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Where is Sports on Earth heading?

The restructuring of Sports on Earth early in August following initial co-owner USA Today pulling out of their SoE partnership with MLB Advanced Media created countless stories, with numerous writers losing their jobs, some going after MLBAM, Keith Olbermann putting MLBAM on blast, and arguments both online and in person about what the demise of SoE as we knew it meant. Somewhat...
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Turner & SiriusXM make Bleacher Report Radio official

In news first reported by Awful Announcing a week ago, Turner Sports and SiriusXM Satellite Radio today made official the launch of Bleacher Report Radio. The move has been in the works for some time, but will finally come to fruition on September 2nd.  Bleacher Report Radio moves from its 11-2 ET slot on Sirius 92 to Channel 93, where it will become a full-time station. More from...
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Rick Neuheisel sang a “Stairway to Heaven” parody on the Dan Patrick Show

On Wednesday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show, Pac-12 Network analyst (and former Colorado, Washington, and UCLA coach) sang a “Stairway to Heaven” parody called “Stairway to Playoffs”. It was…well, interesting. I don’t really have words for this. Parts of Neuheisel’s song are absolutely hilarious. Well done.
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Mack Brown won’t talk about Texas on ESPN?

Network conference calls are a lot like press conference in sports.  Instead of coaches or players producing cliches about “taking it one day at a time” or “giving 110% percent” it’s television personalities.  Everyone is “excited” for whatever broadcast season is upcoming and the lineup always looks “stronger” than ever.  The fact that many of them were former...
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Chris Fowler isn’t going to try to be Brent Musburger in the booth

One of the biggest media storylines of this fall will be Chris Fowler replacing Brent Musburger in the top college football booth at ESPN.  Musburger had capably taken over from Keith Jackson as the “voice of college football” over the last decade and is still at the top of his game.  Because of Fowler’s contract situation and his well-known desire to be ESPN’s top game...
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FS1 beats ESPN with debut of new fantasy football show

When Fox announced plans for a new weekly fantasy football show, there was a collective eyebrow raise across the industry.  Fox’s obsession with Hollywood and forcing celebrities of any kind into their sports programming has always been akin to fitting a square peg in a round hole.  It struck again with FFU (quite the acronym, by the way) as Fox Sports 1 was pairing top NFL...
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Once upon a time, the NHL was mad at The Simpsons

The NHL has done a lot of silly things over the years. Though the numerous lockouts and the Guardians project come to mind as some of the league’s largest blunders, their angry letter to The Simpsons regarding Krusty the Clown and the Stanley Cup has to be a close contender. In Season 9 of The Simpsons, which aired between 1997 and 1998, there’s an episode titled The Last Temptation...
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ESPN 'regrets' Michael Sam showering report

On Tuesday’s SportsCenter, Josina Anderson reported on Michael Sam’s showering habits with his Rams teammates.  The report drew widespread criticism across the sports world for its singling out of Sam.  When he showers or with who in the locker room is nobody’s business, yet by making this information public ESPN is stirring up the worst stereotypes and paranoia regarding...
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Viewing Picks for August 27, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football Abilene Christian at Georgia State — ESPNU, 7 p.m. CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. Under Center/Kirk Herbstreit — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. Film Room Kickoff Special — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. Big Ten Football and Beyond — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage León vs. Herediano — Univision...
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Keith Olbermann’s show moves to afternoons, will return to anchor SportsCenter

“If you bet the under, you lost!,” gloated Keith Olbermann gleefully at the start of his show tonight. Olbermann has officially made it to a year at ESPN and, for the most part, the network has left him alone. Actually, for the entire part they seem to have left him alone. No suspensions, no apparent disappearances from Twitter, even haranguing the NFL commissioner and occasionally...
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TSN may beat ESPN to The Ocho

We’ve all made jokes in the past about how ESPN will end up emulating the film Dodgeball and launch ESPN 8: The Ocho. Their Canadian counterparts apparently saw it as a challenge. They won’t quite make it to The Ocho, but they’ll come pretty close. Monday morning, TSN launched TSN 3, TSN 4 and TSN 5. That’s right, there are now five homes for Canada’s sports leader. What...
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Your US Open Tennis Announcing Schedule

2014 U.S. OpenArthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, NYMonday, August 25 – Monday, September 9CBS/CBSSN, ESPN/ESPN2, The Tennis Ch.CBSTalent: Bill Macatee, Mary Carillo, John McEnroe; Ian Eagle, Jim Courier, Mary Joe Fernandez, Adam ZuckerCBSSN: Luke Elvy, Jimmy Arias, Andrew Catalon, Sam Gore, Taylor Dent, Chanda RubinThe Tennis ChannelTalent: Brett Haber, Tracy Austin, Mark Knowles,...
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CBS Sports Network is really going with ‘We Need to Talk’ for that all-female sports talk show

For the past few weeks, CBS Sports Network has been hyping up a new sports talk show, one that will star an entire panel of women. I’ve had some reservations about the show, merely because I’m worried that it might be a gimmick, and “women talking sports” shouldn’t be a gimmick. I’m also worried that it places itself too heavily as being a referendum on whether or not...
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NBC Sunday Sports Report could be an interesting direction to take sports highlights

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report has aired two episodes. The show is more than fine, with the always professional Liam McHugh acting as more tour guide than actual host. Everything looks nice, there are no technical snafus (the show is clearly pre-taped in some sections, so it doesn’t have that flying by the seat of your pants factor that other shows do) and, overall, there’s nothing...
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Chargers broadcaster Hank Bauer makes hacky, anti-semitic joke

Look, radio announcers have a much tougher job in some respects than television announcers. You have to paint pictures, you have to fill in every detail, you have to speak for three hours straight with only your partner and commercials to provide respite. Sometimes things get out of hand and weird, but there’s no excuse for them to take a turn for the tasteless. That’s where...
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WATCH: SportsCenter reports on Michael Sam's shower habits

It was only a matter of time before the MICHAEL SAM: DISTRACTION: QUESTION MARK monster arose from its lair yet again. On Tuesday’s afternoon edition of SportsCenter, Josina Andreson filed a report from the Rams facility and answered questions from anchor Jay Crawford.  One of those questions was on how Sam was fitting into the Rams locker room.  Anderson then talked about when...
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DeAngelo Hall feuds with Bleacher Report writer on Twitter

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended two games by the NFL yesterday for his sixth, yes, SIXTH violation of the league’s rules on illegal hits.  Whether it be leading with his helmet or hitting defenseless receivers, it’s clear that Meriweather has been unable to adjust to the league’s crackdown on dangerous hits in the secondary. Here’s the video...
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Fox Sports 2 is a barren wasteland

While we have spent much of this month analyzing the launch of Fox Sports 1 from every angle, it’s easy to forget about the channel’s little brother – Fox Sports 2. The former Fuel TV was a significant part of Fox Sports’ transformational rebranding.  Fox was not only launching one 24/7 cable sports channel, but two.  And even though FS2 hasn’t seen the original new...
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NFL Network launching GameDay Live on NFL Sundays

NFL Network continues to add live programming on NFL Sundays. The channel will announce that it will add yet another show to its live NFL GameDay brand when the season kicks off in earnest on Sunday, September 7. NFL Network has already expanded the Sunday morning pregame show to the early morning hours at 7 a.m. ET with GameDay First hosted by Melissa Stark with analysts Sterling...
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Bob Ley is now rocking an awesome beard

In the biggest facial hair news to hit Bristol since that time Bill Simmons grew a mustache, Bob Ley showed up on Olbermann last night with this… great @keitholbermann Pete Rose special reairs on espn2 after tennis. Many reasons to watch inc @BobLeyESPN beard pic.twitter.com/v7ta0x688t — Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) August 26, 2014 Tremendous.  Perhaps he was inspired by Tim...
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ESPN, NBA TV will cover much of the FIBA World Cup

The FIBA World Cup has had a lot of buzz for the past few weeks, though largely for the unfortunate reason of Paul George’s injury. That said, the tournament is still likely to be an entertaining appetite whetter for the upcoming NBA season. While many NBA stars (James Harden, Stephen Curry, and the triumphantly returning Derrick Rose) are on Team USA, they still aren’t quite...
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Viewing Picks for August 26, 2014

All Times Eastern Basketball Exhibition, Las Palmas, Spain Slovenia vs. USA — ESPN2, 2 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: The Experts — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPNU, 2:30 p.m. Big Ten Football and Beyond — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. Inside College Football: Season Preview — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage New York Red Bulls vs...
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ESPN’s segment with Oakland A’s fans is an epic fail

Relatively new ESPN analyst and former Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden was a part of the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast of A’s-Angels last night.  He went out into the people for a segment on, allegedly, the rowdiest fans in baseball. What we found was anything but… Your browser does not support iframes. Why this video is an epic fail, and not just a fail. What you...
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ESPN’s segment with Oakland A’s fans is an epic fail

Relatively new ESPN analyst and former Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden was a part of the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast of A’s-Angels last night.  He went out into the people for a segment on, allegedly, the rowdiest fans in baseball. What we found was anything but… Your browser does not support iframes. Why this video is an epic fail, and not just a fail. What you...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 8/25 – 8/31

Monday, August 25New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals (ESPN 7 pm) Dave O’Brien, Aaron BooneTuesday, August 26Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals (FS1 8 pm) Steve Physioc & Bert BlylevenMiami Marlins at Los Angeles Angels (MLBN 10 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Rangers at Mariners]Wednesday, August 27St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (MLBN 12:30 pm) Local BroadcastNew...
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