ESPN, Tencent agree to digital partnership in China

ESPN is broadening its reach into China after inking a deal with Tencent, billed as “one of China’s and the world’s leading providers of online products and services”. The agreement with Tencent will bring exclusive Mandarin-language ESPN content to Tencent’s platforms, with the focus of the content initially being centered on the NBA and international soccer. […]


Screengrab snafu: the Florida Panthers are playing in the Super Bowl?

Graphics fails happen all the time. But this one, which looks like it’s from the CBC in Canada, is really bad considering it’s Super Bowl related. The Florida Panthers are playing in the Super Bowl! Sorry, Carolina Panthers. Maybe Cam Newton and Josh Norman can slap on some skates and swap spots with Jonathan Huberdeau […]


MLB Network Presents review: Holy Cow! The Story of Harry Caray

When I heard that MLB Network was doing a Presents film on Harry Caray, I was understandably intrigued and more than a little bit excited. Caray’s glory days had come before my time – he died when I was just 11, and he had become a caricature to me thanks to Will Ferrell’s portrayal of […]

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 03:  Detail of the ball as it goes through the basket as the Sacramento Kings warm up to face the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on November 3, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Kings defeated the Nuggets 110-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The NBA local TV announcer rankings

Over the last week, we polled the Awful Announcing readers on their opinions of each local broadcast team around the NBA. The polls were broken down by division to gain the perspective of both fans and rivals for each broadcast team. The votes are in, and we weighted your grades on a four point scale […]

at Madison Square Garden on January 12, 2016 in New York City.The New York Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics 120-114. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Your NBA announcing schedule for 1/26-31

Tuesday, January 26 Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks (NBA TV 7:30 pm) Local Broadcast Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers (NBA TV 10:30 pm) Local Broadcast Wednesday, January 27 Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs (ESPN 8 pm) Mark Jones, Jeff Van Gundy & Israel Gutierrez Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors (ESPN […]


UFC 196 moves from PPV to FS1

The UFC’s yearly pay-per-view on Super Bowl weekend has typically been a star-studded affair that pops a solid buyrate, though that’s a trend that has slowed in recent years. This year, the injuries suffered by UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and top contender Cain Velasquez less than two weeks before the event have forced the pay-per-view to […]


‘The Colorful Montreal Expos’ dives into a dearly departed franchise

The latest installment of MLB Network Presents covers a topic that many baseball fans have been clamoring for quite a bit – the Montreal Expos. This hour-long documentary isn’t a thorough, deep dive into the franchise’s history, but does provide some background into the franchise’s beginnings and the highlights of its short-lived life. Connecting different […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31:  MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the presentation of the 2015 Hank Aaron Award prior to Game Four of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on October 31, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rob Manfred talks cord cutting, local blackout windows

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with Yahoo’s Jeff Passan in a lengthy interview discussing his first year in office. The interview was wide-ranging, covering a variety of topics from Pete Rose to the DH in the National League to expansion. Manfred also talked about a pair of topics near and dear to our hearts at […]

in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

AFC Championship Game scores big for CBS

The Peyton Manning-Tom Brady showdown in the AFC Championship Game may have been centered around a tired narrative, but the game itself was a smash hit for CBS. The Patriots-Broncos matchup drew a massive 31.8 overnight rating, the highest for any Conference Championship since 1987. A 31.8 overnight is a massive number, up 31% from Colts-Patriots […]


DraftKings, FanDuel slash advertising budgets post-football season

To the shock of absolutely no one, DraftKings and FanDuel slashed the bejeezus out of the advertising budgets once the football season began to come to a close. Just how much did they cut their budgets? Well, according to MediaPost, DraftKings spent around $1.6 million from December 21st to January 21st, while FanDuel spent just […]

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos after the Broncos defeated the Patriots 26 to 16 during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Your NFL Conference Championship Weekend Announcing Schedule

NFL Playoffs AFC Championship Game The NFL Today, CBS 2 pm New England Patriots at Denver Broncos (CBS 3:05 pm) Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Dan Fouts & Mark Malone Streaming: CBS ​NFC Championship Game FOX NFL Sunday, FOX 6 pm Arizona Cardinals at Carolina […]


Mike Francesa is done with WFAN at the end of 2017

Mike Franecsa’s tenure with WFAN will conclude at the end of 2017, according to the Sports Pope himself. Francesa appeared on Katie Nolan’s Garbage Time podcast this week, and in an excerpt released on Tuesday night, he broke the news that he’d be leaving WFAN when his contract expired at the end of 2017.


Rate the local NBA announcers – Pacific Division

We close with the Pacific Division, home to plenty of established broadcast teams and franchise icons. In our MLB voting, NL West fans turned out in droves to support their teams, and it turned into a battle of San Francisco vs Los Angeles. Could history end up repeating itself between the Warriors, Lakers, and Clippers? […]