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 […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08:  A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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 […]


ESPN Audio overhauls their weekend lineup

ESPN Audio has completely and utterly overhauled their lineup of weekend radio shows, launching eight new programs featuring a diverse array of talent. Of the 13 weekend shows airing, only four had existed prior to January 1st, which lets you know how much of a change of direction this is. Saturday, 8 AM-12 PM: Dari & […]


Viewing Picks for January 24, 2015

All Times Eastern Bobsled FIBT World Cup, St. Moritz, Switzerland Men’s 2-Man — Universal Sports, 4 p.m. (same day coverage) Women’s 2-Man — Universal Sports, 5 p.m. (same day coverage) Boxing Boxing After Dark, 1stBank Center, Broomfield, CO Welterweights Mike Alvarado vs. Brandon Rios — HBO, 9:45 p.m. College Basketball Viewing Picks College Football 2015 […]

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11:  President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya is introduced at the official weigh-in for Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez and Lara will meet in a non-title bout on July 12.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Oscar De La Hoya to launch cable channel

Oscar De La Hoya is rolling out his own cable network, continuing down the trail started by Oprah Winfrey (among others). De La Hoya TV is billing itself as “the premiere authority on boxing and other combat sports” and will launch in the spring. The network will initially launch as a free VOD service, but will […]


ESPN Ratings Buzz: January 12-18

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: Oregon vs. Ohio State Mon 8:33PM-11:55PM 202 18.2 33395 2 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP POST GAME […]