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If it’s a day ending in “y,” it means Danny Kanell is trolling the SEC again

Slow night @SECNetwork??? Awful quiet on here… — Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) April 29, 2016 #SEC https://t.co/AFnC27wljm — Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) April 29, 2016 Yup, ESPN college football analyst and ESPN Radio co-host Danny Kanell gave his two cents during the NFL Draft after the first picks  went to schools outside of the Southeastern Conference. He loves...
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April 29, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPNews and NBA TV to simulcast tonight’s Toronto-Indiana playoff game

During the first round of the NBA Playoffs, ESPN controls Friday nights and certain weekend windows. In the case of having three games, normally ESPN would air two games and ESPN2 the other. Tonight, ESPN has that scenario with Toronto-Indiana, Miami-Charlotte and Portland-LA Clippers. The Mothership will take Miami-Charlotte and Portland-Clippers, but tonight is also Night 2 of...
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April 29, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN’s 2016 NFL Draft Report Card

One of our favorite yearly traditions at Awful Announcing is our yearly draft grades for ESPN and NFL Network recapping the first round of the NFL Draft. This is always such a big night for the networks and their football departments and aside from Louis Riddick’s addition, the crew has largely stayed the same over the last several years. So how did they fare this year? Production...
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April 29, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN president John Skipper fires back at departing talent narrative

With the exits of prominent personalities like Bill Simmons, Colin Cowherd and Keith Olbermann last year and Mike Tirico and Skip Bayless this week, there seems to be a “Decline and Fall of the ESPN Empire” narrative emerging. ESPN is fighting back hard against that, though, with president John Skipper taking the rare step of writing an ESPN Front Row piece: At ESPN, we have...
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April 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for April 29, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Western Bulldogs — FS2, 5:30 a.m. Adelaide Crows vs. Fremantle Dockers — Fox Soccer Plus, midnight BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJSuper Bantanweights Daniel Rosas vs. Jonathan Guzman — Spike, 9 p.m. Bundesliga Augsburg vs. Koln — FS2, 2:20 p.m. College Baseball Western...
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April 29, 2016  |  Discuss

How ESPN and NFL Network covered the Laremy Tunsil gas mask bong hit

This year’s draft got a rather unexpected narrative as top prospect Laremy Tunsil’s Twitter account posted a video of himself taking a fat bong rip out of a gas mask. If this is news to you, I’m sure you have many questions. I’m here to help. – Tunsil was all suited up and at the draft so this was an old video. Tunsil nor his agent has denied that it is him in the video...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Chris Mortensen did a “Dear Peyton” Gatorade commercial

Gatorade’s new “Dear Peyton” campaign has a variety of people impacted by Peyton Manning speaking into a camera about what he meant to them, and one of them is ESPN journalist Chris Mortensen. Mortensen has been on hiatus from the network since January while undergoing treatment for throat cancer, but still broke the story of Manning’s retirement in March. The video has Mortensen...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Audio: Curt Schilling says ESPN employs “some of biggest racists in sports”

Curt Schilling was known for his outrageous comments even during his ESPN tenure, and since being fired by Bristol last week, he’s dialed up the rhetoric even more and targeted much of it at his old employer. That pattern continued this week, as Schilling made a fiery one-hour guest appearance on a New York taping of Sirius XM’s conservative political show Breitbart News Wednesday...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

The partnership between Don Orsillo and Mark Grant is off to a great start

It’s been a whirlwind six months or so for San Diego Padres broadcaster Don Orsillo. He was unceremoniously dumped by NESN and the Boston Red Sox at the end of the 2015 season, and eventually landed with the Padres and Fox Sports San Diego as the successor to the legendary Dick Enberg. Orsillo and Enberg are on alternating schedules, and Orsillo is currently calling the team...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

NBC’s NASCAR reporter Rutledge Wood joins Kentucky Derby coverage

NASCAR on NBC viewers got familiar with Rutledge Wood last year. Wood reported on the sport’s tracks, unique locations and their fans. And with Wood waiting for the second season of NASCAR on NBC to begin in June, what better than to have him cover the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May? That’s right, the host of the U.S. version of Top Gear and Lost in Transmission...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Suinday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus told me that Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, who call the network’s...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

DirecTV eliminates extra charge to NFL Sunday Ticket customers to stream games online

NFL Sunday Ticket is an expensive out-of-market package for customers. Over the years, DirecTV’s owner, AT&T has attempted to maximize its base by allowing non-satellite provider subscribers to pay for the package by expanding it outside of its normal customers. Last season, the charges were as follows: NFL Sunday Ticket: $251.94 total ($41.99 per month) NFL Sunday Ticket...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

“Every Sports Debate Show Ever” has a hilarious take on Around the Horn

Remember last fall’s “Every Press Conference Ever” video from The Kicker (featuring Weird Al Yankovic!), a surprisingly-accurate take on press conferences, the people who attend them and the questions they ask? That team has a new clever video, this time taking on ESPN’s “Around The Horn” (and really, a lot of debate shows) with “Reaction Time, presented by Sports Drink...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Fox’s splashy B1G deal reminiscent of Fox’s 1993 NFL deal

When I was a kid, Fox was kind of a backwater television network. It aired something like seven original shows that I can recall off the top of my head: The Simpsons – The same ones you know today In Living Color – Raunchy sketch comedy show that launched the career of Tommy Davidson Married With Children – Before you knew Ed O’Neill as the dogged reporter who brought down...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Raul Ibanez is joining ESPN as an MLB analyst after Curt Schilling’s departure

There’s been a lot of news recently amongst ESPN’s MLB analyst ranks, largely thanks to the unceremonious firing of the controversial and polarizing Curt Schilling.  But with that subtraction, ESPN is also making an addition.  Former All-Star and former Fox Sports analyst Raul Ibanez will be joining ESPN in a multi-year deal to work on Baseball Tonight and in the broadcast...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

MLB Network’s Dan Plesac struggles with studio dugout step

MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac picked up three All-Star births over the course of an 18 year career.  That’s a lot of experience.  But even with that kind of longevity in the game, there are still some things about baseball that are truly difficult to master – like exiting the dugout without faceplanting. The post MLB Network’s Dan Plesac struggles with studio dugout step...
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Viewing Picks for April 28, 2016

All Times Eastern College Baseball LSU at Mississippi — SEC Network, 7 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. Gonzaga at BYU — BYUtv, 8 p.m. Arizona at USC — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Arizona/Pac-12 Los Angeles, 10 p.m. College Baseball Live — ESPNU, 7 p.m. College LacrosseWomen’sACC Tournament, Lane Stadium, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VAQuarterfinals...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Charles Barkley apologizes to Rockets’ owner, CEO, and GM—but not the team

TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley has long been known for his strong opinions on people in sports, and he let some of those fly Sunday night after the Houston Rockets’ Game 4 loss to the Golden State Warriors, blasting CEO Tad Brown (“Toad Smith”) and GM Daryl Morey (“Daryl Moronic”) for their tweets as well as owner Leslie Alexander. Barkley walked that back on Tuesday...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Anonymous scout’s “Eli Apple can’t cook” is a new low for scouts, journalism

In the days ahead of any draft, and particularly the NFL draft, there are always a wave of stories of anonymous scouts questioning prospects for a variety of bizarre reasons. The latest, and one of the weirdest yet, is an anonymous NFL scout telling Bob McGinn of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple is a risk thanks to his lack of cooking prowess: 3...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith talk Bayless’ exit on First Take

Wednesday’s episode of ESPN’s First Take was an unusual one, given that it was the first show after Tuesday’s announcement that Bayless would be leaving ESPN after the NBA Finals. The show opened with a brief discussion of Bayless’ exit, but no official confirmation that he is in fact headed to Fox. Instead, it mostly focused on Molly Qerim and Stephen A. Smith saying nice...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Dan Le Batard on ESPN exits: “You leave, you’re going to get lost”

Skip Bayless’ pending move from ESPN to Fox has caused some to wonder if Bristol is really still the top destination for big-name sports media personalities, especially when you add it to the list of other notable exits such as Bill Simmons, Keith Olbermann, Colin Cowherd and now even Mike Tirico. ESPN host Dan Le Batard apparently takes strong exception to this idea, though, ranting...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

The NHL local TV announcer rankings

Recently, we ran a series of articles asking hockey fans to grade their local announcers. You responded in a big way and the result is the extremely thorough, totally scientific rankings you’ll find below. The votes were tallied and weighed on a four-point scale: A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1 and F = 0. From there, we calculated the average score based on the total votes and pulled...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Reporter who asked Draymond Green about Houston flooding was fired

After Game 4 of the Warriors-Rockets Western Conference Quarterfinals series, a reporter asked Warriors forward Draymond Green about the flooding in Houston. Green shot down the reporter’s question, and the reporter was thoroughly shamed on social media after the incident. It’s now been revealed that the reporter in question was fired shortly after the press conference. The...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Twitter is interested in more sports streaming deals

The NFL’s streaming deal with Twitter earlier this month blew the minds of many across the sports landscape. The NFL? Streaming games live on…Twitter? It seemed incomprehensible. But if Twitter CFO Anthony Noto is to be believed, Twitter isn’t going to stop at the NFL, and wants to create similar partnerships with other sports leagues, and possibly their network partners as...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

NESN’s Elle Duncan set to join ESPN as SportsCenter anchor

Awful Announcing has learned that ESPN will be adding NESN anchor Elle Duncan as a SportsCenter anchor, and will soon announce the hiring. Duncan has been with NESN since 2014, hosting both NESN Live and NESN Sports Today. Prior to her work in Boston, Duncan worked for Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, WXIA, and was a sideline reporter for the Atlanta Hawks. Duncan also worked as an...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss
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