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At least Katie Nolan’s first pitch is better than 50 Cent

Katie Nolan, formerly “the girl who’s blowing up the internet” at Crowd Goes Wild (don’t you miss Regis Philbin’s sports cameo?) recently threw out a first pitch at a Trenton Thunder game. This is better than your average first pitch blog post because there’s a helpful video vignette that builds towards the dramatic moment. You can draw whatever innuendo you would like...
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Interview with CBS’ Lesley Visser

Lesley Visser has been one of the pioneers for women in sports media. She joined the Boston Globe in 1974 during an era when the paper had Bob Ryan covering the NBA, Peter Gammons on MLB, Will McDonough on the NFL and Bud Collins on tennis. After covering college basketball, horse racing, the NBA, MLB, tennis and other sports, she became the first woman to be a beat writer covering...
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LLWS ratings more than TRIPLED the White Sox in Chicago

I’ll confess that I am not a fan of the Little League World Series.  I know, I know… that makes me an evil monster.  I accepted that fact a long time ago, though.  The thought of watching 13 year olds do something instead of much older, much better professionals has never really appealed to me.  Nobody would ever think about watching Pop Warner football instead of the NFL...
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Premier League ratings set opening week records

The first weekend of the English Premier League season was certainly the most hyped in its history on this side of the Atlantic.  Last year’s season brought record ratings as NBC’s banner coverage earned plaudits for its quality and for making every game available across its network and streaming platforms. The momentum for the EPL was always going to grow after this summer’s...
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From Birmingham to Bristol: Paul Finebaum on his sudden, meteoric rise

It’s good to be Paul Finebaum these days. He has a daily ESPN radio show that is simulcast on the new SEC Network. He will be featured prominently on the SEC Network’s pregame coverage on Saturdays and on ESPN’s College GameDay. And Finebaum has a new best-selling book, “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why The SEC Still Rules College Football.” It is co-written...
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Mo’ne Davis makes Sports Illustrated cover

13 year old pitcher Mo’ne Davis is taking the country by storm thanks to her exploits at the Little League World Series.  Now she’s reached a pinnacle that is traditionally climbed by the biggest names twice her age – the cover of Sports Illustrated. What a great moment for her and for Little League baseball.
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Mike Ditka: “What are you going to call them, a Brownskin?”

Until now, the narrative surrounding the Redskins nickname debate has been relatively one-sided as person after person in the NFL and media worlds come out in opposition to the name.  With the news that prominent NFL television commentators like Tony Dungy and Phil Simms will attempt to boycott the name this season, the mainstream quest to change the name is gaining even more steam...
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Curt Schilling: Chewing tobacco gave me cancer

ESPN baseball analyst and former World Series MVP Curt Schilling has been battling cancer since the early stages of 2014.  While he has stepped away from his national television duties to seek treatment, the details of his cancer had been kept mostly quiet. Until now. In an appearance on WEEI Radio in Boston, Schilling revealed that he has been battling squamous cell carcinoma...
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Brian Cranston met Vin Scully, and was simply delighted

Before Tuesday night’s Padres-Dodgers game, Brian Cranston met Vin Scully in the broadcast booth before serving as the guest public address announcer. He seemed simply tickled to meet the broadcasting legend, and Cranston’s work over the PA was pretty solid as well. I love how Scully was so accommodating towards Cranston, and didn’t seem star struck at all before immediately...
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Bob Costas throws bad first pitch, demands a second

Before Tuesday night’s Reds-Cardinals game in St. Louis, Bob Costas threw out the first pitch. His first attempt at least made it to the general area around home plate, but it sailed wide. Then, Costas did something unprecedented – he demanded a SECOND first pitch, as the MLB Tonight studio crew got on his case. His second attempt was *much* better, but I wonder if A.J. Pierzynski...
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NFL wants Super Bowl halftime performers to pay them???

The Super Bowl halftime show has been quite the hot topic ever since Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction during the 2003 contest. Since then, the NFL has picked its performers with kiddie gloves and added double sided tape to the list of wardrobe requirements. Well, now the league is adding something new: pay it forward. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL is asking...
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Viewing Picks for August 20, 2014

All Times Eastern Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, PA Double Elimination Japan vs. Republic of Korea — ESPN, 3 p.m. US West (Las Vegas, NV) vs. US Mid-Atlantic (Philadelphia) — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Basketball Exhibition, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY United States vs. Dominican Republic — NBA TV, 7 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30...
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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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