Top 25 Most Annoying Broadcasters in Sports

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Most Annoying Personalities in Sports

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Sports have become a way of life for some people these days. So many jobs have been created because of the emergence of sports in our lives. For example, athletes are not the only ones getting paid to be involved in a game, there are also the broadcasters who make sports easier to understand -- most of the time.

Broadcasters have been a great complement to the sport because they are usually very knowledgeable in the sport and they ease viewers and listeners into understanding what is going on and they sometimes present new information that the listener/reader might not have known before.

Sure, sports broadcasters are pretty talented people. They have to get in front of thousands, sometimes millions, of people, keep a straight face and professional demeanor and portray somewhat of a personal side. The boring announcers are never the most successful because people end up tuning them out or even muting their televisions in extreme cases.

While there are many great sports broadcasters out there that everyone loves, there are also those guys, and gals, that are so painful to listen to. There are those broadcasters that make us cringe whenever they open their mouths because they usually spew terrible information and sometimes false information.

Some broadcasters are just so horribly annoying that people automatically tune them out because of the over-the-top personalities that they possess. Nobody wants to hear someone screaming every time the smallest thing happens in the field of play -- nor do we want to hear a monotone, boring personality.

Let's take a look at the top 25 most annoying sports personalities today. Let me know who annoys you.

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25. Woody Paige

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It's hard to listen to a guy who looks like he spends his free time at an airport bar.

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24. Tim Tebow

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Okay, Tebow is new to the broadcasting game, but we can only imagine how much annoying attention he is going to get.

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23. Mel Kiper Jr.

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Mel Kiper Jr. is a know-it-all and that tends to get on people's nerves and draw some hilarious impersonations.

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22. Tim Hasselbeck

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Hasselbeck is the ultimate pessimist and that gets old really quick.

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21. Jon Gruden

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Would you look at this guy right here. Gruden is intense and extremely awkward -- the makings for a terrible broadcaster.

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20. Craig Sager

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Craig Sager isn't as annoying as his outfits. If there's one thing that's extremely annoying to look at, it's his neon-colored outfits.

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19. Lou Holtz

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Lou Holtz is a legend, but he was a much better coach than he has been a broadcasting personality. He's hard to listen to and he gets fired up about random things that mean nothing.

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18. Tim McCarver

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Tim McCarver is the king of terrible quotes. He's been known to say things before thinking about them and it often results in a "shake my head" moment.

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17. Dan Dakich

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Dan Dakich likes to pick one guy in every game he broadcasts to be a fan of. Yeah, you're not supposed to be biased toward a player or team -- that's what makes him so obnoxious.

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16. Pam Ward


Many people would say that Pam Ward knows nothing of what she talks about. Oh yeah, and she did this when a Marshall player got injured.

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15. Bill Raftery

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What does onions mean, Bill? I mean really? No one likes to listen to someone they can't understand.

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14. Herm Edwards

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Herm is as over-the-top and edgy as they come. If you want to know what he's like, just give an already-hyper friend about six cups of coffee and watch the outcome.

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13. Desmond Howard

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Desmond Howard is the biggest University of Michigan homer there is. College Gameday needs to find an unbiased personality to fill in for the guy who always picks Michigan -- even if they were to go up against an NFL team. He is also a very whiny sounding individual -- makes for a tough listen.

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12. Colin Cowherd

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I personally like Cowherd, but I can see how he's hated in the sports media realm. The guy is arrogant and he tends to talk down to his audience.

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11. Cris Collinsworth

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Collinsworth has a raspy voice and an even raspier personality. He makes smug comments on the regular and he can be almost unbearable at times. Mute button, please.

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10. Erin Andrews

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Erin Andrews turned her back on ESPN and then everyone realized how big of a diva she is. She likes to report by yelling instead of talking into the microphone and, let me tell you, it's pretty annoying.

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9. Stephen A. Smith

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Clearly, Steven A. Smith needs a chill pill. Overemphasizing certain words, syllables and phrases makes him a headache. Actually, get me some Tylenol now -- thinking about it makes my head hurt.

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8. Gus Johnson

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Johnson is about as over-the-top as any play-by-play broadcaster in sports. I like him, but I can surely see how he can be too much sometimes. Imagine the dynamic of him and Joe Buck in the same broadcast booth.

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7. Joe Buck

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Speak of the devil. Joe Buck is about as bland as bland can be. Nothing is more annoying than watching a big play happen in sports and the announcer is talking like it was just another play.

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6. Chris Broussard

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He's been rumored to report false information and that's annoying in itself. Couple that with his nails-on-a-chalkboard voice and you will probably never want to see his face again. Also, nothing is worse than hearing about religion when talking about sports.

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5. Rick Reilly

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Rick Reilly often sounds off on things and he also likes to misquote people -- even his own relatives. Pretty sad.

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4. Dick Vitale

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It's Dickie V baby. One of the few phrases that he likes to use -- along with diaper dandy, PTPer and dipsy-doo dunkaroo. This guy is tough to listen to and there's no way around it. He tries way too hard.

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3. Jim Rome

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Nothing like a condescending broadcaster to make your day complete.

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2. Chris Berman

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Another guy who just loves to make up words and use phrases that excite him more than they excite the viewers. The Home Run Derby is really difficult to watch.

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1. Skip Bayless

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The most shock-ridden broadcaster alive. Skip loves to say things just for shock value and that's obnoxious.

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  • Dano

    Actually a pretty good list, although I wouldn’t put Tebow on the list. We don’t know enough about him yet to know how he will rank. Nobody thought Kurt Warner would be much of a broadcaster, but he’s done OK. And where is Pam Oliver?

  • Jerry

    If Pam Ward is calling the game, I’m going to watch something else. This goes back years ago to one of the minor Bowl games played on that ugly blue turf in Boise. Don’t know which was worse, the colo rof the field or her commentary. She should go do womens golf, anything but football.

  • sbw

    Gruden is amazing. Doesnt belong on this list.

  • Donald Wolfpoet Shier

    connor muldowney wins worst sports columunist dumb pompous ass award – for being jealous because he’s too ugly to be on tv … lol now thats funny sarcasm – i like joe buck n troy aiken .. yu are their bitch – lol

  • Xander19

    Disagree strongly with some (Gruden, I kind of like Woody Paige, not fair to put Tebow in, yet). Agree strongly with most, I have to say. Berman is obnoxious and it would be awesome to have him retire. Stephen A. can be smart but he never met a dramatic pause he didn’t want to make love to. Rome makes a good point now and again, but he’s worn way thin and I can’t take him for more than a few minutes, at most. If you ever look local, the guy from the Chicago White Sox, Hawk Harrelson, is gag inducing.

    • Kate Williams

      Tebow did some recent football broadcasting, obviously you missed it. He sucked as bad or worse than he did in the NFL.

      • Xander19

        Haha. Thanks for letting me know. He can’t be worse than he was in the NFL, though. Can he?

  • mygood

    Three of the very worst were totally overlooked. How does Charles Barkley even have a job? He is a moron. And putting Curt Schilling on tv to talk about himself after what he did to the people of Rhode Island is a crime. He is a bad person, but then again so is Barkley. And the worst of all, Rick Sutcliffe. He drones on and on…absolutely the most boring broadcaster of all time. Just a bit out of touch with the game now. Only thing to do is turn him off as I do with the other two. And don’t even get me started talking about that “legend” Brent Mushmouth.

    • Deno Lorenzo

      Sir Charles, though opinionated, as far as I’m concerned, is the most entertaining, insightful, and truthful announcer I HAVE EVER HEARD! I used to love the NBA. There was nothing better than Russell vs. Wilt, Havlicek doing something amazing, “THE DOCTOR”, Bird vs. Magic! Now, they are nothing but faceless, overpaid, pompous A$$HOLES! NBA Players and pro golfers are a the same, totally boring and obnoxious! As for the golfers, give me Nicklaus, Palmer, Norman, Watson, and Floyd, any day! Now, I watch Charles on the pre-game and change the station back to Donald Duck and/or Goofey!

      • William Rhoads

        Agree and do not forget Trevino funny guy!

  • locusthillva

    If you think they’re bad – you’re going to have to increase your list after the Olympics….
    most of them keep talking although we viewers can’t hear them over the noise anyway. but, what’s wrong w/Chris Collinsworth?

  • Sliver King

    I have 2 of the worst announcers. Bob Errey and Paul Steigerwald. They always state the obvious, break every hockey superstition, and make up some of the worst nickenames. They should be banned from annoucning all together.

  • Don

    You forgot gun control – anti Redskins…Bob Costas who is always trying to be the news
    and leaving a legacy rather than reporting it.
    Another guy who needs either retire or be retired!

  • JeffRo

    Get a Thesaurus. There is more than one word for “outfits”.

  • Brian Hyde

    Collinsworth is way too low on the list. He is definitely a top 2 ! Can’t decide if him or Costas should be number 1.

  • disqus_zXUQuufnFm

    Most Annoying – Connor Muldowney. Does he get paid to write this junk? At least I know now to avoid any article written by this idiot

  • Flashbackjack

    What about that Oberman asshole?

  • Erik Baran

    Chris Collinsworth is very good and does not belong on the list. Where the heck is Brent Musberger?

    • Nick Sparagis

      You’re right. Where is Musberger?

  • Deno Lorenzo

    I am not familiar with some of these gentlemen. However, I don’t think Joe Buck and Tim McCarver should be on this list!?

    • pistolpete9

      You definitely don’t watch baseball playoffs then. Announcers are SUPPOSED to unbiased, McCarver ALWAYS picked a team. And Buck just rode his father’s coattails into the booth.

  • tim everett

    Collingsworth may be the best reason for duct tape. Please post one positive thing he has ever said about a Philadelphia team.

  • Kate Williams

    Keith Olbermann, Beth Mowin, David Pollack, Jesse Palmer, Mark May, Brian Griese. I agree with most of the list, but think the author must work for ESPN. I don’t watch any basketball or baseball so I don’t know a lot of those on the list, but as the number of sports networks expand, the crappy, inexperienced, arrogant has beens are coming out of the woodwork to annoy the viewing audiences.

  • kspokesfan

    I cannot listen to a game if Vitale is calling it.

  • pistolpete9

    How about Darrell Waltrip?????? Oh, yeah, and Bob Costas and his political rantings during sporting events. And Mr. Knoweverythingwhileknowingnothing, Brent Musberger.

  • Kristen Hart

    how is Phil Simms not on this list!?!?!?

  • Richard Nicoletti

    Women on the sidelines at college football games. What a waste of time.

  • Richard Nicoletti

    And what’s the deal with always jumping on Tebow? What has he done? Here’s a guy who gives of himself. I guess that’s a crime to some people.

  • William Rhoads

    Gruden is a tape player! you can only say the same think in so many ways!

  • William Rhoads

    Buck is terrible please re move from football games let him put baseball to sleep!

  • Nick Sparagis

    Dierdorf and Musburger are painful. I like Colin Herd, Herm Edwards and Berman.

  • Gilbert Zimmerman

    troy aiken by far is the worst !

  • Rod Nelson

    Seriously? No Stuart Scot?!!
    He kills the NBA All-Star weekend. Among other things.