The fallout continues over the firing of former ESPN producer Jamie Horowitz from The Today Show, in what is becoming one of the more bizarre stories of the year.
Horowitz, the man credited in building First Take into the unstoppable monster it is today, was fired just days before he officially started his job as senior vice president and general manager of the Today brand....
The boss-est of boss moves out of @SeanGrandePBP pic.twitter.com/K9C2x0RwTP
— Connor (@CMIslesBlog) November 20, 2014
Boston Celtics radio voice Sean Grande played an awesome prank on his television cohorts last night, photobombing this picture of television announcers Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine with a sign that read, “Support artists listen to the game on radio.”...
For the last few months, the future of TNA Impact Wrestling was in question. Contract negotiations with Spike, its current TV home, had gone poorly, and a return to the network seemed doubtful after the beginning of the new year. But on Wednesday, TNA announced their new cable home for 2015: Discovery’s Destination America.
Wait – what the hell is Destination America?
On Tuesday, we told you that United States men’s national team and Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron would become the second active Premier League player to work for NBC as a commentator. He’ll be calling the Crystal Palace-Liverpool match with Arlo White on CNBC (due to Formula One overruns) on Sunday morning. He joins Tim Howard as the active, American players to work for the...
File another one under “stupid tweets that might cost someone their career.”
ESPNU student reporter Marisa Martin decided that last night’s active shooter on the Florida State University campus was just the right opportunity to try out some new comedy lines. Three FSU students were shot and the gunman was killed by police. But that didn’t stop Martin from trying to...
All Times Eastern
BaseballExhibition, Okinawa Cellular Stadium, Okinawa, Japan
MLB All-Stars vs. Team Japan — MLB Network, 4 a.m.
2K Classic, Madison Square Garden, New York, NYSemifinals
Iowa vs. Texas — ESPN2, 7 p.m.
Cal vs. Syracuse — ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.
Charleston Classic, TD Arena, Charleston, SC
USC vs. Akron — ESPN3, 12:30 p.m.
Drexel vs. Miami...
Thursday, November 20
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders, NFLN 8:25 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson
Sunday, November 23
Detroit Lions at New England Patriots, FOX 1 pm, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Erin Andrews
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears, FOX 1 pm, Thom Brennaman, David Diehl & Laura Okmin
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings, FOX 1 pm, Kenny Albert...
Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams have the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy.
Byes: NY Jets, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Dallas
1. Green Bay (Milwaukee market) (Fox) - 51.6
Yet again, the Packers topped our rankings, setting a new season high and the...
After listening to Mike Francesa wax poetically about his snowblower, isn’t any wonder that he’s the king of New York sports talk radio and gained national syndication? This is just broadcast magic.
The post Mike Francesa is obsessed with his snowblower appeared first on Awful Announcing.
You may have noticed that your local NBA franchise has begun streaming games in-market. yes, it’s true and that’s a big change from previous seasons when you could watch your local games only through your TV set. Now, the NBA has quietly launched in-market streaming thanks to agreements with Fox in 17 NBA markets including YES in New York and NBC’s Comcast SportsNet channels...
Sometimes when you are a professional athlete or high-profile celebrity, you need to understand the power of fame. Unfortunately, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell is yet to fully grasp the concept that telling somebody to kill themselves is not a terrific idea, especially on Twitter. The Steelers apparently agree, telling Mitchell to stay off all social media platforms indefinitely...
A new This is SportsCenter commercial has been released by ESPN, and it stars James Harden of the Houston Rockets. There’s also a cameo from Astros mascot Orbit, which is pretty awesome.
Kenny Mayne showing up at the beginning makes me all sorts of happy. Kudos to ESPN for not shoehorning in the awful, completely beaten to death “Houston, we have a problem” line.
Ed Note: This is Part II of a college basketball media roundtable along with our friends at Bloguin’s college sports hub The Student Section. You can read Part I here that focused on how to improve the sport on television and just how much we hate mandatory TV timeouts. Part II below focuses on the broadcasters themselves, including our current and former favorite announcing...
Last night, No. 5 (but not for long) Kansas was thoroughly embarrassed last night by No. 1 Kentucky, 72-40.
Kansas head coach Bill Self took the loss like most normal people with a request for liquor.
Bill Self could use a drink after that loss to Kentucky. https://t.co/oLrlqFH10n
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 19, 2014
During the press conference, Self also mentioned...
Here at Awful Announcing, several of our staffers are huge fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones. And while we’re waiting for Season 5 to premiere in the spring (and The Winds of Winter to get published, which will probably take half a lifetime), we thought it would be fun to compare characters from the show to ESPN talent. Especially given some of the cutthroat happenings and various...
It’s an interesting scenario for NASCAR with Kevin Harvick’s first championship victory at Homestead last weekend.
The good news is that ratings for the final race and for the 10 race Chase for the Cup did not take another tumble and stayed mostly flat versus the last few years.
The bad news is that the new Chase for the Cup format was not able to draw a meaningful increase...
The “Black Grantland” site of Jason Whitlock at ESPN.com is gaining real momentum for the first time. After making just one public hire in more than a year, ESPN has tripled the staff this week. First, Bristol hired veteran Washington Post columnist Mike Wise. Now, Whitlock’s “Black Grantland” is beginning to fill out the staff by making three hires with writers from...
At @KESQ it's not breaking news until it's DEADLY BREAKING NEWS pic.twitter.com/9h7tpBxVeZ
— Jay Onrait (@JayOnrait) November 19, 2014
And you thought our definition of “breaking news” was slipping away in the 24/7 media world. Now it’s being taken to the next level with DEADLY BREAKING NEWS.
Who thinks of these things? Just don’t let CNN get a hold of this banner...
For years, Floyd Mayweather has danced around the ring and avoided punches, perhaps only dodging Manny Pacquiao with more consistency. After years of trying to get these two megastars in the ring together but failing miserably, it appears another attempt is being made, with HBO and Showtime willing to work together on a pay-per-view event, per Edward Chaykovsky of TheBoxingScene...
All Times Eastern
College BasketballMen’sNIT Tip-Off
St. Joseph’s at Gonzaga — ESPNU, 11 p.m.
Oklahoma at Creighton — Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.
Wisconsin-Green Bay at Wisconsin — Big Ten Network, 9 p.m.
Southern Virginia at BYU — BYUtv, 9 p.m.
Cal-Irvine at Arizona — Pac-12 Networks, 9 p.m.
Wake Forest at Arkansas — SEC Network, 9 p.m.
Oral Roberts at Missouri — SEC...
Tuesday, November 18
San Jose Sharks vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
Wednesday, November 19
Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
Thursday, November 20
Minnesota Wild vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. ET (NHL Net) - Local Announcers
Saturday, November 22
Tiger Woods is no stranger to media feuds, but this one will be the most controversial yet as he’s targeted legendary sportswriter Dan Jenkins with a first-person piece at The Players’ Tribune entitled “Not True, Not Funny.”
In the latest issue of Golf Digest, Jenkins published a satirical interview with a fake Tiger Woods imagining how an interview might play out. The...
There’s no love lost between longtime New York Daily News NFL scribe Gary Myers and former Giants running back turned media personality Tiki Barber. After trading shots through the media years ago, they met on Barber’s CBS Sports Radio morning show and things turned nasty quickly.
The animosity between Barber and Myers dates back to 2006. Back then, Myers was critical of...
Last night, during the Memphis Grizzlies 119-93 win over Houston, Justin Timberlake sent a simple tweet of support that led some poor sap to question the legitimacy of Timberlake’s fandom. The result was a decisive take down:
“@JamesStendebach: "@jtimberlake: Grizzlies."
Uh… I'm from Memphis and I'm an owner. Anyone else? #WigSnatch
— Justin Timberlake...
ESPN has typically been scheduling a college basketball 30 for 30 film in the 9 PM timeslot following the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field on Selection Sunday. This is the timeslot that has been home to The Fab Five, Survive and Advance, and Requiem for the Big East. This year, the Selection Sunday timeslot is once again sticking to the college basketball theme with I Hate...