The UFC’s broadcast ban in Germany declared illegitimate

The UFC had been barred from German television since March of 2010 because of a ban ruling that the sport was “unacceptable” and “breaking taboos” But on Friday, that ban was officially lifted and annulled by the Administrative Court in Munich. The court ruled that the UFC is “generally suitable for broadcast” and that MMA […]

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Charles Barkley opens up about his relationship with Michael Jordan

Charles Barkley is one of the most outspoken basketball players in league history. Michael Jordan is one of the best basketball players in league history. Naturally, you’d expect there to be some sort of relationship between the two, but as Barkley explained in this interview with Seth Davis, that relationship has deteriorated in recent years. […]


The Sportswriter of the Year is SI’s Tom Verducci

On Thursday, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association revealed their yearly award winners for sportscasting and sportswriting. Plenty of familiar names were honored, and winning the National Sportswriter of the Year award for the first time was Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, who also worked as part of Fox’s top MLB broadcast team in 2014. This […]


The worst 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballots

This is a column I put together every year, and I relish it. Voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame generates a level of fervor and outrage that is foreign to that we see with other Halls of Fame across sports. Yet, each year, the outrage continues and, if anything, gets louder. This year, the […]


ESPN, NBC break out new scorebugs for new year

One of the silly things we like to over-analyze a bit here at Awful Announcing is scorebugs. You know, the little box that shows up on the screen with information like the score, the yardage situation, timeouts, the count, and so on. We hadn’t really seen a large change from ESPN in recent years, but […]


ESPN, ESPN2 will be available on Dish’s internet TV service

Dish may have started a service that will take another step towards burying traditional cable and satellite services. Dish will soon be launching Sling TV (which has no affiliation with the Slingbox), a subscription based internet TV service that allows you to stream a variety of cable channels without an accompanying cable subscription. Among the channels that […]


ESPN is cable’s top network for 2014

To close out a great 2014 for ESPN, the Worldwide Leader finished the year as cable’s most-viewed network. ESPN’s primetime audience jumped by 5% to 2.32 million viewers, according to a report from Multichannel News. ESPN finished third a year ago, behind Viacom-owned USA and ESPN sister network Disney Channel. USA finished in second with 2.13 […]

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Some broadcasters did say “Redskins” much less in 2014

Deadspin has been tracking the closed captioning mentions of “Redskins” during the 2014 season, and now that the season is over for Washington, the final totals for the year are in. During the 2014 season, game broadcasters said “Redskins” 472 fewer times than during the 2013, a drop of 27%. Without making any bold proclamations […]


NBCSN’s Premier League Breakaway shines in debut effort

On Thursday, NBCSN did a little something different during their 10 AM coverage window of the Barclays Premier League. Instead of airing one feature match and dumping the rest of the matches on Extra Time/Live Extra, NBCSN aired Premier League Breakaway, designed to be a RedZone style program bouncing around between the eight matches. All eight matches […]


Michelle Beadle goes nuclear on Twitter troll

Female sportswriters and broadcasters have to deal with a lot of crap on Twitter. The comments that roll in every time they say anything are pretty gross, and things that trolls would never say to their faces. Former ESPN columnist Molly Knight tweeted out an example of the abuse, which came in response to a seemingly innocuous […]

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NBA ratings thrive on Christmas Day

The NBA’s Christmas Day schedule is in the rear-view mirror, and the league has to be thrilled about the overnight ratings that have come in. ABC aired a doubleheader, and the two games were both up. The first game to air on ABC was Thunder-Spurs, which drew a 4.0 overnight – that’s an 8% jump from […]

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Twitter user goes crazy, drives 35 miles to fight about Kobe

On Christmas evening, the Twitter world lost their minds as one of the most bizarre, ridiculous stories unfolded. A user with the handle @MyTweetsRealAF had a disagreement about Kobe Bryant with a user named @SnottieDrippen, and then drove 35 miles to fight him. It’s the ultimate showing of holiday spirit! This whole sequence was a […]


Bleacher Report UK Twitter suspended for EPL Vines

Near the end of the summer, we brought you a story about the Premier League attempting to crack down on Vines highlighting the action from games just moments after they happened. Over the last four months, we haven’t really seen much in the way of those crack downs, aside from Vine accounts getting deleted. But […]


NBCSN will unveil Premier League Breakaway on New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is an awesome day for Premier League fans, just like it’s an awesome day for college football fans. Every Premier League team will play to kick off 2015, with eight matches taking place in the 10 AM timeslot. Instead of simply picking one game to air and shuffling the other seven off […]