Snapchat first non-NBC platform to gain Olympic video, BuzzFeed will curate

Olympic video rights to highlights are highly important, and NBC has long been very stingy with them; ESPN and others have been forced to rely on still images instead of video for their own Olympic coverage. NBC has finally decided to give an outside platform some video rights, though, and it just happens to be…Snapchat? […]


NBC should have Mike Tirico call NHL games

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve likely heard by now that ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico is leaving the network for NBC. Tirico has excelled at calling a wide variety of sports over the past two-plus decades, but what he’s most known for – and the likely reason he’s making this move – is football. […]

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Nashville sports anchor fired for Prince themed sportscast???

Themed sportscasts have become all the rage in contemporary local news for their ability to entertain and provide good publicity and viral content.  We’ve seen wrestling themed sportscasts, Game of Thrones sportscasts, Masters sportscasts, and even DEATH themed sportscasts.  If done right, they can be very clever, original, and entertaining. In light of Prince’s passing […]


Viewing Picks for April 30, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Portland Steel at Arizona Rattlers — CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m. Australian Rules Football Richmond Tigers vs. Port Adelaide Power — FS1, 5 a.m. Boxing Premier Boxing Champions, StubHub Center, Carson, CA Welterweights Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz, 8 p.m. Showtime Championship Boxing, D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C. WBC Word Super […]

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ESPN’s Todd McShay says telling the truth shows immaturity, backs off a bit

The NFL draft annually brings out a host of bizarre opinions that are only tangentially football-related, such as a scout’s thoughts on Eli Apple’s cooking skills, and ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay displayed one of his own Wednesday night. Following Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s slide to the thirteenth pick in the wake of […]


ESPN Ratings Buzz: April 18-24

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NBA PLAYOFFS Sat 4/23/16 10:57 PM 1:16 AM 2798 1485    GAME 3: […]

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NFL Network’s 2016 draft report card for the first round

For another year, the NFL Draft was broadcast on two networks with NFL Network once again providing a secondary option for viewers from the traditional ESPN broadcast. With Rich Eisen and company now becoming as much of a staple on draft weekend as Chris Berman, Mel Kiper Jr. and the gang, the NFL Network coverage […]


If it’s a day ending in “y,” it means Danny Kanell is trolling the SEC again

Yup, ESPN college football analyst and ESPN Radio co-host Danny Kanell gave his two cents during the NFL Draft after the first picks  went to schools outside of the Southeastern Conference. He loves the opportunity to stick it to the SEC and the ESPN owned-and-operated SEC Network after member institutions lose big games, over school celebrations, bad losses, a […]

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ESPNews and NBA TV to simulcast tonight’s Toronto-Indiana playoff game

During the first round of the NBA Playoffs, ESPN controls Friday nights and certain weekend windows. In the case of having three games, normally ESPN would air two games and ESPN2 the other. Tonight, ESPN has that scenario with Toronto-Indiana, Miami-Charlotte and Portland-LA Clippers. The Mothership will take Miami-Charlotte and Portland-Clippers, but tonight is also Night 2 […]

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ESPN’s 2016 NFL Draft Report Card

One of our favorite yearly traditions at Awful Announcing is our yearly draft grades for ESPN and NFL Network recapping the first round of the NFL Draft. This is always such a big night for the networks and their football departments and aside from Louis Riddick’s addition, the crew has largely stayed the same over […]

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ESPN president John Skipper fires back at departing talent narrative

With the exits of prominent personalities like Bill Simmons, Colin Cowherd and Keith Olbermann last year and Mike Tirico and Skip Bayless this week, there seems to be a “Decline and Fall of the ESPN Empire” narrative emerging. ESPN is fighting back hard against that, though, with president John Skipper taking the rare step of […]