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Beth Mowins Gets to Call an NFL Game This Year

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This is long overdue:

ESPN broadcaster Beth Mowins will be given the play by play assignment for the Sept. 11 game between Chargers and Broncos in Denver, the late game of the Monday Night Football opening week doubleheader. Former Bills and Jets head coach Rex Ryan is likely to be her game analyst. Ryan was hired by ESPN in April and the Monday Night Football assignment would be his debut as an NFL color commentator. Mowins and Ryan called the Florida State spring game together last April.

I have watched a lot of NCAA softball, and Mowins is a great broadcaster. She handles every broadcast with a great deal of skill and is always informed, always knowledgable about what's happening in front of her. If you don't know who she is, go and Google some of the things she has called and I'll bet the whole gender thing disappears quickly. 

The women's NCAA softball tournament is a grueling event, not only for the players but the broadcasters as well. These are not easy games to announce, and Mowins is always good. She has paid her dues to get where she's at and no one should assume that this is some sort of desperation move on the part of ESPN. Far from it--she's one of the best out there.

Her qualifications to call an NFL game are self-evident: she knows the game, she knows how to handle having two people in the booth with her (some simply cannot juggle such a thing), and she is more than capable of handling the job. I have always thought that she was good enough to move up in the sports announcing world to assignments that don't have to be gender specific, and calling an NFL game is exactly where she should be. I think she should regularly call baseball games as well. In fact, I would have guessed that she would have been given a chance to call more ballgames this summer, but the NFL is a nice price, too.

The NFL Draft is Complete and Utter Bullshit

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If I really wanted to go further into this subject, I would tell you two things.

One, ESPN laid off a bunch of people today because no one likes their product. People are cutting the cord, they're abandoning televised sports, and they're not interested in whatever ESPN is selling. If you have a product, and demand for that product drops, it probably means that people just don't like your shit.

Two, ESPN is desperately trying to make fetch a thing. No, sorry, that's wrong. ESPN is desperately trying to make the NFL Draft a thing. It is not a thing. The NFL draft is an attempt, by the National Football League, to find a handful of college players who can survive playing professional football. Every year, teams fail to find good football players. Instead, they make minor celebrities out of players who go to pieces mentally, fall apart physically, or fail to take advantage of an opportunity to play professional football. This all unfolds at these things called training camps, which aren't a thing, either. This is the behind the scenes developmental stuff that most people don't care about. 

Do you know who cares about this stuff? Zealous superfans, degenerate gamblers, and the family members who think they're going to get paid. That's more sad than happy, I'm afraid.

Here's a question for the NFL. Do you have a football game to play in September? Then go play it. Here's one for ESPN. Do you not get that people are losing interest? It's called voting with your remote crontrol. There are fewer and fewer people who are interested football, and televised sports as a whole. Are you going to front load your programming here in the off season with bullshit for months and months and make something out of nothing? I gotta tell you, I'm even less interested now.

ESPN, you suck. The NFL Draft is not a thing. Go back to what you're good at, which is putting on things people want to watch. Big hint for you--everything you're doing right now is NOT working.

Keith Olbermann is Still Unemployable

How many times have I written this post, only to be proven wrong--and then proven right?

Contract talks between ESPN and Keith Olbermann have almost completely broken down, a source familiar with the negotiations tells us, and the controversial host seems nearly a lock to leave the network after his two-year deal expires in August.

According to the source, ESPN seemed intent on re-upping Olbermann when they approached him two months ago about a new deal. Those preliminary talks were promising, we’re told, but Olbermann was urged to reconsider his on-air commentaries—really, the only entertaining part of his show.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter today, ESPN executives were uncomfortable with Olbermann’s critical commentaries—especially, a source says, those ripping NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and former MLB commissioner Bud Selig. At a second round of contract talks, ESPN again pushed Olbermann to drop the commentaries from his show. We’re told Olbermann refused.

Twenty times, at least. Oh well. I love Keith, I love what he does, but he can't hold a job.