NBC hires Kathryn Tappen as Notre Dame sideline reporter, NHL host

NBC has hired a replacement for forme Notre Dame sideline reporter Alex Flanagan, and its someone who can fill a couple of key roles at the network. NHL Network host Kathryn Tappen will do the job for NBC Sports in 2014, as part of her new overall role with the network. She will also serve […]


Meet the new cast of NFL AM

NFL Network’s morning show, NFL AM has been on the air for two years. It originally launched with co-hosts Brian Webber and Nicole Zaloumis with analyst Eric Davis and reporters Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel. Webber was jettisoned soon after the show debuted and Zaloumis became the main host. Over the last two seasons, the […]


Viewing Picks for July 10, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing Iron Mike Productions, Miami, FL IBF Junior Lightweight Title Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Barthelemy — Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Cycling Tour de France Stage 6: Arras to Reims — NBCSN, 8 a.m. Highlights — NBCSN, noon Extended Primetime Highlights — NBCSN, […]


Michael Irvin reveals Cris Carter told his wife to leave him

Former NFL wide receivers Michael Irvin and Cris Carter are both recovering drug addicts. Both have had their issues with cocaine during their playing careers. They both have spoken out about their successful recoveries and how they have tried to help others. However, they have differed on various subjects and that includes Cleveland Browns wide […]

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Chris Berman will be back on the MLB Home Run Derby

Regular visitors to Awful Announcing know our disdain for ESPN’s Chris Berman. Whenever we mention Boomer on this site or our Twitter feed, the vitriol against him lasts for hours. No matter what Berman does, the reaction against him is very strong. Well, here goes another story that will most likely spark more negative reaction. […]


Football at Fenway Park? Yes!

Once the World Cup wraps up, the soccer world will start focusing on league play as the Serie A, English Premier League, La Liga and others prepare for another season starting in August. Many teams will be coming to the United States to play exhibition games and will hold events in non-traditional soccer venues. This […]


Cox to pick up SEC Network

We’ve chronicled the difficulties ESPN has had in getting SEC Network carried across the conference footprint. Up until now, Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse along with a few smaller cable providers have agreed to pick up SEC Network in time for the August 14 launch date. Now, ESPN can count on one more and it’s […]

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ESPN’s World Cup Coverage gets animated

You know you’ve arrived when your coverage becomes a cartoon. That’s exactly what has happened to ESPN’s World Cup studio coverage. Sean Rohani did everything including the animation, voices and writing. Host Lynsey Hipgrave along with analysts Michael Ballack, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Alexi Lalas and even Landon Donovan get parodied in this video. It’s quite […]


UFC 176 canceled, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing

On Tuesday night, the UFC made the news official – they would be canceling UFC 176, scheduled to take place on August 2nd from Los Angeles. Last week, featherweight champion Jose Aldo was forced to pull out of title defense against Chad Mendes in the main event of the show due to a shoulder injury. […]


Is WWE Network already struggling?

The WWE’s second quarter wrapped up last week, and while we won’t know the full details from WWE’s financial performance for another couple of weeks, I think we can draw a couple of hints about the success of WWE Network based on some recent tidbits seen around the wrestling blogosphere. On Sunday, the Wrestling Observer […]


Viewing Picks for July 9, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing Golden Boy Live, Hard Rock Casino, Las Vegas, NV Super Welterweights Alfonso Gomez vs. Ed Paredes — Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. All Access: Canelo vs. Lara, Episode 2 — Showtime, 9 p.m. College Baseball Cape Cod League Bourne Braves at Hyannis Harbor Hawks — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 6 p.m. […]


AA Book Club: ‘Is This Legal?’ explores the UFC’s origins

The early days of the UFC are something of a legend – few rules and regulations, naive fighters, and boatloads of controversy made the product fans saw 20 years ago look nothing like the crisp, well-regulated sport you see today. In the new book Is This Legal?, UFC founder Art Davie details the formation of […]


For some reason, American Gladiators is getting rebooted again

I guess you could call this a re-reboot, but American Gladiators is getting rebooted for a second time. The show initially made its return in 2008 for two seasons, but fell off the schedule despite a strong debut. The new American Gladiators has been inspired by NBC’s summer success with American Ninja Warrior, and has been […]