ORCHARD PARK, NY - May 18:  Sammy Watkins #14 of Buffalo Bills pulls in a pass during the Buffalo Bills rookie minicamp on May 18, 2014 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills’ laughable media policy will only hurt themselves

We’re reminded all too often that the NFL is basically an autocratic alliance of 32 autocratic organizations. Tuesday’s reminder? The new media guidelines unveiled by the Buffalo Bills, which forbid reporters from “referencing plays run or game strategy, including trick plays or unusual formations” and from “reporting on personnel groupings, sub-packages, players who are practicing with […]

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25 current and former players set to take part in NFL’s 10th annual broadcast boot camp

For the 10th consecutive year, the National Football League will host a “broadcast boot camp” at NFL Films headquarters in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, May 16-19, while six past boot camp graduates will participate in what the league calls an “advanced broadcasting” program. Per the league’s press release, regular boot camp sessions include “hands-on work in areas […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:   Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys and  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants greet each other after their game at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Total number of prime-time games per team on the 2016 NFL schedule

Every year when the NFL schedule is released, it’s interesting see which teams get the most and least love from the networks by counting how often everybody is scheduled to play on national television. Here’s the breakdown for 2016… 6: Giants, Cowboys  You can’t deny the New York market, the power of the Cowboys and the […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers shakes hands with Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks after the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Carolina Panthers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 31-24.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ranking every primetime game on the 2016 NFL schedule

This year’s NFL schedule features 50 primetime games and 56 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 […]

during Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

Does a drop in Super Bowl viewership indicate the NFL has peaked on TV?

For only the second time in 11 years, viewership numbers for the Super Bowl dropped in 2016. Not a lot, but even the 2.1 percent decline from Super Bowl 49 to Super Bowl 50 is enough to cause some to wonder if America’s most famous and popular sporting event has finally peaked when it comes […]

during Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

Ranking Denver’s potential opponents for the 2016 season opener

Schedule-wise, the only thing we do know about the 2016 NFL regular season is that the  Denver Broncos will host the prime-time opener on NBC on Thursday, Sept. 8. And we know that there are eight potential opponents for Denver that night. Here’s how we rank those opponents from most to least appealing: 1. Carolina Panthers: […]

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 01:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers addresses the media at Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade at SAP Center on February 1, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Super Bowl media coverage is way over the top; will it ever change?

“You know what’s confusing? How can I reword questions I’ve been asked so many times? Golly. Nothing pretty much has changed since I’ve seen you guys 24 hours ago. I had an unbelievable sleep, but yet I’m up here again. It’s cool. It’s like I don’t know how you want to say it. I sound […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 13:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers listens to the fans cheer during the final seconds of a win against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 38-0.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The things we said about Cam Newton five years ago

Cam Newton is about to be named MVP and is a strong favorite to earn the same award in Super Bowl 50. But not long ago, a lot of folks were doubting the uniquely-talented quarterback. Just a small collection of things said about Newton leading up to the 2011 NFL draft… “I just don’t know […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 3: Head football coach Rex Ryan watches the action during the second quarter of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions on September 3, 2015 at Ford Field Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Ranking the NFL teams eligible for Hard Knocks next year

While it’s not entirely clear if any team that has been featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks was forced to do so, the NFL does have the ability to pick a team in the event that nobody volunteers. If you don’t have a new head coach, if you haven’t been to the playoffs in the last […]

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13:   Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys calls out during play against the New York Giants in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Are the Dallas Cowboys the biggest draw in sports?

The Dallas Cowboys have not been very good this season, but that hasn’t stopped the nation’s most buzzed-about NFL football team from hogging the sports television spotlight. Through the first 12 weeks of the season, the Cowboys played five games in exclusive, nationally-televised time slots. And despite the fact Dallas’ season was circling the drain […]


Concussion Movie Review: A complex, humanity-driven tale of the crisis facing the NFL

Awful Announcing had a chance to get an early look at the much-hyped and inevitably controversial Concussion, a so-called biographical sports thriller starring Will Smith which will be released by Columbia Pictures on Christmas Day. Five thoughts: [Warning: Spoilers] 1. The film doesn’t bash football as much as some might be expecting This type of film — a buzz-worthy […]


Somehow, some way, the NFL keeps destroying television ratings

When it comes to the NFL on network television, everyone continues to wait for the other shoe to drop. Attention spans are declining, sports media is as saturated as ever and we continue to see a rise in alternative methods for the consumption of live sports. Logically, in an age of cord-cutting and illegal streaming […]