As is the case with any modern Olympics taking place outside the continent, we're left to speculate how much of the Sochi Games will be airing live. What will NBC save for their primetime broadcast? What will they choose to stream? What will air live on cable?
The network gave us some pretty definitive answers this morning, as they announced via a press release that NBCSN will air live coverage of each of the figure skating disciplines. Beginning on Feb. 8 with the team events and ending on Feb. 20 with the ladies' free skate, NBCSN will be live almost every day with figure skating coverage. This is the first time we've seen a lot of this air live on cable for an Olympics outside North America.no comments
Tis the season for holiday parties. This video from the San Jose Sharks takes holiday party analysis to the next level... in that it's the first time anyone has analyzed a holiday party like it was a sporting event. From breaking down Dan Boyle's bad jokes to the sins of double dipping, this is an awesome parody video of what it would sound like if announcers called the action at a social gathering.
And, it also serves as a nifty self-help video you need to watch if you're fearful of committing a holiday party faux pas.
[H/T Hot Clicks]no comments
Aaron Gordon at Sports On Earth has a fascinating statistical breakdown of every NFL broadcast team, analyzing the worst announcers in the sport. As part of the study, Gordon watched 2 full games broadcasted by each announcing team and chronicled the number of mistakes made in 6 categories - cliches, factual errors, nonsense, self-references, taking plays off, and being off topic.
Some of the results were quite predictable, while others were quite surprising.no comments
After more than a decade together, Mike Francesa and the YES Network are parting ways. On his show Monday, Francesa opened up about the decision and the television future of his radio show. Also, the host opined on why YES didn't seem interested in continuing the relationship for economic reasons, editorial reasons, and even possibly Francesa's close relationship with Alex Rodriguez.no comments
Last year, nobody was surprised when NFL Network's Thursday Night Football ratings skyrocketed. After all, it was the first year in which all of the country's major cable providers were carrying the league-owned channel. With Time-Warner subscribers on board, more eyeballs than ever were watching NFL Network every Thursday night in the fall.
But how do you explain a 10 percent rise in 2013?
From a league press release:
Including the audience from over-the-air broadcasts in local markets, NFL Network’s 13-game schedule of Thursday Night Football broadcasts finished with a record-high per game average audience of 8 million viewers in 2013, up 10% from 2012, marking the fifth consecutive year that Thursday Night Football has set an all-time high viewership mark for NFL Network.
For the season, Thursday Night Football on NFL Network averaged a 5.0 US HH rating (including OTA’s) – another record for the network – a 9% increase from the 2012 season. Each week of the 2013 Thursday Night Football schedule, NFL Network’s game telecast was the day’s most-watched program on cable television.no comments
Last week we counted down the top broadcast bloopers of 2013, so now it's time to take a fonder trip down memory lane and relive our favorite moments of 2013. Not only does this list contain some of the best announcing of the year, but creative sportscasters, miraculous plays, announcers losing their minds, show ponies, unicorns, lasers, and prank callers as well.
Oh, and Bill Walton. Lots and lots of Bill Walton.
So without further adieu, here's our countdown of the Best in Awful Announcing for 2013...no comments
All Times Eastern
Jimmy V Classic, New York, NY
Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
Memphis vs. Florida -- ESPN, 9:30 p.m.
North Florida at Michigan State -- Big Ten Network, 7 p.m.
Elon at Georgetown -- CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast at South Florida -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Yale at Providence -- Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.
Delaware State at Oklahoma State -- Fox College Sports Atlantic, 8 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Creighton -- Fox Sports 2, 8 p.m.
Missouri State at Louisville -- ESPN2, 9 p.m.
Wichita State at Alabama -- ESPNU, 9 p.m.
Ball State at Marquette -- Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.
Cal-Irvine at Oregon -- Pac-12 Networks, 10:30 p.m.
Jimmy V Classic, Durham, NC
UConn at Duke -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
Justin Tucker had one hell of a night for the Baltimore Ravens, kicking six field goals including the game-winner from 61 yards out as Baltimore nipped the Detroit Lions in a Monday Night Football game with major playoff implications.
But the matchup also apparently had major implications for Tucker's fantasy football team. Tucker's fantasy kicker is, apparently, himself. And after the game, he was sure to make note of the fantasy impact his big night had on his (and many of your) fantasy fortunes.
Deadpan comedy from a man who has now made 31 consecutive field goals. Life's good for Tucker, who also claimed earlier in the interview with Lisa Salters that he "didn't get all of" that 61-yard kick.no comments
It's pretty obvious ESPN prepared this graphic before Justin Tucker attempted a 61 yard game winning field goal, totally expecting the Lions to defeat the Ravens on Monday Night Football. Stuart Scott threw it to the NFC North standings showing the Lions at the top at 8-6. They are most definitely 7-7 and in a hilarious tailspin against an easy schedule in a weak division. Well, at least it's hilarious to anyone who's not a Lions fan. Way to twist the knife, ESPN.no comments