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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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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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