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AA Q&A: Chris Spielman on Bowl Season, The B1G, and the Spielman Fund

Few people have had as decorated a playing career at the high school, college, and NFL level as Chris Spielman.  The former Ohio State linebacker has served for the last decade as an ESPN college football analyst and he was kind enough to spend a few moments with us today to talk about the upcoming bowl season that starts tomorrow.  You can view the entire bowl schedule along with...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Who is the longest tenured NFL announcer on national television?

Before we answer that, who would you guess as the man who has called National Footbball League games on network television for the longest period of time? Would you guess Pat Summerall? Dick Enberg? Dick Stockton? Maybe even the late Charlie Jones? While each of those would be good choices, in each case, you would be wrong. Neither man is the longest-tenured NFL announcer on national...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

CBS, ESPN, Fox up as college football season winds down

With the bowl season beginning this weekend, it's a good time to recap the overall ratings for college football in 2013. CBS, ESPN, and Fox finished up compared to 2012, while ABC and NBC were down. CBS averaged 7.4 million viewers for their SEC telecasts in 2013, a 20% jump from 2012 and its best season since 2001. ABC ranked second in total viewers, averaging 4.8 million...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

The Phillie Phanatic stars in "What's the Phanatic say?"

The Phillie Phanatic is one of our favorites here at AA, and the clip of him harassing Dick Enberg and Mark Grant from September was a riot. But this clip is a little different - the Phillies produced a "What Does the Fox Say" parody video starring the Phanatic. It's nowhere near as fantastic as the video put together by the Mavericks in October, but if you're a...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Charles Barkley is not amused by Inside the NBA antics

Inside the NBA has been the best studio show in sports for several years now and it's random moments of inspiration like this that are the reason why.  Watch as Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Shaq start doing their own drumline while Charles Barkley sits there totaly unimpressed.  Why is he being such a Grinch?  Did he have a bad experience in 6th Grade band?  That has to...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

College sports TV ratings will decline by paying players? Please.

The arguments against compensating college athletes are becoming less and less credible. Former CBS Sports President Neal Pilson, who is the go-to source for sports television executives from generations gone by, predicts that the television ratings for college football would decline around 15 to 20 percent if college athletes start receiving extra compensation in conjunction with...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Your 2012-2013 Bowl Game Announcing Schedule

Bowl season is upon us, where average to mediocre teams play largely meaningless games in front of small crowds for a couple weeks until the games that we actually care about take place! Ok, that may be a little harsh as there are actually some intriguing games before January 1st this year and plenty of decent BCS matchups before it all comes to a head January 6th in the final...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

AA Podcast #72 - Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated

We're back for Part II of our Year In Review Podcast Extravaganza Extraordinaire and once again we welcome the Vito Corleone of the sports media industry, Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated. The Year in Review podcast has become a tradition unlike any other at AA as we look back at the biggest stories, newsmakers, and industry trends in 2013. Topics include... -Media feuds...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 20, 2013

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men's Nicholls State at Indiana -- Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. Nebraska-Omaha at Minnesota -- Big Ten Network, 9 p.m. Women's Northwestern State at Texas -- Longhorn Network, 8 p.m. College Football NCAA Division III Championship Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, Salem, VA Mount Union vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater -- ESPNU, 7 p...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Arena Football is coming to ESPN in 2014

ESPN and the Arena Football League have agreed to a new broadcasting deal beginning in 2014. This multi-year contract will annually place more than 10 regular season and postseason games on the ESPN dial and more than 75 games on ESPN3. The latest contract between ESPN and the Arena Football League extends a storied partnership. ESPN televised the first ArenaBowl back in 1987...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Talking shop with MLB Network's Mark DeRosa: "I want to be great at something else"

Ed Note: This piece appears courtesy Bloguin's MLB blog The Outside Corner During his 16 seasons with eight different MLB teams, Mark DeRosa developed a reputation as a leader in the clubhouse and a sounding board for both veterans and younger players alike. After playing part-time for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013, DeRosa, 38 and a father of two, made the decision to retire...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

WWE in search of new landmark TV rights deal

Ed Note: AA is pleased to welcome one of the best WWE bloggers on the web, Arda Ocal, for coverage of the squared circle.  On Tuesday Marc Graser, a senior editor with Variety, published a detailed look at WWE's television rights and how the next few months could shake down. Looking into the points in this in detail, we see some interesting key talking points. ...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

The NFL could move the Super Bowl to Monday or Tuesday night

Every year we half-joke about the fact the Super Bowl should be a national holiday in the United States. But if the worst-case scenario sucker-punches the NFL in the face in early-February, the need for time off work on the day of the biggest game in American sports might become a little more urgent.  That's because the league says it is prepared to play the Super Bowl on...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

"Hey Cowturd!" Finebaum caller eviscerates Colin Cowherd

ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd was a guest on Paul Finebaum's show yesterday and apparently said some things that made Alabama football fans angry.  Get in line.  Anyways, one of those angry Alabama football fans, Phyllis, called in to the program and unleashed this barrage at Cowherd during one of many counseling sessions Finebaum has with his callers... When...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

John Koblin leaving Deadspin for New York Times

One of our favorites here at AA is on the move.  Deadspin's media writer and bane of Bristol John Koblin is leaving the website for the New York Times.  The news was first reported by Romenesko, who obtained internal e-mails from both Deadspin and the Times regarding the move.  Koblin will be leaving the sports media beat to become the new Style reporter for the grey lady...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

OKC sports anchor is having an unfortunate week on Twitter

Dean Blevins is the sports director at KWTV in Oklahoma City, and his last week on social media hasn't been a good one. Last Tuesday, Blevins tweeted "exclusive" contract details about Nick Saban to Texas, which were soon debunked. Texas source tells me: "Saban sitting on 10-yr deal worth $100M & 1% of #LonghornNetwork." Smart way 2 get cooperation...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

ESPN will cover the BCS title game like it's the last ever sporting event on Earth

ESPN is planning revolutionary coverage for this year's BCS title game between #1 Florida State and #2 Auburn like nothing the sports world has ever seen before.  Bristol is committing its full arsenal of resources, on-air talent, and networks to covering the game with what they're calling the "BCS Megacast."  The network announced plans to offer different feeds...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Twitter Wars: Grant Wahl vs The World

A Twitter fight that features two sportswriters trading haymakers in 140 characters is one of our favorite recurring features here at Awful Announcing.  Social media scraps are traditionally limited to two pugilists, but on rare occasion one person can become so empowered in a Twitter fight that they choose a larger opponent. Like Planet Earth. Enter Grant Wahl of Sports...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

2 of the 3 radio hosts who mocked Steve Gleason are employed again in Atlanta

One of the most vile, reprehensible, regrettable episodes of this year in sports was when 3 Atlanta radio hosts aired a vignette that mocked former Saints player Steve Gleason, who has been courageously fighting ALS.  The pre-planned bit featured hosts Steven "Steak" Shapiro, Chris Dimino, and Nick Cellini of 790 The Zone in Atlanta doing knock knock jokes with Cellini...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Did you know Anthony Morrow scored 137 points in an NBA game once?

During Wednesday night's Pelicans-Clippers telecast, Fox sideline reporter Jennifer Hale informed viewers that Pelicans reserve forward Anthony Morrow had a career high against the Clippers in the '08-'09 season with 137 points when he played for the Warriors.  She even repeated the fact to drive it home - 137 points!  Who knew!  You would think an NBA player breaking...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 19, 2013

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men's Iona at Dayton -- NBCSN, 7 p.m. UCLA vs. Duke at New York, NY -- ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Grambling at TCU -- Fox College Sports Pacific, 8 p.m. Southern at Arizona -- Pac-12 Networks, 9 p.m. USC at Long Beach State -- Fox College Sports Pacific, 10:30 p.m. College Football College GameDay -- ESPNU, 4 p.m. College Football...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez is working on a book deal

Our favorite victimized MLB player, Alex Rodriguez, is apparently in talks to write a tell-all book exposing the “full dirt of Major League Baseball’s tactics.” The New York Post's Page Six reports: “A number of publishers are vying for the book, with offers coming in over $5 million. Alex has met with several publishers over the past few weeks and has meetings...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Controversy dominates Google's most searched athletes of 2013

Google has released their lists of the most-searched athletes and teams of 2013, and each sport's top ten has more than its share of controversial names. The top ten athletes overall are Aaron Hernandez, Adrian Peterson, Kevin Ware, Jason Collins, Oscar Pistorius, Lamar Odom, Richie Incognito, Ray Lewis, Colin Kaepernick, and Lindsay Vonn. Of those ten, two (Hernandez and Pistorius...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Here's the Mike Francesa WWII parody you've been waiting for

First it was the Revolutionary War, then the Civil War, and finally the last in a triumvirate of Mike Francesa time period parodies - World War II.  The incomparable @BizzaroZaun has unleashed the sports pope upon the war to end all wars, but he's not going alone this time.  Chris Russo returns to bring Mike & The Mad Dog together again... at least in the realm of parody...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria interview Anchorman 2 cast members about baseball

The media blitz surrounding Anchorman 2 continued on this week. Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria sat down with various cast members from the film, including Will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Steve Carell, and quizzed them about various baseball terms. Amazingly, the interviews weren't done in character (as we've been seeing time and time again with the cast), and...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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