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Your Week 14 College Football Announcing Schedule

Thursday, November 27 7:30 PM- LSU at Texas A&M (ESPN) Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder (Compass Media) Drew Bontadelli, Tony Hill 7:30 PM- TCU at Texas (Fox Sports 1) Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Molly McGrath Friday, November 28 11 AM- Northern Illinois at Western Michigan (ESPNU) Mark Neely, Ray Bantley Noon- Nebraska at Iowa (ABC) Bob Wischusen, Matt...
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What we’re thankful for in sports media in 2014

As you get ready to enjoy gorging yourselves on food and then passing out on the couch while watching football, here’s your Thanksgiving Day appetizer – our contractually obligated list of what we’re thankful for this year in sports media.  And if this snark-free feel-good stuff isn’t quite your thing, you can flip over to our list of the Turduckens of the Year from yesterday...
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NBCSN sets records for a single cable network with Formula One

Because of the time of day/night/morning it often airs, Formula One might be the most anonymous of the “key” sports properties NBC/NBCSN broadcast. That said, the network has done a decent job of promoting it and seems to be connecting to the core fans of the circuit. They’ve done that so much so that in just their second year covering it, they’ve broken records. NBCSN averaged...
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‘Undrafted’ another promising NFL Network original

The NFL Network often gets praise, and deservedly so, for its series A Football Life. The show chronicles the, well, football lives of some of the greatest and most beloved (and occasionally hated, ahem, Art Modell) and famous figures in the history of the sport. To less fanfare, the network debuted a companion series on Tuesday nights that portrays the very opposite of that show’s...
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Viewing Picks for Thanksgiving Day 2014

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’sBattle 4 Atlantis, Atlantis Arena, Paradise Island, BahamasSemifinals Butler vs. Oklahoma — ESPN, 1 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Georgetown — ESPN, 3:30 p.m. Losers Bracket North Carolina vs. UCLA — AXS TV, 7 p.m. UAB vs. Florida — AXS TV, 9:30 p.m. Great Alaska Shootout, Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage, AK1st Round Colorado State vs. Missouri...
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Your Week 13 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, November 27 Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, CBS 12:30 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, FOX 4:30 pm, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Erin AndrewsSeattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, NBC 8:30 pm, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michelle TafoyaSunday, November 30San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, CBS 1 pm,...
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John Beilein goes off on ESPN for late tip-off time

Last night, tip-off of the final of the Legends Classic between Villanova and Michigan got pushed back 15 minutes, to 10:15 PM ET because of a football game between Ohio and Miami (OH). The game aired on ESPN2 and was an extremely close contest until Villanova ultimately came away with a 60-55 win, thanks to this sick block by JayVaughn Pinkston (which I could watch all day, but...
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AA Podcast #104 – Sarah Spain

In today’s episode we welcome ESPN’s Sarah Spain. Sarah is a contributor to espnW, ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago, and appears on a number of television platforms. We talk about her increasing national exposure at ESPN, Chicago sports and a number of other topics including… - Her start in the industry in Chicago. - What has changed for her since becoming a national personality...
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ESPN’s Twitter suspensions are ultimately pointless

When you were a kid, did your mom ever take away your favorite video game? Were you initially annoyed that your time with the game was taken away? Probably, but you eventually got over it and just threw on some other game or just relaxed and played Madden for a few hours, right? It’s hard not to see Twitter suspensions like that. We’ve seen them happen a lot in recent years,...
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Bill Belichick Master Troll is at it again

As opposed to other people in sports who simply hate talking to the media with every fiber of their being, at least Bill Belichick provides the world with the gift of his sardonic sense of humor. Bill Belichick with a succinct answer on how Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are similar: pic.twitter.com/0pOyB9ckQu — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 26, 2014 Just one time, one...
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The 2014 Turduckens of the Year in Sports Media

While we approach a time of being thankful at Thanksgiving, we also approach that time of year that the calendar dictates we recognize all those individuals that truly put the “Awful” in Awful Announcing this year.  But this isn’t just your normal list of turkeys of the year.  In honor of the great John Madden, our turkeys list is bigger, badder, and better than the others...
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Jay Onrait sings his way through this promo

It feels like it’s been a loooooong time since we checked out the antics of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole over at Fox Sports Live.  So here’s your reminder that these two Canucks aren’t your usual sports anchor duo.  Watch as Onrait adds a little something extra to what would be a run-of-the-mill promo about the Las Vegas Invitational on Thanksgiving Day. Was that the theme...
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CBS basketball announcer looks painfully sunburnt in Cancun

‘Tis the season for college basketball tournaments in exotic locations.  It sounds pretty awesome to be able to cover some college basketball in Cancun… except if you forgot your sunscreen.  Poor Steve Wolf of CBS Sports Network looks like he fried on the beaches of Cancun for several hours.  It could be worse, at least he doesn’t have one of those awful sunglasses tanlines...
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Week 12 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams have the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy. Byes: Carolina, Pittsburgh 1. Green Bay (Milwaukee market) (Fox) - 44.2 The Packers are #1 again, though Milwaukee had their lowest rating since Week 7 for the game against...
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Viewing Picks for November 26, 2014

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’sBattle 4 Atlantis, Atlantis Arena, Paradise Island, Nassau, BahamasQuarterfinals Butler vs. North Carolina — ESPN2, noon UCLA vs. Oklahoma — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. UAB vs. Wisconsin — AXS TV, 7 p.m. Florida vs Georgetown — AXS TV, 9:30 p.m. Cancun Challenge, Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico3rd Place Game Virginia Tech vs. Miami ...
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Richard Sherman protests Lynch fine, mocks NFL in presser

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had a unique way to protest the $100,000 fine given to teammate Marshawn Lynch for not speaking to the media . During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Sherman brought a cardboard cutout of teammate Doug Baldwin to the podium, trashed the NFL, plugged his endorsers, and took no questions from the media. Sherman did all of his talking...
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Your NBA Announcing Schedule for 11/25 – 11/30

Tuesday, November 25Golden State Warriors at Miami Heat (NBAtv 7:30 pm) Local BroadcastWednesday, November 26New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks (ESPN 7:30 pm) Mike Breen, Jeff Van GundyMemphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers (NBAtv 10:30 pm) Local BroadcastFriday, November 28Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets (NBAtv 8 pm) Local BroadcastSaturday, November 29New Orleans...
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Ferguson coverage leads ESPN to lowest Monday Night Football ratings of 2014

Last night was an extremely surreal night in this country, and an extremely surreal night if you were watching television. I personally was glued to the live coverage of the reaction to the Darren Wilson grand jury decision and the aftermath further on in Ferguson, Missouri. It appears that many others were doing the same. ESPN’s Monday Night Football drew a 7.1 rating for the...
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Verne Lundquist wins “Distinguished American” award

The Walter Camp Football Foundation “Distinguished American” award is given to “an individual who has utilized his or her talents to attain great success in business, private life or public service and who may have accomplished that which no other has done”. Plenty of sports broadcasters have received the award, including Joe Theismann last year, Robin Roberts in 2009, and...
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Cleveland reporter calls out ESPN’s lack of credit for Johnny Manziel fight story

Surprisingly, the earth did not cease its orbit around the sun and go hurtling into deep outer space when the news was broken about Johnny Manziel allegedly being involved in a pier six brawl.  Manziel and his entourage were reportedly involved in a fight when approached by a possibly over-exuberant fan.  The news of the incident was first broken by Cleveland Scene, who acquired...
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College Football Rankings show a huge ratings winner for ESPN

Last week we talked about the weekly College Football Rankings show perhaps not doing the committee any favors in selecting the Top 4 teams in the sport.  The task of having to produce rankings each and every week brings increased scrutiny to the committee and opens up their work to every possible inquisition. So why produce weekly rankings?  Why turn the work of the college football...
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College GameDay On The Clock – Harvard

With a slate of really, really bad football on Saturday, perhaps the biggest upset of the day came on the set of College Gameday, set this week on the historic grounds of Harvard University for “The Game”, Harvard vs. Yale. This was the second time that College Gameday has visited an Ivy League location, the last being Penn in 2002, and on a day that only featured only three...
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Paul Finebaum will take calls during the Iron Bowl on SEC Network

As ESPN gets ready to broadcast its first Alabama-Auburn Iron Bowl game in seven years, another opportunity to watch has emerged. While Brent Musberger will be on the call on ESPN, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reported that Paul Finebaum will be live on the SEC Network taking calls during the game. They’re calling it the Finebaum Film Room: Iron Bowl Live and will feature...
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We know Odell Beckham Jr.’s name… wait, no we don’t!

If you were watching the Bills whomp the Jets in their impromptu Monday Night Football matchup in Detroit, you caught this gem of a quote from CBS analyst Solomon Wilcots.  In talking about Odell Beckham Jr’s “greatest feat of athleticism in the history of western civilization” he said this… You sure you know Beckham's name now? https://t.co/ikYlH5NlCo — Mike Tunison...
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Viewing Picks for November 25, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men’s Barclays Center Classic Tennessee State at Virginia — ESPN3, 7 p.m. Norfolk State at Vanderbilt — SEC Network Plus, 8 p.m. Cancun Challenge, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico Semifinals Virginia Tech vs. Northern Iowa — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Miami (OH) vs. Northwestern — CBS Sports Network, 9:30 p.m. CBE Hall of...
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