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Shia LeBeouf is John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe movie trailer

28 minutes agoSports : Awful Announcing

Last fall, word circulated around movie and culture sites that Shia LeBeouf would portray legendary tennis player John McEnroe in a movie about his renowned rivalry with Swedish star Bjorn Borg during the late-70s and early-80s which culminated in the 1980 championship match at Wimbledon. Show More Summary

AA Weekly Recap: Colin Cowherd gets called out for LaVar Ball-Kristine Leahy controversy

It’s been another busy week in sports media. We’re here to recap the biggest news and events that took place and share some of our best work from the week that was. Without further adieu: CSNNE’s Trenni Kusnierek called Colin Cowherd...Show More Summary

NBCSN, Sportsnet, CBC all draw humongous ratings for Penguins-Senators Game 7

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators played a thriller Thursday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, with Pittsburgh prevailing 3-2 in double overtime. The game featured two dramatic third-period goals, several minor controversies and 25 minutes of tense overtime hockey. Show More Summary

Viewing Picks for May 27, 2017

All Times Eastern Arena Football Cleveland Gladiators at Baltimore Brigade — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Australian Rules Football AFL Round 10 Collingwood Magpies vs. Brisbane Lions — Fox Soccer Plus, 11 p.m. West Coast Eagles vs. Greater Western Sydney Giants — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. Show More Summary

ESPN Ratings: NBA Draft Lottery Rebounds Well from 2016

20 hours agoSports : Awful Announcing

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Ratings News and Notes The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery om ESPN May 16 prior to Western ConferenceShow More Summary

Did you know Mike Emrick once called the NCAA Tournament and the NFL? Even dogs in his back yard?

22 hours agoSports : Awful Announcing

Mike Emrick is one of the most respected play-by-play men not just in hockey, but in all of sports. And while he’s best known for hockey, did you know he’s called other sports? That’s right. In his long career, not only has Emrick called...Show More Summary

Craig Custance, one of ESPN’s last hockey writers is leaving

23 hours agoSports : Awful Announcing

Back in April when ESPN conducted its mass layoff of some 100 on-air staffers and writers, one of its departments that was decimated was its NHL coverage. We got wind that Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and Joe McDonald were let go. Now...Show More Summary

Chip Kelly joins ESPN as college football and NFL analyst

He had a successful stint in college coaching Oregon and two NFL stops in Philadelphia and San Francisco. But now he joins Rex Ryan in the “Recently fired NFL coaches club” at ESPN. Chip Kelly has signed a deal to join the WorldwideShow More Summary

This Week In Hot Takes: Columnist calls NBA playoffs “a sick joke” thanks to player power

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Hot Takes! This time around, we’re examining the hottest takes from sports media members from May 19-25. 5. Tony Massarotti said Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics quit, after Thomas was hurt and...Show More Summary

Seth Greenberg is the latest ESPN personality to sign a new long-term deal

In the wake of massive talent layoffs, ESPN has been quite aggressive in promoting the talent that it has re-signed to stay at the network. ESPN has made a habit of announcing talent re-signings in recent years, but there has been aShow More Summary

Charles Barkley said he wanted to leave Game 5 to watch hockey after betting on the Sens

One of the more entertaining subplots of these NBA playoffs has involved NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley not only bashing the caliber of the matchups so far (that’s not exactly a unique opinion), but going on to talk about how he’d rather be watching the NHL playoffs instead. Show More Summary

Michael Bennett calls ESPN article about Russell Wilson and Seahawks locker room divide “trash” and “all gossip”

When Michael Bennett is done with his playing career in the NFL, he might want to try out for a career in media criticism. Awful Announcing is always accepting freelance submissions. Just this month we’ve seen Bennett call out Stephen A. Show More Summary

Viewing Picks for May 26, 2017

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football AFL Round 10 Western Bulldogs vs. St. Kilda Saints — FS2, 11:30 p.m. Boxing Solo Boxeo, UIC Pavilion, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL Featherweights Michael Conlon vs. Alfredo Chañez — UniMás/Univision Deportes, 11 p.m. Show More Summary

Facebook expands video push with ad tools and exclusive shows, ESPN and Vox are involved

We’re seeing more and more tech companies trying new things to sway audiences and ad dollars from traditional TV, and Facebook is the latest making interesting moves on that front. The social network recently announced a deal to stream...Show More Summary

ESPN to open college football season with a Big Ten-heavy lineup

ESPN announced its schedule for the first week of the coming college football season Thursday, and… whew, is it impressive. ESPN and ABC have games featuring the No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22 teams in the country, according to Mark Schlabach’s preseason rankings. Show More Summary

‘Sunday Night Football’ was again the most-watched show on TV, beating out… ‘Thursday Night Football’

Did you know America loves football? In case you needed reminding, check out the rankings of the most watched shows in the 2016-17 television season, which ended this week. Average viewership totals include live and same-day audience:...Show More Summary

Fake CFB recruit Unique Brissett II loves his fame: “I was laughing. I was too hype”

On Monday, word came out that Unique Brissett II was visiting Michigan State. But the thing is, later on Monday, word also came out that Unique’s very unique recruiting process wasn’t real at all. Now the fake recruit is loving his ongoing 15 minutes of fame. Show More Summary

Turner Sports and NBATV’s Steve Smith on Kyrie Irving, Hawks’ GM search and Manu Ginobili

Turner Sports and NBATV analyst Steve Smith spoke with The Comeback on Wednesday to discuss a variety of topics from the NBA’s conference finals. Among the subjects of the conversation were Kyrie Irving’s masterful performance in Game...Show More Summary

Brockmire’s special, secret sauce is getting crass and dirty

Baseball comedy Brockmire concluded its first season last week, closing out one of the pleasant TV surprises of 2017. Not much was known about the IFC series, other than its premise of a renowned baseball broadcaster who was admiredShow More Summary

Would an Ottawa-Nashville Stanley Cup Final be NBC’s worst nightmare?

Thursday night will see the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators square off in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals with the winners set to face the Nashville Predators for the Stanley Cup. The conventional wisdom would dictate...Show More Summary

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