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I was aware early on that it was a complete blowout tonight, and thus I only watched the MLB playoffs tonight; didn't even peek at the football game once.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/thursday-night-football-least-minor-competitiveness-problem.html

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@bigricksam I'm sorry you don't appreciate the talent required to make some of those catches. I could probably say the same thing about whatever your favorite sport is.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/opening-day-shows-that-baseball-isnt-dying-its-just-more-and-more-a-regional-sport.html

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Have to get a cable or satellite package that has CSN Chicago. Most if not all of their games will be on that network next year and beyond.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/get-ready-to-say-goodbye-to-sports-on-wgn-america.html

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@Sa9273 Interesting that they put them on FS1 instead of the main Fox network. For the first weekend of Baseball Night in America, that's a real WTF decision.


(by "them", I'm referring to Buck, Reynolds, and Verducci, not the game itself, which is on FS1 for contractual reasons.)

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-519-525.html

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Both Alberts will finally be calling a conference championship series in their respective sports in the same season.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nbc-tinkers-with-conference-final-broadcast-crews.html

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You might say that Don Cherry... donned cherries!

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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He literally spent the remaining 2 hours of the show arguing with Mitch about this. Part of me thinks it's just a ratings ploy a la First Take just to get people to pay attention to the show.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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Based on the MLB schedule pages for both teams, it looks like Thursday's Cubs @ White Sox WGN telecast will be with the Cubs broadcast team while Hawk and Steve are over on CSN Chicago.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-55-511.html

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@DJRosko82 OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AND WAFFLEBOARDED AWAY BY THE NETMINDER!!!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/doc-emrick-eddie-olczyk-and-nbc-sports-brand-will-be-in-eas-nhl-15.html

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No more Costas calling baseball! His almost-weekly appearances on MLB Network are bad enough!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/would-fs1-and-nbcsn-be-better-off-if-they-flipped-programming-strategies.html

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I agree about it being stupid to even have him on FS1 in the first place. Mike and his show don't have national appeal, and I'd be much more likely to watch FS1 in the afternoons if they had something else.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mike-francesa-doesnt-like-getting-pre-empted-by-much-more-popular-things.html

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@griffm60 @SpringRubber@JPjr1If you "move forward" by adding a bunch of pointless things, it's not really moving forward. Who cares if it's the 21st century? I'm not saying to go back to broadcasting the old way because I'm sentimental. I'm saying to go back to broadcasting the old way because it was actually DONE RIGHT. The current way that Fox and ESPN televise NASCAR is fundamentally flawed because it doesn't put the primary focus on the actual racing. There's nonstop interruptions in the racing coverage to show pre-produced packages, to show full-screen interviews, to do "roving reporter" nonsense, to do "mid-race reports" where they go to the Hollywood Hotel, and to spend several minutes talking about a single driver where they go full-screen on that single car and just show that one car driving around the track.


The fundamental problem with NASCAR telecasts is that Fox and ESPN have people in charge who aren't racing fans themselves, and they really don't know or care about how to properly do a racing telecast. They have this flawed notion that if they throw all of the bells and whistles into the telecast, it will magically be good. In doing so, they've lost sight of actually covering the racing itself.

I liken it to if they changed their NFL telecasts to start replacing early parts of possessions with pre-produced packages about the quarterback and wound up missing the first 4 plays of each possession. Oh, and let's skip covering kickoffs to instead talk about the amazing food being served at the stadium! That would never be acceptable in NFL telecasts, but that's what Fox's NASCAR coverage has become, and that's why it's fundamentally flawed.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nascar-on-fox-hitting-record-low-ratings.html

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@JPjr1 Fully agreed. If you go back and watch any of the broadcasts up to 2000 or even most of the 2001-2006 NBC package, you'd see racing coverage done right. They covered the RACE happening on the track and didn't junk up the broadcast with 50 zillion gimmick cameras, pointless fluff graphics, and nonsense full-screen videos and interviews during green flag racing. They would find the battles for position, and they'd properly frame those battles with appropriate camera shots instead of zooming too tight, showing too many "speed" shots, cutting between constant in-car shots, etc. We have Fox to thank for "reinventing" the style of NASCAR telecasts for the worse. They're the ones that decided that racing telecasts should be cluttered with a bunch of nonstop camera switching between gimmick shots that make it almost impossible to follow the actual race.

As we moved into the 2007-2008 time period, both Fox and ESPN further changed things for the worse by centering their whole broadcasts around "storylines" where they follow a select handful of drivers and just follow them around on tight one-car camera shots as the commentators go on and on through the entire race broadcast trying to push these "storylines" about the drivers and their rivalries instead of just CALLING THE RACE as it's happening on the track. I don't care about whatever drama is involved in these storylines! I just care about the race itself! For whatever stupid reason, ESPN adopted the worst elements of the Fox broadcasts, and Fox adopted the worst elements of ESPN's broadcasts. TNT was alright for the first few years of this TV deal, but over the past few years, they've gotten really lazy and have become pretty bad themselves as they just try to cash in on what's left of their deal by showing as many commercials as humanly possible.

As a NASCAR fan who has been pretty turned off by the abysmal TV coverage we've seen in recent years, I can only hope that NBC will return NASCAR coverage back to the basics and not follow Fox's model of coverage. Lose the gimmicks, lose the drama storylines, and lose the pointless interruption of green flag racing. Cover the racing on the track with solid camera work and solid direction and provide solid commentary (unlike the annoying Waltrip bros.), and I'll be a happy fan.



5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nascar-on-fox-hitting-record-low-ratings.html

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@Sa9273 Wow, I didn't even realize that Eric Collins and Preston Wilson were doing work for FS1. Here goes yet another week without a single appearance by Vasgersian/Smoltz, and still no second appearance from Buck (understandable) or Reynolds. I get the impression that these guys are mainly gonna be used on the Baseball Night in America telecasts and on playoff telecasts since most of them (aside from Buck) have their main jobs with MLB Network instead of with Fox.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-428-54.html

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@MattGalvin I really don't know why you're dragging NBA contracts into the final sentence of your post because that has nothing to do with baseball.


At any rate, no, TBS would not be carrying these games under any circumstances because TBS only carries games on Sundays, and starting this year, it's only Sundays in August and September.


This has nothing to do with play-by-play personnel being at a game or not. This has to do with what networks have the rights to what games. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, only MLB Network can show nationally televised games except for the 5 games a year that FS1 can show on those nights if BOTH teams have Fox Sports Nets as their local carrier. The Yankees and Red Sox matchups don't even qualify for that since NESN isn't owned by Fox; therefore ONLY MLB Network can carry these games.

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-421-427.html

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@DanielOrmsby Wow, lots of Kenny Albert lately. Brennaman called two games right off the bat and hasn't been on FS1 since. It's week 4 of MLB on FS1, and STILL no Vasgersian and Smoltz. They make a great team, so I hope we see a lot of them down the stretch, and I hope they get a playoff series. They still continue to call a game on MLB Network together every other week or so, but hopefully we see them on FS1 and Fox soon.

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-421-427.html

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@MattGalvin Yeah, they can only show games during the week where both teams have a Fox Sports network as their local outlet, and the Red Sox don't. We'll only be seeing Yankees/Red Sox on FS1 when they play weekend series.

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-421-427.html

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@CUbsfan They seem to be on a trend of moving start times gradually earlier. It was either last year or the year before that they moved MNF to start earlier than previous years. If I still had my old job where I started at 8 am most days, I would welcome the earlier start times, and I'm in the Central Time Zone! Those 8:40 PM starts must be brutal for people on Eastern Time that have to work the next day. I'm surprised they haven't moved them even earlier, but I guess they're trying to get most of the west coast viewers home from work before MNF starts. ESPN caring about the west coast? What a bizarre concept! >_>

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-2014-monday-night-football-schedule.html

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I didn't realize that Nantz and Simms were even calling the games that are exclusive to NFL Network. I can't stand Nantz.

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-2014-thursday-night-football-schedule.html

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Do we have word on the timeslots for these new ESPN and NBC games? I assume they will all be on Saturdays, but will they be night games or day games?

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-gets-a-wild-card-game-nbc-gets-a-divisional-playoff-game-for-this-season.html

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@Sa9273 Well, at least it's only a one-off assignment. I'm also glad that TBS will not have enough MLB playoff series this year to merit using Stockton, but at the same time, I'll miss having Bob Brenly on the TBS telecasts.

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-nba-playoffs-announcing-schedule-for-419-424.html

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So Dick Stockton is full time now with Fox Sports and is done with Turner Sports?

6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-nba-playoffs-announcing-schedule-for-419-424.html

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@Sa9273 wow, so FS1 is gonna be lazy enough to just straight-up simulcast one team's telecast? It would really kill them that much to send a crew out to the game? It's not like they're covering 5 games a week or anything. It's the one day a week that they have baseball, and they won't spend the money on putting two national crews out in the field? Are Steve and Bob going to be forced to be a little more neutral, or will the broadcast be a standard D-Backs-biased broadcast?


Are we going to be seeing Joe Buck and Harold Reynolds at all on FS1 for the rest of the regular season, or are they only going to be going the games on the Fox network in addition to the playoffs on FS1?

6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-414-420.html

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FS1 deserves better; they're putting forth a good effort with their baseball coverage. Seems like half of the people I talk to, however, still have no idea what FS1 is or where to find it.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-1-began-its-mlb-coverage-with-tepid-ratings.html

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Fox is not sending Joe Buck and company to Red Sox/Yankees? What is the world coming to?

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-46-413.html

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I really think they should have run a ticker every so many minutes just to quickly remind people that the unbiased broadcast is on TBS. I also agree with the other suggestion that the title of the show in the program guide should have emphasized that the TNT and TruTV feeds were biased Teamcasts.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/why-was-there-so-much-confusion-over-the-turner-ncaa-teamcasts.html

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@GregMolumby We're living in an era where almost all playoff sports are moving to cable. Basically the entirety of the MLB and NBA playoffs are now on cable except for their championship series, and NCAA football's championship as well as part of the NHL's Stanley Cup Final are also on cable.


Aside from the NFL, there's no longer an expectation to find any other sport's critical games on broadcast TV. We're in a cable sports world now.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/why-was-there-so-much-confusion-over-the-turner-ncaa-teamcasts.html

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@tylerarnold23 While CBS and TBS are contractual partners in the NCAA tournament coverage, they're not owned by the same company. Turner (TBS) paid CBS for the rights to these Final Four games because they want to make a profit off the biggest day of the year in college basketball, and they hope to draw a big audience by going all-out on their coverage of the event.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/cbsturner-unveils-channels-and-local-announcers-for-ncaa-mens-final-four.html

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I like it overall, but I think the home run graphic is dull and not really inspiring. In the previous package and in all other networks' packages, they always have a lot of exciting animation in the graphic that appears for home runs in baseball, touchdowns in football, and goals in hockey. This new home run graphic just sits there on screen and doesn't animate or anything. The old graphic conveyed the attitude of, "WOOO! HOME RUN! GO WILD! :D ". The new graphic is like "Home run. Yeah, whatever. -_- ".

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-debuts-new-graphics-for-baseball.html

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@Baseballisbest Yeah, it's pretty bad when it's opening week of MLB, and all ESPN wants to talk about is 60% NFL (a sport that's not in season) and 20% NBA. They give maybe 15% of the time to MLB and the remaining 5% to sports that they completely disrespect like hockey.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/opening-day-shows-that-baseball-isnt-dying-its-just-more-and-more-a-regional-sport.html

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CBS does indeed seem like the smart choice. He could get a spot in the SEC football show right away, and like you said, he could rise to prominence if he does wind up getting Verne's job after he retires.

7 months, 1 week ago on Can ESPN do enough to hold onto Rece Davis?

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Are they planning on nationally televising this game, or will it be a regional-only game that would air in lieu of a 1 pm or 4:25 pm game in those markets?

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Be prepared for Sunday morning games, NFL fans

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@fangsbites So what will Saturdays look like? Will there be certain Saturdays with an afternoon game on Fox and then a night game on FS1? Then will other Saturdays feature a FS1 doubleheader?

Will both timeslots feature regional action, or will the nighttime FS1 slot only feature a single game?

10 months, 3 weeks ago on What's ahead for Sports Media in 2014, Part I - MLB

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...and the big sidebar is back tonight.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Fox Sports 1 saying goodbye to their huge graphics?

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Looks like they're not using the sidebar tonight, either.


Side note: How many weeks of vacation did Fox have to give Jay and Dan to come over to their network? 20? They just came back from a 2-week vacation, and now they're gone again.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Fox Sports 1 saying goodbye to their huge graphics?

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I hate the sidebar. I've always felt why bother having an HD telecast and a beautiful studio just to squeeze the video into a small window surrounded by a bunch of graphics. (especially considering that the graphics are generally of limited use and also could be implemented in a much smaller fashion.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Fox Sports 1 saying goodbye to their huge graphics?

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I liked the Faith Hill and P!nk versions better. The Carrie Underwood version butchers the original song too much.

1 year ago on Mike Francesa hates the Sunday Night Football theme

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@amamtramk  

1) Detroit didn't play the A's yesterday

2) Assuming you're talking about the ALCS against Boston, the whole series has been on Fox, not TBS.

1 year ago on The MLB and TBS are just a bad match

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I disagree that Fox would've done things correctly right off the bat. As it stands, the talent pool for MLB at Fox is so watered down that in the last year or two, they've resorted to using local broadcasters to fill their second and third-tier broadcast teams on an almost-weekly basis. Also, the fact that Fox doesn't send its own production trucks to MLB games like they do for NFL and CFB, and instead leaches off the local FSN broadcast trucks with inferior production capabilities (just look at the difference in graphics quality and animation between their NFL and MLB games) tells me that Fox hasn't been that vested in its MLB coverage in several years.


I expect them to start caring more about MLB coverage when FS1 ramps up its coverage next year, but honestly, Fox has a lot of talent and production building to do ever since they starting neglecting MLB somewhat after they lost the bulk of postseason rights to TBS in 2007.

I'm honestly quite happy with the product that TBS has put out there lately. It's a huge step up from their blunders in the Chip Caray era. Overall, most of their talent is good now, Stockton aside, and the production quality is quite solid. Yeah, I will admit that the AL Wild Card game's audio issue was horrible, and their glitch where they accidentally blacked out the NL Wild Card web/mobile stream was even worse, but things have been pretty solid since the Division Series round started, and their coverage overall has been solid since 2010 when they rearranged the talent, although the studio show hasn't been tolerable until this year when they finally removed the babbling and uninformative David Wells.

1 year ago on The MLB and TBS are just a bad match

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My reaction right now is the same as Hawk's reaction to an opposing team's walk-off home run.


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1 year ago on Hawk Harrelson will serve as a guest analyst on MLBN for the postseason

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@stuie299 More like ESPN and Turner seem to want out. Juding by the way they've been mailing in their coverage, I'd say they both really want out.

1 year, 1 month ago on NASCAR takes a step closer to joining NBC for 2014

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So, no panel discussion on Saturdays and Sundays starting today. Jay and Dan said that it will be anchors-only on the weekends, and the panel will only be there on weekdays.


At the same time, they also moved the anchor desk over to the side of the studio where the panel was last night. That seems kind of weird; I figured they would want to keep the anchor desk in a single location. Not sure why they'd move it just because the panel isn't there. Maybe they're not happy with the way the desk's normal position looks with a wideshot.

1 year, 2 months ago on Fox Sports Live exceeds expectations with room to grow

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@DOriginalDonald Charissa Thompson isn't Erin Andrews? I'm shocked! SHOCKED!

(now where are my winnings????????)

1 year, 2 months ago on 10 Questions Going Forward For Fox Sports

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Not sure why Red Eye Chicago published this just the other day, but this quote from Hawk happened like 1-2 years ago, and they're just rehashing it now. Pretty bad "journalism" there.

1 year, 3 months ago on Hawk Harrelson imagines he'll die in the broadcast booth

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@Sa9273 Berman? Remind me to stay far away from ESPN2 that night.

1 year, 4 months ago on Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 6/24 - 6/30

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With the low budget that this "station" has now, they probably have some 15-year-old kid sitting in his bedroom running their Twitter account.

1 year, 4 months ago on Chicago radio station says the Blackhawks were "raped basically"

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@patgorse It should be available in HD on channel 214-1.

MLB Network is a special case because not only do they abide by MLB's regional blackout restrictions, but they also will black out the primary game if they decide that the secondary game is more appropriate to your viewing area. I assume they have to do this because they can only show one game or the other, not both. I think cable viewers get a much more seamless experience of this because both the primary and secondary game are able to be viewed on the single MLB Network channel based on what feed MLB Network sends to your local cable headend. On DirecTV, it's a bit more jarring because you have to change channels to 214 if they determine that you're going to get the secondary game instead of the primary game.

1 year, 4 months ago on MLB blackouts are still alive... and confusing | May | 2013

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