Daily fantasy sites are now creating general sports content

We’ve been tracking the daily fantasy advertising blitz for awhile here at AA, and judging by what we’ve seen lately on outlets like ESPN and MLB Network, it doesn’t look like daily fantasy is going away any time soon. But the latest development is one that we didn’t necessarily see coming – daily fantasy sites […]

MUSCAT, OMAN - DECEMBER 09:  President of FIFA, Jospeh Sepp Blatter attends a press conference with the Oman Football Association at the Main Press Centre, Al-Musannah Sports City on December 9, 2010 in Muscat, Oman.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

After announcing his resignation, FIFA’s propaganda film about Sepp Blatter is ready for its American premiere

There are times when the fates that control the universe display their ripping sense of humor.  On June 2nd, Sepp Blatter announced his shock resignation as FIFA President, effective once FIFA schedules a special congress to elect his successor.  On June 5th, the Blatter vanity project United Passions, FIFA’s multi-million dollar propaganda film championing Blatter […]


Bob Ley signs multi-year extension with ESPN

How good is Bob Ley?  On Tuesday during live coverage of Sepp Blatter’s announced resignation, his name was trending on Twitter.  It takes a special kind of talent to trend on Twitter for something good when you work in television. Ley has been a shining star this week with his irreplacable coverage of the ongoing […]

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Dwyane Wade will join ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Finals

It’s a trend for major networks to bring in active coaches or players for their studio coverage of the playoffs or final series.  For ESPN/ABC and the NBA Finals that is no different.  Bristol has invited one of the league’s biggest stars, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, to join the cast of NBA Countdown for […]


Men in Blazers will host Running of the Bulls coverage

Sometimes at Awful Announcing we let our imagination run wild with fantasy broadcasting scenarios.  What would it sound like if Bill Walton announced the Spelling Bee?  How cool would it be if you could get Bill Raftery in the 16th tower at Augusta with Verne Lundquist?  Could you imagine what would happen if the Men […]

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Tapping the Brakes on TV Money in College Sports

It’s that magical time of the year when college football fans celebrate their favorite teams’ financial windfalls with the same passion as when a conference rival wins a national championship. Not surprisingly, the SEC last week announced a major bump in distributions to its members on the strength of its new media deal with ESPN, […]


Viewing Picks for June 2, 2015

All Times Eastern College Golf NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, FL Quarterfinals, Match Play — Golf Channel, 10:30 a.m. Semifinals, Match Play — Golf Channel, 3:30 p.m. Golf Central Pregame — Golf Channel, 9:30 a.m. Golf Central Pregame — Golf Channel, 12:30 p.m. Golf Central Pregame — Golf Channel, 3 […]


Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 6/1 – 6/7

Monday, June 1 Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN 8 pm) Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone, Mark Mulder Tuesday, June 2 Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins (MLBN 7 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: ​Blue ​Jays at Nationals] New York Mets at San Diego Padres (MLBN 10 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Pirates at Giants] Wednesday, June 3 […]


Curt Schilling will be an analyst for the Women’s College World Series Finals

On Monday night, the Women’s College World Series Championship Finals begins on ESPN2, continuing onto ESPN on Tuesday and (if necessary) Wednesday. The series between Florida and Michigan will be called by ESPN’s top softball crew of Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, and Michele Smith, while Holly Rowe will serve as a reporter. But another interesting […]

ROME, ITALY - MAY 08:  Darren Cahill of Australia coach of Andy Murray of Great Britain during a practice session on day one of the Internazoinali BNL D'Italia at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre on May 8, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 5 best tennis commentators on American television

We’re just past the midpoint of the French Open, but that means there are still three weeks of major-tournament tennis in the next month and a half, with Wimbledon arriving at the end of June. It’s a good time to give a broader audience a sense of who’s the best at analyzing tennis matches on […]

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 30:  Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Frederik Andersen #31 of the Anaheim Ducks shake hands after the Blackhawks 5-3 victory in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs  at the Honda Center on May 30, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

Game 7 between Blackhawks and Ducks set a ratings record for NBC

Game 7 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks was a huge success in terms of ratings. The overnight rating for Game 7 of the Western Conference Final earned the highest overnight rating of any non-Stanley Cup Final game in NBC history. The broadcast brought in an overnight rating of 3.27 and saw some huge […]

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John Oliver’s latest monologue on FIFA is a work of art

John Oliver’s monologue on Last Week Tonight is becoming a weekly must-see event.  When that monologue is on FIFA corruption, it is a true thing of beauty.  Oliver has previously targeted FIFA on multiple occasions on his program, but this week’s episode amounted to a victory cigar after the arrest of several FIFA executives on […]

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ESPN is taking Mark May off College Football Final, new trio to be named

Could 2015 get any better for college football fans?  We finally witnessed the first college football playoff that was a smashing success.  Now comes this bit of news… According to Sports Business Journal, ESPN is moving Mark May off College Football Final. ESPN will reportedly name a new trio for the much-maligned program that once featured Rece Davis […]