From Birmingham to Bristol: Paul Finebaum on his sudden, meteoric rise

It’s good to be Paul Finebaum these days. He has a daily ESPN radio show that is simulcast on the new SEC Network. He will be featured prominently on the SEC Network’s pregame coverage on Saturdays and on ESPN’s College GameDay. And Finebaum has a new best-selling book, “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why […]


Mike Ditka: “What are you going to call them, a Brownskin?”

Until now, the narrative surrounding the Redskins nickname debate has been relatively one-sided as person after person in the NFL and media worlds come out in opposition to the name.  With the news that prominent NFL television commentators like Tony Dungy and Phil Simms will attempt to boycott the name this season, the mainstream quest […]


Curt Schilling: Chewing tobacco gave me cancer

ESPN baseball analyst and former World Series MVP Curt Schilling has been battling cancer since the early stages of 2014.  While he has stepped away from his national television duties to seek treatment, the details of his cancer had been kept mostly quiet. Until now. In an appearance on WEEI Radio in Boston, Schilling revealed […]


NFL wants Super Bowl halftime performers to pay them???

The Super Bowl halftime show has been quite the hot topic ever since Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction during the 2003 contest. Since then, the NFL has picked its performers with kiddie gloves and added double sided tape to the list of wardrobe requirements. Well, now the league is adding something new: pay it forward. According […]


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 […]

Thursday Night Football Official Logo

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 […]