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Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 55 - Adam Amin

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5:30 - In Watching "The Last Dance," when did the early memories of being a kid in Chicago watching the Bulls kick in? 7:35 - Did he ever try to emulate any 1990s Bulls when he was hooping it up? 8:42 - How and when did his father, as a Pakistani immigrant, become a huge Chicago sports fans? 10:36 - Their shared love of sports despite never going to a game in-person together 12:53 - The story of a really beautiful connected moment between his dad, him, and Steve Kerr 19:22 - How he views the series through the lens of his family/memories of watching the Bulls as a kid 22:18 - Did the documentary change his perspective at all of the 1990s Bulls? 24:50 - Does he envision more accessibility from teams and players in the future? 29:10 - Did he felt like there was anything left out from "The Last Dance" worth telling? 32:00 - On his competitiveness level and the feeling of having to outwork everyone in his path 37:33 - Is there a way to stay fresh as a broadcaster amidst COVID-19? 40:29 - Any surprise that both the NFL and CFB have operated with a "business as usual" mindset 44:00 - On how he ended up at FOX from ESPN / the relationships he's made at ESPN 48:10 - Nerding out on sports theme music, and now having Roundball Rock (NBA on NBC theme) as a broadcaster on FOX 50:40 - A petition to get the original MLB on FOX music back for FOX baseball

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 54 - Joe Buck

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5:48 - How he admired his dad's ability to remember and connect with everyone he met 7:22 - Have things slowed down for him after starting his career so fast and quickly? 8:41 - Parenting in his late 20s/early 30s vs now at 50 with two young twin boys 10:30 - On his dad being his best friend and how he handled getting the Cardinals gig at age 21 13:21 - Did he feel like he got unfairly singled out early on because of his name? 15:24 - His relationship with him mom/sister and how his mom gave him far more feedback on his broadcasting than his dad 19:10 - Is he still able to get actual legitimate feedback for his broadcasts at FOX 24:15 - Who he envisions as the next Romo & great NFL broadcast analyst 25:56 - When did he feel like he needed to start opening up and feeling like he could be his authentic self 29:04 - On being able to break out of his shell after nearly 20-something years of feeling like he couldn't 30:50 - His newfound relationship with social media and the importance of being your real self on social media 32:52 - His favorite mundane home achievement that he got to broadcast 32:30 - On "Daddy Issues," and the early success of the show 36:00 - On connecting to their podcast audience through their parenting stories and being a dad 38:25 - The star power they've had on the show and gotten them (A-Rod specifically) to be a complete open book 41:15 - What's next for the show 42:30 - On booking on guest just to get another one (great story) 44:45 - If he's had a pot brownie since the infamous night in Cabo 49:00 - Old time crazy broadcaster stories

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 53 - Ernie Johnson

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5:38 - How he and his family are handling/keeping busy during the pandemic 7:30 - On finding a routine / starting EJ's Journalism School 11:35 - Which of the "J-School" lessons has stood out most? 14:35 - His path in broadcasting... was there apprehension about working Braves games with his dad 16:50 - When did he feel like he found his voice in broadcasting? 20:36 - The moment he knew that there was something different and special about "Inside the NBA" 23:45 - On the origin of the "Inside the NBA" games like "Who He Play For?" "How You Say That?" (etc...) 29:25 - Memories/stories of travels and experiences with his NBA on TNT crew 32:21 - His NBA Together show

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 52 - Joe Davis (Fox Sports)

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0:21: Podcast Introduction 5:30: Introduction with Joe Davis 6:35: How he's stayed busy throughout quarantine/stay-at-home in CA 8:47: Favorite spots around the country to find the best smoked meat in America 10:04: First interest in broadcasting and how he started calling his first games 11:05: The first broadcasters he emulated early on 15:13: Getting letters/DMs asking for broadcast advice after he did it when he was a kid 17:00: His college football days - was he good with the media as an athlete? 18:25: His time in Montgomery, taking every broadcast and gig that he possibly could during that time 22:20: What was his first "Welcome to the Big Leagues, kid" type of moment? 23:30: Reflecting on taking over for Vin Scully after getting the Dodgers job 24:41: The unbelievable advice Vin Scully passed along, and who he got that same advice from 26:23: Does he miss play-by-play on radio? 27:24: How he envisions the baseball season going post Corona Virus 30:00: How will the Astros scandal discussion likely unfold once the season begins? 32:57: How he'd like to see baseball improve/connect with younger fans 34:30: If he's had conversations on potentially adapting to betting information/more advanced stats into the broadcast 36:15: RAPID-FIRE! --

AA Episode 51-Dianna Russini

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2:45 - Intro 3:50 - Her start at ESPN, struggles on SportsCenter and how it changed her career 7:00 - How management was committed to helping coach her up and improve 8:55 - Her parents and how their tough love was instrumental early on 12:20 - On being an open book and living her life on-air 15:40 - If her producers have been receptive to her looking for more fun in the shows she's a part of 17:19 - On her famous impression of her mother and how she owes Stugotz the credit for it 20:00 - Her transition from DC to ESPN + why ESPN has found so much on-air talent in DC 24:03 - Where her "newshound" instinct came from 26:05 - If there's a lack of representation for women in sports media 29:50 - On the networking side of the business, and develop sources 33:15 - Has she found any insiders or newsbreakers that have found a work/life balance + how she met Woj 35:40 - Does she have a preference between being a host or being the analyst/insider 37:50 - On a type of show she'd love to pitch/be on - The NFL version of "The Jump" 40:25 - What is she most excited about for viewers to learn about the XFL 42:55 - Her recent interview with Olive

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 50 - Chris Fowler

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3:00 - Why he loves creating a bunch of new content on Instagram/Why it's more positive than Twitter 4:30 - Finding a good balance between talking sports vs life on social media 6:05 - Was leaving Gameday emotional for you? 8:41 - Does he still watch the show? 10:02 - His first interest in college football living in State College 12:08 - Early influences in the broadcast world 14:29 - His father being a Theater Professor and if there's any influence in getting him started in sportscasting/speaking 17:00 - On finding ways to stand out when newer generations are growing up comfortable in front of a camera 18:58 - Starting at ESPN just a few years out of college 22:02 - Does he ever think of the "what if?" Including a decision for him at ESPN that would've taken him away from the Gameday opportunity 25:30 - On the decision to move from Gameday to more play-by-play coverage, specifically the Saturday night game of the week 27:05 - What stands out the most in the 25+ years of being a part of the show 32:53 - On his time broadcasting tennis and how long it took him to get comfortable doing play-by-play for it 36:58 - Previewing the National Championship / Megacast talk

AA Podcast Episode 49 - Todd Fuhrman of "Lock it In" & "Bet the Board"

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3:30 - On him being "Most Likely to Be a Bookie" for his high school yearbook superlative/first interest in sports wagering 6:04 - On choosing the career of an oddsmaker and whether he ever wanted to be a professional better 8:40 - First eye opening experience of working in and for a sportsbook 10:38 - What happens when a sportsbook has a bad day 11:57 - Does he remember the first bet he ever placed in Las Vegas? 12:50 - When he wanted to get out of oddsmaking and into content creation & media 15:33 - What were the conversations like surrounding sports betting in media 10 years ago vs now? 17:21 - How he met Payne, started the "Bet the Board" Podcast and what their ultimate goal is 19:53 - How they can appeal to casual betters, new betters and experts 21:38 - His initial reaction to PASPA being overturned and what the snowball effect might look like 23:35 - The day to day notes of "Lock it In" and what the reaction has been thus far 26:36 - What does he think the biggest misconception in sports wagering 28:12 - How does he anticipate the leagues & media companies changing in-game sports wagering coverage (if its legalized across the country) 30:48 - A guide to terminology and rapid fire advice on wading into the sports betting world

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 48 - Colleen Wolfe of NFL Network

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On this week's edition of the podcast, host Ben Heisler was joined by NFL Network's Colleen Wolfe. 4:20 - Her love for rescuing animals, despite being allergic to them 6:00 - Her rescue pet story gone wrong 7:56 - Family dynamic as a kid in Philadelphia / were they all sports fans? 10:10 - Her mom is a hot take artist 11:22 - Going from a potential art major to communications 14:56 - Her start in radio at WIP in Philadelphia 18:21 - How radio allowed her to have many opportunities and have fun in sports 20:50 - Why she believes there's not more women in sports radio 24:10 - Tough conversations she had with producers/management 27:05 - Being a "one-person band" in TV and doing everything on the fly 29:30 - How she was super close to quitting TV before the NFL Network gig came along 34:15 - When did she finally feel comfortable in her role at NFL Network? 39:00 - An inside look into the postgame show from the crazy ending to Browns/Steelers (the Myles Garrett incident) 47:15 - Stories from the travels with the Thursday Night crew of Michael Irvin, Steve Smith & Joe Thomas

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 47 - Candace Parker

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2:08 - Her dominant High School championship performance against Ben's HS team 3:05 - Where her love of basketball first began 4:50 - How her and her dad were part of the "positionless basketball movement" early on in her life 6:00 - On all the challenging coaches that impacted her life/career 7:10 - Toughest player/competitor on the court she's ever faced 9:18 - Could the NBA learn or grow from anything the WNBA has been doing (or vice versa) 12:55 - Could she see herself running an organization or coaching after her playing career is over? 14:11 - On how she was approached by Turner to be an analyst 15:29 - Early influences in her media career and who helped her along the way 16:20 - Her new podcast with Kristen Ledlow 17:48 - Does she feel a connection to Zion Williamson as two highly touted prospects coming into college/pros 19:40 - Which team does she always have to tune in to watch? 21:05 - Any potential surprise teams this year? 22:55 - Any chance the Bulls could be a playoff team this year/Zach LaVine primed for a huge year

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 46 - Greg Amsinger of MLB Network

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2:20 - On his 11 years at MLB Network 3:00 - What changed in his life early on that made him want to pursue this as a career 4:40 - Growing up with seven siblings 6:30 - How acting class were monumental for his career growth 8:10 - Why he needs to be reactive to be successful and how that's different than "not preparing" 12:00 - When he knew he could be more reactionary and not relying on notes/scripts etc 14:30 - On handling Producers not liking that he shares his opinions and not just "tees up analysts" 15:40 - Did he ever want to do radio or be a talk show host? 17:00 - His love for radio 17:50 - On working with Adam Zucker, Michelle Beadle & Kathryn Tappen back in the day at CSTV 19:20 - His relationship with the other analysts at MLB Network, notably Harold Reynolds 21:20 - What would he like to do that he hasn't done at the network yet? 23:00 - Why people continue to fight the changes and adaptations that baseball is looking to make 27:00 - "Dead Brain Heavers" 29:45 - Would MLB consider changing where and how they hold the MLB Draft? 33:00 - Mike Shannon stories 35:00 - How does he avoid/stay off social media with his job?

AA NFL Opening Weekend Roundtable + Mike Pereira

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ROUNDTABLE (PART 1) 2:00 - Thoughts on the updated ESPN MNF Booth 6:20 - Are we likely to see more "hot take" style analysts on broadcasts in an "embrace debate" society? 8:40 - Tony Romo entering Year 3... is he likely to take more criticism after these last few years? 11:10 - Would they be interested in moving some analysts around to different pairings to try and make it a little fresh in the booth? 12:05 - How much longer is Dick Stockton going to hang around at FOX 13:30 - FOX's new College Football Pregame Show and its new time 18:50 - What role will FS1 play in all this? 20:40 - Favorite/under-the-radar pairings that more people should know about? 23:45 - CFB 150 and the impact it will have on this season MIKE PEREIRA (PART 2) 27:30 - Helping couples fill out a prenup agreement ahead of football season 29:20 - Does he remember the first game he ever officiated? 31:02 - What was his first "Welcome to the NFL" moment? 32:15 - 10 seasons at FOX, what did he think the position would be and how has it evolved? 35:00 - His perspective on the new pass interference review rules 37:20 - What does a typical week look like for an NFL referee: from the moment the game ends to when the next game begins 39:21 - Which former (or current) NFL referee would he most enjoy having a few drinks and grabbing some wings with?

Awful Announcing Podcast: Jason Benetti

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4:30 - Calling an Electrician Championship on ESPN 8 the Ocho this year 7:20 - When he learned that broadcasts could and should be fun 9:28 - Where did his love of sports first come from? 10:20 - How growing up in Chicago in the Michael Jordan era helped make sports part of the every day conversation 12:15 - The value of doing radio early in his life (high school) 13:20 - The impact of early feedback 14:10 - How he responded to the competitive atmosphere and nature at Syracuse 16:10 - Does he regret setting the tone for much of the competitive, aggressive environment 18:42 - What did he want to do when he left college 20:50 - On learning to do TV and deal with the challenges of it for the first time late in his career 25:00 - Did he ever want to be a radio talk show host 28:50 - On the possibility he could return home to the White Sox for his dream job 33:31 - Early broadcaster influences 39:10 - On the pace of baseball & college football and what can be done to fix it (if anything at all) 42:10 - Why do people and viewers get upset when changes happen in baseball? 45:51 - On being a part of the Statcast broadcast and going through trying to make it interesting and unique to traditional baseball viewers 49:45 - His "celebrity" weekend in Anaheim with Bill Walton, Mike Schur, and Mike O'Brien 55:00 - Pizza in a bag and fun times in New York 56:45 - His work and videos for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 43 - Matthew Berry

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4:48 - The challenges and exciting things that come with putting out a 28 hour fantasy football marathon 5:33 - Keeping content fresh vs allowing newcomers to get the core information they need 7:53 - How he's done all 28 hours the last three years 9:30 - What does he remember about the first fantasy team/league he was in? 12:20 - When did his first break come when he was working in show business in LA? 17:42 - The fleeting nature of the TV/movie industry - How unhappy he was late in his show business career 21:30 - When the moment came to him that he wanted to leave show business 26:00 - Why people have a hard time leaving an industry they think they're supposed to be in... 27:00 - Did he have any idea the "fantasy sports revolution" was coming? 31:00 - What ultimately led him to ESPN after starting his own websites and developing a major following 32:30 - The transition from writing to more on-air work and if there were difficulties that came with it 36:00 - Learning the mechanics of TV and finding a dynamic that works 37:50 - How his research process has changed throughout the years 43:20 - How often does gambling/Vegas play a role in his fantasy research 44:17 - Is he a daily fantasy fan as well as the new spinoffs of traditional fantasy football etc... 47:40 - Stories of when he's given great or terrible fantasy advice to high profile celebrities

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 42 - Mina Kimes

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4:20 - Is her next opportunity to be a Head Coach in the NFL now that she's working with Sean McVay 5:35 - How the idea of being a booth analyst didn't really occur to her and how that changed 6:50 - Who were/are NFL analysts & color commentators she's enjoyed viewing/listening to 8:30 - The best way to incorporate more and new information into broadcasts 10:34 - When she knew she first wanted to become a writer 11:15 - Was the transition from the business world of journalism into sports an intimidating one 12:09 - Who helped in the initial transition? Who was in her corner from the beginning 13:05 - Was there a concern that transitioning into sports would ruin her ability to be a fan 14:35 - Balancing the joy of football with the on and off the field issues the sport provides 16:35 - Would football consider a more transparent approach when it comes to injuries/health issues 17:25 - Her takeaways from her profiles of Aaron Rodgers and Baker Mayfield - represent different times of players 19:20 - Do we expect the QB position and personality of that position change in this new generation 20:24 - How she came up with the voice for her dog Lenny on her podcast 21:40 - What's something about the Miami Clevelander studios we wouldn't expect 22:15 - Her viral reaction to Shohei Ohtani signing with the Mariners 23:20 - Her strangest etch-a-sketch 24:00 - Fan of The Bachelorette finale? 25:02 - Any other impressions besides "DMX" 25:35 - Is Pablo Torre as good of a karaoke singer as he claims to be? 26:10 - Who is a non-obvious Super Bowl contender for 2019

AA Podcast Episode 41 - Mike Florio

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2:53 - How he became a Vikings fan growing up in Steelers country 6:40 - Growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia and the impact WTBS had on him as a sports fan 8:50 - When did he take to the NFL away from baseball? 10:11 - How he "stumbled" into his first NFL writing job 13:16 - Did he have ownership stake in the first NFL company he worked for? And how did that lead to a quick stop at ESPN? 14:35 - How his legal degree and career in law has been essential in his work 17:10 - What he considers his most important or memorable work in 18+ years of running Pro Football Talk 19:30 - How does ownership/partnership work with NBC/NBC Sports 20:31 - What would entice him to go out on his own and move away from NBC 21:20 - Al Michaels' career + Can he confirm that he's never eaten a vegetable? 22:52 - Is there a great future NFL analyst none of us are talking about yet? 24:00 - What does he look for in a good in-game analyst 26:20 - What would it take for the NFL and Players to avoid a labor dispute in 2021 28:05 - Are NFL owners actually seriously considering an 18 game schedule with players sitting out two games? 29:40 - Would the NFL/Roger Goodell ever consider transparency when it comes to dealing with player safety information 33:21 - Who's the white whale of guests for PFT Live / Who would he most like to talk to?

AA Podcast Episode 40 - Jay Bilas

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4:42 - His basketball camp wrapping up and if they've had to change their approach with how basketball has changed 7:40 - When did he first start to play and then grow to love basketball? 9:55 - Did basketball ever come easy to him? 11:20 - Life as a Duke player vs life as a Duke Coach (both under Coach K) 14:00 - What was Jay Bilas outside of basketball like? 16:45 - Did he think he'd be a full-time coach and pursue it as a career once he started in 1990? 18:42 - Was there any anxiety in becoming a basketball analyst? (Two-part answer) 21:28 - If there was a moment where he finally felt comfortable knowing he could be good at this job 24:10 - Understanding how to be a good analyst for television - perception of his role as an analyst/commentator 28:00 - On the realization of "you can't please everybody" and having fun with social media trolls 29:15 - Reminiscing over the 2015 Elite 8 broadcast between Arizona and Illinois 33:30 - When did the Young Jeezy daily lyric tweets start to become really popular? 35:35 - The impact of the California bill that would allow college athletes to be compensated for their own name/image/likeness and the NCAA's fight against it 39:14 - Will there ever be a time where the NCAA stops this fight and hypocrisy against student athletes? 45:24 - Would he like to see the "draft process" go away, since it doesn't allow rookies to decide where they'd like to play? 45:43 - Prouder moment: 94 feet with his son, or his son being featured on "Bad Beats" with SVP?

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 39 - Sarah Spain

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4:34 - Her co-host Jason Fitz's inability to pay up on bets 5:40 - The origin of how she became "The Commish" 9:10 - Has there been a scenario where she hasn't been able to solve someone's dilemma? 11:20 - Her time growing with the Le Batard Show 14:03 - What kind of kid was Sarah Spain? 15:56 - Learning to balance so many things all in one day and how it translates to her current career 18:05 - Was being a star HS/College athlete a part of her career path / what her ultimate goal ended up being 21:30 - Her time in Second City learning comedy and improv 24:38 - Does she feel like she was one of the first sportscasters that had to learn how to do everything to break in? 27:30 - The one fear she still has after all these years as an on-air personality and how to combat it 30:40 - Impact of power through association & improvement of women representation in sports media 33:40 - Early and current influences in the industry 36:12 - How Jemele Hill made a huge difference in her life 38:45 - How do we get the hiring practices to change? 42:44 - First working with Jason Fitz and how to get into rhythm with a show where nobody is in the same place 48:00 - The More Than Mean Video - Balancing the joy of winning a Peabody vs the difficulty of replaying awful things said to them 51:03 - Her charitable work and how it turned into everyone on Twitter sending in awkward teenage pictures of themselves

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode #38 - Kristen Ledlow

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RUNDOWN: - 3:43: The insanity of Tuesday night (Magic stepping down, Dirk & D-Wade's last home game) - 4:30 - Her interactions with Wade & Dirk over the last several years - 6:48: Her first interests in playing basketball and playing it competitively for many years - 8:20: Did she anticipate trying to play sports professionally? Or was broadcasting always something she was interested in? - 10:39: Early influences growing up in an era where there were more female sportscasting role models - 13:00: Why she likes to mentor young women in broadcasting and sportscasting - 14:50 - Her growth as a broadcaster and when she started to feel comfortable with her own voice and style - 16:55 - Does she miss being a radio personality at all? - 17:53 - Getting the call from Turner to revive and host Inside Stuff - 22:03 - Having rare opportunities to reflect on her accomplishments - 23:56 - Her friendship with Grant Hill and his influence in helping her make relationships with players/coaches in the NBA - 27:54 - What it's like to interview Gregg Popovich on the sidelines? Is it as intimidating as it looks? - 30:33 - Who's the most surprising interview in the NBA? - 34:00 - Previewing the Eastern Conference Playoff race - 36:45 - Who would be her pick for the next Space Jam Monstars - 38:30 - Stories from the NBA on TNT crew going on Family Feud

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 36 - Hank Azaria

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5:00 - Does he have any optimism for this upcoming Mets season? 8:50 - Was Brockmire created as an homage to the older, more personality driven baseball broadcaster? 10:50 - On his show connecting with younger audiences and millennials despite baseball's issues relating to younger fans 12:10 - On Jim Brockmire starting off Season 3 sober 13:50 - On adding Bob Costas, JK Simmons, Tawny Newsome, Richard Kind amongst others to the mix 14:30 - On Costas and Joe Buck and Brent Musburger really showing a ton of personality on the show 16:40 - How much of the show is improvisation vs entirely by script? 18:05 - The complete and total trust he has for Joel Church Cooper (head writer/creator) 19:10 - How long does it take for him to work on a voice to have total control of that voice 20:45 - The impact of 31 years of the Simpsons 21:50 - The origin of Moe from The Simpsons and the connection he has to Al Pacino 22:43 - Has he lever lost a character voice and if so, how would he try to regain it 23:55 - Where the voices come from; are they based off friends, celebrities etc. 25:05 - Has anyone done voices you do in front of you? 26:10 - How he views voice impressions compared to impression comedians 28:00 - Story of how he would call Hollywood restaurants to get tables as Mickey Rourke and Sly Stallone 30:40 - Any other voices we aren't aware of? 32:20 - His work and volunteering with helping Miami Jewish Health Systems

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 35 - Clark Kellogg

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4:45 - Why the NCAA Tournament is universal for all sports fans, both casual and hardcore 5:42 - His 25-year run at CBS and what's make it work and last 7:07 - His love of the game and if there was ever a moment that basketball wasn't the route for him 8:35 - His insane high school championship game performance and what it's liked to be locked in on a basketball court 10:28 - His time playing at Ohio State and how he's watched the game evolve working in basketball over the last 35-40 years 14:47 - His perspective on Zion Williamson and if there is a reasonable comparison for him 17:40 - Which games from previous NCAA Tournaments most stand out to him during his time at CBS 20:55 - Are there any teams that could have a Loyola-Chicago type of run in 2019? 23:30 - Would he like to see the Selection Committee put more of an emphasis on high quality mid-major programs over bigger schools? 26:00 - Who are the college broadcasters he gets the most hyped up listening to call a game?

AA Podcast Episode 34 - ESPN's Sports Betting Analyst Doug Kezirian (presented by BetDSI)

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4:20 - On getting the show together and the rehearsals taking place this week 5:50 - On the show feeling natural for everyone because sports betting is a passion of theirs 7:50 - When he sensed sports betting was starting to become less taboo 10:20 - Do they discuss how they'll try to market the show to all types and generations of sports fans 14:00 - His time working in Vegas and how it helped shape his worldview of sports wagering 15:20 - Why he feels baseball sets up best for the integration of wagering & live betting 20:00 - What his typical day looks like and what trends is he looking for to wager on a game 24:20 - Any futures bets he likes ahead of the NCAA Tournament, MLB season & The Masters

AA Podcast Episode 33 - FOX Sports' Shannon Spake

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4:05 - Her love for the Howard Stern show 7:40 - Was being on the Stern "Wrap Up" show her most exciting moment as an interviewee 8:45 - Growing up with scoliosis and back surgery to now training for Iron Mans and running marathons 13:20 - Connecting with athletes due to their shared experiences 14:45 - When she went "all in" in broadcasting 18:50 - On sacrificing time with family for the job, and her kids being super excited about her role in Cars 3 20:00 - What was the first NASCAR event she ever attended, even before covering it professionally 22:10 - Who were early influences or helpful coworkers in the industry covering NASCAR 24:20 - What does she see as the biggest storylines throughout Daytona 500 week? 26:50 - Their brand new studio and is it difficult to not make the studio the new "star of the show?" 29:03 - Will FOX mention or reference sports wagering or gambling ahead of their coverage 31:00 - Predictions for the race

AA Podcast Episode 32 - Super Bowl Coverage Roundtable

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3:38: Ratings aside, should CBS feel good about what was in control of their broadcast? 7:11: On the wild live TV moment of the postgame scrum with Tracy Wolfson & Tom Brady 9:50: Has Jim Nantz changed for the better as a result of working alongside Tony Romo? 11:38 - How CBS should feel about the ratings, both on the TV side and on the digital side 14:22 - Should the digital numbers matter more to networks? Would the discussion be different if it were simply a good game? 16:10 - Did it feel like there wasn't a lot of juice leading up to the Super Bowl? 19:53 - What would have been the most ideal matchup for BOTH the NFL and the fans 20:30 - The Barstool vs NFL feud 24:20 - What should we be looking forward to most in sports media in February?

ESPN Broadcaster Bob Wischusen

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3:05 - Life on the road 6:30 - Why calling College Football trains you to be ready for any sportscasting opportunity 10:07 - What he considers the most difficult sport to do play-by-play for, and why you might be surprised by his answer 16:20 - Feeling comfortable as a broadcaster and early influences 21:00 - How he seeks out feedback on his broadcasts 24:25 - Going to Boston College, calling games and doing shows with Joe Tessatore and Boog Sciambi/Wanting to compete against them because of how talented they are 28:15 - Does he ever wish he would've stayed with talk radio and would he like to have his own full-time show down the road? 31:40 - How his gravitation to the talk radio side usually stems from moments when he's watching games 35:20 - Is there different preparation for the different analysts he works with (eg. Dick Vitale vs Fran Fraschilla) 37:40 - How he tanked his audition for the XFL 41:07 - His love for Phish and the first time he ever saw them live

AA episode 30- Jeff Passan

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3:40 - Has he gotten settled at ESPN yet 4:22 - Biggest change from Yahoo to ESPN 6:40 - Is there added pressure in trying to be the Schefter/Woj of MLB 9:20 - His football analogy to what the switch has been like 10:40 - Who his early media/journalism influences were 14:50 - Does he feel like writers need to become specialized? Or can they cover and break news across all sports? 19:40 - Transformation from feature writing to breaking news 21:40 - His appreciation and admiration for Ken Rosenthal & Woj 24:20 - Why covering breaking news can lead you to become a far better writer 25:15 - Who he'll miss most working with at Yahoo/stories from his time there 27:45 - The time he thought him and Pat Forde were going to die covering the Olympics in Rio 30:20 - His thoughts on the Kyler Murray story and what the public perception will be if he maximizes his money 34:50 - The remaining top free agents still hanging around in MLB

AA Podcast: Episode 29 - Tony Reali

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4:00 - His connection to Statin Island and his connection to the Impractical Jokers 6:00 - His move to New York several years ago, working at the new ESPN Seaport studios and the family connection it has for him 10:10 - Is it surreal since he joined ESPN 18+ years ago 14:40 - Early role models in the industry and trying to remain himself as a personality 19:45 - Does he feel like he gets enough feedback from his peers/bosses 22:50 - What does he remember about his first episode of hosting Around the Horn 26:40 - The moments throughout his career where he started to change and work through the uncomfortable to feel more himself 32:00 - The importance of authenticity in this business 35:40 - His struggles with mental health and anxiety and if it helped connecting and sharing those details with viewers/social media 42:50 - His goal to find more humanity in sports television and his connection and love

AA Podcast Episode 28: Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe

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4:01 - The star panel he'll be a part of for "The Match" Tiger vs Phil 5:58 - Embracing the unknown and throwing out the rundown/staying in the moment 7:28 - Starting in local news and changing how content gets delivered over the last 10 years 10:13 - On making mistakes early and whether "going viral" is possible anymore 12:55 - How Awful Announcing played a role in his rise in the industry / the Seinfeldcast & Rapcast 19:00 - The feeling of watching his sportscasts go viral 20:50 - Any current/past influences on his work 23:35 - Describing what the Simms & Lefkoe show is 26:45 - Why hasn't the rest of the media focused on NFL personality driven content & why their show works because they're not in bed with the NFL 27:57 - How the origin and initial pitch of the show transformed over time 31:25 - On golf finally taking a risk and doing something genuinely cool with Tiger vs Phil 34:50 - The sports wagering rise in coverage of our favorite sports

AA Podcast episode 27 Allie LaForce

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3:30 - How she plans to get Astros updates while working Thursday's game (her husband pitches for Houston) 5:10 - What led her to pursue basketball, both playing it in D1 and covering it professionally? 7:50 - Her family ties to modeling, competition and sports and the role they played in her life 9:30 - How being named Miss Teen Ohio made her grow up really quickly as a kid 11:33 - Who was the first interview that made her geek out/get nervous 13:40 - Her first broadcasting moment getting thrown into the fire 17:00 - Who were role model broadcast figures for her 19:35 - Working with high profile women in sports on CBS Sports Network (eg. Lesley Visser, Andrea Kremer etc) 20:30 - What she considered her biggest challenge working her way up at CBSSN 23:00 - On all the roles she had at CBS before moving on to Turner 24:20 - Why she left CBS for Turner 26:50 - Her colleague Kevin Harlan getting to call a game with Olivia Harlan-Dekker on Monday 27:40 - What storyline(s) from the NBA is she most excited about this year 29:40 - Her work with HelpCureHD and helping to fight Huntington's Disease

AA Podcast episode 26- Andrea Kramer

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3:20 - Did she have a vision for what she wanted to do when she started at NFL Films in 1984 7:20 - What she remembers about her first job at a newspaper and how drastically it's changed now 10:40 - On going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and doing it as a mother 17:00 - When she found her voice and confidence as a broadcaster and journalist 19:30 - How she views the conversation of more diversity and more women earning opportunities to call games 23:40 - How she and Hannah Storm were approached about their new opportunity to call Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video 26:30 - What she hopes viewers will take away from their broadcast and why they don't want it to be traditional 33:40 - On how television and sports broadcasts is constantly changing and why that's a good thing 36:45 - Looking back at her longtime career, is there one story or one piece in particular she's most proud of?

AA Podcast episode 24- Pablo Torre

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INTRO: 2:40 - Did they know how they wanted High Noon to sound from the very beginning/not explaining the joke 5:00 - How he and Bomani first became friends 7:05 - Pitching the show to themselves 9:20 - Bomani and Le Batard as wedding guests 12:00 - Learning how to do TV without compromising integrity 15:20 - The power of transparency and being interesting without being "hot takey" 18:05 - What he remembers from their first show 18:50 - The backlash from the music playing the whole time 21:40 - Working with esteemed producer Erik Rydholm 24:30 - Our dislike of the word "talent" 25:30 - Is he responsible for "trust the process?" 28:40 - Does he think Sam Hinkie will get to be a GM or Executive ever again? 30:38 - The irony of Hinkie being let go to be replaced by Bryan Colangelo 32:30 - Can analytics eventually become commonplace in football in relation to the other sports? 35:55 - Is the future of football in trouble because of its inability to evolve? 38:40 - Could transparency work in favor of the NFL? 42:00 - RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS!

AA Podcast episode 24- Maria Taylor

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On her new deal/going from volleyball & women's basketball to everything she's doing in just four years (2:17) How she'd love to do something the NBA as part of all the work she's doing (3:44) How she once considered a career in medicine (5:33) Her first ever broadcast (6:30) The Taylor Rowe'd Trip with Holly Rowe (9:48) The best way to describe SEC Football & SEC Football Culture (12:06) The study that 45% of CFB fans are female (roughly 74 million fans) (15:43) What could college football and/or the NCAA fix - welfare of the student athletes / future of athletes being paid (19:08) Her new opportunity with Get Up (22:25) How she'll handle giving strong opinions on subjects that she also happens to cover (used Ohio State as an example) (23:52) Her ultimate goal of being on Good Morning America (25:40) Who she would take in College Fantasy Football in Week 1 (28:13)

AA Podcast 220-Summer Roundtable

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RUNDOWN: 0:18 - Intro + Game Show 4:30 - Baseball's latest issues 10:00 - What was the most notable sports moment of the summer 14:40 - Who would ESPN choose to keep more: Schefter or Woj? 18:30 - Bill Simmons' new deal at HBO 23:30 - How could Simmons be better used at HBO? 32:12 - James Franco and a possible ESPN movie

AA Podcast Episode 22- Taylor Twellman

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RUNDOWN: 6:05 - His "summer internship" experience with Van Pelt on SC & "Drawing the World Cup" 10:20 - The one goal he had when he was doing his SVP SC hits 11:02 - Was there any benefit for the USMNT not being in this year's World Cup for the viewers? 15:40 - How far out is the U.S team from positioning themselves into being legit WC contenders consistently? 19:20 - Who first inspired him to play soccer + his family's unique athletic background 23:00 - How he never expected to enter the media and who helped him get started as an analyst 25:00 - His perspective on hot take culture in sports talk 27:15 - Has he done a 180 on any strong opinion he's had recently? 32:54 - Working with as many talented broadcasters as he has at ESPN 36:52 - The ThinkTaylor Foundation and helping educate the public on head injuries and concussions 40:42 - Can soccer become a more "safe" sport?

AA Episode 19- Marty Smith

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6:30 - What to look forward to in this episode with Saban, Harbaugh, Jimbo & Frost etc 10:30 - How his situation presents opportunities for hard nosed coaches to let loose 12:40 - Starting at ESPN and being different than a lot of the other reporters he was around 18:08 - When he finally found his voice at ESPN 23:30 - How he started getting new opportunities & how his friends were crucial in his rise 27:30 - How he first pitched Marty Smith's America 32:30 - Where did the "Marty Party" nickname come from? 35:40 - Who is someone you've met that the public has misjudged or doesn't truly understand 39:00 - His most embarrassing moments on television

AA Podcast- Episode 18- Shane Bacon

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Shane Bacon talks US Open ahead

AA Podcast Episode 17- Sports Media May Roundtable

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The gang talks the new Monday Night Football booth and SC6 among other topics.

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 16: Rob Perez (World Wide Wob)

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NDOWN: 5:30 - Intro & the demise of The Bachelor 7:49 - What the NBA, WWE, & Soap Operas share in common 11:15 - Why the NBA has marketed itself so well to younger viewers 14:10 - Basketball's strength in media sharing and did the NBA ever approach him for his creative content 16:24 - Did he ever have an a-ha moment in the early stages for what he was doing 20:00 - How "Buckets" got started and how he got paired up with Cycle, ESPN & Cassidy Hubbarth 23:30 - Why crowdsourcing works for what he does and why more outlets need to learn and interact with their audience 26:20 - Did "living your life" on-air ever backfire on you? 29:00 - Grades Ben's "NBA Looks-Like" candidates (a la Le Batard Show) 30:56 - Biggest surprise from the NBA Playoffs thus far

AA Podcast April roundtable

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the gang talks ESPN Plus, Get Up!, and the future of conference owned networks.

AA Podcast Episode 14- Notah Begay

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Ben interviews the Golf Channel's Notah Begay

AA Podcast episode 13- March Roundtable

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The gang talks ESPN's new president, March Madness and a lot more.

AA Podcast- episode 12 Adnan Virk Oscars

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Ben koo interviews Adnan Virk on his rise at ESPN and previews this years Oscars as well as his taste in movies.

AA Podcast episode 11- February Roundtable

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The gang talks Olympics and NFL.

AA Podcast- episode 10 Kevin Harlan

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Ben interviews Kevin Harlain

AA Podcast episode 9- NFL, new presidents, and Olympics

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Ben has Andrew and Matt on to discuss various NFL media topics and what to expect at ESPN and Fox under new leadership.

AA podcast episode 8- Jim Miller

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Ben has on Jim Miller to talk the state of ESPN and also learn more about his new project, the popular Origins podcast.

Awful Announcing Podcast- Nick Wright

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Ben Heisler interviews Nick Wright

AA Podcast Roundtable ESPN buying FSN

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The gang discusses the implications of ESPN buying FSN, the last round of layoffs, and looking back at this past college football season.

AA Podcast EP 5 Domonique Foxworth

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The gang talk about John Skipper and SVP's ESPN extensions, how losing net neutrality affects the sports world, and who is the biggest sports turkey of the year. Domonique Foxworth joins Ben Heisler to talk about his unique career path.

AA Podcast ep 4- Roundtable and Bleacher Report's Rory Brown

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The guys discuss the ESPN and Barstool disaster. Bleacher Report President Rory Brown joins Ben Koo to retrace the company's ascension.

AA podcast 3- Roundtable and Casey Stern

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The AA staff discusses Barstool Sports partnership with ESPN, Jemele Hill, USMNT not making the World Cup, and the future of baseball on national television. Ben Heisler interviews Casey Stern.

AA-Kirk Herbstreit

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Ben, Matt, Andrew and Ken discuss the NFL's national anthem controversy and Katie Nolan leaving FS1. Kirk Hebstreit chats with Ben Koo about College Gameday and what to expect the rest of this season

AA Podcast #124- NFL and Jemele Hill Roundtable and Brent Musburger interview

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Matt Yoder, Ken Fang, and Andrew Buchholtz join Ben Heisler to discuss the fallout from the Jemele Hill controversy and also look at Tony Romo's debut and other football topics. Ben Koo interviews Brent Musburger.

AA Podcast #123 – Michael Schur, Ken Tremendous, on TV writing, the legacy of FJM, Donald Trump & Christmas with Regis

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Michael Schur, best known on the internet as Ken Tremendous, is the guest on this special Christmas-week edition of the Awful Announcing podcast. Schur and Dan Levy spend a good 70 minutes—good in terms of length and, hopefully, quality—talking all about his career as a television writer and producer for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation, going back to his days at The Office and SNL as well, and how all that comedy writing compares to what made him internet famous a dozen or so years back: Fire Joe Morgan. Here is a quick rundown of most of what we discuss during the conversation. - Talmudic Law and the notion of being "half-Jewish" - Jews for Jedis - Christmas with Regis Philbin - Filming holiday episodes in October (and Halloween episodes in August) - The legacy of television comedy, and how that's changed from watching re-runs of Gilligan's Island in the '80s to now - Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and John Smoltz - NFL, Star Wars, DraftKings and the Parks & Rec future of seven companies running the world - Andre Braugher's comedic presence, and why he doesn't win every award, ever - Chris Pratt, and if/when Schur knew he was going to be the biggest star on the planet - Writing comedy for comedians, and the collaborative process of producing quality TV - Aaron Sorkin - Donald Trump

AA Podcast #122 – Rob Stone on Fox Sports, US Soccer, Wynalda, Cracker Barrel, Haircuts, Pete Rose and Angry Beards

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Rob Stone of Fox Sports is the guest on the Awful Announcing podcast this week and if you like hearing about the ins-and-outs of sports television, this is as in and out as it gets. We talk FIFA World Cup, Fox, U.S. Soccer, haircuts, bowling and a whole lot more.

AA Podcast #121 - Paul Pabst of The Dan Patrick Show

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If you ever wanted to have an inside radio conversation with someone, well, inside radio, there is no better person than Paul Pabst, producer of widely heard and viewed Dan Patrick Show.

AA Podcast #120 - Kenny Mayne

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As Awful Announcing begins a new season of the AA Podcast, we had a chance to talk with ESPN's Kenny Mayne exclusively about his new contract. As the call began (before the interview even technically started) and the conversation veered into directions most ESPN stars wouldn't dare talk about on the record—what would Jesus do if Syrian refugees showed up on his shores, for one—Mayne insisted he was fine with the tape rolling, and off the conversation went. We learned there is no real start to an interview with Mayne, and 45 minutes in to a ride that goes in directions neither thought it would go, part of you wishes there would be no end.

AA Podcast #119 - Men in Blazers

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We're privileged to be joined on this week's podcast by the biggest winners in our yearly People's Sports Media Awards - Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, better known as the Men in Blazers. The best British export since the Spice Girls have taken American by storm in the last year - first with their work at the World Cup for ESPN and then covering the Premier League for NBC. The duo has seen their popular podcast transform into a multi-platform brand with listeners, viewers, and fans all around the globe. In today's podcast, we chat with Rog and Davo about the following... - Their chemistry together and what's made their partnership work. - The importance of their connection to all the GFOPs. - How EPL rights were central to choosing to join NBC instead of staying with ESPN or moving to Fox. - The creation of their television show and how they find all the hilarious crap in football to feature. - Why Mourinho and Van Gaal give them the most material to work with on a regular basis. - Stevie G's Anfield farewell and the futures of Gerrard and Lampard in MLS. - MLS vs EPL on American television. - Which Premier League personalities would make the best crossovers into American sports? - Looking ahead to the MiB season finale and secret plans for a summer holiday adventure to be chronicled on NBC.

AA Podcast #118 - Mike Breen

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Today we welcome the voice of the NBA Finals and one of our favorite guests, Mike Breen. The voice of the Knicks has also doubled as ESPN and NBA's lead announcer for almost a decade now. In today's podcast we talk about his illustrious broadcast career, the memorable Bulls-Cavs series that saw back to back buzzer beaters, and the overall state of the game. Topics include.. - The back-to-back buzzer beaters in Game 3 and Game 4 being the first that Mike has called in his career. - How the second round of the playoffs has led to much more excitement than the first round. - The physical nature of the Bulls-Cavs series and the health on both sides. - How far Cleveland can go if Kyrie Irving is far from 100%. - JR Smith as the potential X-Factor of the series. - Being reunited with Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy together again and how Jackson has approached Warriors games this season. - The challenges to Golden State and Atlanta and how many teams left have a realistic hope of winning the title. - New stars rising up and the overall state of the league.

AA Podcast #117 - Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

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In today's podcast we welcome one of the top NFL Draft experts on the eve of the big event in Chicago. We're joined by Matt Miller of Bleacher Report to talk about the NFL's annual selection meeting as well as the site's evolution to a major mainstream force. Topics include... - His writing career and how it's coincided with the growth of Bleacher Report. - Evolution of b/r since he started writing till now with Turner's purchase of the site. - His year-round work as a draft analyst and what that entails. - What are the biggest challenges in analyzing the draft? How much time does he spend watching film and how does he slot players? - What defines success as a draft expert. - The strength of this year's draft class and who's his #3 QB. - Where Marcus Mariota will eventually fall. All that and much more on this week's AA Podcast.

AA Podcast #116 - Brandon Stroud

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WWE has made a lot of news in the sports world recently with Brock Lesnar announcing his re-signing with the company on ESPN, SportsCenter showing WrestleMania, and so many websites now covering the industry on a regular basis. With that in mind we welcome one of the best and funniest pro wrestling writers around, Brandon Stroud of With Spandex and Uproxx. Topics include... - His journey online and how crazy intense it is to write about pro wrestling on the internet. - Why Monday Nitro is Brandon's favorite show to review and some of its most lovable, ridiculous moments including The Giant surviving being thrown off a building by Hulk Hogan after a sumo monster truck match. - All the mainstream sports media coverage WWE has received around WrestleMania and throughout various sports websites and why that might be driven by Attitude Era fans. - The continued growth and future of WWE Network and what the best stuff is to watch on the network. - Why Brock Lesnar is the only important person in WWE right now and whether someone can join him. - The current philosophy of WWE and current state of the product. Why is it not as encouraging as a year ago? - The evolution of the PG Era and why the Reality Era never took hold. - Why NXT is the best thing going and how it can create the competition WWE has long needed. - Rapid fire including best and worst announcers in WWE, the next first time champ, best promotion outside WWE, and the one matchup Brandon never wants to see again in a WWE ring.

AA Podcast #115 - Chris Webber

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It's NBA Playoffs time and we're joined once again by NBA on TNT analyst Chris Webber. The former All-Star has seen quite the rise in his broadcast career over the last 12 months as he's now the lead NBA game analyst for Turner Sports working this postseason with Marv Albert. We chat with Chris about his broadcast career and the NBA Playoffs. Topics include... - OKC's firing of Scott Brooks and why the franchise needs someone with NBA experience to keep Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. - The local media's souring relationship with Westbrook and Durant and why that might play a role in their future in OKC. - His growth as a broadcaster over the last three years and moving into a lead role. - His relationship and chemistry with Marv Albert. - Working the NCAA Tournament as a broadcaster for the first time. - The Celtics-Cavs series and why he's been so impressed with Boston. Really good thoughts from Chris on why he's so high on Danny Ainge's rebuilding project. - Why LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are really Cleveland's Big 2 and why that might be enough to see them over the line. - The Hawks as the quietest #1 seed in NBA history, perhaps? - Chris' NBA Finals pick. All that and more on the latest AA Podcast.

AA Podcast #114 - Taylor Twellman

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On today's podcast, we recap another Dos a Cero victory for the USMNT over arch-rival Mexico with ESPN lead soccer analyst Taylor Twellman. TT joins us to talk about the state of the national team as well as to get caught up on his new contract with ESPN and the new MLS labor contract. Topics include... - Staying with ESPN in spite of World Cup rights moving to Fox. - How he hopes to expand and grow in his broadcast career beyond soccer. - The MLS labor deal and why it maintains "status quo" for the league. - How the players and the owners could have got a better deal for MLS's future. - The good/bad side of the consistent Sunday evening broadcast windows. - Why Kaka will make the biggest impact for a new MLS superstar. - Reactions to the USMNT 2-0 victory over Mexico. - The state of US Soccer under Jurgen Klinsmann. All that and much more on the newest AA Podcast.

AA Podcast #113 - Steve Smith

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In this week's AA Podcast we become fully immersed in March Madness and chat with Steve Smith of Turner Sports. The longtime NBA veteran and Michigan State alum is one of the NBA personalities covering the college game for CBS and Turner during the NCAA Tournament. Topics include... - Calling NCAA Tournament games from the broadcast booth for the first time. - His chemistry working with Brian Anderson and seeing so many great games in Pittsburgh during the first week of the tournament. - The challenges of shifting from covering the NBA to college basketball. - His Spartans making another Sweet 16 run and how Tom Izzo (whose first recruit was Smith as an assistant at Michigan State) keeps doing it year after year. - Notre Dame's great OT win over Butler and what makes them a threat to upset Kentucky. - NC State advancing past Villanova with one of the second round's big upsets. - Looking forward to working with Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter in the studio this week.

AA Podcast #112 - Leigh Diffey, NBC

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We shift gears (quite literally and figuratively) for this week's podcast by heading to the world of Formula One and open wheel racing. To do so we welcome NBC play by play man Leigh Diffey. In addition to his work calling F1, Leigh calls the network's IndyCar coverage and received acclaim for his announcing at the Sochi Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center. Topics include... - His journey from Australia to the UK to the United States in his broadcast career. - His experience in Sochi and the challenges of calling a completely new sport. - Being able to go between calling F1 and IndyCar racing. - How controversy sells in F1 and the various issues presently facing the sport including top team Red Bull threatening to quit. - Lewis Hamliton's dominating win in Australia and why having teammate Nico Rosberg be his chief rival is good for the sport. - The struggles of McLaren and how teams can catch up to Mercedes. - 17 year old Max Verstappen and the young stars of F1. - Whether or not Mercedes can complete a perfect season. F1 and open wheel racing fans definitely want to tune in to this week's edition of the AA Podcast.

AA Podcast #111 - Peter Schrager

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In today's podcast, we get caught up on the free agency frenzy in the NFL with Fox NFL reporter/insider/draft guru/sideline reporter etc. Peter Schrager. Peter joins us from the University of Oregon pro day so we spend a bit of time on Marcus Mariota and his draft prospects before moving into all the major signings and trades of the last week. We also talk with Peter about breaking into the crazy world of NFL insiderdom. Topics include... - Marcus Mariota's draft prospects and whether or not Chip Kelly channels his inner Mike Ditka. - Kelly's "plan" in Philadelphia and whether it really does exist. - How difficult it is to break into the world of NFL insiders and compete with Schefter and Glazer. - How the reporting trail and player movement differs from the other hats he wears at Fox and why he felt like he needed to break more stories. - Just how many retweets do you get for breaking the signing of Isa Abdul-Quddus? - The very real pressure that exists for NFL reporters to break news around the clock, even the singles and doubles. - What is going on in New Orleans with my Saints? - Best and worst value signings in free agency. - A look at the first 18 months of Fox Sports 1. We have a conversation about expectations, growth, challenging ESPN, and of course Mike Francesa. And Peter also shares with us his vision of a travel/food show going to sports bars across the country. Think of it as a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for Sports. How could that show fail? Make it happen, Fox Sports 1!

AA Podcast #110 - Katie Nolan

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In this week's podcast we're joined by the host of the new Fox Sports 1 show Garbage Time with Katie Nolan... Katie Nolan. (Obviously she's the host, the show's named after her.) Katie has been one of the breakout stars of the first 18 months of Fox Sports 1 being a part of the original Crowd Goes Wild and then moving into her own No Filter online video series. We talk about Katie's journey to FS1, her new show, and a lot more including... - Her transition from blogging and writing to doing video at Guyism and how she built her own studio from How-To YouTube videos. - The unique process of writing, editing, and producing video content and how a No Filter video comes together and what episodes Katie is most proud of putting together. - Thoughts on Curt Schilling and dealing with Twitter trolls on a daily basis. Do we have to accept "taking the good with the bad" in social media? - What exactly was Crowd Goes Wild? Could one even try to define it? - Working with Regis Philbin and her best Regis story. - How the spirit of CGW will be alive in Garbage Time. - Can Garbage Time succeed as a "sports version of the Daily Show" where so many have tried and failed before? - The unique connection between Katie Nolan and the Men in Blazers and how they'll share the same (small) studio space. - What will distinguish Garbage Time in a very competitive timeslot and what defines success for the new show. All that and a lot more in this edition of the AA Podcast.

AA Podcast #109 - Dan Dakich

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Our latest podcast features a man who has kept us pretty busy in the new year - ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich. His outspoken analysis and straight-shooting style has led to dustups with everyone from Boston radio hosts to Big Ten coaches to midwestern mayors. In addition to his work at ESPN, Dan hosts a weekday radio show in Indianapolis where he talks about sports and society. In this podcast we talk with Dan about a wide-ranging number of topics that include... - HIs relationship with college basketball fans, especially on Twitter. - How he uses Twitter and how he deals with criticism. - His advocacy against chewing tobacco and how comfortable he is talking about societal issues on his radio show. - Battling depression while head coach at Bowling Green, how he's been committed to having fun as a broadcaster, and why he'd never go back to coaching. - The stress that coaches are under daily and how Urban Meyer taking a year off from coaching may have helped him most. - Why his mission in a game broadcast is to provide teaching tools for other coaches. - His "Danny Awards" and some of his favorite broadcasters to work with and around sports. - Whether or not fans can tell if an analyst is interested in getting back into coaching - The state of Big Ten hoops this season: why Michigan State and Ohio State will be dangerous in March. - Why Dan thinks it's 100% that Kentucky runs the table and what similarities they share with the 1976 Indiana team. - How to improve the attractiveness of college basketball. All that and so much more on this week's AA Podcast.

AA Podcast #108 - Brent Barry

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On today's podcast we look ahead to All-Star Weekend with NBA on TNT and NBATV analyst Brent Barry. In his lengthy career in the Association, Brent was a two-time champion with the San Antonio Spurs and a former NBA Slam Dunk champ. We chat with Brent about his family ties in broadcasting, the prep for All-Star weekend, and who the best shooter is in the NBA. Topics include... - Following in his dad (Rick) and brother's (Jon) footsteps into broadcasting. - His experience in the dunk contest and 3 point shootout and how players prepare for the individual showcase. - Criticism of the dunk contest and whether or not it can be saved. Also, why the 3 point shootout is the main attraction this year. - Who the best shooter is in the NBA and why it's both Steph Curry and Kyle Korver. - The evolution in the NBA game and the importance of the three. - Can Atlanta and Golden State's style survive in the postseason? - Gregg Popovich's 1000th win and the side the media and fans dont' see.

AA Podcast #107 - Sean Grande

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For the latest edition of the AA Podcast we're pleased to be joined by the play by play voice of the Boston Celtics, Sean Grande. In addition to being the Celtics radio voice for more than a decade, Sean has experience working in a number of different capacities across the sports world including college football, the Frozen Four, and the Boston Red Sox. He also happens to be one of the biggest wrestling fans in sports along with friends Michelle Beadle and Bill Simmons. So of course you know we're going to dive into this Sunday's Royal Rumble and even the time Sean had dinner with The Iron Sheik and Fred Lynn. Other topics include... - The Celtics entering full-on rebuild mode and the strategy of gathering assets. - The astounding number of players that have passed in and out of Boston in the past month. - The challenges of calling an NBA team that's in a rebuild versus when the franchise has been to the mountain peak and winning a championship. - Which young players might be part of Boston's plan to get back to the top of the Eastern Conference. - The Hawks as maybe being the story of the year in the Association. - What's the latest with Grande's good friend Bill Simmons and his uncertain future. - The differences in working in the studio and the broadcast booth. - Sean's picks for most underrated in sports media. - His friendship with Jim Ross and having JR call NBA games with him. - How he got into wrestling as a Bob Backlund guy and his hilarious silent protest at Summerslam '88 against Hulk Hogan. - Why Daniel Bryan should be the guy to win this year's Rumble and not Roman Reigns. Grande also brags about being the only guy to achieve the triple crown of appearing on the AA Podcast, The BS Report, and The Ross Report. I don't know why we're mentioned in the same breath as those other two, but I'll take it.

AA Podcast #106 - The Ohio State National Championship Edition

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It's a special episode of the AA Podcast as we have a tripleheader of guests with a Columbus flavor. Our trio of guests join us to talk about Ohio State's victory over Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game from their varying perspectives covering the Buckeyes. First, Matt Barnes of NBC 4 in Columbus gives us his perspective on the trip to Dallas, following the team this season, and the win over the Ducks. Second, Dave Biddle from Bucknuts.com examines some of the national media storylines and the "Ohio Against the World" mindset of the team and the fanbase. We also take a deep dive into Urban Meyer's recruiting success and whether or not the Big Ten is really back. Finally, Beau Bishop of 97.1 The Fan and WBNS examines the remarkable storylines from this season and putting what we just witnessed into historical perspective.

AA Podcast #105 - Richard Deitsch, 2014 Year in Review

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Continuing our annual tradition at AA, we welcome Sports Illustrated media scribe Richard Deitsch for your special 2014 Year in Review podcast. We chat about the biggest sports and media stories of the year (including Darren Rovell blocking him on Twitter, naturally). Topics include... - How the media handled the massive NFL stories this year of Michael Sam's coming out and the domestic violence crisis. - ESPN's year in journalism for good (Don Van Natta/OTL) and bad (ESPN & Media Reports) - The Bill Simmons suspension and what might be in the future of The Sports Guy. - Did 2014 represent progress for women in sports media? - Did Twitter take a turn to the dark side in 2014? Richard and I are in agreement on this one. - Gus Johnson's soccer experiment coming to an end and Fox taking the World Cup baton from ESPN. - The current state of Fox Sports 1 and NBCSN. - A rundown of RD's Media Awards including Doc Emrick as his person of the year. All that and a lot more on our 2014 Year in Review special. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

AA Podcast #104 - Sarah Spain, ESPN

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In today's episode we welcome ESPN's Sarah Spain. Sarah is a contributor to espnW, ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago, and appears on a number of television platforms. We talk about her increasing national exposure at ESPN, Chicago sports and a number of other topics including... - Her start in the industry in Chicago. - What has changed for her since becoming a national personality at ESPN. - Increased platforms for women in sports media (and how ESPN has led the way) and where there are still areas for growth. - The NFL seeing an increase in female fans this year. - Our hopes of bringing Talk Soup to the sports world. - Whether or not Jay Cutler is losing support in Chicago. - The Derrick Rose panic-meter and how Jimmy Butler suddenly became an All-Star. - Which team most defines the mood of the Chicago sports fan.

AA Podcast #103 - Dave Pasch

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In this week's podcast we talk with one of the busiest announcers in sports - ESPN's Dave Pasch. We catch up with Dave in Houston in the middle of a four game stretch this week spanning the NBA, NFL, college football, and college basketball. We chat about the Arizona Cardinals being the best team in football and of course, his long, strange, trip with Bill Walton. Topics include... -What it's like to work 6 games in 8 days and the differences in calling each sport. -How he can loosen up and be a fan on radio broadcasts with the Arizona Cardinals. -Seeing the Lakers in person and what their season might be like. -Just how the Cardinals have got to 9-1 and the best team in the NFL. -Can Drew Stanton become a Super Bowl winning quarterback? -The prospects of Arizona hosting a home Super Bowl. -Seeing the growth of J.T. Barrett at Ohio State firsthand. -His partnership with Bill Walton and how he prepares for a telecast with the big redhead. -The experience of being in Bill Walton's backyard teepee.

AA Podcast #102 - Allen Bestwick

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With the NASCAR season nearing the checkered flag, we welcome ESPN's lead play-by-play voice for the sport, Allen Bestwick, to the podcast. With the new Chase format and the Texas pit road brawl, the sport is at a fever pitch at the moment. Allen joins us to chat about... -His future at ESPN and moving on from NASCAR as the sport goes to Fox/NBC next year. -Being able to call the Indy 500, Wimbledon and the British Open and what led to his decision to stay at ESPN versus staying with NASCAR. -Whether or not NASCAR has finally found the right formula with their current Chase format being a true playoff. -The Brad Keselowski-Jeff Gordon fight at Texas and how Keselowski is received by fans and the garage area. -NASCAR's ratings and why finding an answer to growing the sport again is so complex. -Why Kevin Harvick is the favorite in Phoenix this weekend. -What to expect at Homestead for the first true championship race in NASCAR history.

AA Podcast #101 - Dustin Fox

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Cleveland is the epicenter of the sports world tonight. To talk about LeBron's return to the Cavs and the opening of the NBA season we're joined by Dustin Fox of 92.3 FM The Fan. As a national champion with the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes, we also chat about this year's OSU team and the first year of the college football playoff. Topics include... -How LeBron's SI letter was the defining factor in winning people in Cleveland back. -The enthusiasm of the city when James announced his return and tonight for opening night. -How the excitement and optimism in the city surpasses even LBJ's first tenure with the Cavs. -How different of an environment it is in Cleveland sports talk radio than a year ago at this time. -The Browns as a possible playoff contender. -Why claims of ESPN's SEC bias are a cop-out and why Michigan is the key to the Big Ten's return to prominence. -This year's Ohio State team being a playoff contender. -Why Urban Meyer and LeBron James will both be defined by championships in Ohio.

AA Podcast #100 - Jim Nantz

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Hello, friends. For the centennial edition of the AA Podcast we welcome the one and only Jim Nantz of CBS Sports. As the longtime play by play man for the NFL on CBS, The Masters, and the Final Four, nobody in sports broadcasting has a better list of assignments. This year Nantz has added Thursday Night Football to his busy schedule to mark his 30th year at the network. In this wide-reaching podcast, Jim talks to AA about... - The new Thursday Night Football schedule and how he copes with non-competitive games. - The effort being put into the TNF franchise behind the scenes and the work he puts into calling 2 NFL games some weekends. - The current state of golf and the passing of the torch from Tiger to Rory. Why a duel at next year's Masters might be a historic occasion for the sport. - Tiger Woods and the '97 Masters as the transcendent athlete and event that he has covered in his 30 year career at CBS. - The surprising reason why his call of Devin Hester's opening kickoff return for a Super Bowl is his favorite call of all-time. - The influence of great broadcasters of yesteryear like Jack Whitaker, Chris Schenkel, and Pat Summerall on his broadcasting career and living up to their legacies. - His broadcast style, the current state of broadcasting, and what resonates with fans. Does he ever get caught up in what's written about the industry and his place at CBS? - His goal to work 50 years at CBS and why he'd choose The Masters as his favorite event. - His trademark game-ending or tournament-ending calls and why we might be seeing less of them in the future. - His work with Alzheimer's research and the Nantz National Alzheimer Center.

AA Podcast #99 - Jim Miller

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Our last episode in double figures welcomes one of our favorite and most frequent guests back to the show - New York Times #1 bestselling author James Andrew Miller. As the co-author of Those Guys Have All The Fun, Jim has remained an authority on all things inside and outside Bristol, Connecticut. With so much happening around ESPN in recent weeks, we talked with Jim about the following... - The severity of the Bill Simmons suspension and the "civil war" within Bristol. - Simmons' roller coaster year at ESPN and whether or not he will stay with Bristol when his contract is up next year. - The comeback of Keith Olbermann and the big personalities that have returned in recent years... and why John Skipper's personality is instrumental in that. - The rash of suspensions this year at ESPN. - The new NBA TV deal and why it was "required" for ESPN to get it done. - How ESPN is further separating itself from its competitors and why Fox Sports 1 overshot expectations. - The big picture of John Skipper's tenure as ESPN president. - Details on the re-release of "Live from New York" the oral history of Saturday Night Live.

AA Podcast #98 - John Smoltz, MLB Network/Fox Sports

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With the dawn of the 2014 MLB Postseason, we're joined by one of the best playoff pitchers of the last generation - John Smoltz. After an illustrious career with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz moved to the broadcast booth and has been a consistent presence covering the sport. In today's podcast, we talk about John's TV career, his duel with Jack Morris, and which pitcher is most important this postseason. Topics include... - Starting in television right away after his playing days and the differences in preparation between his analyst and pitching jobs. - The differences in postseason pitching versus the regular season. - The state of the game and pace of play issues. - Why John is against the one game Wild Card round and why a Best of 3 series would be more fitting. - Memories of his postseason duel with Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series and whether that is his defining playoff moment even in defeat. - The pressure on Jon Lester against the Royals to justify Billy Beane's risky midseason trade. - Why Washington is the favorite and best positioned team to win the World Series. - Why Adam Wainwright is the most important pitcher this postseason. John will be part of MLB Network’s Postseason coverage, which includes Game Two of the NLDS between the Nationals and Dodgers this Saturday at 930pm & Game Three of the NLDS between the Nationals and the winner of the Pirates/Giants game on Monday, October 6. He'll also appear throughout the postseason on Fox Sports.

AA Podcast #97 - Jay Williams & Seth Greenberg

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On a special edition of the AA Podcast we break the news of ESPN's newest additions to the basketball version of College GameDay - former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg and former Duke star Jay Williams. The ACC pair will join Rece Davis and Jay Bilas on the 2014-15 version of ESPN's flagship college sports show. On the podcast, Seth and Jay take us through their ESPN careers and getting the call to join GameDay and the different paths they took. Also, there's plenty of lively banter between the two on topics ranging from their history with one another to the current state of college basketball and paying players. Other topics include... -Their unique paths to ESPN and how the veteran and rookie roles might be reversed for the two from the normal player-coach dynamic. -Taking GameDay on the road and performing in front of a live crowd. -Seth and Jay's relationship and how it evolved after a rocky start after Williams criticized Va Tech on the air before Greenberg came to ESPN. -Flex scheduling for GameDay and the importance of going to the best game every week. -The criticism of Coach K's recruiting advantages with college basketball and the race to get ahead. -Is Kevin Ollie one of the game's elite coaches? -Parity and the importance of the regular season. -The state of college basketball and where we're at in the discussion of paying players. -Just how did Jay Williams get so many Twitter followers? Must be that Bieber kid. All that and a lot more on a very fun, unique, AA Podcast.

AA Podcast #96 - NFL Roundtable

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For the second time, we've collected our editorial staff for a roundtable discussion on the eventful month that's been in the NFL. We're joined by Steve Lepore, Ken Fang, and Joe Lucia to wade through arguably the worst month of off-field news in NFL history, the league's response (or lack thereof), and how the media has covered it all. In addition, we tackle some other sports media topics of the day. Our conversation covers... -Major takeaways from the NFL scandals. -Where is Roger Goodell? -How NFL insiders reported the story and the trust gap that may have developed. -TMZ as the sports media person of the year? It doesn't sound too crazy. -Mike Francesa's simulcast woes on FS1. -Gus Johnson stepping down from Fox soccer and who should replace him. -How will the MLB postseason do in the ratings without the Yanks and Sawx? A lively discussion on a number of topics, hope you join us.

AA Podcast #95 - Josh Elliott

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Today's podcast features a lenghty, in-depth interview with Josh Elliott of NBC Sports. Elliott recently moved to the peacock after a succesful run at Good Morning America saw that show vault over Today to become the number one morning show in the land. Now Elliott serves as a features reporter across a variety of NBC sports and news platforms. We spent a lot of time talking about the Ray Rice story and the credibility crisis facing the NFL as well as his time in morning show television and his future at NBC. Topics include... - Why this story (Ray Rice-NFL-domestic violence) has resonated with so many in becoming a mainstream sports and news story. - Being in San Francisco for Sunday Night Football, what the reaction is to the ongoing Ray McDonald and Greg Hardy cases in relation to Ray Rice. - The pressure mounting on Roger Goodell and whether or not he should lose his job. - Whether or not this credibility crisis will affect the league's popularity in any way. - The larger cultural issues in sports that need changed when it comes to equality. - Josh's move from GMA to NBC and the defining factor that led him to a new opportunity. - His desire to be a great teammate at NBC Sports and what may be in his future at the network. I tried really hard to get Josh to say whether he would rather have Bob Costas' primetime Olympic job or Matt Lauer's Today hosting gig, but he deftly handled my line of questioning. - The ability to tell stories in sports and news and the crossover between working in both. - The feature story he would most like to do (on Lionel Messi) and his proudest story to date (Steve Gleason). All that and so much more on this edition of the AA Podcast.

AA Podcast #94 - Bob Ley

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The AA Podcast is back! After a summer hiatus we're back for a new fall season of the Awful Announcing Podcast. And what better guest to invite on the program than one of the most respected journalists and hosts in the history of sports media - ESPN's Bob Ley. The OTL host has been there since the beginning and we were fortunate enough to spend an hour chatting with him talking about a number of topics including... - Saying goodbye to ESPN's World Cup coverage. - Making the case that Germany 7, Brazil 1 being the most shocking result in the history of sports. - ESPN's next steps in soccer and increased competition in the sports rights derby. - ESPN's growth into a multi-billion dollar corporation and whether some of the soul of the network's beginnings is still in tact. - How ESPN has adjusted to being watched by sports media observers and reporters. - What advice he would give to someone starting out at ESPN and how the network can continue to push forward. - The recent Redskins OTL special and the nickname debate as well as his personal commentary that drew attention from both sides. - His feelings on using the nickname: “I’ve chosen to not use the words Redskins as best as I can for about the last year, but I haven’t made a big deal about it. It’s just a personal choice.” - The media and NFL reactions to the Redskins nickname debate and what it says regarding the larger culture of both. - The OTL timeshift and how the show hopes to power through being pushed to a worse timeslot for football season. - Why a trip to Wembley is what's left on Bob Ley's bucket list.

AA podcast #93 - Lindsay Czarniak

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This weekend represents the biggest day in motorsports across the world and the marquis event is the Indy 500. On today's podcast we're joined by the host of the race for ABC, SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak. This will be Lindsay's first assignment since having her first child in March. On today's show we talk about the race, her time away, and working on the 6 PM SportsCenter. Topics include... - Coming back to broadcasting this weekend for the Indy 500. - Her personal reaction to the backlash to Daniel Murphy's paternity leave and her Today Show segment with husband Craig Melvin about their own experience. - The journey to ESPN and why her time working with the legendary George Michael was the pivotal step in her career. - What might surprise viewers about working the daily 6 PM SportsCenter. - Her relationship with co-anchor John Anderson and the chemistry they've developed. - Her affinity with motorsports and excitement in hosting the Indy 500 and being the first woman to do so. - Storylines to watch this weekend at the 500. - What's on Lindsay's bucket list.

AA Podcast #92 - Amy Rosenfeld, ESPN's World Cup coordinating producer

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For this week's podcast, we have a special treat. ESPN coordinating producer Amy Rosenfeld granted us some time for an interview in the midst of preparations for the 2014 World Cup. Amy has played a major role in ESPN's critically acclaimed coverage of international soccer and the 2010 World Cup in particular. She's been one of the driving forces in transforming ESPN's coverage of the sport from a foreign novelty to the revered, mature product it is today. In this podcast, listeners are granted insights into that transformation and a look ahead to the 2014 World Cup broadcast. Topics include... -Amy's journey to being at the controls for ESPN's World Cup coverage and how far the network has come since the 1999 Women's World Cup. -Her personal philosophy in broadcasting sports and why staying out of the way is so important as well as how her life as a fan helps in production. -The transformation made at ESPN from the 2006 to 2010 World Cup and why the network no longer felt like it had to explain the offside rule. -Getting some of the best broadcasters around the world to come to ESPN and the meteoric rise of Ian Darke. -The importance of continuing to improve and evolve the telecasts of soccer. -The unique challenges represented by going to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup and how the network might cover social unrest during the tournament. -Who might be the breakout star in this year's cast of on-air personalities. -The years of preparation that goes into broadcasting the world's biggest sporting event. -Looking at the soccer landscape and all the major networks being invested in the sport. -ESPN's post-World Cup soccer coverage and the new MLS TV deal.

AA Podcast #91 - Chris Webber

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On today's show we're joined by one of the best basketball players of the last generation, former All-Star and current NBA on TNT analyst Chris Webber. C-Web has seen his broadcast career take off since joining Turner and he's currently working alongside Ian Eagle calling the Pacers-Wizards Eastern Conference semifinal. In this podcast, we chat with Chris about his broadcast career, his desire to get into coaching, and how the playoffs have shaken out so far. Topics include... -How being close to the game as a broadcaster helps to prepare for an eventual coaching career and his desire to follow the paths of Mark Jackson and Steve Kerr. -What it's like to work with EJ, Kenny, and Charles at Inside the NBA and why it's even funnier behind the scenes. -Why this year's first round was the best ever. -The struggle in Indiana and what's really going on with the Pacers. It's not all Roy Hibbert's fault that the Pacers are reeling. -Walking the line in being able to be critical of players having been there before and having conversations with current players about some of his analysis. -Why the Wizards have a core group that could eventually be Finals contenders. -How many teams left have a legit shot at a championship. -HIs reaction to the Donald Sterling controversy and why he hopes it motivates the NFL to change the Washington Redskins nickname.

AA Podcast #90 - Bomani Jones

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On today's podcast we talk about the Donald Sterling controversy with Bomani Jones of ESPN. Bomani's work has drawn plenty of attention this week due to a column he wrote in 2006 documenting Donald Sterling's racism and asking why it wasn't news. Although Bomani has been credited with showing "foresight" the truth is he was one of the few calling attention to the real issue at hand that was ignored for years. In this podcast, we cut straight to the heart of the matter to talk about sports, race, the media, and society as a whole. Topics include... -Why his 2006 column is receiving more attention now than it did then. -Whether or not a threatened player boycott forced the hand of Adam Silver to deliver a maximum punishment. -Why we are easily drawn to the sexiness of the TMZ audio versus housing discrimination. -The validity of Mark Cuban's "slippery slope" comments. -The legacy of David Stern. -Who takes the brunt of the blame for enabling Donald Sterling for years and not speaking out. -Whether or not the NBA and professional sports have been changed forever. -Why it's so difficult to address serious issues dealing with discrimination in sports and society. -Why Bomani thinks this week showed no progress in how we talk about and approach race in sports. -His journey from freelancing for ESPN.com to being a stalwart in ESPN's daily lineup.

AA Podcast #89 - Liam McHugh

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On today's podcast we shift our attention to the NHL postseason and chat with NBC sports host Liam McHugh. Liam is the lead studio anchor for NBC's coverage of the NHL as well as Notre Dame football, the Tour de France, and other sports. In many ways, he is one of the faces of the young NBCSN. Today we talk with Liam about the Stanley Cup and his career at NBC. Topics include... -His journey to NBCSN including looking back at his time with Versus and The Daily Line and what that experience meant for his career. -How he became a "hockey guy" with his NHL assignments. -Whether he's ever had to break up a fight between Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick. Sadly, answer is no, but the behind the scenes dynamics are great. -Why Pens-Blue Jackets is the most exciting first round series. -How the physicality of the Blackhawks has been one of the most impressive things from the playoffs thus far. -What it maeans to have an 18 year old, Nathan MacKinnon, as the top points scorer of the postseason. -What's left on Liam's broadcasting bucket list?

AA Podcast #88 - Molly McGrath

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On today's podcast we welcome the co-host of Fox Sports 1's newest show, America's Pregame, Molly McGrath. Molly has been with FS1 since the network launch in mid-August. After serving mainly at the newsdesk providing updates, she then got the call to co-host Fox's new daily show alongside Mike HIll (who she incredibly used to print scripts for as a production assistant at ESPN). Molly also chats with AA about... -Her sportscasting journey including how she created a sports reporting role as a Boston College cheerleader. -Her time with the Boston Celtics and whether she has any good Tommy Heinsohn stories. -Moving to Fox Sports 1 and the difference in sports on the west coast and east coast. -Fighting the stigma against blonde women working at Fox News and Fox Sports 1. -Is Fox Sports 1 really "the one for fun" behind the scenes?" -The vision for America's Pregame and how it can grow into being an alternative to SportsCenter. -Why taking viewer suggestions for improving the show is so important. -Which would she rather watch - NBA or NHL Playoffs? -Her advice to young, aspiring sportscasters.

AA Podcast #87 - Robbie Mustoe, NBC Sports

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It’s been one of the most exciting EPL seasons on record and NBC has earned rave reviews for their first year coverage of the league. The biggest game of the season takes place this Sunday at 8:30 AM Eastern when Liverpool hosts Manchester City in what some are calling a winner take all title clash. To talk about it all we’re pleased to welcome to this week’s AA Podcast one of NBC’s Premier League analysts, a man who knows the league very well from his nearly 500 apperances in English football, Robbie Mustoe. Robbie joined NBC this season after working at ESPN for several years on their global soccer coverage. Today, we chat about... -How soccer coverage has evolved in the states and what excites him most about the response to NBC's EPL coverage. -Why EPL fans in America may have it better on television than fans in the UK. -How Liverpool have leapt to the top of the EPL table in a huge surprise. -Why manager Brendan Rodgers has been Liverpool's catalyst and how he might line up the team against Manchester City. -Who the real favorite in the three-way title hunt is at the moment. Will Chelsea's Champions League pursuit distract them? -Arsenal and Everton's battle for fourth. -The relegation dogfight between Fulham and Norwich City (10 AM ET this weekend on NBCSN) -Which player is Robbie keeping an eye on at this year's World Cup.

AA Podcast #86 - Jim Ross

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It’s WrestleMania week and we’re pleased to welcome WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross to the podcast. Good ol’ JR has seen his popularity increase in the sports world as his most famous calls have become a favorite soundtrack to some of the most exciting plays in sports. These days JR writes for Fox Sports and has just launched one of the top rated podcasts on the internet. We talked with JR for a wide-ranging, in-depth podcast about the wrestling business and its evolution, his writing at Fox, announcing in his future, and so much more. Topics include… -What excites him most about his post-WWE career and his WrestleMania anthology series at FoxSports.com. -WWE slowly moving its way alongside mainstream sports at places like Fox and elsewhere. -How the WWE Network is another bold move from Vince McMahon and why it may be a gamechanger for sports and entertainment. -JR’s favorite eras from his career in the wrestling business. -The evolution of professional wrestling from being presented as sports to sports entertaiment to purely entertainment. -How that evolution affected broadcasting and his approach as an announcer. -Dealing with pro wrestling bias as an announcer and who the closest announcer in sports would be to being able to pull off a wrestling telecast. -Why it helped him as an announcer to not know the outcome of matches. -Would there be an opportunity with Fox to step back behind the microphone and call UFC fights? -On Daniel Bryan: “I think he has the ability to be the lead guy as far as the championship is concerned.” -Looking ahead to WrestleMania 30 and JR’s thoughts on some of the big matches on the card and the top young stars in WWE.

AA Podcast #85 - Bill Raftery

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ONIONS!!!!! We're pleased to be joined by one of the most beloved announcers in all of sports on today's podcast, Bill Raftery. He's been a part of NCAA Tournament coverage for CBS for many years and continues to be one of the highlights of the television production. His classic calls, humor, exuberance, and enthusiasm are a trademark of one of the finest careers in broadcasting. Today Raf joins us to talk a little bit about that career and this year's tourney... -Working Big East games with Gus Johnson and how Gus used to play basketball in New York City with Bill's son. -Working with Verne Lundquist and the chemistry behind their partnership. -Balancing bringing fun to the broadcast while still teaching the game. -The Dayton Flyers as this year's Cinderella and his admiration for Scoochie Smith. -Looking ahead to the East region and the meaning of playing in MSG. -A look ahead to the Iowa State-UConn and MSU-Virginia matchups. -How many more tournaments does he plan to call in the booth?

AA Podcast #84 - Brian Anderson

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In the middle of March Madness we welcome one of the play by play men who called Thursday's action on one of the best days in the history of the NCAA Tournament. Brian Anderson of Turner & CBS may be more known more as a baseball announcer from his work for TBS baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers, but this is his third year working the NCAA Tournament. He chats with AA today about the exciting games from Orlando yesterday. Topics include... -How much sleep he got after Louisville-Manhattan ended well after midnight. -The mental challenge of announcing 4 games in 1 day and resetting for each broadcast. -Where yesterday ranked among his favorite days in the broadcast industry -His experience with college basketball and what it means to call tournament games. -How the St. Louis-NC State game was one of the most unique games he's ever seen and how St. Louis' fouling strategy fueled an epic comeback. -Manhattan being a tough matchup taking Louisville to the brink. -The upcoming Brewers season and how the team is dealing with Ryan Bruan coming back from suspension. -Who's more likely to provide an upset tomorrow - Pitt over Florida or St. Louis over Louisville.

AA Podcast #83 - Allie LaForce

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In today's episode we're joined by one of the broadcasters that will be covering March Madness for CBS and Turner - Allie LaForce. In addition to being a sideline reporter for the NCAA Tournament, Allie is also the co-host of CBS Sports Network's late night program Lead Off with Doug Gottlieb. The 25 year old from Ohio has had a quick rise through the industry in the last year and she chats with us about that ride and her assignment this weekend in Buffalo. Topics include... -How a beauty pageant winner and basketball player gets into sports broadcasting. -How CBSSN found her through her YouTube reel and why prospective broadcasters need to do everything they can to get their name out there. -What's unique about working on a program that airs at Midnight ET and how that presents something different compared to other sports networks. -The different challenges of hosting and reporting. -The experience of working four games in one day at the NCAA Tournament and the preparation that goes into it. -The Ohio State-Dayton matchup as the one she's looking most forward to in the first round. -Her Final Four picks and why Syracuse might be on upset alert. -What's left on Allie's bucket list. All that and more on this week's AA Podcast.

AA Podcast #82 - Seth Davis

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In today's podcast we welcome Seth Davis from CBS and Sports Illustrated to talk about the NCAA Tournament and his new biography on John Wooden. Seth is a veteran sportswriter who has also served for over a decade as a television analyst in college basketball and brings that unique perspective to viewers. In today's podcast, we discuss... -Why he was motivated to writing a book about John Wooden and presenting the coach in a three-dimensional way. -The mythologizing of college coaches. -Whether contemporary media can learn to balance building up and tearing down coaches. -Building towards March and what it's like to cover the NCAA Tournament. -Working with his CBS and Turner colleagues in Atlanta. -Who's the fourth #1 seed? -Which bubble teams have helped and hurt themselves the most during Championship Week. All that and more on this week's AA Podcast.

AA Podcast #81 - Seth Greenberg, ESPN

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In today's podcast we're joined by one of the best new television analysts working in sports today - ESPN's Seth Greenberg. After a lengthy coaching career, Greenberg moved to Bristol from Virginia Tech after the 2012 season and he's quickly cemented himself as one of the sport's most enthusiastic and insightful voices. Today we talk about a number of topics touching on Seth's TV career and the current season including... -How working in television is refreshing compared to the daily grind of coaching. -How much of his coaching personality comes through in front of the cameras? -Whether or not he would consider a return to coaching and what friends in the profession tell him about his second career. -Wichita State's unbeaten season and the pressure now facing the Shockers. -Syracuse's precipitous fall and why teams have figured out the Orange. -Why the Big 12 is the best conference in college basketball and the Big 10 has the most teams who can win the national championship. -Explaining Ohio State's struggles this season. -Why conference realignment has hurt the game. -The pressure of being on the bubble being the toughest experience he had in coaching. -Some super sleeper NCAA Tournament picks that could help your bracket pool. All that and so much more with Seth Greenberg on today's podcast.

AA Podcast #80 - Ed Olczyk, NBC Sports

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Coming out of the Sochi Winter Olympics we welcome back NHL on NBC lead analyst Eddie Olczyk to the program to talk all things hockey. Eddie will be a part of the first network television broadcast of an NHL game since 1974 when the Penguins play the Blackhawks in Soldier Field on Saturday night. With such a momentous occasion upon us, what better time to get caught up with Edzo. On today's podcast we discuss... -His recent comments about aspiring for a return to coaching, his desire to teach, and what kind of opportunity it would take to leave NBC. -Where the USA-Russia game and T.J. Oshie shootout heroics rank in his most memorable moments in the booth. -How the NHL can use the Olympics as a springboard the rest of the season. -Whether or not the NHL would be crazy to abandon the Winter Olympics and what other opportunities might exist for international hockey. -The significance of the Stadium Series for hockey and Saturday's matchup. -The Blackhawks serving as a blueprint for the rest of the league to build a perennial contender. -And we try to get Eddie to give us some way-too-early prognostications for this year's Kentucky Derby.

AA Podcast #79 - Diving into NBC's Olympic coverage

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In this week's edition of the Awful Announcing Podcast, we're trying something new. For the first time, we have multiple guests and they are all from our awesome staff. Ken Fang, Steve Lepore, and Joe Lucia all hop aboard a roundtable broadcast breaking down NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi and the highlights and lowlights of these games for the network. We also share some of our favorite moments from the Olympics so far and why everything can be explained by a classic Simpsons reference. Topics include... -Best & Worst Moments from NBC's coverage thus far. -Bob Costas' pink eye and how the network handled an unexpected "crisis" -The live versus tape delay debate and why NBC's effort towards sports fans is better in 2014, but still a long ways from perfect. -Record ratings for NBCSN and whether or not the Olympics actually pulls them ahead of Fox Sports 1 in the race for #2 behind ESPN. -Why did the Bode Miller interview receive such an immense backlash? -Tara Lipinski & Johnny Weir being the stars of Sochi and how NBC can use them going forward. -Favorite moments from the Olympic competition - hockey and curling feature prominently here. -An overall grade for NBC's coverage.