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@stholeary I agree.  The late game in Week 3 (Nebraska at Fresno State) might be one of the best games on THAT NIGHT (not just on the channel).  And I'm not saying that because I live in Nebraska, lol.

5 days, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-9-biggest-media-questions-for-the-college-football-season.html

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So... no Pammies this year?  #DontForgetTheBestPartOfSaturdays

5 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-week-1-college-football-announcing-schedule-2.html

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You forgot to mention that CBSSN also carries some C-USA games, although not many.  Otherwise, this is about right.  I will link this to my friends.

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-2014-college-football-tv-primer.html

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You should've mentioned that the 2006 look was just for one game - it was the look only FSN was using at the time and the trucks couldn't make it to Denver in time due to winter weather, so they used the FSN Rocky Mountain graphics, and had to make do without the 1st & 10 technology we've become so used to nowadays.


Anyways, great article, Ben!  These things always interest me as a visual media guy.  The evolution of the FoxBox is fascinating, no question.  Any chance we can see this for other networks as well?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-evolution-of-the-nfl-on-fox-score-bug.html

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You do make a good point, Matt.  Although they did change the name of the panel countdown show, it's not reflected in the channel listings.  That needs to be fixed.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-1-launching-new-friday-night-college-football-pregame-show.html

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" (again, why is this not labeled as an entirely different show?)"

They just did this week.  It's now the FOX Sports Live Countdown.  So the panel is now completely separate from the broadcasters.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/why-fox-sports-live-has-been-a-failure-and-how-fs1-can-still-save-it.html

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Fingers crossed it's not a ripoff of FOX News Channel's 'Outnumbered'...

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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"Now, there would be concern for players adding more games to an already crowded schedule..."

Why can't these games count towards the regular season record?  Then every game has that much more importance.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/could-an-nba-tournament-be-a-television-success.html

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Us media-savvy people have a technical term for that.  We call it an 'oops'.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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Timing is really bad though.  I'm curious as to why they couldn't do a split screen, with the big window on the severe weather coverage and the small window on the match.  I've seen that done before and it works like a charm.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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"...and his Sunday morning football show, which will return to ESPN2 this season as well."

I like Cowherd.  But I despised his weekend football show.  I'm more or less unsure why it's coming back, anyways.  Everyone reading: do everyone else a favor.  Don't watch that show.  Stick to his radio show.  (Or go back and forth between him and Dan Patrick.  Dan's show is darn good too)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espns-fall-lineup-includes-more-football-and-colin-cowherd.html

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I enjoy Berman (except for the U.S. Open but that's no longer a concern), but I'm curious for the sake of variety in the broadcast why Berman & Dan Shulman don't do a tag team play-by-play gig.  The years Shulman has done the HR Derby for radio he was fantastic.  It's criminal they don't have him doing it for any outlet right now.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/chris-berman-will-be-back-on-the-mlb-home-run-derby.html

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I'm with you, Steve.  FOX was new and a breath of fresh air.  Not everything they did succeeded with the masses (not everything everyone does will).  But the effort was there.  The polish was there.  The personalities was there.  The robots were there (I like them, shoot me).  And that theme song.  LOVE that theme song.

Now all we need is a retrospective on NHL Championship 2000.  You know, that hockey videogame that was for PC and PS1?

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/throwbackthursday-in-1995-fox-was-doing-fine-at-cup-time.html

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@morganwick I noticed that too.  And I hope that happens.  A hub of classic games and documentaries that you or I could access anytime would be awesome.

ESPN Classic as a channel lost its identity when all the sports got their own channels (NFL Network, MLB Network, etc) - and its not going back.  Well past time to evolve.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espns-next-logical-move-is-to-repurpose-espn-classic-to-a-storytelling-channel.html

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This is quite a surprise.  I haven't listened to Cubs Radio for a while, and I do quite enjoy the Hughes/Santo combo over the years.


On the WGN America thing, I can easily see that as a mistake.  It wouldn't bother me if they really scaled it back (like say one Friday night broadcast a week; movie if no sports) as it would increase their carriage on NBA TV, MLB Network, etc.  But live programming will really define cable/satellite channels.  Those who don't want that will just go to much cheaper options (Hulu Plus, Netflix, etc).  You're not doing yourself a favor it you don't give viewers the incentive to get a cable/satellite subscription to watch your channel.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/chicago-cubs-leaving-wgn-radio-after-89-years.html

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@bobbloggerstein Haha, more than likely it will be either Dan Patrick or Josh Elliot hosting Olympic primetime after Rio.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nbc-will-be-the-home-of-the-olympics-through-2032.html

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To add, Emerick & Pang did work for Sony/989 during their entire NHL series, which was entitled NHL FaceOff for much of it until they renamed it after Gretzky like you said.  I thought the PS1 games were quite fun and I still remember to this day playing NHL FaceOff '99 and being scored on just to find out that the goal was disallowed.  Emerick's reaction was memorable that sticks with me to this day (that and I got off the hook).

4 months 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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If you had a 'Best Weekly Show' category, I would've given Inside College Football a nomination.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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1. Tie - ESPN College Basketball/NCAA Basketball on CBS
2. Marching On: 1963 Army-Navy Remembered (There might be a few ESPN ones that were better but I haven't seen them)

3. ESPN FC Pre/Post game

4. FOX Sports Live

5. Robert Flores (ESPN)

6. Kenny Smith (TNT/CBS)

7. Dan Shulman (ESPN) (who else?)

8. Fran Fraschilla (ESPN)

9. Sam Ponder (ESPN)

10. Adam Schefter (ESPN)

11. Morgan vs. Deitsch/Olbermann/Teigen/Legend

12. Three way tie: Adam Zucker, Allie LaForce & Tara Lipinski

13. Jay Onrait & Dan O'Toole

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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You also forgot CNN, which in this case but a brief halt in the 'Search for 370' hoopla they've been in for a month and a half now.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/multiple-networks-cash-in-on-donald-sterling-controversy.html

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And to think that CNN put out breaking news that Bubba 'narrowly' won.  CNN.  That is all.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/final-round-masters-rating-hits-10-year-low.html

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@mstockslager7 And ESPNEWS didn't have a poor name for a show back when they had 'Pregame'?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/americas-pregame-a-bright-spot-in-fs1s-daily-lineup.html

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@dwd3885 I'm sure he told his bosses that he's retiring well prior, and that's why they had that package ready to roll.  Letterman also told his boss he's on route to retiring before he revealed the news.

As for anyone else, who knows who did and who didn't prior to broadcast.  We know some did (the ones that had to know), but we don't know if everyone did.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/digger-phelps-leaving-espn.html

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Ravech/Reali is a tough one.  So is Wingo/Ponder.  MAN...

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bristolology-round-2-voting-in-the-round-of-32-part-i.html

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"And you know what they say about people who live in glass houses."

They get embarressed a lot.

6 months ago on Keith Olbermann rants about LeBron hype, but neglects the biggest offender

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I like the idea.  However, it can be easily overused.  We'll see if they do.

7 months ago on FOX will utilize fancy technology to show the wind during the Super Bowl

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@RobHoffmannOTA antennas wouldn't have helped because this affected those who were watching through those means.  But this is one of the reasons why live streaming is becoming so important.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Broncos fans in Colorado Springs lost their feed during the AFC Championship

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@DanielOrmsbyIt's Todd Blackledge doing the radio side with Tirico, though I don't think Gruden will be there.

7 months, 4 weeks ago on ESPN will cover the BCS title game like it's the last ever sporting event on Earth

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"CBS has just opened up its lineup in the past year allowing SEC football and college basketball games."  CBS has actually done that for years.  They have added PGA Tour golf to their streaming, however.


I remember it was FOX that streamed the first ever college football game (San Jose State at Nebraska I believe; 2000 maybe?). That was when FOX was the most innovative brands in sports.  Now it's ESPN with NBC close behind, with FOX just starting to at least be decent at all in that category (with a ways to go of course).  Man, times have changed.

8 months ago on CBS and NBC to stream NFL Playoffs for everyone; Fox won't

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Best part about this: it made the Not Top 10!

8 months ago on Oklahoma Almost Collapses ESPN Post Game Show Stage

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I more or less hope that Thursday Night Football is not year round after next year.  I'd rather see it be a November and December thing with the remaining games on Saturdays in December, you know, when college football wraps up like the NFL used to.  My idea: 2 games on CBSSN, 2 games on FS1, 2 games on NBCSN, 1 game on NFLN.  The rest would be Thursdays on NFLN.  FS1 could also get a playoff game, but I'd rather see it on big FOX.

9 months, 1 week ago on What's ahead for Sports Media in 2014, Part II -- NFL

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@sir boxington Well, those who aren't are already watching The NFL Today on Big CBS, so what's the point of duplicating what's already being done at the same time?

9 months, 2 weeks ago on That Other Pregame Show doesn't take football too seriously in the right way

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"You can put it on the booaaarrrrd... YES!" ~ Brain Jones during Georgia Tech-Clemson highlights on the Thursday Night/Friday Morning Inside College Football (obviously while showing a long touchdown run)

9 months, 2 weeks ago on The 2013 Pam Ward Chronicles Week 12

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Gerke does Burgundy better than either Josh Elliot (GMA's Good Morning America) or Doug Gottlieb (CBSSN's Lead Off).  And yes, both dressed as him.

10 months ago on Idaho anchor does amazing Ron Burgundy sportscast

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@whatupay4sports To be fair, it's the same with Troy Aikman, and I truly believe that's true.  Without Buck, Aikman is REALLY lost as an analyst.  (I prefer Simms and Collinsworth over Troy, but you get my point)

10 months ago on Video: Tim McCarver signs off

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...Just realized that was Patrick Netherton from the Tim Brando Show (SiriusXM, CBSSN) that submitted Mike Maylock's quote.  Hasn't Paul Pabst from the Dan Patrick Show (FOX Sports Radio, Mad Dog Radio, DIRECTV, NBCSN) submitted some in the past as well?

By the way, to the two of you, keep up the great work.  Both of you have great shows.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Your Week 6 Pammies Winners & Updated Standings!

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Looks like Don Criqui had his own 'John Sterling' moment, lol.

11 months ago on Vote for Your Week 5 Pammy Nominees!

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I know the Pammies thread isn't open yet, but I can't not refrain from submitting this quote:

"Only the legends get autotuned..." ~ Scott Van Pelt

11 months, 1 week ago on Your Week 5 College Football Announcing Schedule

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The name of the Lincoln paper Steve Sipple works for is incorrect.  It's Lincoln Journal-Star.  Not Lincoln World Journal.  Go to journalstar.com and see if you don't believe me.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Publishing Bo Pelini's rant carries pros and cons

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@Kyle Linnhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaEWY3StMTg  He actually did give himself a 2nd runner up a time or two (and I think he named himself THE worst once but I can't remember when or if I even recall correctly...)

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Keith Olbermann shreds Bobby Valentine for 9/11 comments

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@sir boxington The $8 per subscriber thing has to be a ruse.  FOX did something similar not that long ago in the weeks leading to the launch of FS1 & 2 (It was more like $.82 per sub instead of $.27 or something like that, but it still was a big increase).  They were able find a reasonable deal after they realized they weren't going to take the bait.  I imagine this is probably the same thing.  If it isn't, then the execs at ESPN are over their heads.


All I care about is whether the new deal will include WatchESPN (and maybe WatchABC?  And yes there's now such a thing) as well as the temporary Goal Line and Buzzer Beater networks.  And maybe the SEC Network once it launches.  That's all.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Dish threatens to pull ESPN

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@gorskic @crippenstation FOX Sports 1 is already AT120 (or essentially 'basic cable') with Dish so it's basically one of the other two should they do that.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Dish threatens to pull ESPN

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"ESPN is hoping to increase its take from the providers so it can continue to pay for sports rights and prevent Fox Sports 1 and NBCSN from gaining ground."

Thing is that could easily backfire is a carriage dispute lasts a week or more as subscribers will be forced to watch either FS1 or CBSSN for their sports fix (NBCSN is on the America's Top 250 package while all the other sports channels are either part of the Sports Pack or on America's Top 200/120 -- C'mon Dish!).

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Dish threatens to pull ESPN

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I get the feeling Matt Millen won just because he's Matt Millen.  Doubt we'll see him here next week as his assignment will be for Longhorn Network.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Week 2 Pammies Winners & Updated Standings!

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@CUbsfan I saw that too!  I usually catch the September pennant races ESPN Radio carries on MLB.TV.  Here's the kicker though: even though I live in the midwest, I am blacked out of Texas games on the computer, but can watch them on mobile devices.  Sometimes, I wonder about MLB...

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 9/10 - 9/15

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@ACFXS @ChristopherKull I doubt that's a concern considering games featuring Big Ten interconference away matchups could still end up on ESPN (say Big Ten vs. ACC for example).

Good article, Ken.  That's what I like about this blog as well as yours  They're very smart.

12 months ago on Expect Fox to bid for Big Ten media rights

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FS1 does make sense instead of numerous single sport channels logisticwise and I think will pay off in the end.  However, I'm surprised there isn't a SPEED Daily show like there is a FOX Soccer Daily.

1 year ago on Speed fans are angry about Fox Sports 1 - Part II

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"BTN is doing an uneal job at paving a path..."


Uneal?  Is that a word?

1 year, 1 month ago on BTN2Go now available on all major cable providers

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I'm curious if WatchESPN has something to do with this.  Our world is becoming increasingly digital, there's probably many people now watching ESPN through such means, which is not reflected in the ratings.


Also, that number could be lower if it weren't for the fact that satellite TVers still don't have WatchESPN.

1 year, 1 month ago on How worried should ESPN be about declining ratings?

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@DanielOrmsby I second that point.  We don't know anything about the format, who will host, who will contribute, etc (Although I'd be shocked if they don't utilize the website's RapidReporters for team news).  CBS however does a great job with the NFL, rivaling NBC for overall quality and production.  I will definitely give this show a chance when it premiers.

1 year, 1 month ago on CBS Sports Network launching "That Other Pregame Show"

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