10 Worst Play-By-Play Announcers In Sports Today

By Tyler

Ranking the Worst Play-by-Play Announcers in Sports

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Nothing detracts more from watching sports than an announcer who is unbearable to listen to. Of course, this doesn't mean that bad announcers aren't still put on television, with these 10 men and women forming a clear list of the worst play-by-play announcers in sports today.

10. Pam Ward

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10. Pam Ward

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Ward tries hard to impose her personality on sporting events. This only detracts from any event on television and earns her a spot on this list.

9. Chris Berman

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9. Chris Berman

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Berman seems extremely tired when he announces live sporting events nowadays, which has sapped some of the trademark authenticity that made him a hit with viewers in the 1980s and 1990s.

8. Kenny Albert

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8. Kenny Albert

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Albert comes from a family of royalty in the sports broadcasting business, which has given him a reliable and respectable on-air personality, albeit one that can be boring at times.

7. Mike Patrick

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7. Mike Patrick

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Patrick constantly gets off-topic while announcing college basketball games, which detracts from exposing the viewer to the sports knowledge that he actually does have.

6. Chris Myers

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6. Chris Myers

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Myers is consistently stashed on one of the lower tier football games by Fox Sports, and anyone who has heard him announce knows why this happens.

5. Hawk Harrelson

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5. Hawk Harrelson

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Harrelson is a part of one of the most homer announcing crews in sports today with the Chicago White Sox, which automatically cements a spot on this list.

4. Matt Devlin

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4. Matt Devlin

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Devlin has a bad habit of messing up player names and game scores, which is kind of his main job as a play-by-play announcer. If that doesn't make for a bad announcer, then nothing does.

3. Rod Gilmore

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3. Rod Gilmore

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Gilmore has a tendency to go off on tangents while on ESPN broadcasts, and at times it seems he only earns a spot in the broadcast booth for having been a college football player.

2. Gus Johnson

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2. Gus Johnson

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Johnson was a good college basketball announcer, but he has utterly failed in the transition to a play-by-play announcer for soccer. Johnson simply doesn't understand soccer to announce it at the highest level, and it is about time Fox Sports realizes it.

1. Joe Buck

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1. Joe Buck

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Buck isn't so bad as a football announcer, but it isn't difficult to tell that he isn't interested in announcing any MLB games, whether it is an April matchup or Game 7 of the World Series. This lack of interest translates directly into poor broadcasting.

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