Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 12.40.35 AM

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 […]

John Skipper
Credit: Joe Faraoni/ESPN

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 […]


Viewing Picks for April 29, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Western Bulldogs — FS2, 5:30 a.m. Adelaide Crows vs. Fremantle Dockers — Fox Soccer Plus, midnight Boxing Premier Boxing Champions, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ Super Bantanweights Daniel Rosas vs. Jonathan Guzman — Spike, 9 p.m. Bundesliga Augsburg vs. Koln — FS2, 2:20 p.m. […]


How ESPN and NFL Network covered the Laremy Tunsil gas mask bong hit

This year’s NFL Draft got a rather unexpected narrative, as top prospect Laremy Tunsil’s Twitter account posted a video of himself taking a fat bong rip out of a gas mask. If this is news to you, I’m sure you have many questions. I’m here to help. – Tunsil was all suited up and at the […]

Chris Mortensen Dear Peyton

Chris Mortensen did a “Dear Peyton” Gatorade commercial

Gatorade’s new “Dear Peyton” campaign has a variety of people impacted by Peyton Manning speaking into a camera about what he meant to them, and one of them is ESPN journalist Chris Mortensen. Mortensen has been on hiatus from the network since January while undergoing treatment for throat cancer, but still broke the story of […]

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 1.40.58 PM

What message is Fox Sports sending women in sports media?

The online harassment of women is not a new topic of discussion. From the ongoing assaults faced by the women of Gamergate to the everyday trials individual women experience on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and elsewhere, the issue is both commonplace and epidemic. And it stretches into the world of sports journalism, where everyone is the […]

NASCAR AMERICA -- Pictured: Rutledge Wood, Feature Reporter, NASCAR on NBC -- (Photo by: Grant Halverson/NBC Sports)

NBC’s NASCAR reporter Rutledge Wood joins Kentucky Derby coverage

NASCAR on NBC viewers got familiar with Rutledge Wood last year. Wood reported on the sport’s tracks, unique locations and their fans. And with Wood waiting for the second season of NASCAR on NBC to begin in June, what better than to have him cover the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May? That’s […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21:  NBC Sports personality Cris Collinsworth during an NBC Sunday Night Football broadcast between the Carolina Panthers abd the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus told me that Michaels and […]

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28:  The DIrecTV blimp flies over Reliant Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

DirecTV eliminates extra charge to NFL Sunday Ticket customers to stream games online

NFL Sunday Ticket is an expensive out-of-market package for customers. Over the years, DirecTV’s and now its new owner, AT&T have attempted to maximize its base by allowing non-satellite provider subscribers to pay for the package by expanding it outide of its normal customers. Last season, the charges were as follows: NFL Sunday Ticket: $251.94 total ($41.99 […]

Reaction Time

“Every Sports Debate Show Ever” has a hilarious take on Around the Horn

Remember last fall’s “Every Press Conference Ever” video from The Kicker (featuring Weird Al Yankovic!), a surprisingly-accurate take on press conferences, the people who attend them and the questions they ask? That team has a new clever video, this time taking on ESPN’s “Around The Horn” (and really, a lot of debate shows) with “Reaction […]


Fox’s splashy B1G deal reminiscent of Fox’s 1993 NFL deal

When I was a kid, Fox was kind of a backwater television network. It aired something like seven original shows that I can recall off the top of my head: The Simpsons – The same ones you know today In Living Color – Raunchy sketch comedy show that launched the career of Tommy Davidson Married […]

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 07:  Raul Ibanez #18 of the Kansas City Royals during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 7, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Royals defeated the Diamondbacks 6-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Raul Ibanez is joining ESPN as an MLB analyst after Curt Schilling’s departure

There’s been a lot of news recently amongst ESPN’s MLB analyst ranks, largely thanks to the unceremonious firing of the controversial and polarizing Curt Schilling.  But with that subtraction, ESPN is also making an addition.  Former All-Star and former Fox Sports analyst Raul Ibanez will be joining ESPN in a multi-year deal to work on […]

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 8.12.30 AM

MLB Network’s Dan Plesac struggles with studio dugout step

MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac picked up three All-Star births over the course of an 18 year career.  That’s a lot of experience.  But even with that kind of longevity in the game, there are still some things about baseball that are truly difficult to master – like exiting the dugout without faceplanting.