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"Not even Rupert Murdoch has the budget to send an entire Fox Sports
announcing crew to the Europa League to broadcast Tottenham-Besiktas."
Yes but with soccer, networks usually have the option of picking up commentary from the international broadcast feed. Provided in this case by UEFA's official broadcast partner who has an English language commentator on site. Just like NBC only has one lead commentator for two games per Premier League weekend but picks up the Premier League Productions audio for the other 8 games.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/yes-espn-experimenting-studio-announcers-college-basketball-games.html
Will be interesting to see if college football can hang on to a few spots this year, since the semi-finals beat two wildcard games:
FOX WILDCARD 42.3 millionCBS WILDCARD 28.3 millionESPN CFP 28.2 millionESPN CFP 28.1 millionNBC WILDCARD 27.9 millionESPN WILDCARD 21.6 million
This divisional weekend is shaping up to be a ratings monster, even in a relatively down year for the NFL. But Monday's CFP title game will be huge too.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/nfl-dominates-watched-sporting-events-2014.html
@goonerLA @BobbySoccerRep Extra Time or stream on Live Extra. I'll be watching my club online with the Breakway on TV.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nbcsn-will-unveil-premier-league-breakaway-new-years-day.html
"Classless" is such a dumb word. Raiola has made tens of millions of dollars in his career, I think that qualifies him upper class. Also, no one is without a class distinction and "class" ≠ virtue. By all means call the guy a violent piece of shit, but "class" has nothing to do with it. That's a Hot Take Merchant way of writing, I expect more from you guys at AA.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/brandon-marshall-calls-dominic-raiola-appears-classless.html
@ShawnDiIorio Will probably be the highest rated cable program of the night, but won't beat the CBS shows.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/titans-jaguars-worst-primetime-game-century.html
@simondelmonte "cameo appearance by Phil Simms this season"
You're going to have to work a little harder in selling that show to me.
They won't be canceling Anthony Bourdain's show -- it's a relative hit for CNN and its not produced by a Turner property. They will probably steer more toward limited run travel/culture/food series like Parts Unknown and then the rest of the day covering "BREAKING" "NEWS".
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rachel-nichols-cnn-show-cancelled.html
Joe - are MASN ratings measured for Orioles/Baltimore market and Nationals/DC market? Or do they measure the teams over the combined markets?
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/midwest-markets-still-post-highest-local-mlb-ratings.html
It's pretty sad that Wilbon has become a pathetic shell of a human
being. He needs to fully retire to the golf courses of Arizona and leave
the sane world alone.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/michael-wilbon-wants-to-deport-jurgen-klinsmann.html
This is cool... but also a little misleading. Tons of people tuned in to NBC and NBCSN last month expecting to see Olympics coverage while soccer matches were on - clearly boosted the 2 hr average viewership. Also, these Olympic watchers subsequently freaked the f out...
The January record was definitely reached with a clean metric and very good news indeed. NBC is doing a phenomenal job with the Prem.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on NBC boasts most-watched month of Premier League soccer in U.S. history
@JoshGabriel Not likely given his MNF role.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Official: Brent Musburger becomes lead SEC Network announcer
NBC will pay a fortune for this. But to put it on its cable sports network that needs a boost or its broadcast channel that may need the boost even more?
1 year ago on The NFL is moving closer to selling a new Thursday Night Football package
1 year ago on Your White Guy Code Word Power Rankings
I can't believe people that read a sports media site actually think the NFL would go to PPV. Insanity! I mean, look what it's done for boxing! You want to sell an extra 1,000 tickets at the expense of hundreds of millions in broadcast tv ad revenue?
If Roger Goodell even mentioned it to the networks, they would light him on fire. The future isn't PPV, it's doing away with the blackout policy altogether and sweeping the attendance "problem" under the rug.
1 year ago on Are attending NFL playoff games worth the hassle?
No surprise that beIN screwed up their own listing. Looks like they eventually corrected it though.
English League Cup Soccer
1 year, 1 month ago on Viewing Picks for December 17, 2013
Re: Sunderland vs. Chelsea. That's a Capital One (League) Cup match, not The Championship. But thank you for letting me dream about Chelsea's relegation. And for the excellent listings.
The guy pretty clearly has an axe to grind with OSU. Here's yesterday's column:
1 year, 1 month ago on John Feinstein is a BCS flip flopper
But they're going to have to gamble again to hope for more viewers. I agree, it might make the league look worse but all MLS execs agree that the footprint has to expand.
1 year, 2 months ago on 5 Ways to Fix MLS on TV
Another issue with the national pull of MLS is that they were kind of forced to expand in to smaller or Canadian markets for the sake of putting butts in seats. While Portland is a great city and a phenomenal soccer town, it's also only the 23rd biggest market in the country. MLS kind of had to scatter themselves after the Florida failures of the 90s. The result is that the teams are largely on the periphery of the continent and seen as very regional. We'll see if this improves with more exposure in the Southeast with Miami, Orlando and perhaps Atlanta. But it could be a long slog for MLS to get some national traction -- though the good thing is that so many clubs are on sound financial footing with their own stadiums and strong local followings.
@chrisc74 Unfortunately it's never going to happen. Relegation only takes place across the world because soccer in those countries pre-dates the notion of owners making huge sums of money off their teams. No way you get 21st Century MLS owners to take the financial risk of relegation (on top of the primary financial burden that is being an MLS owner in general).
We're too dumb for nice things.
1 year, 3 months ago on Don't expect The Lights back on NBCSN any time soon
Of course The World Series lost the 18-49 demo -- 5.6 to 4.4. And baseball's lead in was an audience of 22.7 million from the FOX late NFL game (mostly WAS-DEN).
1 year, 3 months ago on World Series Game 4 beats Sunday Night Football in ratings, total viewers
On the media side, kind of a shame all this was happening in the US match and no one (other than soccer fanatics) knew what channel it was on.
1 year, 3 months ago on Mexican announcers thank the USA for saving their World Cup hopes
This TBS contract has been an utter catastrophe for MLB. Why on earth did they re-up til 2021? By that time, 7 people will be watching nationally televised games.
1 year, 3 months ago on TBS Drops Ball On Emotional Pittsburgh Pre-Game Coverage
Well, in fairness, Big Bang Theory re-runs are a lot more popular than baseball on TV.
1 year, 3 months ago on Real Tweets from Real People: Where's The Big Bang Theory!?
I think we all look forward to seeing more of her on ESPN.
1 year, 4 months ago on Michelle Beadle is reportedly in the process of leaving NBC
1 year, 4 months ago on Could Fox Sports block a 2022 Winter World Cup?
Oh Georgie Thompson "might catch fire" alright...
1 year, 5 months ago on Is Regis Philbin's run at Fox Sports 1 going to be a brief one?
@LFN Unlikely with the Big Ten Network being run by FOX. B1G is getting more and more FOX-centric.
1 year, 5 months ago on Can CBS Sports Network become a Sports Media Player?
@sir boxington @Kev29
Well the NCAA would throw a hissy fit if a mainstream network tried it. That's the big caveat.
1 year, 6 months ago on Fox reveals college football plans
The Fox Gameday rival is going to bomb big time with Andrews (or anyone they put in the seat for that matter). The only unique thing that a show opposite Gameday could offer is a ton of gambling information - that's what I'd do.
"I will point out he didn't mention the Cubs, a fanbase so hardcore that
they still outsell the White Sox when they're dead last in MLB
standings."But this isn't about ticket sales, it's about fan behavior once they've purchased tickets. The Nats are now 9th in MLB attendance - ahead of the Cubs and the Red Sox. But it is a largely passive crowd. And like the Cubs, Nats games have become a social event in DC.
1 year, 8 months ago on Bob Carpenter is not impressed with Nationals fans
@joelucia @LONESTAR21 And what Selig wants to happen is for Angelos to sell MASN to FOX. Otherwise the Nationals are stuck with the Orioles owning their rights along with the now longstanding battle over how much Angelos will have to pay per year (it's overdue an increase).
1 year, 8 months ago on Could The Phillies go to Fox? | May | 2013
The Premier League has grown out of a niche league for enthusiasts in the Fox Sports World era to more mainstream, live in the now coverage in the US. This NBC deal is further proof of that. Just going to have to adapt to the fact that fans want to monitor the league in real time, even if that's a Saturday morning. We wouldn't expect to have CBS hide scores, real time updates and highlights for the sake of those who might want to watch games delayed on NFL Network of their DVR.
1 year, 9 months ago on NBC reveals English Premier League coverage plans | April | 2013
Actually, for the most part, Fox picks up the Premier League/IMG Media feed with their audio - not Sky Sports.
1 year, 9 months ago on NBC's EPL broadcast team coming together | April | 2013
"I'd put him right alongside Ian Darke as a top play by play man"
Disagree. White is nowhere near Darke. But I think that White will tone down some of his MLS hyperbole for the Premier League where you don't have to manufacture as much drama.
I think Notre Dame's options will be more clear (like a lot of other things) when the lawsuits regarding Maryland's ACC exit fee are resolved. If North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Florida State and more find the exit fee palatable they could blow the ACC to oblivion. Notre Dame could then run back to the reformatted Big East. Could be why the Catholic 7 only want to add 2 at the moment. Notre Dame always has a place at that dinner table.
1 year, 11 months ago on Catholic 7 to keep Big East name, debut next season | March | 2013
In between the "soccer boring" cavemen and the futbol nerds fuming about an excitable American calling a match lies Fox's target demo for this experiment... Urban/suburban college educated men between 18-40 who are hardcore US sports fans but becoming more and more interested in European soccer. For lack of a better phrase, let's call them the Bill Simmons demo. As Awful Announcing has mentioned, it's a risk to stray from British commentary but probably one worth taking for Fox.
1 year, 11 months ago on Your first look at Gus Johnson, Fox Soccer announcer | February | 2013
""I’m not sure why, but Phil Simms really was off his game Sunday."
I'm pretty sure why -- Phil Simms is not a very good color commentator. It's not that complicated. He's risen to the top at CBS because former player football analysts are generally terrible.
1 year, 11 months ago on Super Bowl XLVII on CBS: The Good, Bad & Ugly | February | 2013
Heads up on Survive and Advance, that's directed by Jonathan Hock not "Hook."
1 year, 12 months ago on ESPN announces two new 30 for 30 documentaries | January | 2013
@Dayman_OS I'm guessing "brightest" means "hottest"?
2 years ago on Rachel Nichols leaves ESPN for CNN | January | 2013
Such a classic.
And Gorman did a great job as a Big East announcer for years. Voices from many, many games in my childhood.
2 years ago on Bill Raftery's best call ever was 25 years ago today | January | 2013
".. and not much else"
This is actually the nicest thing anyone has said about the Scottish Premier League in decades
2 years ago on Fox Soccer to become entertainment channel?
I don't really want to entertain the premise of this argument, but if you've got LeBron seeking YOU out on the court after he loses, then I think your "brother" cred is doing just fine... http://ballislife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Untitled-1111.jpg
2 years, 1 month ago on Video: Rob Parker questions Robert Griffin III "is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?"
Thank God I watch the tournament on mute at bars.
2 years, 1 month ago on Charles Barkley & Dick Vitale may call college basketball games together
The next 9 months will see more First Take and the loss of the Premier League on ESPN Saturdays. Abooooooo
2 years, 2 months ago on First Take is expanding to Saturdays with Rob Parker
They'd double their ratings by showing nothing but live odds boards from Vegas and Inactive lists.
2 years, 2 months ago on NFL pregame shows losing viewers right across the board
"Olbermann made his debut on Hot Stove Thursday, taking part in a roundtable discussing the AL MVP award along with Reynolds, Joe Posnanski, and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo"
The Island of Misfit Toys
2 years, 2 months ago on Keith Olbermann to host MLB Network Hot Stove next week
This is a really great effort from a blind person. Kudos.
2 years, 3 months ago on Ranking NFL uniforms from worst to first