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The problem with this solution is that it will only work next year when January 2nd is on a Saturday. January 2nd will not be a desirable alternative in future years of the contract when that date is in the middle of the week.

6 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/espn-trying-get-college-football-playoff-change-dumb-schedule.html

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Watching Bayless trying to bite his tongue and his childish long pauses when Schlereth came on First Take today was priceless.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/mark-schlereth-skip-bayless-one-pays-attention-nonsense.html

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@eslrush  This is actually a good ESPN schedule.  MLB gets forgotten during the NBA/NHL playoffs so loading up on the warhorses then is a good idea.  And using up most of their appearances early will force ESPN to show the up and coming teams later in the season when those games matter more. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/early-sunday-night-baseball-schedule-loaded-yankees-red-sox-cardinals.html

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ESPN better make sure they get their college football playoff games over before 12:40 a.m. on New Year's Eve next year.  They will lose a lot of audience if they try to compete with plans people have that night.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/college-football-playoff-ratings-beats-nfl-wild-card-game.html

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@eslrush  I will miss CBS, too, but I feel they got tired of all the rain delays which will eventually not be an issue when the roof is built.  I think CBS should have allowed for a Monday primetime final the last few years since they were showing reruns anyway.  The 5 p.m. final did not get clearance on my local affiliate and was put on their second channel.  I'm sure that happened in other cities, too.

ESPN has said they will keep one channel open for tennis Labor Day weekend.  There will also be Tennis Channel coverage, too, so there should be no reduction in availability.

For the most part, I like the way ESPN does tennis.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-plans-big-year-tennis.html

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Heaven forbid Nantz and Simms give up one game out of 30 they have called this year to give a better broadcast team some airtime.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nfl-playoffs-wild-card-divisional-round-schedule-released.html

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Punch lives in Knoxville and appears on local radio WIVK every Monday.  I'm sure calling southern college games was an appeal to remain at ESPN.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/dr-jerry-punch-remain-espn.html

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Carton makes me laugh daily within two minutes of turning it on.  A great way to start the day.  His success is well deserved.

Francesa is good when he has a guest.  But, I agree just him can be a bit much and 5 1/2 hours a day is way too long.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/new-york-sports-radio-wars-francesa-triples-lupica.html

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"The numerous opportunities this partnership continues to provide" seems to me would be his full radio show simulcast on CBSSN in the near future.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/jim-romes-cbs-sports-network-show-end-march.html

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@morganwick  Exactly. Obviously, Fox did not want to give up a cable channel so they created FS2 to remain in homes they were already in.  Other than being able to tell Mike Francesa: "See, we do carry you for 90 minutes sometimes" there is no reason for it to exist.  But, it will continue to exist and if ever FS1 reaches it's full potential then there will be time for them to focus on developing FS2 further.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-2.html

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No case can be made for Jacksonville but it was somewhat reasonable to think Tennessee could have been in the Wild Card hunt and the second best team in the AFC South minus injuries and the unexpected success of Houston.

Anyway, this same problem will happen every year if the NFL tries to predetermine in April three NFL Network games of importance for Week 16.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/titans-jaguars-worst-primetime-game-century.html

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@TwoBuckToll  Good point. Joe is smart enough to hide his lack of knowledge of golf and navigate to the other announcers if he needs to. 

You have to figure everyone at FOX is worried if they are having the crew practice now before the U.S. Open and also on a day when Joe should have already been in Seattle.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-air-first-pga-golf-tournament-saturday.html

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Impressive to see Buck do events in Naples and Seattle in under 24 hours.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-air-first-pga-golf-tournament-saturday.html

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@ekt8750 @tonyc 

:)

I'm not his biggest fan either, but, I would think better for CBSSN ratings than the Boomer & Carton rerun or Gottlieb after.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/wholesale-changes-coming-cbs-sports-radio-january.html

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Boomer & Carton, despite being focused on New York teams, would be more entertaining than anything else in their timeslot and should be on national radio to go along with CBSSN.

Also wonder why the full Rome radio show is not yet on CBSSN like Gottlieb?

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/wholesale-changes-coming-cbs-sports-radio-january.html

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Just like MNF has a good many competitive games, I think Tuesday Night Football is a better idea than Thursday Night Football.  Teams would come into the game after a long week not a short week and would have four days to prepare for the next Sunday instead of three for the current Sunday to Thursday format.  It would also give college football no competition on Thursday.  A win-win for players and fans.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/every-network-wants-piece-thursday-night-football.html

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"Which part of my career is going badly?"  Having to go to awfulannouncing to hear your rebuttal because you are not on FS1 yet again.

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

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I have always enjoyed listening to Bob Cole.  I actually think he has improved the last few years which is amazing for his age.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bob-cole-still-way-baby.html

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I agree Buck/Smoltz should be #1. Buck/Verducci if you want to keep the #2 team the same.  Vasgersian is fine.  Costas/Kaat should rebroadcast black/white games from the 60s since they think the game peaked back then.

The only time I have a problem with Buck is when he gets grumpy talking about games lasting too long.  He has made millions of dollars broadcasting baseball but a game over three hours is an inconvenience for him.  Suck it up.

I would make Anderson #1 for TBS.  A two man with Eckersley would be fine.  I think Darling would be fine in a two man but working with Ripken throws his timing off since he never knows when Ripken plans to talk.

I like Johnson but was disappointed he had no clue the ball was going to hit the wall at the end of the A's/Royals game.  Any other announcer would have shown the proper emotion.

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

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I can imagine Skip and Stephen A. in the pre show meeting debating about which one should be suspended next.

And I do not have any sympathy for Cari at all.  She could renounce the show instead of just saying "yes, yes, yes, yes, yes" and that would be a bigger boost to her career.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/skip-bayless-says-kobe-bryants-sexual-assault-trial-gave-edge-sizzle.html

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The way crossflexing has been used so far seems to be the equalize the CBS and FOX schedule rather than move a "must see" game from one to the other.

Otherwise, Philadelphia vs Arizona would be the CBS DH game this week.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/heres-nfl-games-fox-cbs-protected-flexing.html

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I almost feel sorry for Francesa.  He was dumb to lock himself into a bad contract but since the TV side has shown little to no interest in him they should let him go.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mike-francesa-ramping-rhetoric-vs-fox-sports-1.html

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"More realistically, ESPN didn't actually demote Brent."

Laughable comment Chris Lawrence.  He is currently doing the 5th-7th best SEC Game of the Week and that is not a demotion?  He sometimes gets the B game to Dave Neal on SEC Network.  I understand his desire not to quit for fear of his career being over but I have to believe some other network could have found better work for him.  ESPN wants to demote him from the #1 ABC team, fine, at least let him call the #1 game on ESPN not the leftovers on SEC Network. 

I'm a Tennessee graduate and I appreciated the enthusiasm he showed for a total stinker of a game Florida vs Tennessee a couple of weeks ago.  A true pro like him deserves better.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/disingenuous-keep-musburger-abc-promos-fades-sec-network-abyss.html

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"Ronnie Milsap is a criminally underrated entertainer"


Yes.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mike-goldberg-handle-criticism-well-nfl-fox-debut.html

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I'm not "confused by all this" just wonder about some of the decision making.  CBS loses New England vs Buffalo last week and gets the dog game Denver vs Jets as a primary.  Seattle vs Carolina is an improvement for CBS but the top DH game that week Philadelphia vs Arizona does not get a flex at all.  Lucky you 10 percent of the USA getting that game.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nfl-quietly-crossflexes-week-8-cbs-gets-seattle-carolina-fox-receives-houston-tennessee.html

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@DanielOrmsby @eslrush  This website said Kenny Albert received a "promotion" last season.  Since there can be only one #2 team, by definition, the previous #2 team received a "demotion".

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/2014-15-nhl-tv-guide.html

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I mentioned in another thread I hope NBCSN adds Cuthbert so great to read that is actually happening.


3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/2014-15-nhl-tv-guide.html

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Good move NBCSN.  Hopefully, they can find a role for James Duthie and Chris Cuthbert, too.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bob-mckenzie-darren-dreger-coming-nbcsn.html

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@SepticBladder  I would still rather listen to Reynolds and Verducci more than McCarver.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-postseason-announcing-schedule-part-ii.html

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Why would Buck skip games he does not even have to travel to?

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-postseason-announcing-schedule-part-ii.html

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I did not watch SNF last night.  Did Bob Costas fly back from Los Angeles or sit the game out?

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nfl-ratings-week-5.html

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I thought FS1 did a good job yesterday having MLB Network as a second option.  They actually sacrificed viewers on FS2 allowing that.  And it is a bonus for MLB Network in addition to their two playoff games.  

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-postseason-windows-big-test-fox-sports.html

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@PG for prez  That makes sense.  I thought it would be the late game but smart to avoid the Washington conflict on MNF.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/heading-playoffs-mlb-network-best-ever-season.html

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It was announced yesterday the start time for the Monday Nationals vs Giants game is 3:07.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/heading-playoffs-mlb-network-best-ever-season.html

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The conspiracy theory in me wonders if the reason FOX was so positive and ESPN so negative is because FOX is happy with the NFL and ESPN wants a Commissioner who will give them a better MNF schedule?

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nfl-flack-frank-luntz-loved-roger-goodells-press-conference.html

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@JohnDanknich @tonyc  I really like the show but I would not replay it, either.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/much-better-fs1s-ratings-mike-francesa-preempted.html

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The Pope got half his show preempted today by Roger Goddell.  Ha ha ha ha!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/much-better-fs1s-ratings-mike-francesa-preempted.html

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@Deadlocked  That is not a bad idea.

Plus, I miss the kiss ass in the control room Brando had that would overly laugh at everything he said.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/much-better-fs1s-ratings-mike-francesa-preempted.html

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@ChrisPress  Mike should have gone on CBS Sports Network before they got Gottlieb when he could have been guaranteed almost no preemptions.  But, his massive ego required him to try to do better than Boomer & Carton and now he is paying the price with a network that never shows him.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/much-better-fs1s-ratings-mike-francesa-preempted.html

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Revisionist history aside, it was always a bit of a fool’s errand to think that a New York radio host could reach a national audience.

I guess CBS Sports Network regrets devoting 1/3 of their weekdays to Boomer & Carton.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/much-better-fs1s-ratings-mike-francesa-preempted.html

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@btt7366  Boomer & Carton runs from 6-10 a.m on WFAN.  It is so popular it is shown on the CBS Sports Network live and on replay from 11-3. It gets higher ratings than Francesa so no.


4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mike-francesa-saga-getting-really-interesting.html

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Carton on his morning show: "Are we preempted on TV by Kazakhstan soccer today? No. Just checking." :)

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mike-francesa-saga-getting-really-interesting.html

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I believe "blackout" is referring to no game because the home team is on in the timeslot on the other network.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nfl-ratings-week-2-cbs-fox-nbc.html

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@MattGalvin  Why does FOX prime time programming have to be shown instead of the World Series?  Years ago FOX would show Division Series, both LCS and the World Series.  And they showed less reruns because of it.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-announces-postseason-plans-various-notable-points.html

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Smart of FOX to get the World Series out of the Thursday and Monday window.  That should have happened years ago.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-announces-postseason-plans-various-notable-points.html

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"The company needing to empower its production staff to step in when talent starts to go off the rails"

Looking forward to Stephen A. getting tackled the next time he goes on one of his rants. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-inconsistent-discipline-dont-treat-everyone-treat-everyone-fairly.html

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Great idea. I'm all for more morning sports.  I have always been envious of people living in the Pacific Time Zone who wake up on the weekends and it is time for kickoff.  I was thinking during the Dublin Bowl that I'm surprised an AD at a mid range school has never approached ESPN 2 to do a 9 a.m. college football game.  They would have a national window all to themselves.


4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nba-would-consider-televising-games-in-the-mornings.html

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"If they make it to the World Series, it would be a treat for Fox to somehow have him involved with one of the broadcasts. Make it happen."

We got 19 minutes of Dick Enberg on the US Open last Sunday.  Don't get greedy.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/vin-scully-plans-to-only-call-games-in-los-angeles-in-2015.html

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I'm sure Nantz/Simms will still get to do their usual 10 Patriots games per season.

I think switching to Raiders vs Jets is logical.  They have a pretty weak slate this week so not unusual to focus on the #1 market when that is the case.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-week-1-nfl-announcing-schedule-2.html

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