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Jesse Palmer replaces Danny Kanell on ESPN CFB studio, Kevin Negandhi will anchor on ABC

58 minutes agoSports : Awful Announcing

The ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 studio coverage of college football will look dramatically different this year. On ABC’s Saturday coverage, Kevin Negandhi will be taking over the studio host role (Stan Verrett held it last year after long-time...Show More Summary

AA Q&A: Fran Fraschilla talks TBT, Big 3, Frank Ntilikina, more

In Brooklyn over the weekend, 16 teams were whittled down to four in The Basketball Tournament, a 64-team tournament comprised of alumni teams and former college and NBA players with the winner taking $2 million. Fran Fraschilla was there to broadcast the action, which will continue with the semifinals and finals next week in Baltimore. Show More Summary

WEEI hosts call Red Sox execs ‘cowards’ after team’s pointed statement about the station

The relationship between the Boston Red Sox and their radio partner WEEI seems to be getting awfully contentious awfully quickly. Days after a Red Sox spokesperson alluded to “offensive and out of line” opinions on WEEI in article about...Show More Summary

Big Ten Network hires ex-conference stars James Laurinaitis, Braylon Edwards as analysts

Big Ten Network has made some new hires, and their names will be familiar to any fan of the conference. BTN announced at Media Days on Monday that former Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards, former Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis and former Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootton will join the network as analysts. Show More Summary

WWE Raw Reaction July 24: Ambrose & Rollins take down the Miztourage, Fatal 4-Way for Universal Title announced

I apologize in advance for those expecting the weekly Raw reaction from John Canton. John is “on assignment,” keeping him from responding to Raw. So I’m filling in this week. But don’t worry — John will be back for his Smackdown reaction on Wednesday. Show More Summary

Former ESPN anchor Jaymee Sire to become floor reporter on new Iron Chef Showdown

In the three months since ESPN laid off about 100 front-facing employees in one fell swoop, the departed reporters/anchors/analysts have gone many different paths. Some have taken new jobs similar to their old ones, some have gone to...Show More Summary

Did Fox Sports 1 not get edgy and political enough to make Jamie Horowitz’s vision work?

In his vision presentation for FS1, Jamie Horowitz distinguished between ESPN and the Fox brand. He portrayed Fox as the “fearful, defiant, insightful, relentless, blunt” company. Those were “Fox words.” ESPN, owned by family brand Disney, could only go 80 percent of the way toward what fans want. Show More Summary

Should MLS and US Soccer reconsider a $4 billion promotion-relegation TV deal?

On Monday there were shock waves sent through MLS and the entirety of US Soccer when a multi-billion dollar offer to the league was made public. Sports Business Journal reported that international media company MP & Silva offered toShow More Summary

The Big Ten Network joins Hulu and YouTube TV’s streaming bundles, boosting distribution

Getting into streaming bundles has been key for networks like ESPN, and conference networks are following suit. The latest one is the Big Ten Network. The Big Ten formally announced its long-ago signed and highly lucrative deal withShow More Summary

Stephen A. Smith cites sources that say LeBron James wants to beat Kyrie Irving’s ass

10 hours agoSports : Awful Announcing

Professional talker Stephen A. Smith has many takes. And when he has sources to go along with those takes, the room can reach inferno level. On Monday, Smith said on the radio that LeBron James is trying to fight Kyrie Irving, after Irving requested a trade. Show More Summary

Viewing Picks for July 25, 2017

11 hours agoSports : Awful Announcing

All Times Eastern Baseball National Youth Baseball Championships, Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NY 12U Pool Play D-BAT Elite North (TX) vs. Team Combat (CA) — CBS Sports Network, 10 a.m. Tri-State Arsenal Prime (NJ) vs. Sandcrabs Baseball (TX) — CBS Sports Network, 1 p.m. Show More Summary

10 of TV’s most-hyped one-off special disappointments

There’s a long history of highly-hyped one-off TV specials not delivering what the audience had hoped for, whether that’s through trickery from the producers or disappointing on-screen results. A recent example of the former is Michael Phelps not actually racing a shark in Sunday’s Phelps Vs. Show More Summary

Big Ten allowing FCS teams back on the schedule has its definite winners and losers

The Big Ten’s ban on scheduling FCS schools didn’t last long, in fact it never got off the ground. While announcing the league’s new media rights deals with Fox and ESPN today, league commissioner Jim Delany revealed that the Big Ten was going back on their resolution to leave FCS teams off the schedule. Show More Summary

The Athletic bets against pivots to video, scooping up laid-off writers with new funding

There’s been an endless round of cuts of sportswriters recently, from Bleacher Report to ESPN to Sports Illustrated to Fox to Yahoo to Vocativ to Vice, with many of those companies talking about “pivoting to video” (something which also happened with layoffs of writers at MTV). Show More Summary

Lisa Byington to become the first woman to call football on Big Ten Network

During the Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago, it was announced that Lisa Byington will call football games for the Big Ten Network: BTN President Mark Silverman just announced @LisaByington will do play by play of a football game this fall on BTN. Show More Summary

WWE Battleground review: Disappointing show ends with Mahal beating Orton, thanks to Great Khali

The WWE Battleground pay-per-view took place Sunday night in Philadelphia. It was not a show that WWE fans are going to look back on fondly because there were several questionable booking decisions, two of the bigger matches went on too long and aside from the exciting opening tag match, a lot of it was boring. Show More Summary

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will join NBC’s NASCAR team in 2018

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who has been voted as NASCAR’s most popular driver for 14 straight years will be joining NBC Sports’ NASCAR team in 2018. Earnhardt announced his retirement from the sport earlier this year and is going on a farewell tour of sorts. Show More Summary

Winds of change a blowin’ at the NFL on CBS and Fox

The 2017 NFL season is going to sound different on both CBS and Fox. As we told you earlier this month, there’s going to be a lineup shuffle for the NFL on Fox’s bottom tier of announcers. And at CBS, we already know Tony Romo will be...Show More Summary

Your MLB announcing schedule for 7/24-7/30

Monday, July 24 Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs (MLB Network 2:20 pm) Local RSN Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN 8 pm) Dave Flemming, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian Tuesday, July 25 Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs (MLB 2:20 pm) Local RSN Colorado Rockies at St. Show More Summary

Details of David Price’s confrontation with Dennis Eckersley are reported, and they sound ugly

Approximately three weeks ago, Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price reportedly had a confrontation with NESN broadcaster Dennis Eckersley on a team flight. Price had a rather tumultuous June with Boston media, also getting into a dispute with CSNNE’s Evan Drellich and the Boston Herald‘s Steve Buckley. Show More Summary

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