AA Q&A: Jon Miller, NBC Sports President of Programming

This summer, we here at Awful Announcing have written a freaking lot about the various foibles of ESPN and, to a lesser extent, Fox Sports 1. First Take controversy, LeBron, Erin Andrews, LeBron, Pam Oliver, LeBron, ratings going all over the place, and most importantly, LeBron. While these networks have had some good moments over the past couple of […]


MLB Network, ESPN hope for a more entertaining trade deadline

Last year, I was in Secaucus, New Jersey to observe MLB Network’s trade deadline coverage. The network went on the air in the morning and didn’t stop shuffling broadcasters in and out for the rest of the day. The coverage was good, the only problem was… maybe one trade got completed the entire day. This […]

Fox Sports and Sporting News forge online partnership

Partnerships between major online sports media companies is a decisive trend in the industry.  You can even go beyond sports to see the industry moving towards giant media conglomerates with the recent rumors surrounding Time Warner Cable.  Back on the sports side, in the not-so-distant past we have seen Turner Sports acquire Bleacher Report and […]


Viewing Picks for July 29, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football B1G Football Media Day 2014 — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. 2014 College Football Media Days — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. CFB Daily: The Blitz — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 12: Rutgers vs. SMU — ESPNU, 7 […]


Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 7/28 – 8/3

Monday, July 28 San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves (MLBN Noon) Local Broadcast Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox (ESPN 7 pm) Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone Tuesday, July 29 New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (FS1 8 pm) Joe Buck, Tom Verducci Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs (WGNA 8 pm) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies Atlanta Braves at Los […]

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What we know about Monday Night Football in 2014

We continue with our “What We Know” series on the NFL TV packages that begin anew this season with a contract that will end in the early 2020′s. We’ve already provided you with “What We Know” on Thursday Night Football, the NFL on CBS and NBC’s Sunday Night Football. It’s now time for ESPN’s Monday […]


John Madden turned down the chance to announce one final game

WWMD… What Would Madden Do?  Maybe that’s a question that comes to mind for football fans when it comes to the present slate of NFL broadcasters and current affairs in the league.  This week Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated had an interview with Madden that touched on numerous subjects. Perhaps the most interesting insight was […]

Hope for a way forward after a week of chaotic insanity

I’ve been writing about, reporting on, and analyzing this sports media industry on a full-time basis for over three years now.  And I can safely say that I’ve never seen a period of time as chaotic, distressing, and insane as what transpired last week. Reflecting over the weekend, it was easy to be discouraged about the […]

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The Baseball Hall of Fame has enacted the “Le Batard Rule”

Starting this winter, a new rule will be in effect for the Baseball Writers Association of America members voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Nicknamed the Le Batard Rule (after Dan Le Batard infamously donated his vote to Deadspin last winter, and then proceeded to turn in a ballot better than 95% of the […]


Stephen A. Smith apology only invites more questions

ESPN’s first statement on the controversy that has enveloped the network after Stephen A. Smith’s comments on domestic violence amounted to an advertisement for Monday’s First Take.  There the network said, Smith would address the controversy in full. Monday’s First Take opened with what appeared to be a taped apology from Smith on set alone […]


Video: The Hall of Fame honored Ralph Kiner and Tony Gwynn on Sunday

During Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on MLB Network, the Hall did something that should have also been done two weeks earlier at the All-Star Game – they honored late MLB Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn and Ralph Kiner. Two minutes. Yes, the video didn’t honor the other recently deceased players and personalities […]


Stephen A. Smith leaving ESPN Radio for SiriusXM

Stephen A. Smith is polarizing. Whether he’s on First Take or ESPN Radio in New York, he always garners a reaction. So imagine him on another national platform like SiriusXM radio. It’s about to happen. The New York Daily News reports that Smith will be joining the “Mad Dog Radio” channel and host his own show […]