SNL takes on Deflategate in cold opening

To begin this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, the show dove into the sports world to take on the controversy (or non-troversy, if you like) that is occupying way too many headlines right now – Deflategate. The trio of press conferences by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been discussed, analyzed, and mocked to […]

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NBC is pushing the Super Bowl on all of its networks

If you’re a regular viewer of NBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel, E!, Bravo, USA, MSNBC, Weather Channel, CNBC or other networks under the NBCUniversal umbrella, then you might have seen the following spot promoting Super Bowl XLIX on NBC. Airing the promo on multiple networks is part of a promotional effort that is called “Big […]


The NFL is finally getting a YouTube channel

It’s January 2015 and the NFL has finally done something that has been done plenty of times by teens looking to be silly and make a quick buck. The league has partnered with Youtube to create an account featuring highlights from across the league. The National Football League (NFL) and YouTube today announced a partnership that […]


Who sneakily edited Chad Ford’s draft rankings to make him look better?

This is one of the biggest oddball sports media stories I can recall covering in my near five years at Awful Announcing.  As brilliantly discovered by the folks at Reddit NBA and user Sharpinator, something suspicious was happening with the draft rankings of ESPN insider Chad Ford.  Really suspicious. It appears that Ford (or someone […]


Viewing Picks for January 26, 2015

All Times Eastern Boxing Golden Boy Live, Cowboys Dancehall, San Antonio, TX Featherweights Rocky Juarez vs. Robinson Castellanos — Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. College Basketball Men’s Army at American — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Syracuse at North Carolina — ESPN, 7 p.m. Delaware at North Carolina Central — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Gardner-Webb at […]


Shaquille O’Neal gets a sitcom on truTV … Yes, really

Since retiring from the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal has become a full-time studio analyst on TNT, a commercial pitchman and developer of various products. Now, you can add sitcom executive producer to Shaq’s resume. truTV has announced that O’Neal will develop a workplace sitcom which will be based on his own business empire. The working title […]

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You can see all the Super Bowl commercials in one place this year

Part of the fun in watching the Super Bowl is seeing the new commercials. For many non-hardcore football fans, the commercials are the main attraction, with some of the most recognizable brands in America competing for a the hardiest laugh or the most tears. This year, NBC has the rights to the Super Bowl and […]

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Peter Oosterhuis retires from CBS’s golf coverage

When the best sports productions are discussed, CBS’s golf coverage merits being mentioned near the top of the list.  From The Masters to the PGA Championship and other tour events, the network’s lineup of talent and the way they cover the sport is first class all the way.  Golf announcers really don’t receive as much […]

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The NFL on TV has changed dramatically over the last 50 years

Over the last 50 years, the National Football League on television has seen many changes. Back in 1964, only one network aired the NFL while another network aired the rival American Football League games. Going into 1964, CBS had completed a two-year contract to air the NFL for $9.3 million. The AFL was going into […]


Fox Sports Go is coming to DirecTV

When it comes to network streaming packages for sports, Fox Sports Go has some work to do to catch up to WatchESPN and NBC Sports Live Extra in terms of distribution and extra viewing options.  At the moment, the Fox streaming app is mostly an outlet for what’s on the national and regional networks of Fox Sports […]


Viewing Picks for January 25, 2015

All Times Eastern Bobsled FIBT World Cup, St. Moritz, Switzerland Men’s 4-Man — Universal Sports, 4 p.m. (same day coverage) College Basketball Viewing Picks College Wrestling Rutgers at Nebraska — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. Cycling Tour Down Under Stage 6: Adelaide — Universal Sports, 10 a.m. (delayed) FA Cup 4th Round Proper Bristol City […]

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The NHL All-Stars somehow found a way to make the All-Star Fantasy Draft entertaining

The typical pattern for a sports broadcast is engaging commentary from announcers and analysts, mixed with often dull-as-dishwater quotes from the athletes and/or coaches themselves when grabbed for an interview during a break in play. That was reversed in Friday night’s NHL All-Star Game Fantasy Draft, though, where the professional broadcasters couldn’t get out of […]

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The Tara and Johnny Show heads to the Super Bowl

The newest “it” couple in sports media, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are heading to the Super Bowl. They’ll be feature reporters for NBC’s Super Bowl pregame coverage which will begin on Sunday, February 1 (we could be snarky and say it’s already begun, but we won’t) at 1 p.m. ET. A week after commenting […]