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Wednesday, June 06, 2007



There is way too much going on around these interparts, so I'm combining about 4 posts into one super-duper extra fantastic post. Pardon me if it gets to lengthy (that's what she said!)....

1. Broadcast Boot Camp to Keep Awful Announcing Replenished For Years To Come (link)

Coming June 18th the NFL will hold a Broadcast Boot Camp where NFL players will learn the tricks of the trade for some of broadcasting's "finest".

The on-air talent on hand will include CBS' James Brown and Gus Johnson, Fox's Brian Baldinger and Ron Pitts and ABC/ESPN's Ron Jaworski. Dick Vermeil, the longtime coach and analyst, will play a coach in meetings meant to simulate the pregame briefings coaches give network TV crews.
My favorite part of that article is that Bertrand Berry says his favorite on-air talent is Chris Berman because of his "excitability". Riiiight.

2. Hockey Even Worse Than I Could Have Imagined In The Ratings Game (link)

Wow...just wow. I just don't get it. Is it only a matter of time before Hockey is taken off local airwaves?
NBC averaged a 1.1 final Nielsen rating and 1.6 million viewers for its coverage of Game Three of the Ducks-Senators Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night, marking the lowest-rated night in the network's history, as well as lowest-rated Stanley Cup Finals game on broadcast TV.
Don Cherry did not help at all. It's like a train-wreck and you can't look away (NHL fans....I mean that in the nicest way possible).

Update: These stats are from Game 3 not Game 4. Don Cherry wasn't on until Game 4......I'll be sure to grab that data when I see it and compare the two. (Thanks Dave)

3. SI And NBC Combine To Copy Washington Post Live and Others (link)

This has to be one of the worst ideas in internet history.....
SI.com and NBCSports.com have partnered to create “Sidelines,” a daily Web show featuring WFAN’s Chris Russo, NBC’s Jimmy Roberts and comedian Matty Blake. Guests will include SI reporters Peter King, Tom Verducci, Jon Heyman, Seth Davis and Ian Thomsen, as well as analysts from NBC Sports
Do me a favor and watch the video that comes up when you click the link. Grade: D+

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:08 PM

6 Comments:

couple things...

1) don cherry was on game 4, the monday night broadcast. the ratings from that article referred to game 3 on saturday. don cherry probably didn't help game 4 either, though.

2) if you want to get technical, SI and NBC's thing is a copy of washington post live, which is a copy of daily news live on SNY, which was a copy of daily news live on comcast philadelphia, which has been on for years.

Dave said...
Jun 6, 2007, 2:48:00 PM  

Ahh, you're right....it was Game 3. I wonder how much Don Cherry actually did help.

Also, yeah I assumed WaPo wasn't a groundbreaking idea.

Jun 6, 2007, 2:54:00 PM  

um nother thing, the pardon me if it gets to lengthy thats waht she said.

that implies that she has a big penis, so maybe like arods into that but i think u were trying to say something else.

larry burns said...
Jun 6, 2007, 3:11:00 PM  

GUS JOHNSON AND THE FOUL!!!

hollywood wags said...
Jun 6, 2007, 3:17:00 PM  

Ah balls....you're right LB. Oh well...I have a no erasing policy sooooo let's just forget this post.

Jun 6, 2007, 3:22:00 PM  

It's so frustrating being a hockey fan. As you saw the game the other night The on-ice product is currently fantastic. The playoffs have been great. The teams are good. The quality of play is excellent.

Great play, yet no one, in the States, will watch. Hockey's fearless leaders are morons. They have no idea how to promote the game, the stars or anything. Like you said the other day "Who the hell is Getzlaf?"

As a person who runs a successful sports blog the fact that you don't know who he is (a great young player on the NHL's best team) says the NHL isn't doing it's job promoting the great game. It's not your fault for not following, it's the damn leagues fault for not having his face on billboards and websites and

They are failing, and bringing the sport down with them, and it's enough to make a hockey fan go insane.

Ok I better stop now before i make myself too angry.

Jibblescribbits said...
Jun 6, 2007, 4:34:00 PM  

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