Cricket fans pay Twitter tribute to Phillip Hughes

A tragic story slipped under the radar in America this week. An Australian cricketer named Phillip Hughes died on Thursday after he was hit in the neck with a ball earlier this week. Australian doctor Peter Brukner said the injury suffered by Hughes had only been reported 100 times. The 25-year old immediately underwent surgery and […]


The NHL will auction off TV rights to the World Cup of Hockey

It’s not even the worst kept secret in sports anymore, because it’s been the worst kept secret in sports so long. The NHL, in conjunction with the NHLPA, is going to stage a World Cup at some point in September of 2016. It will be held entirely in Toronto (past World Cups had been staged […]


Black Friday Viewing Picks 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Viewing Picks College Football Viewing Picks College Volleyball Women’s Colorado at Utah — Pac-12 Networks, 2 p.m. Stanford at Cal — Pac-12 Networks, 6 p.m. Oregon at Oregon State — Pac-12 Oregon/Pac-12 Washington, 6 p.m. Washington at Washington State — Pac-12 Networks, 8 p.m. Arizona at Arizona State — Pac-12 […]


Your Week 14 College Football Announcing Schedule

Thursday, November 27 7:30 PM- LSU at Texas A&M (ESPN) Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder (Compass Media) Drew Bontadelli, Tony Hill 7:30 PM- TCU at Texas (Fox Sports 1) Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Molly McGrath Friday, November 28 11 AM- Northern Illinois at Western Michigan (ESPNU) Mark Neely, Ray Bantley Noon- Nebraska […]


What we’re thankful for in sports media in 2014

As you get ready to enjoy gorging yourselves on food and then passing out on the couch while watching football, here’s your Thanksgiving Day appetizer – our contractually obligated list of what we’re thankful for this year in sports media.  And if this snark-free feel-good stuff isn’t quite your thing, you can flip over to […]

NBCSN sets records for a single cable network with Formula One

Because of the time of day/night/morning it often airs, Formula One might be the most anonymous of the “key” sports properties NBC/NBCSN broadcast. That said, the network has done a decent job of promoting it and seems to be connecting to the core fans of the circuit. They’ve done that so much so that in […]


‘Undrafted’ another promising NFL Network original

The NFL Network often gets praise, and deservedly so, for its series A Football Life. The show chronicles the, well, football lives of some of the greatest and most beloved (and occasionally hated, ahem, Art Modell) and famous figures in the history of the sport. To less fanfare, the network debuted a companion series on Tuesday […]


Viewing Picks for Thanksgiving Day 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men’s Battle 4 Atlantis, Atlantis Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas Semifinals Butler vs. Oklahoma — ESPN, 1 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Georgetown — ESPN, 3:30 p.m. Losers Bracket North Carolina vs. UCLA — AXS TV, 7 p.m. UAB vs. Florida — AXS TV, 9:30 p.m. Great Alaska Shootout, Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage, […]


Your Week 13 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, November 27 Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, CBS 12:30 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, FOX 4:30 pm, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Erin AndrewsSeattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, NBC 8:30 pm, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michelle TafoyaSunday, November 30San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, CBS 1 pm, Ian Eagle, […]


John Beilein goes off on ESPN for late tip-off time

Last night, tip-off of the final of the Legends Classic between Villanova and Michigan got pushed back 15 minutes, to 10:15 PM ET because of a football game between Ohio and Miami (OH). The game aired on ESPN2 and was an extremely close contest until Villanova ultimately came away with a 60-55 win, thanks to […]


AA Podcast #104 – Sarah Spain

In today’s episode we welcome ESPN’s Sarah Spain. Sarah is a contributor to espnW, ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago, and appears on a number of television platforms. We talk about her increasing national exposure at ESPN, Chicago sports and a number of other topics including… – Her start in the industry in Chicago. – What […]


ESPN’s Twitter suspensions are ultimately pointless

When you were a kid, did your mom ever take away your favorite video game? Were you initially annoyed that your time with the game was taken away? Probably, but you eventually got over it and just threw on some other game or just relaxed and played Madden for a few hours, right? It’s hard […]


The 2014 Turduckens of the Year in Sports Media

While we approach a time of being thankful at Thanksgiving, we also approach that time of year that the calendar dictates we recognize all those individuals that truly put the “Awful” in Awful Announcing this year.  But this isn’t just your normal list of turkeys of the year.  In honor of the great John Madden, […]


Week 12 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

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: Carolina, Pittsburgh 1. Green Bay (Milwaukee market) (Fox) - 44.2 The Packers are #1 again, though Milwaukee had their lowest rating since […]


Viewing Picks for November 26, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men’s Battle 4 Atlantis, Atlantis Arena, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas Quarterfinals Butler vs. North Carolina — ESPN2, noon UCLA vs. Oklahoma — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. UAB vs. Wisconsin — AXS TV, 7 p.m. Florida vs Georgetown — AXS TV, 9:30 p.m. Cancun Challenge, Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico 3rd […]