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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
In addition to watching the Ravens through a lot of real snow on their screens, some area viewers were hearing the Fox telecast Sunday in Spanish instead of English during the first half. The problem with the Fox telecast appeared to be limited to Verizon Fios subscribers watching in HD and some viewers receiving the telecast over the air. Verizon subscribers could receive the English language version by clicking out of HD. But the Verizon experience was a weird one on HD, with the game starting without any sound.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Although this year's American League Championship Series represents the two smallest market sizes in history, according to TBS, the Game 1 matchup Friday averaged 5.92 million total viewers for the network. The total represented an increase of 9 percent from the National League Championship Series Game 1 telecast between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals on TBS last year, the network said Saturday. That game averaged 5.45 million total viewers, according to TBS. The market sizes for Kansas City and Baltimore are 70 percent smaller than the market sizes for Los Angeles and St. Louis, based on available television households, according to TBS. In 2013, the number was 6.75 million, compared to 2.015 million this year.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
It's Week Two of our new feature giving Ravens fans and readers of Z on TV a forum to talk about the weekly telecast and my Sunday-night ( online )/Monday-morning (print) reviews of TV coverage. Here are some of the comments written in response to the Fox Sports telecast Sunday, featuring Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst) and Tony Siragusa (sideline) -- and my review of it. You can read my review here . Howard in Easton writes: David--I really enjoy your critiques of TV coverage of Ravens games.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With Greg Gumbel and Trent Green as the CBS broadcast team on today's Ravens game, I was eager to see how Gumbel would fare without his old, gaffe-prone partner Dan Dierdorf. I figured Gumbel had to be better, right? Wrong. “Welcome back to an absolutely beautiful day in Baltimore, Maryland,” Gumbel said in his opening remarks as viewers saw an overhead shot of M&T Bank Stadium. “The sun is shining, the temperature is 78 degrees on this last day of September ...” Oops.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
It's time for the Emmy Awards again, and I am excited and angry. More angry than excited, so let's take a bite out of that apple first. I'm angry because the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast airs almost a month earlier than usual - and on a Monday. It hasn't aired on a weeknight since 1976. The show achieved its highest rating since 2005 last year, but given the shift, the only question this year is how small the audience will be. And that's especially unfortunate, because the level of TV talent up for awards this year has never been higher in the three decades I have been covering the beat.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Given the relentless hype, we have come to expect game coverage of each Super Bowl to be better than the last. Fox did better Sunday in covering the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos than CBS did last year with the Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, but that's not saying much. CBS set the bar about as low as you can go last year when the lights went out in New Orleans. The play-by-play from Joe Buck was below average, while the production values and analysis by Troy Aikman were average at best.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2013
On Sunday afternoon, CBS Sports delivered a telecast of the Ravens' 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that was worthy of prime time. In fact, the first half was as good a half of NFL TV coverage as I have seen all year -- and that includes my adoration of “NBC Sunday Night Football.” For those readers who are about to faint at the notion of me praising CBS Sports so lavishly, all I can say is facts are facts. And the fact is CBS delivered the goods Sunday. And don't worry, I'm not going to get totally carried and ignore all the ways analyst Dan Dierdorf still annoyed me. I'll get to him later.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2012
Things can always get worse, can't they? I used to think reviewing any Baltimore Ravens telecast with Dan Dierdorf and Greg Gumbel in the broadcast booth was about as bad as things could get on my beat. But Sunday, I found out there was a much lower rung of hell to which the TV gods could send me: reviewing a Ravens telecast with Dierdorf and Gumbel in the booth and the Ravens playing really, really poorly for most of the game. I thought the 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans would never end. I went to my iPhone (about a thousand times)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
Analyst Brian Billick and play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman delivered smart, smooth and informative coverage of the Ravens' victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday on Fox. The entire production - from Laura Okmin's sideline reports to the myriad and sharply focused angles from which the cameras closely followed key plays - was so vastly superior to what Ravens fans usually get with second- and third-string CBS Sports crews that the telecast felt...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
I love the effort ESPN is making this weekend to give college baseball fanatics like me a chance to see every regional game in some shape or form. But I have to be honest, the streamed telecast Saturday of Towson University's 8-5 loss to #1 seed North Carolina was weak. Talk about homers, here's how the game's the play-by-play announcer, Jones Angell, self descibes on Twitter: "Play-by-play announcer for Carolina football and basketball on the Tar Heel Sports Network. Go Heels!
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
I'm sorry, I tried to be good and accept life as a small-market CBS sports fan, getting the fourth-string crew and no sideline reporter for Ravens games. And, you have to admit, I managed for a couple weeks to sound like a properly grateful peasant in accepting the crumbs from the table of CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. Did I not even say in one review that maybe CBS is right, it would be too expensive for the network to have sideline reporters on ALL the Sunday afternoon games - especially in markets like Baltimore?
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David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
In reaction to fallout from the Ray Rice video posted Monday on TMZ, CBS Sports has pulled its scheduled opening song by Rihanna from tonight's premiere of "Thursday Night Football" featuring the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. The telecast was supposed to open each week with Jay-Z's Grammy-winning "Run This Town" performed by Rihanna. It's the CBS answer to NBC's "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" with Carrie Underwood. The opening was to also include narration from actor Don Cheadle highlighting the rivalry between the two teams and their towns.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
It's time for the Emmy Awards again, and I am excited and angry. More angry than excited, so let's take a bite out of that apple first. I'm angry because the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast airs almost a month earlier than usual - and on a Monday. It hasn't aired on a weeknight since 1976. The show achieved its highest rating since 2005 last year, but given the shift, the only question this year is how small the audience will be. And that's especially unfortunate, because the level of TV talent up for awards this year has never been higher in the three decades I have been covering the beat.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
I am a college baseball junkie, and ESPN has given me all the coverage I can handle and then some the last three weeks. The incredible run by the University Maryland, my alma mater, has been icing on the cake and a cherry on top of that. But, honestly, I could watch the Anteaters from the University of California - Irvine beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys any night of the week. And I didn't miss one Texas Tech game streamed or on-air. I'll see them both in the College World Series from Omaha next weekend.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
If one of the hallmarks of true greatness is consistency, NBC Sports is a truly great operation, because again, it came, it covered, it turned in another top-notch Preakness telecast. Covering a horse race for a mainstream audience is not nearly as easy as NBC Sports makes it look. Among the hardest parts is holding the attention of enough general viewers to earn respectable ratings, while talking to the hardcore horse-race aficionados who are your base audience for such events.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Given the relentless hype, we have come to expect game coverage of each Super Bowl to be better than the last. Fox did better Sunday in covering the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos than CBS did last year with the Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, but that's not saying much. CBS set the bar about as low as you can go last year when the lights went out in New Orleans. The play-by-play from Joe Buck was below average, while the production values and analysis by Troy Aikman were average at best.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
The Ravens were finally deemed worthy by CBS Sports of its first-string broadcast team, and what a difference it made in the quality of the telecast -- for one half, anyway. While the first half was outstanding in terms of production and imagery, the second half was marred by a loss of audio, lack of focus in the booth and missing 22 seconds of a play that viewers never saw in the third quarter. I'm sorry, but that's not really acceptable from the best football crew a network can offer -- especially when you are making the kind of money the networks make on these drowning-in-ads telecasts.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
There was lots of mail on the Fox telecast of the Ravens' epic win Sunday over the Vikings. In the interest of getting more reader reaction into this post, I'll keep my words to a minimum. I'll try anyway. I've noticed the "Z responds" part is sometimes longer than that to which I am responding. What can I say? Let's start with Kitty, who writes: Dear Z, I thoroughly enjoy your column in the Sun.  I must comment on the last 4 paragraphs of your column today (12/9/13).  I am a FiOS customer and was totally frustrated by the audio of Sunday's game.  As you described, I heard no sound, then English, Spanish, English, etc. for the entire 1st half.   I thought something was wrong with my TV.   You seem to have enjoyed Fox's coverage, but a graphic on the screen explaining the audio difficulties would have been greatly appreciated.  I listened to WBAL , which was difficult as they are a few minutes ahead of the video.  I would have loved to have heard from Hale, Myers, and Ryan on the broadcasting team, but I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND anything being said!
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
With the Ravens out of the playoffs, thanks to their miserable play the last two weeks of the season, I promised myself I was only going to watch football this weekend - not write about it. So, here I am writing. Why? I can't resist commenting on CBS Sports giving viewers of Sunday's playoff game between the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers exactly what I have been lobbying for all year: a sideline reporter. Tracy Wolfson joined Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, and she provided viewers with some of the things I wanted in a Ravens telecast: injury reports, condition of the field, a sense of what was happening on the benches.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
As happy as I am not to have watch CBS Sports butcher any more Ravens telecasts, I do have to admit I'm feeling sad that this weekly conversation with viewers is ending today. I loved reading most of the things viewers wrote about Ravens telecasts this season -- as much of a letdown as the team itself was on the field. So, let's go straight to the conversation about the CBS telecast of the Ravens 34-17 loss to Cincinnati and my take on how the broadcast team did. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were in the booth for CBS. Here's Glenn with an email: Been  reading your column for years and truly enjoy it. Nice to see someone who doesn't seem afraid to tell it like it is. At least you and your colleagues at the paper call out the coaches and players  when it's needed and don't sugarcoat it as some of your radio and t.v. peers do. Thanks, and I look forward to your column.
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