By Tyler on August 17, 2014
There is nothing that detracts from the experience of watching a sports game more than an extremely annoying announcer. These 15 men and women are the worst color commentators in sports today, and it is safe to say fans would prefer to watch games without hearing their voices.
Twellman is clearly very passionate about MLS, the USMNT and soccer as a whole, but he has a long way to go before that passion will transform into work that makes viewers more knowledgeable. At 34 years old, Twellman can still improve, but he has a ways to go.
Dierdorf consistently uses childlike phrases, goes with his gut over statistical analysis, and drags down partner Greg Gumbel, who is actually a great play-by-play man.
Miller seems a bit subdued while in the booth for ESPN, as executives likely told him to tone down some of the inflammatory rhetoric that made him a star on the court.
Homer announcers are the worst, and it doesn't get any worse than Chicago White Sox play-by-play man Hawk Harrelson.
Gilmore makes the grave mistake of repeating himself in the booth, and it really is no wonder that he is normally assigned to noon college football games on ESPN.
Burke brings some diversity to the ESPN booth, but her commentary and interview skills simply don't match up to the top-notch ESPN crew at NBA games.
Milbury actually has a great grasp of the NHL, but he is so biased against European (and specifically Russian) players that it is impossible to listen to the guy without shaking your head.
Simms seems to dumb down his comments while in the broadcast booth, which is a real shame considering the guy has great football acumen.
Jeff van Gundy is a very smart basketball mind, but he invokes his personality on the game too often, which unnecessarily takes over the actual NBA game at hand.
Based on previous jobs with NHL organizations, one would think that Button would be incredibly attuned to the NHL game, but this simply does not come across while on camera.
Perhaps it is just the overexposure that comes with being a top-notch announcer, but Clark Kellogg's routine gets old. The guy is knowledgeable about basketball, but doesn't have the personality or vocal skills to truly showcase it.
Ryan consistently says things in the booth that make fans shake their heads, Getting through a Ryan-announced game can be a bit of a trudge.
Vitale does not lack energy in the booth, but he values being loud over providing consistently insightful opinions, and he is clearly not the best college basketball color commentator that ESPN has to offer.
Fox Sports has attempted to shove Eric Wynalda on soccer fans across the U.S., and they have failed miserably. Wynalda combines with Gus Johnson to provide a dumbed-down version of soccer announcing, and American fans are sick of being babied by them.
McCarver has invoked the ire of baseball fans for decades, and most are happy that he is no longer a staple of the Fox broadcast booth. The 72-year-old provides a good look at the history of baseball from the booth, but that is about all he provides at this point.
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