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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?

3 days, 6 hours 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 days, 2 hours 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 days, 2 hours 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 days, 7 hours 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 days, 8 hours 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 days, 8 hours 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.


5 days, 12 hours 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." :)

6 days, 3 hours 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 week 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 week, 2 days 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 week, 2 days 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 week, 5 days 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 week, 6 days 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.

2 weeks, 6 days 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.

2 weeks, 6 days 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.

3 weeks, 1 day 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.

4 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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".

1 month 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.

1 month 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. 

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month, 2 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.

1 month, 2 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.

1 month, 2 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.

1 month, 2 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.

1 month, 2 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. 

1 month, 3 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.

1 month, 3 weeks 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.

1 month, 3 weeks 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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A ridiculous opening segment.

The apology by Stephen A. served its purpose. 

Cari commenting was telling as she must have been criticized for saying "Yes, yes, yes" the whole time last Friday as she does 1,000 times on every show.  Also interesting Cari said "I knew what you were going and trying to say" letting us all know what we already know that the whole show is far from spontaneous.  And then there is Skip who gets to act like he is above it all and not even be seen in the segment because he is the moral fiber of the show.

Then, three minutes later and all is right with the world as the show devotes a segment to Lebron's number.  Good lord.

Well, I hope all is not right with the world this time and pressure continues to not make this all so easily forgotten.

The sad thing is if First Take actually got canceled Skip would find a job on a rival network in about five minutes.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/video-stephen-a-smith-apologizes-for-domestic-violence-comments.html

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I don't understand all the Pierre bashing that goes on here and other sites.  I think he is competent and intelligent and his love of the game is undeniable.  I don't know how much involvement he had with inventing "Inside The Glass" but he was the first to actually do it and now everyone does it.  I certainly would not want to watch a game now without someone down there.  Just like everyone else, I could go without Pierre doing 20 nights in a row during the playoffs and I'm sure others at NBCSN who miss out on doing games feel the same way.  But, no denying his passion for wanting to do it and I never see any gaps in preparation from being overworked.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/a-compilation-of-pierre-mcguires-most-awkward-moments.html

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"This is First Take.  We're keeping it real".  - Stephen A. Smith :(

"I'm with you, Stephen A." - Skip Bayless :(

"Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes (background vocals)" - Cari Champion :(

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/michelle-beadle-calls-out-first-take-for-ray-rice-segment.html

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CBS did a pretty good job with the talent they had left.  I would personally switch #1 and #2 but we all know that will never happen.  Gumbel should be moved down, McCatee should read his prepared analyst questions on golf and tennis and Anderson should be a good addition when he gets the chance.  Too bad Marv has no "friends" that would allow a one season promotion before saying goodbye to the NFL.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-we-know-about-the-nfl-on-cbs-in-2014.html

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@ForeignCharacter @tonyc 

I heard Nantz and Simms will still do CBS doubleheader games so they will do two games a week half the season.  Eagle and Fouts will lead on the other half.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-we-know-about-thursday-night-football-this-season.html

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I would rather hear Nessler and Mayock once a week than Nantz and Simms twice a week.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-we-know-about-thursday-night-football-this-season.html

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@jhpiergo 

I think you should reverse the first sentence.  The NFL needed CBS.  They want these games on the #1 network since they assume people already used to watching CBS on Thursday will watch the NFL on Thursday.  I think as long as CBS continues their long reign at #1 the NFL will want to be on CBS and that is why CBS got these games for a discount.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-we-know-about-thursday-night-football-this-season.html

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DirecTV will lose a lot more than 2,000 subscribers in the South if they fail to pick up the SEC Network.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/dodgers-time-warner-directv-still-lobbing-grenades-at-each-other.html

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I would not call the FOX issue "frightening".  FOX cuts their schedule in half and elects to go primetime during the NBA and NHL playoffs instead of the next six weeks when there is absolutely zero competition.  Plus, they show no flexibility in their schedule because they think they know in February who is going to be good.  As I said before, they should have started their schedule with the All Star Game, gone primetime now until college football and then early Saturday afternoon until the pennant races are decided.  I bet ratings would be much higher under that scenario.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-on-espn-is-up-despite-a-poor-home-run-derby.html

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@PaulMiele 

Exactly.  If FOX thought this was a serious issue, then they should have had her interview him at the top of an inning to give her more time or tape it and show it in its entirety later on.  She was out of time so she tried to end the interview with her "social media" comment which I really don't think is as dumb as the article above makes it out to be.

I'm not saying Erin Andrews never deserves criticism but I think in this instance it is unwarranted.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/this-adam-wainwright-thing-is-the-dumbest-sports-controversy-of-the-year-for-so-many-reasons.html

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I don't know what else Erin Andrews could have done last night.  She asked the appropriate question and allowed a full answer.  Meanwhile, the third out is happening at the same time so any chance for a follow up was eliminated.

I pretty much agree with the article above.  I like Joe Buck, too, when he decides to show up.  Reynolds has yet to reach his potential and Verducci is strong.  I certainly think it is an improvement from the analyst who talked down to us for 30 years.

I still think Vasgersian and Smoltz should be the "A" team since they can commit to doing games every single week.  And NFL and golf should be enough for Joe Buck.

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

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@SilverMeteor 

Agree.  But, FOX should be more flexible and pick the game up for primary coverage since it is more attractive than any game they are currently showing.

Joe Buck is announcing a last place team tonight.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/saturdays-tigers-royals-game-will-be-aired-on-tape-delay.html

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I think FOX should start their season coverage with the All Star Game and go primetime through the end of August when they can have all the attention instead of competing with NBA and NHL playoffs.  Then, continue in September earlier in the day until all playoff spots are decided. They should also have a more flexible schedule to ensure quality matchups.  I also think FS1 should figure out a consistent timeslot for all their games either Saturday at 4 or maybe try Tuesday or Thursday night instead.  Sometimes I forget FS1 even has a game until it is too late since it could be at 1, 4 or 10.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-and-the-red-sox-yankees-problem.html

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