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ESPN really needs to reclassify what constitutes breaking news

BREAKING: COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER CHOOSES NEW NICKNAME. MORE ON TONIGHT’S SPORTSCENTER WITH A LIVE REPORT FROM COLLEGE STATION AS WELL AS A LIVE LOOK-IN AT JOHNNY MANZIEL’S TWITTER FEED TO SEE IF HE MIGHT TWEET SOMETHING THAT CAUSES US TO STOP EVERYTHING WE WERE PLANNING TO DO.  WHO ARE WE KIDDING, WE HAVE NO PLANS FOR TODAY OUTSIDE WATCHING JOHNNY MANZIEL’S TWITTER FEED....
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Your Week 1 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, September 4 NFL Kickoff 2014 Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, NBC 8:25 pm, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michelle Tafoya Sunday, September 7 New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, FOX 1 pm, Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch & Pam Oliver Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams, FOX 1 pm, Dick Stockton, Kirk Morrison & Kristina Pink Buffalo Bills at Chicago...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Madden glitch turns linebacker into munchkin

Glitches in EA games are par for the course nowadays. More often then not, videos will flood YouTube after the release of a sports game highlighting these hilarious glitches. But I think this glitch from Madden ’15 takes the cake – Titans linebacker Christian Kirksey is listed as one foot, two inches tall. Well, that’s unfortunate. Presumably, someone hit a one instead of...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Fox Sports 1 weirdness continues with Manny Pacquiao NFL ballad

Sometimes… Fox Sports 1 can just be weird.  There’s really no other word you can use to describe America’s Pregame bringing boxing great Manny Pacquaio on the program to sing a ballad about the NFL coming back this week. It’s just… weird. Pacquaio’s singing career is really one of the more perplexing tangents in the entire sports universe, but why would you have him...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Renegade touchscreen gets the best of Lindsay Czarniak

ESPN spent what amounts to a small island nation’s GDP to build their fancy new digital center to house SportsCenter.  The brand new state-of-the-art facility was supposed to bring SportsCenter into the modern age cost an estimated $125 million dollars. And with all that money being spent, they still couldn’t get a working touchscreen. Touchscreen 1, Lindsay Czarniak 0. Instead...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Leitch discusses his evolving role at Sports on Earth, Deadspin, and the state of sportswriting

The changes at Sports on Earth following the winding down of the USA Today/MLB Advanced Media partnership that ran it sparked plenty of discussion about where the site was headed. In an exclusive interview with Awful Announcing last week, MLBAM’s Dinn Mann said the plan was to continue forward with the site’s initial goal of providing high-quality sportswriting, but doing so...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

New SportsCenter commercial stars fantasy anchor draft

The “This is SportsCenter” campaign continually delivers fantastic 30-second commercial spots and the newest ad is no different.  The latest video features a fantasy draft starring NFL players Victor Cruz and Jimmy Graham as they select SportsCenter anchors.  Victor Cruz selects Kevin Negandhi, who turns out to be a “bust.”  There’s even a delightful gag at the expense...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cauldron picks up some new writers

If you’re not familiar with The Cauldron, you can be forgiven. The site launched back in June founded by New York Knicks beat writer Jamie O’Grady leading the way. It has picked up several writers along the way including Tim Ryan of The Big Lead, Andy Glockner of SI.com (currently its Executive Editor), Jim Cavan of Grantland, Robin Lundberg of ESPN Radio New York, Lauren Brownlow...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints opener under blackout threat on DirecTV in New Orleans

Blackouts are becoming more and more of a thorn in the side of sports fans.  In spite of archaic, restrictive national blackouts being under threat recently, blackouts are still hitting local markets around the country.  Nobody is safe.  Blackouts are the shadowy monsters of sports that always seem to be around the corner no matter where you live or who your provider is. Many...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for September 2, 2014

All Times Eastern Basketball FIBA 2014 Basketball World Cup Group Phase Group C, Bilbao, Spain New Zealand vs. United States — ESPN, 11:30 a.m. Group D, Gran Caneria, Canary Islands Republic of Korea vs. Slovenia — NBA TV, 2 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: The Experts — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPNU, 2:30 p.m. BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 9/1 – 9/7

Monday, September 1 – Labor DayPhiladelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves (ESPN 1 pm) Dave O’Brien, Aaron BooneDetroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians (ESPN 4 pm) Steve Levy, Eduardo PerezWashington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers (MLBN 8 pm) Bob Costas, Jim Kaat [alt: Rangers at Royals]Tuesday, September 2Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (MLBN 7 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Tigers...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The UFC is taking The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 in a different direction

The 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter will debut on September 10th on Fox Sports 1. The three seasons of the show to air on Fox Sports 1 have struggled in the ratings, continuing a trend that started near the end of the show’s tenure on Spike. Season 18, the first to air on Fox Sports 1 last fall, starred Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate as coaches, with both male and female bantamweight...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Bills player blames ESPN for Michael Sam being out of a job

Michael Sam being cut by the Rams wasn’t a tremendous surprise… but him being unsigned by any NFL team for their practice squad certainly is.  Sam played well in the preseason and was considered a shoo-in for the Rams practice squad at the very least, but they chose to stock extra bodies at different positions.  Now, sadly and predictably, Sam still waiting for the phone to...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The Top Five Moments of the U.S. Open on CBS

As CBS enters its final week of airing the U.S. Open, let’s look at some of the moments that have made the tennis tournament one of the signature events for the Tiffany Network. The U.S. Open stayed with CBS through some of the network’s best times and even during a period when it lost the NFL, college football and MLB. Now that US Tennis Association is ending its partnership...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for September 1, 2014

HAPPY LABOR DAY!! All Times Eastern Basketball 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Group Stage Group B, Sevilla, Spain Argentina vs. Philippines — NBA TV, 11:30 a.m. Group B, Sevilla, Spain Puerto Rico vs. Greece — NBA TV, 2 p.m. Group A, Grenada, Spain Brazil vs. Spain — NBA TV, 7 p.m. (same day coverage) College Football Miami (FL) at Louisville — ESPN, 8 p.m. CFB Daily —...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Turner layoffs may mean more cash for NBA rights

Last week, Turner Broadcasting began laying off 550 workers. It was a move to free up money for more original programming on its various networks such as TBS, TNT and tru TV, but also for sports rights. The biggest sports series on Turner is the NBA and with the company employing 16,000 people worldwide, the cuts have been made all over the place. Reporters at CNN and other Turner...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Leinart appears to be joining the Dark Side full-time

Last week, the Pac-12 Networks announced that Matt Leinart would join its on-air roster as a studio analyst. Combined with the fact that Leinart has also become a contributor to Fox Sports Live on Fox Sports 1 and it appears that the Heisman Trophy winner at USC and journeyman NFL quarterback has shucked the playing career in favor of joining media and the “Dark Side.” Leinart...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

College GameDay is back and with some goofy segments to boot!

The return of college football season means that College GameDay is back on Saturday mornings. It also means that some goofy segments to balance out some of the more serious discussion on the show. Face it, it’s sports, not a discussion over Ukraine and Russia. One of the funnier segments was to steal one of Jimmy Kimmel’s best features and that was to have coaches Nick Saban...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

NBCSN airing Transfer Deadline Day special on Monday

Transfer Deadline Day is one of the most exciting days on the sports calendar.  Last minute wheeling and dealing takes place all around the soccer world and the drama of potential signings going down to the last minute replicate what you would see at the trade deadline of an American sports league.  However, the levels of intrigue, surprise, and dollar amounts trading hands usually...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for August 31, 2014

All Times Eastern Basketball FIBA Basketball World Cup Group Phase Group B, Sevilla, Spain Argentina vs. Croatia — NBA TV, 7:30 a.m. Group A, Grenada, Spain Serbia vs. France — NBA TV, 9:30 a.m. Group A, Grenada, Spain Brazil vs. Iran — NBA TV, noon Group C, Bilbao, Spain Turkey vs. United States — ESPN, 3:30 p.m. College Football North Carolina A&T vs. Alabama A&...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Screengrab Snafu: The FIBA World Cup is off to an exciting start!

Doesn’t get much more thrilling than this action!  Who says we shouldn’t send our best players to this? Impressive @awfulannouncing pic.twitter.com/kV1TnkYfz1 — Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone) August 30, 2014
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2014 Little League World Series was the most-watched ever on ESPN

This year’s Little League World Series on ESPN had many intriguing storylines, mainly centering around Taney Dragons star pitcher Mo’Ne Davis and the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago that won the United States championship. But this year’s event wasn’t just a two story affair – the World Series as a whole was the most-watched and highest-rated Little League World...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Sports blogger fired for sexual advances over Twitter

Yahoo Sports’ blog network is a model that has been wildly successful and imitated all across the sports blogosphere.  It’s been one of the leading lights in the coming together of the mainstream sports media and the blogosphere.  Leading the line for Yahoo is their popular Puck Daddy NHL blog edited by Greg Wyshynski. On Friday Wyshynski announced the firing of writer Harrison...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

FIU bans their only beat reporter from covering team

ESPN SportsCenter anchor John Anderson made waves this week when he called USC’s football program a “clown college.”  While USC has had their issues off the field, the truth is that label would be kind when it comes to Florida International University’s football program.  If USC is a clown college, FIU is a mortician’s school.  At least clowns are funny. In its 12 years...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Josina Anderson gives surprising statement on Michael Sam report

Until late on Friday we’ve heard everyone’s opinion on Josina Anderson’s controversial Michael Sam report except the reporter herself.  Finally in the late afternoon on Friday* Anderson released a statement through ESPN’s PR website giving her side of the story. * The timing is interesting from ESPN considering late Friday afternoon news dumps on holiday weekends is a favored...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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