CBS-NFL Network Thursday Night Pregame

The AA Sunday Studio Spectacular: Thursday Night Football Pregames

As we wrap up Week 16 in the 2014 National Football League season, we move the pair of Thursday Night Football pregame shows, NFL Total Access Kickoff and Thursday Night Kickoff. CBS and NFL Network produce the programs in advance of each Thursday Night Football game. With 14 Thursday night games from Weeks 2 through […]


Dish signs agreement for four Comcast SportsNet affiliates

Happening this weekend, Dish Network has signed a multi-year agreement for four Comcast SportsNet affiliates. This prevents them from being pulled from the lineup. Earlier this month, Dish’s agreement for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, California, Chicago and Mid-Atlantic was set to expire, but the two sides signed a short-term extension to keep them on the […]


NBCSN will unveil Premier League Breakaway on New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is an awesome day for Premier League fans, just like it’s an awesome day for college football fans. Every Premier League team will play to kick off 2015, with eight matches taking place in the 10 AM timeslot. Instead of simply picking one game to air and shuffling the other seven off […]

Thursday Night Football

Thursday Night Football predictably posts sizable increase thanks to CBS

Thursday Night Football proved to be a decent success in 2014 for CBS and NFL Network. When comparing the 16-game schedule this season to the same period last year, Thursday Night Football saw a 45% overnight ratings increase. The games shown on CBS and NFL Network this year easily surpassed the games from last year which were […]


The Top 20 Broadcast Bloopers of 2014

Ever since we relaunched Awful Announcing in 2010, it’s been an annual tradition to count down the best broadcast bloopers and gaffes from the year that was.  This year, our countdown is bigger and badder and more bloopery than ever before with TWENTY of our funniest and most cherished clips from the last 12 months. […]


Fox Sports’ fake snow is the worst innovation since the glow puck

If you were trying to enjoy some exciting college basketball on the networks of Fox Sports over the weekend, you were likely treated to something unexpected. Fake snow. On the bottom third of the screen, Fox placed a “festive” and “seasonal” graphics overlay of snow around their scorebug.  But that wasn’t all!  No, there was […]


Viewing Picks for December 22, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men’s Diamond Head Classic, Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI Quarterfinals Ohio vs. George Washington — ESPNU, 2:30 p.m. DePaul vs. Colorado — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Loyola Marymount vs. Wichita State — ESPNU, 11 p.m. Miami (OH) at Ohio State — Big Ten Network, 6 p.m. Kansas at Temple — ESPN2, […]


Snoop Dogg and his son are getting an ESPN documentary series

ESPN creating a five-episode documentary series starring Snoop Dogg and his son might cause one to wince, thinking of past attempts by the network to meld the worlds of entertainment and sports. But Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream is solidly set within the world of sports, particularly college football and the recruitment of Dogg’s son, […]


NBCSN about to post record viewership for 2014

There’s still a small chunk of time left in 2014, but NBCSN is already chalking up the year as a victory. Thanks to the Sochi Olympics, the NHL, the Premier League, Fi and IndyCar, NBCSN is about to post its best year in network history. NBCSN’s total day audience is up 54% when compared to 2013. […]


The revolving door keeps turning – Barry Larkin leaves ESPN

ESPN has been bleeding MLB analysts in recent years – it seems like every couple of months, someone new heads to greener pastures. The latest name to join the fray – Barry Larkin, who is done with the network. A report from The Big Lead indicates that Larkin is yearning to get a job within […]


Viewing Picks for December 21, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Viewing Picks English Premier League Newcastle vs. Sunderland — NBCSN, 8:30 a.m. Liverpool vs. Arsenal — NBCSN/Telemundo, 11 a.m. Premier League Live — NBCSN, 7:30 a.m. Goal Zone — NBCSN, 1 p.m. Match of the Day II — NBCSN, 10:30 p.m. Figure Skating ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating ISU […]

Camellia Bowl

How ESPN created the Camellia Bowl

As Bowl season kicks off today in earnest with five of a total of 39 college football postseason contests, there’s one game that gets its start tonight. That’s the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, AL. This certainly doesn’t have the history of the Rose Bowl, the Peach Bowl or even the Belk Bowl. The Camellia Bowl […]


CBS Sports writer hails the virtue of the CBS Sports Classic

Before we dive too deep into this article, first the CBS Sports Classic deserves to be canceled based on the hideous court design alone.  Good grief. The Puerto Rico Tip Off, 2K Sports Classic, Paradise Jam, Battle 4 Atlantis, Maui Invitational, CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Coaches vs Cancer, NIT Season Tip Off, Wooden Legacy, […]