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TSN may beat ESPN to The Ocho

We’ve all made jokes in the past about how ESPN will end up emulating the film Dodgeball and launch ESPN 8: The Ocho. Their Canadian counterparts apparently saw it as a challenge. They won’t quite make it to The Ocho, but they’ll come pretty close. Monday morning, TSN launched TSN 3, TSN 4 and TSN 5. That’s […]

NFL: Preseason-San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers

Chargers broadcaster Hank Bauer makes hacky, anti-semitic joke

Look, radio announcers have a much tougher job in some respects than television announcers. You have to paint pictures, you have to fill in every detail, you have to speak for three hours straight with only your partner and commercials to provide respite. Sometimes things get out of hand and weird, but there’s no excuse […]

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ESPN, NBA TV will cover much of the FIBA World Cup

The FIBA World Cup has had a lot of buzz for the past few weeks, though largely for the unfortunate reason of Paul George’s injury. That said, the tournament is still likely to be an entertaining appetite whetter for the upcoming NBA season. While many NBA stars (James Harden, Stephen Curry, and the triumphantly returning […]

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The NFL and DirecTV are close to a deal for Sunday Ticket

Every few years, cable customers are allowed to feel just a bit melancholy, as the NFL continues to reject their business for the NFL Sunday Ticket product. It appears that will again be the case, as the next negotiations seem to be wrapping up on a long-term deal. The NFL will remain satellite-only. The league and […]

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NHL Network puts big US and Canadian markets on schedule

We take more than our few slap shots at the NHL Network here at Awful Announcing, but the one thing the channel is truly good for is a slate of live games that supplements what NBC and NBCSN bring to the table the rest of the week. They also, for the most part, usually provide […]

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10 Questions for Year 2 of Fox Sports 1

With the first year anniversary of Fox Sports 1 approaching on Sunday, this week is FS1 Week at Awful Announcing.  Over the course of the week, we’ll analyze the highs and lows of the first twelve months at “the one for fun” and what is in the network’s future. Today, Steve Lepore looks into his crystal […]

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Why Fox Sports Live has been a failure, and how FS1 can still save it

With the first year anniversary of Fox Sports 1 approaching on Sunday, this week is FS1 Week at Awful Announcing.  Over the course of the next seven days, we’ll analyze the highs and lows of the first twelve months at “the one for fun” and what is in the network’s future. Today, Steve Lepore turns […]

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EPL on NBCSN looks to continue the momentum after breakout success

BOSTON — I was in a hotel in Boston, speaking to all of the prominent members of the NBC Sports Premier League team. Right off the bat, a moment summed up the group — host Rebecca Lowe, analysts Kyle Martino, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, and play-by-play man Arlo White — and their popularity with […]

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ESPN suspends Max Kellerman for comments on domestic violence

We are in an unprecedented run of suspensions for ESPN on-air personnel. All within perhaps the slowest period for sports activity of the year. The New York Daily News is reporting that SportsNation co-host Max Kellerman has been suspended by the network for inappropriate comments with regard to domestic violence. An ESPN spokesman (who would not on […]

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers

The best team in baseball has the worst broadcast schedule

The Oakland Athletics are poised to win a third consecutive AL West title, though they are most definitely in a race with the Los Angeles Angels. Though they traded away their biggest star, Yoenis Cespedes, they acquired a player with arguably more name recognition in World Series hero Jon Lester. Though their stadium is a […]

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ESPN’s MLS All-Star coverage tonight will be extensive

The MLS All-Star Game is always somewhat interesting to me, at least in theory, as a soccer fan. 2014′s will be especially intriguing, because it comes after a few weeks of European teams kicking the tar out of MLS competition in friendlies. MLS’ All-Stars will now try and prove their mettle one more time against […]

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