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ESPN’s 2016 NFL Draft Report Card

One of our favorite yearly traditions at Awful Announcing is our yearly draft grades for ESPN and NFL Network recapping the first round of the NFL Draft. This is always such a big night for the networks and their football departments and aside from Louis Riddick’s addition, the crew has largely stayed the same over […]

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 07:  Raul Ibanez #18 of the Kansas City Royals during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 7, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Royals defeated the Diamondbacks 6-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Raul Ibanez is joining ESPN as an MLB analyst after Curt Schilling’s departure

There’s been a lot of news recently amongst ESPN’s MLB analyst ranks, largely thanks to the unceremonious firing of the controversial and polarizing Curt Schilling.  But with that subtraction, ESPN is also making an addition.  Former All-Star and former Fox Sports analyst Raul Ibanez will be joining ESPN in a multi-year deal to work on […]

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MLB Network’s Dan Plesac struggles with studio dugout step

MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac picked up three All-Star births over the course of an 18 year career.  That’s a lot of experience.  But even with that kind of longevity in the game, there are still some things about baseball that are truly difficult to master – like exiting the dugout without faceplanting.

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Here are what Fox Sports personalities have tweeted about Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless is leaving ESPN.  After years running amok in Bristol and building his own little fiefdom over at First Take, Bayless is moving on to a new opportunity.  It doesn’t take a lot of mental gymnastics to realize that Fox Sports is his next likely destination, to link back up with Embrace Debate Czar Jamie […]

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Who will wear all of Mike Tirico’s many hats at ESPN?

With the stunning news that Mike Tirico will reportedly be leaving ESPN this summer, the sports media industry has quickly turned to the multiple holes Tirico’s departure will leave at the WorldWide Leader.  Tirico has always been underrated not just for his excellence, but for his versatility.  Tirico’s most visible role at ESPN has been […]

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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 4/26 – 5/1

Tuesday, April 26 Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets (MLBN 7 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: White Sox at Jays] St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks (FS1 9:30 pm) Joe Davis, Eric Karros Wednesday, April 27 San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants (MLBN 3:30 pm) Local Broadcast New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (ESPN 8 […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Mike Tirico leaving ESPN for NBC Sports

Here’s a bombshell: Mike Tirico is reportedly leaving ESPN for NBC Sports. Over the past few weeks, whispers have been growing louder and louder across the sports media industry that NBC was going to make a play for Tirico.  Ryan Glasspiegel mentioned that NBC was expected to make an offer for Tirico over at The […]

MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 27:  Former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger takes the stage during the Opening Ceremony for the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 27, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Fox Sports reveals USGA lineup that looks to win golf fans over in year two

When it was first announced that Fox Sports was taking over USGA rights and televising golf, it was met with befuddlement and curiosity.  Fox had never televised major championship golf before and as a sport, golf doesn’t really fit in with the network’s attitude.  What would golf on Fox bring – giant robots trampling around […]

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 08:  The Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays stand for the national anthem prior to game one of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 8, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Rogers’ ownership clouds Blue Jays coverage

The Toronto Blue Jays have exploded onto the scene in the United States since ending their long playoff drought in 2015, but beyond the storylines of Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Marcus Stroman and the rest of their superstar lineup is their ownership with one of Canada’s largest sports broadcasters. A relationship that often leads to […]

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Albert Breer moves from NFL Network to Sports Illustrated

A few weeks ago, it was unknown whether or not MMQB czar Peter King was even staying with Sports Illustrated and spearheading the professional football vertical.  Now, not only is King staying, but he’s adding to his arsenal at the MMQB. The vertical has made arguably its biggest outside hire to date, bringing in reporter […]

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 21:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with catcher David Ross #3 of the Chicago Cubs after throwing a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 21, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Chicago defeated Cincinnati 16-0.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Reds Twitter had the perfect response to Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter

Human pitching cyborg Jake Arrieta threw his second no-hitter in the last year on Thursday night in Cincinnati against the Reds.  If that wasn’t bad enough for the Reds, the Cubs also managed to score 16 runs!  Getting no-hit is bad enough, but allowing over two touchdowns makes it even worse. Thankfully, Reds Twitter had […]

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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 4/21 – 4/25

Thursday, April 21 Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves (MLBN Noon) Local Broadcast [alt: Mariners at Indians] Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals (FS1 7 pm) TBA Houston Astros at Texas Rangers (MLBN 8 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Pirates at Padres -9p] Friday, April 22 Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros (MLBN 8 pm) Local […]

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 18:  James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets walks across the court during their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Toyota Center on March 18, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  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 Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

TNT threw some major, major shade at the Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets are the Rodney Dangerfield of the NBA Playoffs – no respect, no respect at all.  And no regard either. Even their own fans gave them a 0% chance to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.  Now TNT is giving them a 0% chance to even win […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Former NBA players Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller, now both analyst for TNT, sit courtside during NBA All-Star Saturday night presented by State Farm at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  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 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Charles Barkley calls Reggie Miller “the worst analyst on television”

The Inside the NBA crew usually hold no punches in telling it like it is and making jokes at each other’s expense. But last night during their NBA Playoff coverage, not even their own announcing colleagues in the broadcast booth were safe. Let’s hear what Charles Barkley had to say about Reggie Miller’s analysis of Spurs-Grizzlies: Ouch! […]

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