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ESPN’s Hillsborough documentary can’t be aired in the United Kingdom thanks to British laws

The British do many things very differently from North Americans, and one example shows up with ESPN’s latest 30 For 30 documentary, a look at England’s Hillsborough Stadium disaster 25 years afterwards. The documentary’s airing Tuesday night on ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern, but viewers in Britain likely won’t be able to watch it legally for at least a year. That’s not thanks...
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E:60 on Boston Marathon bombing will feature President Obama and more

ESPN’s E:60 will premiere its new season on Tuesday, April 15th with a special episode covering the Boston Marathon bombing. Titled E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest, the episode will look at the one-year anniversary of the bombings and remember the lives lost that day as well as check in one the lives of those who survived. President Barack Obama will have...
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Joe Buck and Greg Norman will reportedly call the US Open for Fox

After Greg Norman revealed in August that Fox had offered him a job to be their lead golf analyst, there was only one direction that Fox was going to go in their maiden voyage with the USGA. Now it looks like we’re getting very close to seeing it become a reality.  Sports Business Journal reports that Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be the men in the 18th tower to be the faces...
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New York columnist writes terrible, bizarre anti-stats column

I’ve learned to tune out the seemingly never-ending parade of writers who resort to ad hominem attacks when they write columns about sabermetrics. More often than not, the columns go something along the lines of “derp derp computer geek mom’s basement spreadsheets watch the game” without really providing any sort of actual criticism or context, just mindless complaining that...
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Rate the local MLB announcers – AL Central

The American League Central has a number of broadcast crews with plenty of tenure, but little national exposure. Well.. except for some guy in Chicago, of course. Give each broadcast crew a rating, and if you have strong opinions in either direction, let us know in the comments. We’ll use that feedback in the final rankings of the broadcast teams. For more on the series and what...
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Behind the scenes with ESPN’s biggest hockey fans at the Frozen Four

Hockey on television, at least the discussion of it, is often so caught up on the business side of things. We get into how television ratings are doing, who’s televising the games, how much the games are being covered by other networks. What we don’t talk about much is the technical side of it, which I think is a bit of a shame, because it’s an interesting process. I attended...
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Your Tupac Moment of Zen… Brought To You By Jim Tressel

For every dark night, there's a brighter day -Tupac Shakur #QuietTime — Jim Tressel (@JimTressel5) April 15, 2014
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Joakim Noah hates snow in April just like you do

It’s been a brutal winter across America, one of the worst and longest on record.  We’ve experienced double digit negative temperatures in the midwest and what has seemed to be constant snowfall.  And now it’s April 15th and it’s snowing again.  Two days ago it was 80 degrees.  Seriously.  Now it’s 30 degrees and snowing.  MAKE UP YOUR MIND ANGRY WEATHER GODS!!! Bulls...
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Video: Here’s the most anti-climactic final out call ever

Here’s an amusing clip from last night’s Nationals-Marlins game.  Washington won 9-2 and Nats radio announcer Charlie Slowes seems to be caught off guard for the final out and calls it as a normal pitch until he realizes the game is actually over.  Either that, or he’s bored out of his mind for an April game against the Marlins, and who could blame him for that! So that’s...
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ESPN names World Cup hosts

Another day, another talent announcement from ESPN with regards to their World Cup coverage this summer.  This time, it’s the studio hosts that will guide viewers through the month long competition in Brazil. It can’t be underestimated how important the role of the studio hosts were in ESPN’s acclaimed 2010 World Cup coverage from South Africa.  As far as ESPN personalities...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for April 15, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN College Basketball Texas-Arlington at Texas — Longhorn Network, 7 p.m. Kansas State at Nebraska — Big Ten Network, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma at Oklahoma State — Fox College Sports Central, 7:30 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: Spring Blitz — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 5 p.m. CONCACAF Champions League Final, Leg 1 Cruz Azul vs. Deportivo Toluca...
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ESPN MLB analyst says he was racially profiled by police

ESPN MLB analyst Doug Glanville is a smart, thoughtful individual.  After his 9 year baseball career concluded, he became a successful writer featured in the New York Times, ESPN.com, and Time and wrote a book entitled The Game From Where I Stand. It wasn’t a shock to see Glanville writing a column for The Atlantic, the shock came from the subject matter.  Glanville details an...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 4/14 – 4/20

Monday, April 14 Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (ESPN 7PM) Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels (ESPN 10PM) Karl Ravech, Rick Sutcliffe Tuesday, April 15 Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [alt: Pirates @ Reds] Wednesday, April 16 Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (MLBN 12:30PM) Local Broadcast [alt:...
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David Ortiz gets the SNL treatment

In light of the recent “scandal” involving David Ortiz’s sponsored-by-Samsung selfie with Barack Obama, Saturday Night Live decided to give the slugger the ol’ Weekend Update parody, and did so pretty brilliantly, we might add. Kenan Thompson does a killer Big Papi, and of course has to end the segment by taking another selfie. Bats for bats anyone? [H/T Gamedayr]
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Final Round Masters rating hits 10 year low

Without Tiger Woods, the 2014 Masters was always going to take a hit in the television ratings department.  Heading into Sunday though, it could have been much worse for CBS.  The final pairing of Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth presented two really good stories – Watson going for his second green jacket in three years and Spieth looking to become the youngest champion in tournament...
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Rate the local MLB announcers – AL East

The first in our series of grading the local MLB TV announcers takes us to the AL East. The American League East has an interesting set of announcers, with many familiar names and voices included within. But which teams do you like the most, and which do you despise? Give each broadcast crew a rating, and if you have strong opinions in either direction, let us know in the comments...
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Can we please stop publishing garbage from anonymous sources?

Incredibly, we’ve still got a month to kill before the 2014 NFL Draft.  With the combine long in the rearview mirror and weeks of manufactured debates between Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay on the horizon, it’s a time where the NFL media is grasping for something meaningful to talk about. Thus presents the dangerous intersection of people with too much time on their hands and...
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Draft Day was a bust at the box office

The mildly anticipated film Draft Day hit theaters this weekend, and it made $9.8 million at the box office. This can be seen with two different perspectives: 1) For a film with a surprisingly small budget of $20, a near-$10 million opening weekend isn’t bad; or 2) Kevin Costner can no longer carry a film to box office prominence. The second direction is where many critics went...
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Rate the local MLB TV announcers – an introduction

There are few things that baseball fans agree on. And throughout this series of rating the local TV announcers, we’re probably going to have quite a bit of divergent opinions. Homerism will likely also be in full swing, but we implore you to try to keep your own personal biases out of the equation. Over the next two weeks, we’re going to ask you, the Awful Announcing readers...
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Video: New York Knicks One Shining Moment

One Shining Moment is the beloved anthem of the NCAA Tournament.  After the tourney is finished, the highlights of March Madness are set to the Luther Vandross tune in one of the feel-good moments of the year. But why consign One Shining Moment to just a bunch of college kids?  Why not use it to ironically point out the failures of a high priced NBA team that is one of the biggest...
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Video: Jeff Francoeur pranked by teammates for one month

Jeff Francoeur has had a 10 year career in Major League Baseball. He’s played for five teams over that span, won a Gold Glove in 2007 and played in the 2010 World Series when he was with the Texas Rangers. Francoeur is currently on the Triple A level playing for San Diego’s El Paso affiliate. His teammates indoctrinated the man known as “Frenchy” by playing a month-long prank...
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Viewing Picks for April 14, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing Golden Boy Live, Chicago, IL Lightweights: Ronny Rios vs. Andrew Cancio — Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: Spring Blitz — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 5 p.m. ESPN Recruiting Nation: ESPN 300 Release Special — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. College Softball Florida State at Notre Dame — ESPNU, 7 p.m. ACC Monday Night Pregame...
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Your 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs first round schedule

The best time of the year for hockey types like me is just a couple of days away. As the NHL’s season comes to a conclusion, the circuit quickly put out the postseason schedule for round one. There is one observation worth making: you can tell that perhaps the Canadian networks got a bit of the short shrift. Not only does CBC not get the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday nights during...
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Bo Pelini and his cat give us the best sports moment of the year

Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini has shown a surprisingly self-deprecating side in recent weeks.  This new side of the steely coach centers around his interaction with one of the best parody accounts on Twitter – @FauxPelini.  We’ve already seen the coach interact with his doppelganger before, but during Saturday’s spring game, the Nebraska coach took it to another...
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AA Top 10: Favorite local MLB TV announcers

This week at Awful Announcing, we’re going to start a series where we’ll let you, the loyal AA readers, grade each and every local MLB broadcast team in the league. As an appetizer to the main course that will begin on Monday, I decided it would be a good idea to brainstorm my ten favorite MLB broadcasters on television, both color and play-by-play. This list is in alphabetical...
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