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Hawk Harrelson may cut back his road broadcast schedule

Chicago White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson, one of the most polarizing and recognizable voices in the game today, may be scaling back his road broadcast schedule in 2015, following in the footsteps of Vin Scully and Bob Uecker (among others), who have famously cut back in recent years. According to a report by the Chicago Tribute, Harrelson said that he is “considering” cutting...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam hasn’t been a distraction, but the media has

The St. Louis Rams have completed their preseason and now the wait begins for rookie defensive end Michael Sam as it does for hundreds of other players around the NFL.  In that regard, Sam is just like the scores of rookies that are anxiously awaiting their fate as NFL teams make their final roster cutdown to the 53 men that will open the regular season. But we all know that Sam...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

How ESPN Crunched the Pac-12 Competition

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy partner site The Student Section, which is Bloguin’s national college sports site.  Occasional AA contributor Allen Kenney writes a media column at TSS and this week he looks at how ESPN’s maneuvering impacted the Pac 12 Network and more. Two years after its launch, I’ve never seen a second of the Pac-12 Network. Apparently, I’m not...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow’s got impressions of Steve Spurrier

Tim Tebow’s full-time SEC Network analyst debut went fairly well by all accounts. The highlight was this impression of Steve Spurrier trying and failing to recruit him to South Carolina. Spurrier probably could have used Tebow last night as his Gamecocks were destroyed in the home opener by Texas A&M.  Hopefully this is a new beginning for Tebow as he can finally grow out...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Rogers announces hockey broadcast team with lots of familiar faces from CBC

Rogers, with their multi-billion dollar monopoly on nationally-broadcast NHL action in Canada, has been announcing the broadcast team for their eons of games in pieces throughout the summer. We broke the story that they’d brought over former TSNers Paul Romanuk and Dave Randorf for their play-by-play squad along with lead CBC play-by-play man Jim Hughson. Other hires have broken...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for August 29, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Carlton Blues vs. Essendon Bombers — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. College Field Hockey Fairfield at Cal — Pac-12 Networks, 3:30 p.m. Delaware at Stanford — Pac-12 Networks, 6 p.m. College Football BYU at UConn — ESPN, 7 p.m. Jacksonville State at Michigan State — Big Ten Network, 7:30 p.m. Bowling Green at Western Kentucky — CBS...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul Finebaum is already destroying things on SEC Network

You’d think a billion dollar entity like ESPN could at least afford a desk that didn’t pull apart like it was made of Legos.  Either that, or Paul Finebaum has superhuman strength we aren’t aware of… Gif via Mocksession
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Robbie Hummel can’t get any love from his own team over hip-hop album

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Robbie Hummel announced yesterday via Instagram that he is releasing a hip-hop album this fall: Excited to announce that I’ve been in the studio grinding and have finally finished my first hip hop studio album, ROB: Road to Redemption. Look for it in stores and on iTunes this fall. #getmysnareup #turnmyheadphonesup!!! That’s…interesting (?), but...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The 9 Biggest Media Questions for the College Football Season

With the college football season kicking off in full tonight, we’re here to break down the nine biggest media questions for the upcoming campaign.  Sorry for breaking internet listicle law and not getting to ten… 1) Can Chris Fowler fill Brent Musburger’s shoes? The biggest media storyline for 2014 is in the main ESPN booth where Chris Fowler steps in for Brent Musburger...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Greg Amsinger called Buster Posey’s walk off homer

During the end of the Rockies-Giants game, MLB Tonight anchor Greg Amsinger said that he “got that feeling in my bad knee” about Buster Posey, inferring that he’d hit a walk off. As Juan Nicasio began his delivery to the plate, Amsinger then predicted we’d be hearing a Duane Kuiper home run call. Sure enough… That is pretty awesome, and the in studio reaction of Amsinger...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Another Baseball Prospectus writer has been hired by an MLB team

At some point, you simply need to applaud Baseball Prospectus for the incredible amount of writing talent that the site is generating. Another former BP staffer has been hired by an MLB team – national prospect writer Jason Parks, heading to the Cubs as a scout. Parks was actually promoted into his former role by BP to replace Kevin Goldstein, who was hired by the Astros two years...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Stewart mocks ESPN’s Michael Sam report

Running out the clock on the news cycle’s reporting on ESPN’s Michael Sam “not showering with other dudes to be respectful” “story” means we’re going to hear from many of the usual parties that comment on such things. Jon Stewart, ever the sports fan that he is, weighed in on the story on last night’s Daily Show. He then enlisted correspondent Samantha Bee in a second...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

You can literally watch paint dry on the Maple Leafs website

Only in Canada… The front page of the Toronto Maple Leafs' website right now. Hockey in Canada is different. pic.twitter.com/qKViNDE9mr — Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) August 28, 2014 The captivating footage from the live stream is as exciting as it sounds… For all of you that say you’d rather watch paint dry than ________, this is your test to see if that’s truly...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

John Anderson thinks USC is a “clown college”

In the aftermath of the Josh Shaw story that has turned from inspirational to disappointing (to say the least) in shockingly quick fashion, more questions have risen about USC’s ongoing, seemingly never-ending drama. While anchoring SportsCenter on Wednesday night, John Anderson didn’t mince words while talking with Danny Kanell, calling USC a “clown college”. When Anderson...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

You can now own every single 30 for 30

The fifth anniversary of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series will be celebrated with the release of a “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” on November 25th, 2014. If you’re a fan of 30 for 30 (which you obviously should be) and you’ve been holding off on buying the individual sets, now is your chance to secure all of ESPN’s special productions in one complete package. The...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

WFAN personality says “you know” 9 times in 1 question

We all have our verbal tics, but I haven’t quite heard one as dramatic as the following… especially in a profession that relies solely on verbal communication.  In this clip, WFAN’s Marc Malusis says “you know” 9 times in the span of 22 seconds. NINE times! I have no idea how “you know” became the go-to verbal tic, but here we are.  Unless you listen for these kinds...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dish and Fox Sports 1 have struck a deal to show college football

Last week we told you about a strange dispute between Fox Sports 1 and Dish Network that focused on the network’s college football offerings.  Disagreements between providers and networks are now commonplace on the media landscape, but rarely do they ever target specific programming.  The threat of a blackout for Dish customers threatened the opening weekend of the college football...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Your Week 1 College Football Announcing Schedule

The college football season is finally here! As always, below you will find the dates, times, and announcers for every week’s games at Awful Announcing. A huge thank you to Daniel Ormsby for his help compiling the schedule for us. You can visit his site at Eye on Sky and Air Sports. There’s so many media storylines to watch this year – shuffling announcer lineups at ESPN, Chris...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for August 28, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football Viewing Picks CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage Waterhouse FC vs. Tauro — Univision Deportes, 8 p.m. Alajuelense vs. Chorrillo — Univision Deportes, 10 p.m. Cycling Vuelta a España Stage 6: Benalmádena to La Zubia — Universal Sports, 10 a.m. Golf European PGA Tour Italian Open, Circolo Golf, Turin, Italy1st Round — Golf Channel, 5...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Anti-Semitic joke gets longtime Chargers announcer suspended

We all say stupid s—. At least most of us do. I do, that’s for sure. Usually, the stupid s— we say is said with no ill-will, but it’s stupid and offensive nonetheless. Most of the time, when these stupid moments happen, the consequences are limited. That’s because most of us aren’t being recorded by live microphones. Unfortunately for San Diego Chargers radio voice Hank...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Fisher is still pissed at ESPN over that foolish Michael Sam shower report

ESPN has apologized for an embarrassing segment in which reporter Josina Anderson spent over 30 seconds analyzing Michael Sam’s showering habits within the St. Louis Rams’ dressing room, but Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is still pissed. From Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I’m extremely disappointed in her piece,” Fisher [said] on Wednesday, not long before the...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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