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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  A general view of the draft stage after the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Running against stiff competition, Day 2 and 3 NFL draft ratings take a hit

With the Johnny Manziel effect no longer in play this year, ESPN’s ratings for Round 1 of the NFL draft Thursday night sunk a little compared to in 2014. Overall, though, it still marked the second highest combined total viewership for the opening round. But it became evident as the draft dragged on over the course […]

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NFL Network NFL Draft Round 1 Report Card

The NFL draft is one of the biggest television events of the year, sports or non-sports. The funny part about that, of course, is that no game is played. It’s all about anticipation and suspense and the almighty future, which is why it enables both ESPN and NFL Network to get their creative juices flowing […]

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 03:  NFL Network sportscaster Rich Eisen attends a press conference where Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions was awarded Pepsi's 2010 NFL Rookie of the Year Award at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 3, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

AA Q&A: Rich Eisen on working the NFL Draft

Hard to believe, but NFL Network has now been co-airing the NFL draft with ESPN for 10 years. Before boarding a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago to broadcast his 10th consecutive live NFL draft, Awful Announcing caught up with longtime NFLN host Rich Eisen to talk shop. Awful Announcing: What differentiates the draft from […]

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18:  Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a 35 yard game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Ranking every primetime game on the 2015 NFL schedule

This year’s NFL schedule features 51 primetime games and 55 nationally-televised games, with one more scheduled to be added on the final Sunday of the season. There’s also a chance that as many as eight Sunday night games will be flexed between Week 5 and Week 16. But working only with what we know right […]

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NFL AM goes on hiatus

Hiatus is a scary word in this business. Although in a technical sense it means a pause or gap in a series, it is often perceived that a show on hiatus is a show that is in trouble. That’s why it’s interesting that, according to John Ourand of Sports Business Daily, NFL Network’s live four-hour morning […]

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Aaron Rodgers will take part in the real Celebrity Jeopardy

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t just the highest-rated passer in NFL history and the league’s reigning MVP, but he’s also funny. And smart. Funny enough that I’d imagine he’d be a hit on Saturday Night Live’s “Celebrity Jeopardy,” but smart enough that I wouldn’t be surprised if he held his own with the […]

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Jon Gruden’s QB Camp returns with Winston and Mariota for 2015

With the sports world obsessing over Johnny Manziel, the fifth season of Jon Gruden’s “QB Camp” aired entirely on ESPN last spring. And although Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston bring high sports Q ratings to the table, that isn’t enough for the Worldwide Leader to keep “QB Camp” on the main network. Although re-runs will air […]

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Herm Edwards gets points for deadpan comedy in his llama analysis on ESPN

You know the NFL offseason has arrived when analyst Herm Edwards is providing analysis of four-legged animals. Let me explain. See, tragically — and as a devotee to old-school journalism and the value of legitimate news, I’m using that word sans sarcasm — the most gripping national news story on Thursday pertained to a pair […]

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Who should open the 2015 NFL season at New England?

The 2014 NFL season hasn’t even been over for 48 hours, but we’re already looking ahead to next season. That’s because it’s already been revealed that for the 12th consecutive year, the defending Super Bowl champions will host a special Thursday night prime-time game to kick off the year. Here are the eight teams that are […]

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 27:  The booth of  Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks sits empty at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade inside U.S. Airways Center on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NBC details its six-hour Super Bowl pregame schedule

No annual sporting event gets as much attention and hype as the Super Bowl, which is why the network airing said game doesn’t hold back with its pregame coverage each year. NBC will be no different this Sunday, with six hours of content leading up to kickoff, starting at noon ET. The bread and butter: […]

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ESPN will try everything possible to make the Pro Bowl watchable

Despite the fact most of us can agree the Pro Bowl really sucks, the NFL’s annual all-star game manages to draw solid television ratings each year. Still, the league never settles and is continually looking for ways to enhance the value of the game. This weekend, with the game returning the continental United States for only […]

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Ranking the NFL teams eligible for Hard Knocks next year

If nobody else volunteers, the NFL can now force certain teams to participate in HBO’s Hard Knocks. This year, nine teams are eligible because they haven’t been to the playoffs in two years, they don’t have first-year head coaches and they haven’t been featured on the program in the last 10 years. We rank them […]

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Week 17 NFL Game Watchability Rankings

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at This Given Sunday. Week 17 in the NFL is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner. Most of you have your favorites and fantasy players to track. But […]

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Titans-Jaguars is the worst primetime game this century

We’re down to the penultimate week of the NFL season. That means that even with a couple bonus Saturday games in Week 16, the schedule is left with just six nationally-televised games in exclusive time slots between now and the end of the regular season. One of those slots belongs to the 2-12 Tennessee Titans […]

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