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NBA Finals ratings still ahead of last year through four games

As we approach our first elimination game of the 2014 NBA Finals, ABC, ESPN and the Association have a good reason to be pleased through the first four games. As San Antonio blew out Miami on Thursday, viewership on ABC averaged 14.964 million viewers and garnered a 9.3 rating. Those are both good numbers and won the night for ABC over all competition. However, there are a couple...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The man behind the Los Angeles Kings Twitter account

It all started with this tweet during the 1st round of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs after the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks. That tweet made the Los Angeles Kings twitter account a must-follow and it has continued to be that way for two years. Throughout that time, we never knew who was behind the humorous and sometimes, snarky tweets, but LA Weekly magazine caught...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Gruden and Jay Gruden hanging out is not that big a deal

Jon Gruden, lead analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, is now the brother of an NFL head coach, as you may have heard. Jon’s brother Jay now leads Washington’s football club and their star QB, Robert Griffin III. Washington will appear twice on MNF this season, and this is an issue of great consternation for some. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wrote a post on the...
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Part of the Stanley Cup Final is going to stay on cable, and that’s fine

Twitter is an interesting place. It’s the social media app of the future, guaranteeing us an instant connection with hundreds of millions of people around the world. Yet… so many of them complain to me about a hockey game airing on cable television twice a year. Yes, the fact that NBCSN broadcasts two games in every Stanley Cup Final is still somehow an issue of contention...
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Viewing Picks for June 15, 2014

All Times Eastern 24 Hours of Le Mans Day 2 — Fox Sports 2, 2 a.m. & 7:30 a.m. Australian Rules Football Essendon Bombers vs. Melbourne Demons — Fox Sports 2, 2:30 a.m. College Baseball NCAA College World Series, TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE TCU vs. Texas Tech — ESPN2, 3 p.m. Virginia vs. Mississippi — ESPN2, 8 p.m. Cycling Tour de Suisse, Switzerland Stage 2: Bellinzona...
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Viewing Picks for June 15, 2014

All Times Eastern 24 Hours of Le Mans Day 2 — Fox Sports 2, 2 a.m. & 7:30 a.m. Australian Rules Football Essendon Bombers vs. Melbourne Demons — Fox Sports 2, 2:30 a.m. College Baseball NCAA College World Series, TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE TCU vs. Texas Tech — ESPN2, 3 p.m. Virginia vs. Mississippi — ESPN2, 8 p.m. Cycling Tour de Suisse, Switzerland Stage 2: Bellinzona...
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is off to a very good start

So, did you think that this year’s World Cup might be an event you can ignore? Well, think again. Based on the combined viewership numbers for ESPN and Univision, it could very well be a hit for both networks. For the opening game of the World Cup, Brazil vs. Croatia, the combined audience for ESPN and Univision averaged 9.5 million viewers. ESPN drew an average of 4.4 million...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The world needs Ray Hudson’s World Cup commentary

Down 2-0 in the second half of their opening World Cup game against Colombia, Greece’s Theofanis Gekas missed a wide open header off the crossbar. This was Ray Hudson’s reaction, as only he could put it. Gekas!!! Made a big red baboons ass out of that! Miss of the tournament so far! — Ray Hudson (@RayHudson) June 14, 2014
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CNN reporter hurt by tear gas at World Cup protests

Ever since the Confederations Cup, we have known that there is a distinct faction of Brazilians that have very little interest in their nations spending billions to host a soccer tournament in which they will see very little of the profit. We can enjoy the World Cup for its entertainment as sport and also see the corruption and injustices that have been brought on by its very existence...
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Cam Neely to reprise role in Dumb and Dumber To?

Who can forget Cam Neely flexing his acting muscles as Sea Bass in the cinematic gem Dumb and Dumber? Well, now that Dumb and Dumber To is a real thing that is actually happening with an official trailer and release date, we’re waiting with baited breath to see whether or not Neely will reprise his role as bully Sea Bass. In an interview with the Boston Herald’s Jen Royle, Neely...
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Landon Donovan pokes fun at his USMNT omission

The Awful Announcing staff always appreciates when an athlete or an announcer displays a sense of humor. For Landon Donovan, no one could blame him if he chose to pout for being cut from the US Men’s National World Cup team and perhaps give a shot or two to coach Jurgen Klinsmann while working for ESPN. Instead, Donovan is poking fun at his situation as he stays home to play games...
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Video: CBC cuts out, switches to NBC during Stanley Cup celebration

Canada’s national broadcaster had a bizarre technical glitch that very nearly came at the worst possible time. CBC’s feed dropped and suddenly switched to a split-screened version of the NBC broadcast in the immediate aftermath of the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup victory over the New York Rangers in double overtime early on Saturday morning. They showed the game-winning goal...
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Viewing Picks for June 14, 2014

All Times Eastern 24 Hours of Le Mans Day 1 — Fox Sports 1, 8:30 a.m./Fox Sports 2, 4 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Arena Football Spokane Shock at San Jose Saber Cats — CBS Sports Network, 10:30 p.m. Australian Rules Football Adelaide Crows vs. North Melbourne Kangaroos — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. Boxing Boxing After Dark, New York, NY Junior Welterweight Title Bout Chris Algieri...
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Kings fan wears heels on ice, regrets it

Wearing high heels onto ice is not advisable. L.A. is very much a hockey town, with very loyal, committed fans. This team and its fans fought through decades of hardship, the arrival and departure of Wayne Gretzky and these jerseys to win two Stanley Cups in three seasons. While the interviews and celebrations were happening on the ice after Alec Martinez’s game winner, family...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Did Rick Reilly just send one of the worst sports tweets ever?

Martin Kaymer v 2014 U.S. Open = Germany v 1939 Poland — Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) June 13, 2014 Yes. Looks like he gave up writing his weekly column just in time.
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Brazil-Croatia is ESPN’s best World Cup opener on record

America is ready to catch World Cup fever early in 2014. ESPN’s opening broadcast of the Brazil-hosted tournament, between the host nation and Croatia, drew a 3.2 overnight rating. That’s up 52% from the South Africa-Mexico opener in 2010 (which drew a 2.1 overnight rating). ESPN has only been keeping overnight figures since 1998, but that marks the best overnight rating ever...
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MLB Network, NBATV, Golf Channel, and NFL Network Ratings Buzz: June 2-8

Ed Note: We’re pleased to welcome Douglas Pucci to Awful Announcing, who you might know better as Son of the Bronx.  Douglas built an impressive database of public ratings for television networks that were an invaluable resource for those interested in the media world.  At AA, he will have the Top 10 programs from each of the sports networks every week, as well as data trends...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: June 2-8

Ed Note: We’re pleased to welcome Douglas Pucci to Awful Announcing, who you might know better as Son of the Bronx.  Douglas built an impressive database of public ratings for television networks that were an invaluable resource for those interested in the media world.  At AA, he will have the Top 10 programs from each of the sports networks every week, as well as data trends...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: June 2-8

Ed Note: We’re pleased to welcome Douglas Pucci to Awful Announcing, who you might know better as Son of the Bronx.  Douglas built an impressive database of public ratings for television networks that were an invaluable resource for those interested in the media world.  At AA, he will have the Top 10 programs from each of the sports networks every week, as well as data trends...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Skip Bayless plays the victim card in another candidate for the worst column ever

Skip Bayless wrote a terrible column about LeBron James.  This is not earth-shattering news in any way.  In fact, it’s probably the most predictable thing you will see all day.  And this came before Miami got smashed by San Antonio in Game 4 of the NBA Finals to fall down 3-1 in the series. What is newsworthy is the depths to which Bayless and ESPN continue to sink in the lowest...
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Angry Brazilian fans attacked the wrong Marcelo after own goal

Brazil beat Croatia 3-1 in the opening game of the World Cup, but there was still some moments of angst for the home nation.  Croatia struck first thanks to an own goal from Marcelo.  The Real Madrid fullback put a cross into his own net and Brazilian fans were understandably irate, if just for a moment. However, as tends to be the case when that anger spills onto Twitter, those...
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Video: Stuart Scott and Kawhi Leonard have fantastic interview exchange

Kawhi Leonard has been a breakout performer during Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 3-1 series lead over the Miami Heat.  Leonard scored a career high 29 points in Game 3 and followed it up with 20 and 14 in Game 4. In his third season, the forward from San Diego State is a known quantity among those who follow the league, but may be unknown to...
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Real Tweets from Real People – Chris Berman circles the wagons at the US Open

With this being ESPN’s last year televising golf’s US Open, it’s also the last opportunity to hear Chris Berman call a major championship golf tournament. Berman’s assignment at the US Open is traditionally the most derided on the sports calendar.  It’s an unnatural fit that defies explanation.  A man that has made a living off of yelling “WHOOP!” noises and creating...
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Sage Steele shakes her head at Bill Simmons’ pouting

On the ESPN NBA Finals postgame show/SportsCenter, there was a brief moment of awkward tension on the main set.  After sitting silently for the majority of the show, Bill Simmons made it known that he didn’t appreciate having to wait his turn to speak.  His first comments to a nationwide audience were, “Do I get to speak now, it’s been like 10 minutes?” Now, ESPN is trying...
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Viewing Picks for June 13, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Carlton Blues vs. Hawthorn Hawks — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. Richmond Tigers vs. Fremantle Dockers — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. Sydney Swans vs. Port Adelaide Power — Fox Soccer Plus, midnight AFL Highlights — Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m. College Baseball 2014 NCAA College World Series, Omaha, NE Press Conference — ESPNU, noon &...
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