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@qcsportsnet surely, MLS has a long stable of good ones: Strong, JP Dellacamera, Callum Williams in Kansas City, the Seattle guy...Fox is sitting pretty...they've got a lot of U.S. based options. (And Gus is too busy.)
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/10-questions-for-year-two-of-fox-sports-1.html
They must really believe in the power of their fanbase with the scheduling of Sunday games in September and October. MLS will go up against the NFL; I only pray they pull a good six-digit number against them (400-500k). It seems almost...dumb, but I understand why: Fox College Football.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
@Pat_Pending MMA is a big ratings get; can't do that. That's like telling NBCSN, "Too much Premier League".
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-1-lost-the-expectations-game.html
Cowherd isn't the devil, really. The sports blogosphere (Deadspin, AA et al.) hate him. But when he doesn't put his foot in his mouth (those happen rarely), he usually sounds pretty smart and makes strong points about real issues.
I'd rather have him than bland Mike&Mike, and I love SVP/Russillo as well, but Cowherd takes the cake.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/colin-cowherd-just-might-be-worse-than-skip-bayless.html
Simmons has Eternal Respect from me for the book on basketball.
I'm not questioning his knowledge of the game he loves...I agree that his own show with his own brand is a better fit than on the NBA Countdown. Great for him.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bill-simmons-leaving-nba-countdown-for-new-grantland-basketball-show.html
Two things I got out of this:
*No one's covering MLS journalistically. If someone's persistently in those locker rooms (even if it's Univision, for chrissakes) working the league beat, then we can flesh out these guys - who right now are nameless and faceless and only known if they take selfies with fans or play on the USMNT (and there are plenty of MLS internationals).
*The Women's World Cup is bigger than I thought. Fox has to beat ESPN, which is easy: for one, a USWNT which is the best in the world (which our USA superiority complex favors); for another: being in Canada, they should work that country and that competition, especially since they have Canadian talent in the coffers.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-doesnt-need-to-be-ready-for-the-world-cup-by-2018-they-need-to-be-ready-now.html
I'm in college for journalism. I understand and accept that my profession might lead me to ESPN, as well as understanding that it might NOT take me to ESPN.
I agree with the majority of this post. I'm on the Internet anyway if I want my sports news, so that's no problem. Those specialized NFL/NBA/MLB/NHL/soccer channels, understandably, are too rich for my ramen-eating budget. But yes, SportsCenter isn't about highlights as much as it is about hype and market, and YES, that draws more eyeballs than "Oh hey, we have Diamondbacks vs. Pirates highlights for you right now."
(interesting point: I see the majority of complaints about SportsCenter are coming from baseball and hockey fans. I'm right, right?)
1 year, 1 month ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter
He said "football" and that threw me off so hard. Lmfao
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