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Rob Dibble has some eloquent thoughts on sabermetrics

Former MLB pitcher and former ESPN and Fox baseball analyst Rob Dibble is known for his schtick that focuses on being “edgy” as a Nasty Boy a generation ago.  After being a national television analyst and radio host for several years, Dibble is currently working for an ESPN Radio affiliate in Connecticut after bouncing down the ladder to the local circuit. True to form, Dibble...
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What we know about Sunday Night Football in 2014

We continue our “What We Know” series about the NFL TV partners for 2014. This year marks a new television contract for the National Football League and a few changes for each partner. Although the networks have not changed, there are some new features like Thursday Night Football on CBS/NFL Network and crossover games on the NFL on CBS which we reviewed earlier this week. Now...
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Dean Cain is feuding with Matt Leinart for some reason

Before we get to the issue at hand, where the TV Superman takes a cheap shot at Matt Leinart, I would like to know why TMZ even felt the need to talk to Dean Cain? The man spends most of his time starring in TV Movies on Lifetime and/or the Hallmark Channel with the rotating crew of Melissa Joan Hart, Tori Spelling, and… oh, what’s her name. Anyway, TMZ caught up with Cain outside...
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Bleacher Report’s most poignant criticisms are now coming from within

A very interesting tectonic shift is gradually happening surrounding what may be the biggest success story of modern sports media.  In the past couple years, Bleacher Report has grown from a bustling site of unpaid, amateur writers to a multimillion dollar behemoth with the full backing of Turner Sports.  It’s been transformed from being the butt of jokes across the interwebs...
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The build to the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier fight will be awesome

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was supposed to defend his title against Alexander Gustafsson on September 27th in a rematch of their incredible fight from last year. But Gustafsson was forced to pull out of the fight due to a knee injury, and undefeated former US Olympian Daniel Cormier has stepped up to replace him in the fight against Jones. And while the actual fight...
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Big Ten Network hires Eric LeGrand

You may have heard once or twice in recent weeks, months and years the the Big Ten is expanding, adding Rutgers and Maryland to their now 14-team conference. That means that the conference will slowly integrate them in to the league’s media offerings, which includes Big Ten Network. They announced hirings specific to both schools on Wednesday. The biggest news is that Eric LeGrand...
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Tennis writer found guilty of egregious plagiarism

Neil Harman is a longtime tennis correspondent for The Times of London.  In 2007 he was named the British Sports News Reporter of the Year and he also served as co-president of the International Tennis Writers Association. He is also a serial plagiarist. It’s come to light in recent days that Harman has accomplished some of the worst plagiarism seen since Dino Costa in his work...
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SportsCenter anchor won a car after getting a hole-in-one

Being a SportsCenter anchor must be a pretty decent life.  You get paid pretty well.  You have some semblance of fame and recognizability without having a TMZ camera stuck in your face every time you walk out of a Starbucks.  And you get to star in funny commercials with various athletes and celebrities. If you’re lucky, you may even win a new car too. Jay Harris was in Las...
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Frank Caliendo reads LeBron James’ letter as Morgan Freeman

Frank Caliendo has been at ESPN for a while now and although he’s been a part of Sunday NFL Countdown, the real highlights come during his appearances on Mike & Mike.  I think Caliendo and his work has got a little bit of a bad rap with the entire Sunday morning NFL pregame show industry going in the tank the last few years.  When he’s on, his work is legitimately hilarious...
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Kyle Martino will be staying with NBC after MLS leaves

BOSTON — MLS is leaving NBC Sports following the 2014 season, however, the network’s lead analyst for the league will not be leaving with them. I had a sit-down with NBC’s Premier League soccer crew on Wednesday in Boston (keep an eye out in the coming days and weeks for much, much more from it), where Martino confirmed to Awful Announcing that he will be with the network through...
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Viewing Picks for July 24, 2014

All Times Eastern CFL Calgary Stampeders at Edmonton Eskimos — TSN/ESPN2, 9 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 19: Clemson vs. Ohio State — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 18: Arizona State vs. Wisconsin — ESPNU, 10 p.m. XX Commonwealth Games Glascow, Scotland Day 1: Daytime Highlights...
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What we know about the NFL on CBS in 2014

On Sunday, we brought you “What We Know About Thursday Night Football This Season.” Continuing in that vein, Awful Announcing will present a series of “What We Knows” about the upcoming season on the other NFL packages. So since we began with Thursday Night Football on CBS/NFL Network, let’s continue with the NFL on CBS on Sundays. Without further delay, let’s go over...
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Let’s check in with CNN to see what they’re talking about today…

Today CNN, once one of the biggest names in the American news media posted this tweet, and GOOD LORD IS IT TERRIFYING… Lest you think this is some kind of forgery, some kind of *internet joke* or *parody* on something totally ridiculous that CNN could theoretically talk about but would never actually do in the real world, it links to a real column entitled “Opinion: The argument...
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The blooper reel from Metallica’s ESPN commercial

ESPN’s This is SportsCenter commercials have been cited as one of the major reasons why the network and the SportsCenter brand have become the societal mainstays they find themselves to be.  Even now, many years after their inception, the commercials remain one of the funniest, irreverent, and charming aspects of the global behemoth. The most recent This is SportsCenter commercial...
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WEEI host digs deeper hole with terrible Erin Andrews “apology”

It was one week ago when WEEI radio host Kirk Minihane unleashed a vulgar rant in the direction of Erin Andrews.  Minihane called her a “gutless b*tch” which clearly crossed any line of decency, even for the widening cesspool that is sports talk radio.  The station issued a statement from Minihane apologizing for the comments, although there’s no evidence that Minihane was...
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Fox announces revamped college football studio, broadcast teams

We all knew that Fox would be making some changes to their college football coverage following the departure of Erin Andrews. They’d also made some smaller moves in the off-season to acquire new play-by-play man. The network announced their broadcast lineup for the upcoming season on Tuesday, and it looked mostly the same, but with a shift in focus. Following Andrews’ departure...
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Today’s edition of “Things athletes should not tweet”

…Is brought to you by WVU quarterback Clint Trickett, who gave us this gem a few days ago. I hope our esteemed editor forgives me for not digging through the thousands of past articles we’ve posted on this very subject to deluge you with additional examples. We all know people tweet things they immediately regret, but it is easier to do if you are not in the spotlight and don’t...
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway releases awesome Brickyard 400 ad

I have never seen so much goodness confined to a 64 second span than this YouTube video posted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  It’s a “Sunday!  Sunday!  Sunday!” retro ad that also contains an absurd amount of ridiculously over-the-top humor in an attempt to promote $30 tickets for this week’s Brickyard 400 NASCAR race. Watch and behold… It’s impossible to do...
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Cubs fans will praise even nonexistent prospects

The Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a rebuilding period, and as a result, they’ve loaded up their farm system with lots of young and exciting talent. Some Cubs fans are excited about the future…in fact, a little *too* excited, given they’re willing to praise prospects that don’t exists. Matt Lindner of Redeye Chicago found this out when he took to the streets. Moral of...
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Viewing Picks for July 23, 2014

All Times Eastern College Baseball Cape Cod League Brewster Whitecaps at Falmouth Commodores — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 6:30 p.m. College Football 2014 College Football Media Days — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 21: Navy vs. San Jose State — EPSNU, 7 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 20:...
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NFL teams set to see profits skyrocket as new TV deals take effect

With new television deals officially beginning to kick in from all four major networks that broadcast the NFL, as well as DirecTV, we’re beginning to get a feel for how valuable said contracts are at a franchise level. Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal reported on Monday that each NFL club will gain an extra $27 million in revenue from contracts with NBC, CBS, FOX and ESPN...
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College football players want NCAA 15 back too

The news that EA Sports would not release an NCAA football video game for 2014 was not surprising – considering the ongoing Ed O’Bannon trial concerning image and likeness – but it was disappointing. And it wasn’t just college football fans that were despondent, college football players were as well. CBS Sports’s Jon Solomon reported Monday that the game’s cancellation...
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It’s been a terrible year for major championship golf ratings

I’ve always been a golf guy, whether it be playing or watching.  That’s why it’s difficult to embrace the reality that the sport is at a difficult crossroads right now.  In the wake of Tiger Woods’ loss of form and constant battle with injuries, golf has suffered in the ratings department. Much of that is very predictable.  There’s a crossover, mainstream appeal with...
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NBCSN doubles down on late games, rivalries for 2014-15 NHL season

For the first time in a long time, the NHL’s national television partner is showcasing that the state of California is as relevant a place for hockey as say, Pennsylvania or New York. While NBC might suggest the headline to their 103 scheduled games is a Winter Classic in Washington, a high 14 games on NBC, or the ever-important Wednesday Night Rivalry, the real surprise is a...
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Tim Tebow isn’t acting like someone who’s ready to start his TV career

If you happen to get your sports news online from any major, national outlet you likely came across a story about ESPN analyst Tim Tebow still training this summer for an NFL comeback. Although Tebow has a contract with ESPN to be a college football analyst and work predominantly for the SEC Network this fall, it’s well-known that the former quarterback has an out clause.  If...
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