LATEST STORIES FROM AWFUL ANNOUNCING

Mike Francesa takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and it’s awesome

If you’re complaining about seeing more ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos, then please stop.  The challenge has raised over $50 million dollars for ALS research.  That’s all that matters. Given how this has spread like wildfire though with everyone in the universe taking part, it should be something special to merit a blog post.  Outside of Buzzfeed’s nonsense, of course...
Via Awful Announcing
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

NHL Network puts big US and Canadian markets on schedule

We take more than our few slap shots at the NHL Network here at Awful Announcing, but the one thing the channel is truly good for is a slate of live games that supplements what NBC and NBCSN bring to the table the rest of the week. They also, for the most part, usually provide viewers with a shot at seeing an exceptional, Canadian-produced national broadcast on Saturday nights. The...
Via Awful Announcing
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLB.tv is reviewing blackouts for the 2015 season

Could there finally be something resembling a solution to MLB.tv’s blackout issues before the 2015 season? Well…maybe. During an interview this week, MLBAM head Bob Bowman said that he is “optimistic” that a deal could be reached soon to allow fans to watch in-market games on MLB.tv. However, as always, there’s a catch – users would need a cable/satellite subscription to...
Via Awful Announcing
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros star in terrible mall commercial of their own

The “intentionally terrible” mall commercial that has caught fire this week has inspired numerous parodies, and Houston Astros pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh starred in a remake of their own. Quickly, two thoughts. 1) Why are they advertising “back to baseball” when we’re near the end of August? 2) Is someone going to get wound up at a pitcher advertising pine...
Via Awful Announcing
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLB Network, Golf Channel, NFL Network, and NBATV Ratings Buzz: August 11-17

MLB Network Top 10 Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 SAT. NIGHT BASEBALL/JIP: Milwaukee/L.A. Dodgers Sat 10:00PM-11:40PM 100 0.2 367 2 SHOWCASE GAME: L.A. Dodgers/Atlanta or Detroit/Pittsburgh Tue 7:00PM-10:09PM 189 0.3 343 3 MLB TONIGHT POSTGAME Tue 10:09PM-11:12PM 63 0.2 245 4 AFTERNOON GAME JIP: Oakland/Kansas City Thu 3:51PM- 5:23PM 92 0.1 205 5...
Via Awful Announcing
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: August 11-17

NBCSN Top 10 Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester City/Newcastle Sun 10:55AM- 1:01PM 126 0.3 514 2 PREMIER LEAGUE: Everton/Leicester Sat 9:56AM-11:57AM 121 0.3 477 3 PREMIER LEAGUE: Southampton/Liverpool Sun 8:20AM-10:26AM 126 0.2 445 4 PREMIER LEAGUE: Swansea/Manchester United Sat 7:38AM- 9:44AM 126 0.3 417 5 PREMIER LEAGUE...
Via Awful Announcing
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: August 11-17

ESPN Top 10 Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Michigan Sun 1:00PM- 4:30PM 210 3.2 5150 2 NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL: Jacksonville/Chicago Thu 8:00PM-11:12PM 192 2.6 3835 3 SPORTSCENTER EARLY (live) Sun 4:30PM- 5:00PM 30 1.5 2534 4 NASCAR SPRINT CUP COUNTDOWN (live) Sun 12:00PM- 1:00PM 60 1.4 1979 5 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Guadalupe...
Via Awful Announcing
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Former Olympian walking again after ATV accident

Back in June, former Olympian and Fox Sports Radio host Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was involved in an ATV accident in which her spinal cord was severed. It was a very scary situation, but Van Dyken-Rouen kept a sense of humor about the situation and vowed to walk again, despite what seemed to be impossible circumstances. This week, the impossible seemed possible as Van Dyken-Rouen stood...
Via Awful Announcing
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Will controversy and over-saturation lead the NFL to its cultural apex?

The NFL is not just the number one sport in America, it’s the number one brand of entertainment in the country, too.  Sunday Night Football has been the top primetime network television program in the land for multiple years running.  The Super Bowl continually sets records as the most watched event in the history of television.  Fantasy football has exploded into a billion...
Via Awful Announcing
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

5 Takeaways from Fox Sports 1′s first year feedback

Earlier this week, we asked you for your feedback on the first year of Fox Sports 1.  We, or anyone else, can write about the highs and lows of FS1′s first year, but it’s your opinions that really matter.  And to this point, there hasn’t been any outlet that asked for feedback from television viewers on FS1′s first year.  That’s why we published this list of polls earlier...
Via Awful Announcing
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dick Enberg will call one last US Open tennis match

CBS Sports airs their final US Open tennis tournament this month before handing over the entire major championship to ESPN.  As part of the coverage, the network will look back at some of the tournament’s greatest moments while also welcoming a broadcast legend back to the booth for one last match. Legendary announcer and current voice of the San Diego Padres, 79 year old Dick...
Via Awful Announcing
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

SEC Network adds Gene Chizik and David Greene

SEC Network has announced that they have added two new faces college football fans may be familiar with to round out their studio roster. Former Auburn football coach Gene Chizik and former Georgia QB David Greene have been hired with the hope that both men will be able to offer insight and analysis from their own unique experiences in college football. As for their specific rolls...
Via Awful Announcing
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for August 22, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Adelaide Crows — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. Essendon Bombers vs. Gold Coast Suns — Fox Soccer Plus, midnight Basketball Exhibition, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY United States vs. Puerto Rico — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Boxing Friday Night Fights, Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, CA Junior Middleweights...
Via Awful Announcing
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Linda Cohn suing ice rink after freak injury

In your bizarre story of the day, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn is suing an ice rink in New York after an injury that left her with 25 stitches. Apparently a freak accident happened where a group of kids pushed a metal machine on top of her and left her with a massive wound on her arm.  Until the New York Post filed a story on the lawsuit today, the injury had gone unreported…...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fox launching fantasy football show starring Jay Glazer & David Spade

When we clamored for more “original, can’t miss” programming on Fox Sports 1, I don’t think this is what we had in mind. Fantasy Football Uncensored will debut on Fox Sports 1 on noon this Saturday, and re-air on Fox at 2 PM on Sunday. It stars Jay Glazer as the host and commissioner of a fantasy football league featuring David Spade and Katie Nolan among others. The show...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Manchester United fan quits job for Twitter, quits Twitter in five days

Twitter is a mysterious beast, filled with the trappings of normal society, with the luxury of it being mostly meaningless internet fodder. Some use the medium to break news, as newly founded tweeter @TotallyManU decided he wanted to do.  Deadspin chronicled his or her remarkable journey that should be told for generations to come. @TotallyManU wanted to be a global social-networking...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

This is what happens when multiple MLB teams share a social media guy

Because we’re aware that most pro sports teams now have their own social media teams (or at least solo experts), we had assumed that all of them did. Clearly, that isn’t the case. Because as Marc Normandin at SB Nation points out, on Wednesday, the Toronto Blue Jays’ official Twitter account mistook itself for the Texas Rangers’ account. So it turns out whoever runs the...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

AA Q&A: Jim Nantz

Jim Nantz has been with CBS Sports since 1985. He hasn’t hosted The Masters for that long, it only seems that way. Nantz has been a college football studio host twice for CBS, called play-by-play on the sport, been on the PGA Tour and The Masters, hosted The NFL Today from 1998 through 2004 and since then, he’s been the main play-by-play man for the NFL on CBS. Nantz has called...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ranking all 54 primetime games on the 2014 NFL schedule

This year’s NFL schedule features 51 primetime games and 54 nationally-televised games, with one more scheduled to be added on the final Sunday of the season. There’s also a chance that as many as eight Sunday night games will be flexed between Week 5 and Week 16.  But working only with what we know right now, we’ve gone ahead and ranked the 54 games you’ll have access to...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mo’ne Davis leads ESPN to record Little League World Series rating

We are a nation of celebrities.  And nowhere is that more true than in sports.  Whether that be LeBron James or Johnny Manziel or Tiger Woods or even that brief spell where Jeremy Lin held the nation in the palm of his hand, we are helplessly obsessed with their every move, every tweet, and every breath.  Celebrities rule the world. Even when those celebrities are 13 year old...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mike Francesa is not playing nice with Doug Gottlieb

Doug Gottlieb moved his radio show to New York where he is now sharing the same building with Mike Francesa.  On Gottlieb’s first day in his new place, he got a warm welcome from the Sports Pope, who gave his entire staff a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and bottles of Diet Coke.  Because if there’s one thing Mike Francesa is about, it’s extravagant hospitality...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Snafu: Baltimore Ravens vs Chicago White Sox?!?

If this isn’t an intriguing matchup, I don’t know what is… Gonna be a tough night for the sox pic.twitter.com/vwECP1O3RW — Jose (@jozay85) August 20, 2014 SportsCenter is already prepping their “Would the Ravens beat the White Sox at football worse than the White Sox would beat the Ravens at baseball” debate.
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sports Jeopardy will debut next month

Sports trivia wonks like me are eagerly anticipating the debut of Dan Patrick’s Sports Jeopardy on Crackle.  Details have been released about auditions and Patrick has made note of a few attributes of the show while on the radio, but now we finally have a launch date and weekly schedule. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the debut episode of Sports Jeopardy drops on September...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Icelandic announcer reaches octaves previously unattainable by humans

The European soccer season is already underway and we have a very early contender for goal call of the year.  This clip comes from last month’s Europa League qualifier between Iceland’s Stjarnan and Scotland’s Motherwell and is just now making the rounds online. Stjarnan defeated Motherwell in extra time of the second leg thanks to Atli Johannsson’s strike in the 113th...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for August 21, 2014

All Times Eastern Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, PA Elimination Games Mexico vs. Japan — ESPN, 3 p.m. US Mid-Atlantic (Philadelphia) vs. US Great Lakes (Chicago) — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. Lemming Report — CBS Sports Network, 6:30 p.m. 2014 Alabama Football Preview — SEC Network, 8 p.m. 2014 Auburn Football...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss
SITE INFORMATION
Awful Announcing
Putting announcers on notice since 2006.
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.