Viewing Picks for August 20, 2014

All Times Eastern Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, PA Double Elimination Japan vs. Republic of Korea — ESPN, 3 p.m. US West (Las Vegas, NV) vs. US Mid-Atlantic (Philadelphia) — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Basketball Exhibition, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY United States vs. Dominican Republic — NBA TV, 7 p.m. College Football College […]


#MACtion is staying on ESPN thanks to massive new contract

Everyone loves #MACtion. Thanks to some creative scheduling, the Mid American Conference has broken through the ranks of the have-nots in FBS college football.  If you’re not a part of the powers that be in the sport, it can be very tough to find relevancy.  However, thanks to their primetime games early in the week, the […]


Peter Gammons wasn’t having any of Chris Russo’s crap

Peter Gammons appeared on the MLB Network program High Heat with Christopher Russo, and the legendary sportswriter wasn’t about to lay down for Russo and take his crap. Gammons was very combative towards Russo during the seven minute segment, burying nearly every Russo point and getting in several snarky replies. The best part had to […]


Interview with Bart Scott of CBS’ The NFL Today

On Monday, CBS Sports held its annual NFL on CBS Media Day in New York allowing reporters to hear from the network’s announcers and analysts. Awful Announcing was there to talk to some of the people who will call and analyze the games during the 2014-15 season. Former New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens linebacker […]


Fox Sports says it had its most successful year in history

Television press releases are a funny beast.  They can be filled with breaking news announcements, subtle snipes at competitors, pie-in-the-sky optimism, and enough spin to cause you to collapse in a pile of your own vomit from the dizziness. As with any form of public relations, these proclamations represent the absolute best case scenario for the […]


Sports Illustrated is laying off writers based on advertising impact?

Something interesting is going on at Time Inc. right now. Apparently, they are laying off writers based on whether or not they are deemed beneficial to advertisers. This is especially the case at Sports Illustrated, where layoffs have been a major story in recent years. Gawker has more info: …an internal Time Inc. spreadsheet that […]


The Orioles-Nationals MASN dispute shows no signs of progress

The battle over the Nationals’ TV rights on MASN between the NL East leaders and the AL East leading Orioles isn’t going away any time soon. On Monday, a New York Supreme Court judge extended an injunction that he granted two weeks ago, barring the Nationals from receiving the increased rights fee that a panel […]


Viewing Picks for August 19, 2014

All Times Eastern Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, PA Consolation Game Canada vs. US Southeast (Nashville) — ESPN, noon Elimination Games Latin America vs. Mexico — ESPN, 3 p.m. US Southwest (Pearland, TX) vs. US Great Lakes (Chicago) — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. American Legion World Series, Shelby, North Carolina ESPNU, 7 p.m. College Football […]


The 2014 College Football Media Roundtable

Ed Note: The following roundtable discussion appears courtesy our friends at Bloguin’s college sports hub The Student Section.  Matt Zemek and co. were nice enough to have me take part in the college football media roundtable. You can view Part I at the link below. In Part II we discuss network strategies and the media […]


Sirius launching Bleacher Report Radio channel

Multiple sources tell Awful Announcing that Sirius will be launching a Bleacher Report radio channel in the near future, possibly as soon as the beginning of September. Currently, Bleacher Report Radio exists as a daily show on Sirius Channel 92 that runs from 11-2 ET and is hosted by Jeff Rickard, featuring contributions from various […]

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NFL Network, CBS announce details regarding Thursday Night Football

This year, Thursday Night Football will be a joint venture between CBS and NFL Network, and both networks will be heavily represented on pre- and post-game sets each week. CBS Sports confirmed in a press release Monday that they’d have two separate sets for TNF pregame coverage, which will begin on NFLN at 6 p.m. ET every […]

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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 8/18 – 8/24

Monday, August 18 Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN 8 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Royals at Twins] Tuesday, August 19 Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN 8PM) Bob Costas, John Smoltz [alt: Jays at Brewers] Wednesday, August 20 New York Mets at Oakland Athletics (MLBN 3:30 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Jays at Brewers 2pm] Los Angeles Angels […]


Phil Simms might not use Redskins name while working their game next month

Last month, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus made it clear that if his network’s announcers were to choose not to use the word “Redskins” during live broadcasts involving the NFL team that goes by that name, that’d be OK with him. Now, it looks as though that could come to fruition during the first nationally-televised game […]

Your 2014 College Football TV Primer

The college football season is almost upon us.  Here’s our rundown of what each major network will offer for the 2014 fall campaign… ESPN/ABC Conferences: All Division I NCAA Conferences  ABC/ESPN Saturday Night Football: Chris Fowler (new), Kirk Herbstreit; Reporter: Heather Cox  ESPN College GameDay, Saturdays ESPN 9 am Talent: Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond […]


Jay Gruden does not expect preferential treatment from his brother tonight

Tonight, when the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, Washington head coach Jay Gruden is not expecting special treatment from his brother Jon. Via ProFootball Talk: “Jon is Jon,” Jay Gruden said. “He’s going to be positive if he can, but if I do something that’s out-of-line ignorant, I’m sure he’ll call […]