Stephen A. Smith.
Just let your imagination run wild with the possibilities...no comments
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, St. Louis, MO
Drake vs. Bradley -- Fox College Sports Central, 7 p.m.
Missouri State vs. Southern Illinois -- Fox College Sports Central, 9:30 p.m.
West Coast Conference Tournament, Las Vegas, NV
San Francisco vs. Loyola Marymount -- BYU TV, 9 p.m.
Pepperdine vs. San Diego -- BYU TV, 11:30 p.m.
Kentucky at Georgia -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
Virginia at Florida State -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
Penn State at Northwestern -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Butler at UMass -- NBC Sports Network, 7 p.m.
Wisconsin at Michigan State -- ESPN, 9 p.m.
Oregon at Colorado -- ESPN2, 9 p.m.
Oregon State at Utah -- ESPNU, 9 p.m.
Long Beach State at Cal Davis -- ESPN2, 11 p.m.
Big Ten Tournament, Hoffman Estates, IL
Iowa vs. Northwestern -- Big Ten Network, 12:30 p.m.
Illinois vs. Wisconsin -- Big Ten Network, 3 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Ohio State -- Big Ten Network, 7 p.m.
Indiana vs. Michigan -- Big Ten Network, 9:30 p.m.
West Coast Conference Tournament, Las Vegas, NV
Loyola Marymount vs. San Francisco -- BYU TV, 3 p.m.
Portland vs. Santa Clara -- BYU TV, 5:30 p.m.
College Basketball Live -- ESPNU, 11 p.m.
College Basketball Live -- ESPN2, 1 a.m. (Friday)
Paris-Nice, Stage 4: Brioude to Saint-Vallier -- NBC Sports Network, midnight (delayed)
PGA Tour, Doral, FL
WGC-Cadillac Championship, 1st Round -- Golf Channel, 2 p.m.
Puerto Rico Open, 1st Round -- Golf Channel, 6;30 p.m. (same day coverage)
Mixed Martial Arts
Dan Cramer vs. Brett Cooper; Dough Marshall vs. Sultan Aliev -- Spike, 10 p.m.
MLB Spring Training
Baseball Tonight -- ESPN2, 3 p.m.
World Baseball Classic
Pool D, First Round, Phoenix, AZ
Italy vs. Mexico -- MLB Network, 3 p.m.
Pool C, First Round, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic -- MLB Network, 6:30 p.m.
Pool 1, Second Round, Tokyo, Japan
Netherlands vs. Cuba -- MLB Network, 10 p.m.
World Baseball Classic Today -- MLB Network, 6 p.m.
World Baseball Classic Today -- MLB Network, 9:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at New York -- TNT, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Clippers at Denver -- TNT, 10:30 p.m.
Inside the NBA -- TNT, 1 a.m. (Friday)
NFL Live -- ESPN, 4 p.m.
Path to the Draft -- NFL Network, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia -- NHL Network, 7 p.m.
NHL Live -- NHL Network, 5 p.m.
NHL Tonight -- NHL Network, 10 p.m.
NHL Overtime -- NBC Sports Network, 11:30 p.m.
CONCACAF Champions League
Quarterfinal, 1st Leg
Herediano vs. LA Galaxy -- Fox Soccer, 8 p.m.
UEFA Europa League
Round of 16, 1st Leg
Anji vs. Newcastle United -- Fox Soccer Plus, 11:50 a.m.
Steaua vs. Chelsea -- Fox Soccer, 1 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Internazionale -- Fox Soccer, 3 p.m.
Benfica vs. Bordeaux -- Fox Soccer Plus, 3 p.m.
Stuttgart vs. Lazio -- Fox Soccer, 5 p.m. (same day coverage)
Levante vs. Rubin -- Fox Soccer Plus, 5 p.m. (same day coverage)
Plzen vs. Fenerbachce -- Fox Soccer Plus, 7 p.m. (same day coverage)
UEFA Europa League Pregame -- Fox Soccer, 12:30 p.m.
NFL AM -- NFL Network, 6 a.m.
The 'Lights -- NBC Sports Network, 6 a.m.
Morning Drive -- Golf Channel, 7 a.m.
The Dan Patrick Show -- Audience Network (DirecTV)/NBC Sports Network, 9 a.m.
Tim Brando Show -- CBS Sports Network, 9 a.m.
The Box Score -- Audience Network (DirecTV)/NBC Sports Network, noon
SVP & Russillo -- ESPNews, 1 p.m.
Outside the Lines -- ESPN, 3 p.m.
Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable -- ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.
SportsNation -- ESPN2, 4 p.m.
The Best of the Dan Patrick Show -- NBC Sports Network, 4 p.m.
Pardon the Interruption -- ESPN, 5:30 p.m.
ROME -- CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m.
The Crossover -- NBC Sports Network, 6 p.m.
Lead Off -- CBS Sports Network, midnight
UNITE -- ESPNU, midnight
We've featured Washington Capitals play by play man John Walton a couple times before for his excitable calls from the booth. Last night was no different as Walton exploded for Eric Fehr's game winer against the Bruins for a 4-3 victory in overtime, completing a comeback from 3-0 down after the first period.
If you hear an awesome local radio or TV call you think we should feature, you can send us tips on Twitter @awfulannouncing or an e-mail to awfulannouncing [at] gmail.com.no comments
It seems as if every week we're writing a new post covering NBC breaking records due to their NHL coverage. This week is no different. NBC and NBC Sports Network both set new records with their coverage of hockey on Sunday, further proving that despite the lockout people are tuning in to the sport in larger numbers.no comments
The NFL Sunday Ticket out-of-market package has been a DirecTV mainstay since 1994. Yes, it's been around for almost 20 years. DirecTV has used Sunday Ticket to lure subscribers from cable of which I am one. I've been with DirecTV since 2001 and the major reason was NFL Sunday Ticket. Over the years, the satellite provider has been willing to pay the price to keep the Sunday afternoon games away from cable. And to keep fans in the mix, DirecTV developed the Red Zone Channel with host Andrew Siciliano, showing games when drives reached scoring potential, a feature that was so successful, NFL Network started its own version for cable with host Scott Hanson.
And while DirecTV has made mobile apps and even allowed the package to be put on gaming consoles as long as non-subscribers were willing to pay a huge fee, the satellite provider appears to be souring on the package because of rising costs. In a speech to an investor conference in Florida today, DirecTV Chief Financial Officer Pat Doyle made news by saying the company would consider sharing Sunday Ticket with cable or even dropping the package altogether if the NFL's price became too high.no comments
This year's NFL Combine broke record numbers in viewership for the event. A total of 7.25 million viewers watched at some point during the 4 days of coverage with an average audience of 268,000 viewers, up 10% from last year. While other sports are seeing small ratings decreases or remaining flat, the combine is one of the events in the sports year trending upward in ratings, media coverage, and attention from fans.
There was a time the combine was nothing more than a footnote in the football season between the Super Bowl and the draft. After all, who would think people would actually want to sit down in front of their televisions and watch football players doing drills instead of football players playing football? Alas, with the NFL's explosion in popularity over the last decade and the exponential increase in information consumed by sports fans, the combine has resonated with more and more people. A tick on the stopwatch either way could mean one player rising up draft boards or falling to your team.
And there are reportedly plans for the combine to get even bigger. Reports of a "reality show" twist to the combine indicate a future where players may compete during drills. Also, the NFL could follow athletes from regional combines to the national combine in Indianapolis and even on to the NFL Draft for a reality series.
The growth and potential direction of the NFL combine intrigues me, but so does the challenge of making vertical jumps, shuttle runs, and football players in shorts and t-shirts sprinting for less than 5 seconds compelling television. NFL Network devoted several live hours of television to the combine and we were able to chat briefly with NFLN Executive Producer Eric Weinberger about the present and the future of televising the NFL Combine...no comments
This week ESPN has been forced into covering the NHL thanks to the incredible streak of the Chicago Blackhawks, which has now reached 23 straight games with a point to start the NHL season.
Because SportsCenter actually hasn't covered the NHL in years, and because the daytime editions of SportsCenter are quickly becoming nothing but mindless talk and meaningless debate that makes you want to tear your brain out of your skull and run it through a meat grinder, the Blackhawks streak has proved to be a nightmare scenario for Bristol. The streak has become a large enough story nationally for ESPN to have to pay attention to hockey beyond the one minute cameos where Barry Melrose is let out of whatever Bristol dungeon he's kept in.
The result? ESPN embarrassingly trotting out Stephen A. Smith to try and analyze the Blackhawks' streak, even though he was not aware of the basic premises of the sport. The next day it was college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg's turn to debate the merits of the Blackhawks, evidently because he was the guy standing closest to the set at the time. Today, it was Chris Broussard's turn, and although he fared better than the previous two, he looked like he'd rather break down quantum mechanics.
But instead of just throwing our hands up in the air and wondering why ESPN has basically given up on SportsCenter and throwing random people on national television to talk about the NHL, we want to help. If the live daytime episodes of SportsCenter are going to spiral into a black hole abyss and debate completely irrelevant topics like "Who's the greatest center of all-time in any sport," (that seriously happened today) at least we should have some input along the way.
Here's a completely serious list of the people at ESPN we'd like to see break down the Chicago Blackhawks next...
(See if you can spot the people that actually cover hockey!)no comments
Just when you thought ESPN was the only network out there trotting out an endless array of debate shows, this trailer for a new MLB Network show popped up during the World Baseball Classic... and I've lost all faith in humanity.
The new show is called MLB Now, will debut on Opening Day of the MLB season, April 1st, and will feature Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds arguing "new school" vs "old school" in regards to various topics throughout the league.no comments