel left out.  And now that we’ve reached the point where so many people have done the challenge, it has to take something special for one to become newsworthy. Hawk Harrelson is one of those people. The Hawk is one of the last people you would expect...
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#MACtion is staying on ESPN thanks to massive new contract

Everyone loves #MACtion. Thanks to some creative scheduling, the Mid American Conference has broken through the ranks of the have-nots in FBS college football.  If you’re not a part of the powers that be in the sport, it can be very tough to find relevancy.  However, thanks to their primetime games early in the week, the MAC has been able to gain what amounts to an exclusive...
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Peter Gammons wasn’t having any of Chris Russo’s crap on Wednesday

Peter Gammons appeared on the MLB Network program High Heat with Christopher Russo, and the legendary sportswriter wasn’t about to lay down for Russo and take his crap. Gammons was very combative towards Russo during the seven minute segment, burying nearly every Russo point and getting in several snarky replies. The best part had to be Gammons telling the clearly animated Russo...
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Interview with Bart Scott of CBS’ The NFL Today

On Monday, CBS Sports held its annual NFL on CBS Media Day in New York allowing reporters to hear from the network’s announcers and analysts. Awful Announcing was there to talk to some of the people who will call and analyze the games during the 2014-15 season. Former New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Bart Scott joined CBS last year as part of the CBS Sports Network...
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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods star on The Tonight Show

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  Unfortunately, only one of them took part in any golf-related activities. Because of his latest injury, Woods had to watch as McIlroy and Fallon took part in Fallon’s Facebreakers challenge, with the pair chipping balls at glass panes.  Who would have ever thought we’d see Tiger Woods relegated...
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Fox Sports says it had its most successful year in history

Television press releases are a funny beast.  They can be filled with breaking news announcements, subtle snipes at competitors, pie-in-the-sky optimism, and enough spin to cause you to collapse in a pile of your own vomit from the dizziness. As with any form of public relations, these proclamations represent the absolute best case scenario for the party at hand and a worldview...
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Sports Illustrated is laying off writers based on advertising impact?

Something interesting is going on at Time Inc. right now. Apparently, they are laying off writers based on whether or not they are deemed beneficial to advertisers. This is especially the case at Sports Illustrated, where layoffs have been a major story in recent years. Gawker has more info: …an internal Time Inc. spreadsheet that was used to rank and evaluate “writer-editors”...
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The Orioles-Nationals MASN dispute shows no signs of progress

The battle over the Nationals’ TV rights on MASN between the NL East leaders and the AL East leading Orioles isn’t going away any time soon. On Monday, a New York Supreme Court judge extended an injunction that he granted two weeks ago, barring the Nationals from receiving the increased rights fee that a panel of three MLB owners agreed to in June, and also preventing the club...
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Viewing Picks for August 19, 2014

All Times Eastern Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, PA Consolation Game Canada vs. US Southeast (Nashville) — ESPN, noon Elimination Games Latin America vs. Mexico — ESPN, 3 p.m. US Southwest (Pearland, TX) vs. US Great Lakes (Chicago) — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. American Legion World Series, Shelby, North Carolina ESPNU, 7 p.m. College Football College Football Live...
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The 2014 College Football Media Roundtable

Ed Note: The following roundtable discussion appears courtesy our friends at Bloguin’s college sports hub The Student Section.  Matt Zemek and co. were nice enough to have me take part in the college football media roundtable. You can view Part I at the link below. In Part II we discuss network strategies and the media storylines that will dominate 2014. Part one of our Editors’...
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Sirius launching Bleacher Report Radio channel

Multiple sources tell Awful Announcing that Sirius will be launching a Bleacher Report radio channel in the near future, possibly as soon as the beginning of September. Currently, Bleacher Report Radio exists as a daily show on Sirius Channel 92 that runs from 11-2 ET and is hosted by Jeff Rickard, featuring contributions from various B/R writers.  That show will expand into a new...
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NFL Network, CBS announce details regarding Thursday Night Football

This year, Thursday Night Football will be a joint venture between CBS and NFL Network, and both networks will be heavily represented on pre- and post-game sets each week. CBS Sports confirmed in a press release Monday that they’d have two separate sets for TNF pregame coverage, which will begin on NFLN at 6 p.m. ET every Thursday, with CBS’s simulcast kicking in at 7:30 p...
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WATCH: Johnny Manziel gives the finger to Redskins bench

Yep, NOBODY is going to be talking about this tomorrow… #JFF pic.twitter.com/bTyYwfrvwE — Matt Yoder (@myoder84) August 19, 2014 Pretty smart by Johnny Manziel.  If his play is going to give us nothing to talk about, might as well flip the bird on national television.  That’ll keep his name in the headlines. Of course, it could just be a shoutout to Drake.
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 8/18 – 8/24

Monday, August 18 Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN 8 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Royals at Twins] Tuesday, August 19 Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN 8PM) Bob Costas, John Smoltz [alt: Jays at Brewers] Wednesday, August 20 New York Mets at Oakland Athletics (MLBN 3:30 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Jays at Brewers 2pm] Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox (ESPN2 7...
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Kate Upton Has A New Baseball Player Suitor

I mainly recall seeing info bits like “favorite food” and “favorite player” but glad ESPN is digging up the good stuff. You’re in luck Clayton as Kate seems to be fond of baseball players. Wouldn’t we all, Clayton. Wouldn’t we all. #LLWS pic.twitter.com/tYRAmMYBVj — Covers (@Covers) August 18, 2014
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Phil Simms might not use Redskins name while working their game next month

Last month, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus made it clear that if his network’s announcers were to choose not to use the word “Redskins” during live broadcasts involving the NFL team that goes by that name, that’d be OK with him. Now, it looks as though that could come to fruition during the first nationally-televised game the Redskins play in 2014. That’s because CBS’...
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Your 2014 College Football TV Primer

The college football season is almost upon us.  Here’s our rundown of what each major network will offer for the 2014 fall campaign… ESPN/ABC Conferences: All Division I NCAA Conferences  ABC/ESPN Saturday Night Football: Chris Fowler (new), Kirk Herbstreit; Reporter: Heather Cox  ESPN College GameDay, Saturdays ESPN 9 am Talent: Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk...
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Jay Gruden does not expect preferential treatment from his brother tonight

Tonight, when the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, Washington head coach Jay Gruden is not expecting special treatment from his brother Jon. Via ProFootball Talk: “Jon is Jon,” Jay Gruden said. “He’s going to be positive if he can, but if I do something that’s out-of-line ignorant, I’m sure he’ll call me on it.” This is also...
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John Lynch said WHAT about Alex Smith???

John Lynch was calling the Panthers-Chiefs preseason game this weekend.  And this being the NFL preseason, strange things are bound to happen. Like putting Alex Smith in the same breath as Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. Wait, what? John Lynch : "Alex Smith is up there with Peyton Manning and Drew Brees" https://t.co/9spA7X9UgI — gifdsports (@gifdsports) August 18, 2014...
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Preseason college football polls are the worst kind of evil

The AP college football preseason poll was released over the weekend.  This should mean absolutely nothing to you.  But like a monster coming out of hibernation, the poll’s release was like a gun sounding to kick off the increasingly toxic college football homer debate. Auburn has seven opponents ranked in the AP top 25. Ohio State has one. — Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID)...
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Now it’s your chance to grade Fox Sports 1′s first year

Over the past week, we went deep in analyzing the first year of Fox Sports 1 and covered nearly every possible angle in looking at the positives and negatives of the one for fun.  In case you need caught up on any of our FS1 Week coverage, all of our articles are listed below. Monday – Why Fox Sports 1′s biggest issue in Year 1 was setting expectations too high and under-delivering...
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The evolution of the NFL on Fox score bug

FOX debuted a new NFL score graphic last night. This is what it looks like. I really don’t have any feedback positive or negative, but will say it looks like this new design could potentially hide a top side safety so that might be not ideal. The numbers are bigger so I imagine less squinting for many. This is last year’s FOX score graphic. And before that, from 2012. This...
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NBC’s EPL coverage is virtually unchanged, and that’s fine

To much fanfare, NBC’s second season of Premier League coverage kicked off on Saturday morning. And with the first weekend in the books (well, aside from Burnley-Chelsea this afternoon), one thing is immediately clear – not much of anything has changed. Quite frankly, that’s perfectly fine. Every year, networks feel the need to retool their coverage for the sports they cover...
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Aaron Murray’s girlfriend leaves Fox Philly to move to Kansas City station

Kacie McDonnell, the girlfriend of Aaron Murray, the Kansas City Chief’s 2014 fifth round draft pick, announced she was leaving her job at Fox Philly to move to KC. The reason for the move, of course, is to be closer to Murray, the former Georgia Bulldogs quarterback who will be Alex Smith’s backup, presumably. McDonnell, who will be joining the local NBC affiliate, 41 Action...
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Viewing Picks for August 18, 2014

All Times Eastern Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, PA Elimination Games Consolation Game: Brno, Czech Republic vs. US Midwest (Rapid City, SD) — ESPN2, 11 a.m. Australia vs. Mexico — ESPN, 1 p.m. US Southwest (Pearland, TX) vs. US Northwest (Lynnwood, WA) — ESPN, 3 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela — ESPN2, 6 p.m. US Great Lakes (Chicago) vs. New England (Cumberland...
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