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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.
1 day, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-2-is-a-barren-wasteland.html
"Dana Jacobson" and "terrific broadcaster" in the same sentence. Interesting.
Most of the rest of the cast looks good.
1 day, 7 hours 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
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.
3 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/directv-and-the-pac-12-continue-to-squabble-over-you-know.html
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.
3 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/is-the-length-of-nfl-games-ever-going-to-become-an-issue.html
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".
5 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/dick-enberg-will-call-one-last-us-open-tennis-match.html
@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.
6 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mike-francesa-is-not-playing-nice-with-doug-gottlieb.html
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 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
So courageous of Phil Simms to wait 20 years into his broadcasting career to take such a stand.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
It would have been fun to ask him if he thinks Mike Francesa will be on FS1 five years from now.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/a-look-at-fox-sports-1s-past-and-future-with-gm-coo-david-nathanson.html
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 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/exclusive-nfl-on-fox-broadcast-teams-for-this-season.html
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 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-network-should-be-wary-of-commissioner-finalist-tom-werner.html
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.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/exclusive-nfl-on-fox-broadcast-teams-for-this-season.html
@sfitz0076 Dick might get his analyst names wrong this year having to work with someone different every week.
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.
The DirecTV and SEC Network deal was just announced.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/suddenlink-inks-carriage-deal-for-sec-network-and-longhorn-network.html
I look forward to the Jaguars and Raiders making maximum appearances on MNF next season.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/keith-olbermann-calls-on-roger-goodell-to-resign-as-nfl-commissioner.html
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 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nbcsn-throws-some-serious-shade-at-fox-sports-1.html
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 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/wednesdays-athletics-astros-game-may-have-been-the-least-viewed-ever-in-local-markets.html
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 ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/video-stephen-a-smith-apologizes-for-domestic-violence-comments.html
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 ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/a-compilation-of-pierre-mcguires-most-awkward-moments.html
"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 :(
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/michelle-beadle-calls-out-first-take-for-ray-rice-segment.html
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.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-we-know-about-the-nfl-on-cbs-in-2014.html
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.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-we-know-about-thursday-night-football-this-season.html
I would rather hear Nessler and Mayock once a week than Nantz and Simms twice a week.
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.
DirecTV will lose a lot more than 2,000 subscribers in the South if they fail to pick up the SEC Network.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/dodgers-time-warner-directv-still-lobbing-grenades-at-each-other.html
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.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-on-espn-is-up-despite-a-poor-home-run-derby.html
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.
1 month, 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
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.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/saturdays-tigers-royals-game-will-be-aired-on-tape-delay.html
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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-and-the-red-sox-yankees-problem.html
Great game, too. :(
Chris McKendry has done Wimbledon before.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-the-championships-wimbledon-2014-on-espn.html
@eslrush NBC has had priority over the CBC back years to when they got to show Pittsburgh vs Ottawa during the day.
And I don't know why the NHL should care about the CBC anyway since their future role will be to only simulcast the Rogers feed.
The only thing disgraceful about the scheduling is making the Rangers play back to back Sunday and Monday after being the only team to have to play back to back last Tuesday and Wednesday.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-announcing-schedule-for-the-stanley-cup-playoffs-part-3.html
@DanielOrmsby Way to state the obvious.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
I remember a few years ago NBC had a double OT game that went beyond 7 p.m. They kept going with it. Of course, NBC does not have "60 Minutes" breathing down their neck.
They did switch a game one time to VS when an early OT game went into Kentucky Derby coverage.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
Your point about NBCSN showing a Sharks CSN feed is fair but NBCSN also showed the CBC feed of Tampa Bay vs Montreal. I'm sure Lightning fans would not call that neutral.
Totally agree about Nantz. I bet in Week 16 he lobbies to do a Thursday, Saturday and Sunday game so his "friends" have the privilege of hearing him three times.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-2014-thursday-night-football-schedule.html
nfl.com is listing MNF game times as 8:30 which would only be 10 minutes earlier than last year. I assume 8:15 will be when the broadcast officially starts.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-2014-monday-night-football-schedule.html
MLBN is showing Diamondbacks @ Cubs Wednesday. They have been heavily promoting the 100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-421-427.html
Michael Kay can sometimes wear out his welcome but at least he takes some series off. I like the way the Yankees keep it fresh usually changing at least one member of the crew for each series. I'm glad I'm not a Red Sox fan because listening to Don Orsillo for 150 games a year would bore me to death.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-al-east.html
It's funny that on the day Carton joked "I want to pour BBQ sauce on Suzyn Waldman and lick her up and down" that Boomer is the one that gets in trouble.
Anyway, since starting up on CBS Sports Network I have watched them everyday and no longer watch "Mike and Mike". Boomer and Carton always make me laugh.
If anyone in the media world actually watched their show instead of pouncing on one story in a newsfeed and copying it and reporting it as their own, I'm sure they could find worse things to criticize them for.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/boomer-esiason-issues-non-apology-apology-for-paternity-leave-comments.html
Buck should be replaced not because of performance but because he simply does not call enough games. Let him go to the NFL full time and get a new duo that can be counted on to work every week.
11 months ago on Who are the leading candidates to replace Tim McCarver?
The last I checked ESPN and NBC have full winter sports schedules, too, so why would they want to pay premium prices for a winter World Cup? I guess there is always the CBS Sports Network.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Could Fox Sports block a 2022 Winter World Cup?
@DanielOrmsby @tonyc Actually 4:25 started last season.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Why don't we have a Monday Night Football doubleheader every week?
ESPN should space out the two games a little more especially when a team like the Eagles is involved in the first game. CBS and FOX allow 3:25 for their doubleheader games.
I used to get NFL Sunday Ticket for $99 back in the days of C-Band. I have never ordered it from DirecTV and I'm tired, as a loyal customer, seeing them offer it for free for one year to new subscribers. I hope DirecTV loses NFL Sunday Ticket. And, although it will never happen, pass the savings in the form of a lower bill to a loyal customer.
1 year ago on Could NFL Sunday Ticket move to Google?
My bad. Actually 24 hours. The point is no reason the #1 announcer for MLB and NFL could not have done both games.
1 year ago on Joe Buck fights back against internet haters
In regards to the last sentence of the article, the trip from Boston to East Rutherford is grueling and no human being should be expected to make the trip with only 25 hours to spare.
I don't think it had anything to do with Strasburg. I agree with you in that I was also surprised they did not try to get MLB. But, in hindsight, it was apparent they wanted NASCAR all along. If they did get MLB they would have problems scheduling games in April and May during the NHL playoffs. NASCAR gave them a sport that works perfectly around their NHL schedule.
1 year ago on NBC's Jon Miller on the state of NBC Sports Network