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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.

1 week, 2 days 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.

1 week, 2 days 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.

1 week, 6 days 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.

2 weeks, 1 day 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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 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 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 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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.  

3 weeks, 5 days 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.

3 weeks, 5 days 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.

3 weeks, 5 days 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?

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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!

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.


1 month, 1 week 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." :)

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 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.

1 month, 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.

1 month, 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. 

1 month, 2 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.


1 month, 2 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.

1 month, 3 weeks 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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-week-1-nfl-announcing-schedule-2.html

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The US Open should consider starting a day earlier on Sunday to take advantage of a weekend without football or starting a week earlier and ending with the Men's Final on Labor Day night.  I'm sure ESPN would prefer that, too, since tennis gets forgotten with all the football around it.

As for the article above, it should have been mentioned that almost every women's primetime final failed to be competitive.  Also, the longest day should rank higher than a single match.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2011-articles/the-top-five-moments-of-the-u-s-open-on-cbs.html

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I'm surprised FS2 has not gained momentum from showing Mike Francesa from 5-6:30 once every 3 1/2 weeks.

Terrible idea to launch FS2 before establishing FS1.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-2-is-a-barren-wasteland.html

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"Dana Jacobson" and "terrific broadcaster" in the same sentence. Interesting.

Most of the rest of the cast looks good.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/cbs-sports-network-is-really-going-with-we-need-to-talk-for-that-all-female-sports-talk-show.html

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I was pleasantly surprised DirecTV made a deal with SEC Network.  My guess is that ESPN/SEC is charging through the roof but DirecTV decided a deal was worth it to avoid a loss of customers in the South.  And therefore money that would have gone to the Pac12 has already been spent since that potential loss is smaller.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/directv-and-the-pac-12-continue-to-squabble-over-you-know.html

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The NFL is fast compared to college football.

I do think the NFL should be worried, however, if America gets used to watching something like the World Cup that has two 45 minute halves with no commercials and is over in less than two hours. I think the NHL is gaining popularity, too, because of limited commercial interruption.

The last NFL game I went to was the "Music City Miracle".  It is brutal sitting in the stands with all the timeouts.  At least on TV you can change channels to another game during commercials.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/is-the-length-of-nfl-games-ever-going-to-become-an-issue.html

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I would let Dick Enberg do the whole tournament.  It is the last one on CBS anyway and his Padres are out of it.  He would be better than Bill Macatee and his "let me check my list of prepared probing questions to ask John and Mary here in the 2nd set".

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/dick-enberg-will-call-one-last-us-open-tennis-match.html

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@jpk0721  I think Boomer & Carton is the most entertaining sports talk show ever.  No wonder they account for 1/3 of the programming on CBSSN.  I wake up in the morning and within two minutes I'm laughing my ass off.  A great way to start the day.

Some of the things Carton comes up with off the top of his head without a script are genius.  Esiason is smart enough to know that and that is why they have been together over seven years.  Too bad this show did not get picked up sooner so I could have the years I wasted on Mike & Mike back.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mike-francesa-is-not-playing-nice-with-doug-gottlieb.html

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I watched this segment live.  Good thing I did since it was nothing like the article portrayed.  Peter knew he was on "High Heat" and acted like a guest who knew the host and what kind of answers fit his format. 

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

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So courageous of Phil Simms to wait 20 years into his broadcasting career to take such a stand.

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

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It would have been fun to ask him if he thinks Mike Francesa will be on FS1 five years from now.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/a-look-at-fox-sports-1s-past-and-future-with-gm-coo-david-nathanson.html

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@jpk0721 @tonyc 

No, I did not hear the call as I was "at" the game.  But, I certainly recorded the game to watch it when I got home and many times since. I can produce the ticket stub if the attorney for the prosecution demands it.  It happened to be the last year you could get a World Series outfield ticket for $45 compared to whatever they cost today. 

Anyway, Joe Buck must have impressed his bosses with that call since he is still part of the #1 crew 18 years later.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/exclusive-nfl-on-fox-broadcast-teams-for-this-season.html

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Terrible article.  The headline should be addressed in the first sentence and not the last.  This is not a newspaper where a copy editor writes the headline. Plus, no evidence anything would change at all at MLB Network if this man I never heard of before became commissioner.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-network-should-be-wary-of-commissioner-finalist-tom-werner.html

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@jpk0721 @theone6643 

First, Gary Thorne is far from "great".  Unbearable hockey announcer hyperventilating at every shot on goal.

Second, Joe Buck made a memorable call there that I still remember to this day.  And he had no time to say anything else with Lord McCarver and Brenly monopolizing the broadcast.

And, BTW, I was at that game.  Good times for this Yankees fan.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/exclusive-nfl-on-fox-broadcast-teams-for-this-season.html

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@sfitz0076  Dick might get his analyst names wrong this year having to work with someone different every week.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/exclusive-nfl-on-fox-broadcast-teams-for-this-season.html

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@JimWilliamsOnTheAir 

I think FOX may have demoted Kenny for having to miss some baseball assignments with his hockey playoffs workload.  I would not be surprised if Kenny becomes exclusive to NBC soon to eventually succeed Doc.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/exclusive-nfl-on-fox-broadcast-teams-for-this-season.html

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I look forward to the Jaguars and Raiders making maximum appearances on MNF next season. 

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/keith-olbermann-calls-on-roger-goodell-to-resign-as-nfl-commissioner.html

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@DanielOrmsby 

Your anti NBCSN comment failed to acknowledge they will gain NASCAR next year.  I think they will continue to do okay.  Also, the World Cup is not next year.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nbcsn-throws-some-serious-shade-at-fox-sports-1.html

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I don't think it is unreasonable that a west coast RSN may pass on a weekday morning game.  But, mlb.com could certainly afford to pick up the slack and ensure all games are available.  I got the blackout game of the Reds Wednesday on MLB network from mlb.com.  It was very enjoyable hearing the radio feed of Marty Brennaman on TV.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/wednesdays-athletics-astros-game-may-have-been-the-least-viewed-ever-in-local-markets.html

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