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@pardvoc Ratings would disagree with you on that. I can point out that ESPN isn't required to air ANY regular season women's basketball, outside of conference tournaments which they are signed to air specific games of. Yet they air 1-2 games a week because it delivers them better ratings than endless reruns.
Furthermore your ignorance is showing. ESPN's contract that was signed in 2011 requires them to air all the NCAA Championships on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU, outside of the men's basketball championship (which is done with a separate contract) and the college World Series (also done with a separate contract). Translation- ESPN is required to air either one full game or use whip-a-round coverage to meet contractual NCAA obligations. So ESPN3 is not an option for the NCAA Women's Tourney. It is an option at allowing full games to be shown while whip-a-round is going on, but it isn't an option to exclusively air the game.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/espns-coverage-womens-ncaa-tournament-carries-echoes-sports.html
@Matt_Zemek I agree with your point to a degree. However let's be honest with ourselves as well. What is going to draw a bigger rating- a Texas A&M men's basketball game or a Maryland, Tennessee, or Cal women's basketball game? Typically it will be the men's game, regardless of what tournament it is. The only exception to this based off of ratings is Connecticut women's games. That's why I bring up the NIT and the fact that with the exception of the Tallahassee game, which was moved up to air before the NIT, the others conflicted.
Truthfully I would have kept ESPN Classic as a TV channel instead of making it move to a digital channel and have used ESPN or ESPNU to air the NIT while using the other station, ESPNU, ESPNews, and ESPN Classic to air the women's tourney. That's not going to happen though as long as they can get away with using ESPN3, and even if it is allowed to occur, expect it to be with SEC and Longhorn Network being in the mix.
Now what I think we tend to forget anbout is that ESPN's contract to air NCAA Championships's requires those games to be on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU. It doesn't allow them to be on ESPNews, which is why I would use News as the whip-a-round channel.
However the NIT is not a NCAA Tournament, and it's games are allowed to be on ESPNews. They utilized this option in 2013 but have not utilized it in 2014 or 2015. If ESPN truly cared about the women's tourney, they would have moved the NIT game all together to ESPNews and used ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU for the women's tourney.
@Giantsfan1982 I'd have to double check, but didn't ESPNU have Men's NCAA Championship Wrestling on Friday afternoon? As part of the ESPN contract, they are required to air the championships on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU, so if my memory is correct there still would have been a conflict.
I will point out that the article does fail to acknowledge that ESPN is carrying the NIT at the same time as the Women's Tourney, and many of these games clash on the same nights. To come to the defense of ESPN they had NIT games on ESPN & ESPNU, so ESPN2 and ESPNews were the only available options.
Compare that to Sunday night when both ESPN and ESPN2 were available. They made it where both networks carried games. ESPN carries as much of the women's tourney as they can. My one complaint is that they need to actually use whip-a-round coverage the way they say it is meant to be: whip-a-round. Do like CBS used to do. Place a protected region game on ESPN2 for every slot, like CBS used to do. Then use ESPNews for whip-a-round coverage and actually rotate between the games (CBSSN used to do this). ESPN3 would still be there to carry all the games individually (much like March Madness Live does). This would please all parties involved and would actually utilize your talented roster to the best of their abilities while not keeping it on a blowout.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/espns-coverage-womens-ncaa-tournament-carries-echoes-sports.html
@CUbsfan I'm sure it's not the only reason, but location restrictions play a part in it. Frankly I'm surprised the LA games aren't starting an hour later on Thursday than the Syracuse games on Friday.
5 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/your-ncaa-tournament-sweet-16-announcing-schedule-3.html
@MattWheeler53 Ian Eagle will be doing the Syracuse region for Westwood One radio.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/your-ncaa-tournament-sweet-16-announcing-schedule-3.html
@DaleMoog Not all info has been announced yet, but considering they have had them every year and have 2 studio teams again says YES, they will.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/heres-can-find-2015-ncaa-tournament-tv.html
It's not a guess on the first four being the regional teams. They actually note that they are in the official press release.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/big-changes-2015-ncaa-tournament-announcers-cbsturner.html
I could be mistaken, but from what I understand Brad Friedel will typically be in the studio alongside Wynalda & Holden, with the exception of when Fox has a doubleheader. When they have two games, they will feature a special analyst.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/john-strong-alexi-lalas-foxs-mls-broadcast-team-landon-donovan-joining-coverage.html
I will admit to misreading the post. My impression from reading it had
my mind thinking you were saying they teamed Elmore up with Harlan and
Miller last year, which is why I did the research to see when they
I will also admit that I misread it when it says
that Hill will be with Nantz & Raftery through the entire tourney,
though I think that is a mistake given how CBS & Turner have done
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/predicting-cbsturner-announcing-teams-ncaa-tournament.html
The problem with your statement is you don't present one little overlooked fact. Marv Albert is teamed up w/ the #1 Turner analyst until the Final Four, when that analyst joins Nantz & Raftery. Steve Kerr has been teamed with Albert until the Final Four since the CBS/Turner deal started. That means Grant Hill will be teamed with him this year.
Another mistake is you have portrayed that last year is when Elmore joined Harlan & Miller. That actually happened back in 2012, and Miller was even with Elmore for the Regionals in 2011.
Either way you should have only had 1 flexible team left. And truthfully there's no reason Andrew Catalon shouldn't remain calling the NCAA Tourney either.
If you were to ask me, it will be virtually identical to last years, with Raftery sliding into Anthony's spot and Kellogg into Raftery's. And while I have this listed as the most likely scenario, I wouldn't be shocked if Blackburn calls the tourney first round since Catalon hasn't called any college basketball this season.
Also I have history backing me up. 2015 is obviously my guess, but you'll find that the teams have virtually stayed unchanged since the merge started in 2011, unless an employee leaves one of the companies.
Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery- Grant Hill joins during the Final Four
Marv Albert/Grant Hill
Kevin Harlan/ Reggie Miller/Len Elmore
Verne Lundquist/Clark Kellogg
Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel
Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb
Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner
Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski
Jim Nantz/ Greg Anthony- Kerr joined during the Final Four
Marv Albert/ Steve Kerr
Kevin Harlan/ Reggie Miller/ Len Elmore
Verne Lundquist/ Bill Raftery
Ian Eagle/ Jim Spanarkel
Spero Dedes/ Doug Gottlieb
Brian Anderson/ Dan Bonner
Andrew Catalon/ Mike Gminski
Jim Nantz/ Clark Kellogg- Kerr joined during the Final Four
Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery
Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller
Tim Brando/Mike Gminski
Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel
Gus Johnson/Len Elmore- Miller joined during the Regionals
Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/predicting-cbsturner-announcing-teams-ncaa-tournament.html
I'm not sure why he had to give up Thursday night football to take over College Gameday, but congrats go out to Rece Davis.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/rece-davis-officially-signs-new-contract-espn-2021.html
@bramweiser Nope. You would be mistaken. Bill Raftery has already called 2 CBS games this year and is still signed up to call games for them during the regular season, not just the NCAA Tournament. His contract with Westwood One was as one of the two analysts for the Final Four & NCAA Championship game. That's the only special contract he had, and from what I understand even that contract was tied into his CBS contract.
His Fox contract is mostly as the Monday Night Big East game of the week analyst w/ Gus Johnson and for select other games. Since they haven't regularly done Monday night games this season he has done a few Wednesday games, but in this case since it is CBS using his CBS contract, then it is the FOX contract that should be a side note, not the other way around like you are inferring.
As a quick FYI, when Raftery signed with Fox he left ESPN, not CBS. He has called regular season games & the tournament for CBS both last season and this season.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/jim-nantz-bill-raftery-grant-hill-new-final-four-announcing-team.html
@bramweiser You could ask yourself the same thing. Why do people like you focus solely on the fact that he works select games for FOX but is still on CBS's payroll as well.
@alexsimon99 @awfulannouncing It clearly says in the article that Nantz will be teamed with Raftery throughout the tournament, so no, there will be no Verne Lundquist/ Bill Raftery team this years tourney. And from how it's been done in the past, it will be Grant Hill & Marv Alberts as another team.
You can't even say this was truly the debut for Fox Sports, because Fox didn't have John Strong calling the game. It's kind of sad that they went with Glenn Davis on pxp when they just hired String to be the voice of Fox Soccer.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/fox-sports-promise-theres-plenty-work-usmnt-debut.html
Washington @ Montreal will be a SNET simulcast.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/nhl-announcing-schedule-127-21.html
@SpringRubber Let me correct my earlier statement. This is Chris Simms 3rd game this season. He did Titans/ Eagles in Week 3 w/ Brad Johansen and Jaguars/ Colts in Week 12 with Tom McCarthy.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/week-16-nfl-announcing-schedule.html
While Fox Sports 2 was used for overrun coverage during the MLB playoffs, those games were also simulcast on MLB Network because of FS2 being available in not enough homes.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-2.html
@ridethewidepony They've confirmed it's the same announcers as the English Premier League Spanish team on the same stations, mun2 and Telemundo, which means it'll be a studio broadcast.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-plans-unprecedented-coverage-2015-womens-world-cup.html
@Andy_Salcedo Honestly that's not ever going to happen. Fox is willing to spend money to send the announcers over for international tournaments, yes. That doesn't mean they are willing to spend money to station teams in Europe all the time for UEFA Champions, UEFA Europa, or their upcoming Bundesliga coverage nor does it mean they are willing to spend the extra on CONCACAF Champions.It would cost them TOO much in their opinions. If anything, we could hope they designate one broadcast team to do a game of the day format on site rather than relynig on the studio, much like ESPN did and much like NBCSN does with Barclays Premier League matches.
Frankly I'm surprised they actually have their own studio broadcast rather than use the International feed.
@SpringRubber Second game this season. And he did one last season.
@Coachbulldog Every game will be available on the Fox Sports Go app, but you have to have a company that subscribes to it.
I don't see Fox really contending as they gained the Bundesliga package, which is typically Friday- Sunday. beIN has English Championship, Italian Serie A, and Copa del Rey games that take place on Friday. While EPL would be a boost to either, their current offerings would make it difficult for the networks.
Fox's contract with Bundesliga will put the Bundesliga on fairly equal footing with the English Premier League. Remember Fox plans on airing 3 games at a time (FS1, FS2, and Fox Soccer Plus) with the others going onto Fox Soccer 2 Go. I've even heard there is a chance they will do like NBC is doing with EPL Extra Time and make the others available on FS Go.
As far as ESPN goes, they typically join with another company because of their other sports on Saturday & Sunday. I'd expect them to bid for the Friday package and the Friday package alone if they tried to get any EPL rights back. NBC seems like the safe beat to retain the rights though with the current landscape, unless CBS decided to get involved and get EPL onto CBSSN.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/english-premier-league-ready-put-rights-bid-add-friday-game.html
Considering Pac-12 Network added Walton back to their analyst lineup this season shows just how far it will go. Absolutely no where.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/the-locker/theres-petition-ban-bill-walton-broadcasting-arizona-games.html
It means CBS will have 9 broadcast teams that week, so expect Nantz, Simms, & Wolfson to do 2 games- Thursday, DH Saturday, and 6 games Sunday. I would have crossflexed one to Fox if I were the league, since they only have 5 games.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://fangsbites.com/nfl/nfl-stands-pat-in-week-16-of-the-2014-season.html
Most Regional Sports Nets do have multiple teams. One example that pops out with a humongous amount is FS Southwest has the Dallas Stars, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, San Antonio Spurs, San Antonio Stars, New Orleans Pelicans (via LA), Oklahoma City Thunder (via OK), and then collegiate sports from Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. That's not counting the high school football from Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. That's one regional SN I don't see fading any time soon.
Compare that to Root Sports Utah, which has the Jazz and then Big Sky, MWC, and WCC sports. There's not a lot of value in that package. However when you consider the number of collegiate teams involved covers Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, California, Nevada, Wyoming, etc. it becomes much more valuable.
And then you come down the totem pole to SportsNet LA. They have the Dodgers and that's it. Time Warner should have swallowed their pride and placed the Dodgers with the Lakers on TWCS. Then maybe their sports package would be worth what they're asking.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/sportsnet-la-doesnt-sound-like-future-directv.html
Detroit/ Toronto will be a CBC simulcast.
Calgary/ Chicago will be a City TV simulcast.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nhl-announcing-schedule-129-1214.html
Add KC Jones to the Touchdown Radio broadcast. Replace Mike Morgan with Mark Followill on Sports USA. Also remove Tony Hill from Compass broadcast.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/championship-week-college-football-announcing-schedule.html
You probably should note that Campus Insiders also exclusively broadcasts select games from the WCC, Mountain West, and Patriot League.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/digger-phelps-unretires-joins-campus-insiders.html
@CUbsfan No. He is merely an extra voice joining Jimmy, Howie, Terry, and Michael as a studio analyst.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/week-10-nfl-announcing-schedule.html
I think I would have gone with an option that allows you to listen to any broadcast instead of just the main one. MLB.TV, NBA.TV, and the NFL during the preseason have this option with their online feeds. Why not program it where you can listen to any feed, home TV, road TV, national radio, home radio, radio radio, and of course the Spanish broadcasts, instead of focusing solely on the national broadcast. Imagine how many more people would have listened to ESPN Radio's broadcast instead of FOX during the World Series. Heck, most people would have used MLB International over both ESPN Radio & FOX.
The same applies for college football where there are some people who are fans of Sports USA or Westwood One over the FOX and CBS assignments.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/whats-next-big-innovation-sports-broadcasting.html
Matt Hasselbeck will act as a 2nd analyst for the Cardinals/ Rams broadcast Sunday on FOX.
Also FOX's weekly press assignments and the Seattle Seahawks Game Notes say it will be Erin Andrews, not Charissa Thompson, as sideline reporter for Giants/ Seahawks.
And DeSean Jackson will be in the studio this week for FOX NFL Sunday.
@rbs99 That's right. Good ole Dary Danielson is coming out off of his dairy farm to replace Gary Danielson in the booth. Wah ha ha ha!
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/week-9-college-football-announcing-schedule.html
I'll let the numbers speak for themselves. Here's the number of matches each commentator has called for Fox since Gus Johnson was let go. I think it's clear who their #1 guy will be.
JP Dellacamera- 17
John Strong- 9
Mark Rogondino- 6
Justin Kutcher- 3
Jenn Hildreth- 3
Steve Cangialosi- 2
Glenn Davis- 1
Mark Followill- 1
As for why Dellacamera isn't calling a semifinal or championship match for CONCACAF Women's Qualifying, he is doing the NBCSN MLS game the Friday of the semi's and is doing Philadelphia's regular season finale on Comcast the day of the championship.
It also seems clear this is the pecking order when you look that Dellacamera is the #1 announcer for CONCACAF Champions on FOX and Strong is #2.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/first-look-fox-soccer-post-gus-johnson.html
Also tonight is the FXFL Week 2.
One game can be caught on ESPN3 and the following RSN's:
Untamed Sports TV
Soul of the South TV
Youtoo Social TV
Comcast (check local affiliate to see if it's regular of +)
7:30 PM- Boston Brawlers vs. Brooklyn Bolts
8 PM- Blacktips vs. Omaha
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/viewing-picks-october-15-2014.html
@ShawnDiIorio @iveyjanette_207 He's calling Baylor @ West Virginia on FS1 Saturday.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/tim-brando-will-replace-mike-goldberg-nfl-fox-sunday.html
@iveyjanette_207 @BroncosItaly @tomhoffarth Craig Bolerjack is working for ESPN calling games for ESPN3. He also does the New Orleans Saints preseason games.
@tonyc Clearly it would be a mistype then. They were saying Albert was calling more games, and they were saying he must have received a promotion because he was calling the Western Finals. However Strader was calling the Paraly,pics in Sochi at the same time, which Albert likely would have been calling had the Rangers not still been in the playoffs. With Albert being the pxp voice of the Rangers on radio, he was needed here, so they had to send Strader instead to Russia while Albert took over the games he would have done. No promtion or demotion was ever done.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/2014-15-nhl-tv-guide.html
@eslrush Last season Strader was doing the Paralympics in Sochi when Albert was doing the Western Conference Finals, so he wasn't available. I wouldn't call that a demotion. Most of the broadcasts last season also had Strader & Albert calling games the same night. So exactly how is that a demotion?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/2014-15-nhl-tv-guide.html
Tonight also marks the debut of the FXFL on ESPN3 and select regional markets.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/viewing-picks-october-8-2014.html
Fox Sports Radio won't be dropping any of their current shows. However they will be dropping the hours on a couple of them, and quite a few will be moving time slots. This is the lineup beginning November 3.
6 AM- Fox Sports Daybreak w/ Andy Furman & Mike North
9 AM- The Dan Patrick Show
Noon- The Rich Eisen Show
3 PM- Jay Mohr Sports (new time slot)
6 PM- Steve Gorman Sports (new time slot, now only 2 hours)
8 PM- JT "The Brick" with Tom Looney (new time slot, now only 3 hours)
11 PM- Fox Sports Tonight w/ Jason Smith (new time slot, now only 3 hours)
2 AM- The Ben Maller Show
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-radio-will-picking-rich-eisen-show.html
@myswagr I am going to speak as one who has taken broadcast classes here. One of the first things you are taught in broadcast courses is to IGNORE comments from the fans. You can only improve through experience, not from game-to-game. I have never seen an announcer improve unless they have continual exposure to the sport and the opportunity to call it frequently. In the case of TBS, where they don't start broadcasting games now until virtually the All-Star game, they don't have the opportunity to let them improve. And like it or not, corporate offices always think certain broadcasters are better than they actually are.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/underwhelming-tbs-broadcast-sucks-excitement-classic-game.html
@myswagr No need to be insolent with your response. If you're at a party, then of course you can't listen on the radio. However if I were at a party, I wouldn't be worrying about the game at all. I would be at it to socialize with my peers. All I'd care about is the final score.
Let me point this out to you. Whomever said you need a computer to listen to the games? Last time I checked you probably have a smart phone or an iPhone. Last time I checked ESPN Radio is available on tuneIN and at ESPNRadio.com. Those are realistic possibilities. Should you choose an alternative audio, there are ways to make it happen.
And while I don't go out and party and such like you mention, I have talked with my brother who used to do that very thing. He did it at sports bars. Most of them were more than willing to use the ESPN Radio audio feed over the TV feed. If you want that option, talk to the people in advance, and many times they will make it available.
The games are on Wednesday's & Friday's, not Tuesday's & Wednesday's.
Matt, the fourth team (the Black Tips) became a traveling team because they were unable to secure a venue to play their home games in Florida. So while you may want a team in Orlando, apparently the city doesn't agree with your desire.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
This is just my opinion, but anyone complaining about the TBS broadcast should be forced to listen to ESPN Radio's broadcast of Tigers/ Orioles. You'd quickly change your mind on the TBS broadcast after hearing Berman calling the game. "Back, back, back." Besides, I have no sympathy considering that you could easily mute the TBS broadcast and listen to Jon Sciambi & Chris Singleton on ESPN Radio, who did this particular game, are doing Angels/ Royals, and will be doing the ALCS (same as Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, & Cal Ripken).
@CUbsfan Former sideline reporter for A&M on FSN. She now works for ESPN & SEC Network typically covering Texas Universities. She is a cancer survivor. She is an A&M grad.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/week-6-college-football-announcing-schedule.html
@eslrush Vin Scully would like a comment with you. And most people would place Duane Kuiper above Costas as well.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/underwhelming-tbs-broadcast-sucks-excitement-classic-game.html
I don't think the taunting is the issue here. This is Simmons third strike. Yes, the other two were twitter suspensions, but this i his third strike with the network, and that is what no one is discussing. Each suspension is supposed to be more strict than the last since it shows he isn't learning what he should be. The last one was two weeks, so 3 weeks makes perfect sense when you go last offense plus one week.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bill-simmons-suspension-one-harshest-espn-history.html
The BYUtv rebroadcast used Andy Boyce & Lauren Francom on the sidelines instead of Spencer Linton & Kathy Aiken. Looks like Linton has replaced Alema Harrington on Countdown to Kickoff for home games.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/week-3-college-football-announcing-schedule.html