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Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 1:22 pm

After seeing some of his comentary on these and past Olympic games, I have to ask the question.....Why is he still on the air.

The man isn't fit to bring Curt Gowdy, a truely great olympic commentator, his coffee.

No wonder everybody on this side of the pond, has tuned out the games, the coverage has generally sucked for every game that NBC has broadcasted and is getting worse instead of better.
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 1:28 pm

Glad I'm not the only who can't stand that moron. Luckily, living two hours or so from the US/Canada border, I can watch QUALITY coverage on CBC in YVR.

I recall a comment the moron made in 2000, during the opening ceremony. He completely insulted someone from either an African or Pacific Island nation wearing their customary clothing as hideous and wondered aloud what sort of awful attire that was. Talk about an ugly American!

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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 1:29 pm

For once, we agree!

US coverage has been TERRIBLE... This evening they showed A country that the US had to beat, and then it showed the US.... how about the ENTIRE TOURNAMENT??? or at least highlights!

I don't think the US is into the Olympics such as Europe and Asia are... we're more into Baseball (lame) and Football (lame) instead of all of the great sports that the athletes train for, for all of their lives and perform their routine which they can do in their sleep, to compete against the rest of the world.
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 1:43 pm

ABC Sports had their act so much more wired together, but of course at the time they had it, they also had guys like Curt and Howard working the mikes.

Hard to improve on those guys, but damn, at least try and be confident.

Even worse then the coverage Costas is providing is the crap that the Today show was doing this morning....I know it isn't a sports show, but damn, do we really need to see Katie taking a tour of the hairstyling salon in the athletes village or playing ping pong with Matt?
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 1:49 pm

I'm also glad I live close to Canada and can watch quality coverage on CBC instead of tuning in to this No-Talent-Ass-Clown.
 
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 7:43 pm

Bob Costas a "No-Talent-Ass-Clown"? Now I have heard it all.
 
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 10:18 pm

Would you rather have Tim McCarver again?
 
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:05 am


Wow. All this hatred for Bob Costas. I can think of at least 10 people who are far worse than Costas.

 
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:08 am

I can to, Cactus, but it is so much easier to make fun of him because he is on a higher plane than most other sportscasters. My personal fave Costas comment was issued during the opening ceremony just four days ago:
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:10 am

At least we're not getting hit over the head with Chris Berman.

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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:31 am

Costas does suck... and showed how stupid he is when he and Katie Couric commented during the opening ceremonies (incredibly annoying).... like when Rogge gave his opening speech, with parts in Greek, French and English (I thought that was totally cool)... when the English portion began, Costas made some comment to the effect that it was annoying to him that Rogge had been speaking in French and Greek up to that point...

When will NBC get the message: Shut up already! We don't need commentary and we don't need over-produced, over-dramatized fluff... just show us the damned events! (in their entirety)
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:40 am

At least we're not getting hit over the head with Chris Berman.

Couldn't have said it better myself.
 
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:28 am

Costas must have blackmail pictures of some big wig at NBC, naked.

I have just two words for Olympic coverage.... "Jim McKay"

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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 3:15 am

The sad part is, NBC will look at the ratings and be too stupid to realize why they are down (if they are).

1) Over dramatization, tear-jerky, panty-waste crap.
2) Bob Costas (which I guess is another way to say the first one).
3) Not enough coverage and way, way to many commercials.

Thank God for Canada and CBC.

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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 3:25 am

Agreed 88 He is so F@&^%%$*#*#^&!!!!!ing annoying !!!
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 7:09 am

Does NBC have coverage of Torino 2006 and beyond?

THe best part of NBC's coverage has been the introduction to their coverage and their shots of Athens. Other than that, they have shown way too many commercials and their coverage of events as a whole has been a let down. I will say though, that their color commentating in synchronized diving and gymnastics has been noteworthy.

They royally f*cked up Sydney and I feel that with not much in live coverage and way too many commercials, I'm not sure NBC will put up a great showing in Athens. Is it me, or did NBC show commercials at more frequent intervals during their opening ceremony coverage?

ESPN and ABC desperately need to take over. Their World Cup 2002 coverage was nothing short of brilliant. They managed to show I think something like 93% of matches live, with most key ones being replayed at a more reasonable hour.

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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 8:13 am

Bob Costas and Katie Couric were intolerable during the Opening Ceremonies. Their comments were irrelevant, flippant, patronizing, and/or factually wrong -- for instance, did you know that Belize is an "island nation" in Latin America? Katie is grating at any hour, but she is really out of her element in a symbolic, history-laden setting like the Opening Ceremonies. NBC also edited out about 20 minutes of the program without telling the audience.

The event coverage hasn't been much better. The commentators usually do a passable job, but the network spin is working against them. The background pieces on the standout athletes are absurdly overproduced. By ham-handedly trying to ratchet up the tension, they detract from the events themselves, which are dramatic enough. Only a few token non-Americans are featured: Ian Thorpe and Svetlana Khorkina are the only ones I recall seeing. The US teams (especially gymnastics and swimming) have been hyped up to the point where anything but solid golds is a disappointment.

The incessant cutting back and forth between events is icing on the cake. We get 10 minutes of one event, then 5 minutes of cheesy, we're-desperate-to-find-an-Olympic-tie-in commercials, 10 minutes of another event, more commercials, a third event, still more commercials, and then if we've been good boys and girls, we might get to see another sliver of the first event. With five or six channels carrying parallel content, you'd think they would have time to present events start-to-finish.

NBC is an embarrassment. Thankfully we get CBC, which has much less spin and hype. I wish the IOC would let C-SPAN cover the games -- Congress is on August recess, so there's not much to displace.

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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 9:47 am

IMO, Bob Costas does just as good a job as anyone does or ever has done. Personally, I dont see what is so bad about him.

Now, NBC's coverage on the other hand, is very questionable.  Big grin
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Thu Aug 19, 2004 5:03 pm

"Now, NBC's coverage on the other hand, is very questionable."

- And this is the second Summer Olympics in a row they have had The Games and they were terrible at broadcasting both (so far). The only good thing is this year they do have some live events late nights and Pat O'Brien (I believe is the dude's name) does a decent job broadcasting.

"ESPN and ABC desperately need to take over. Their World Cup 2002 coverage was nothing short of brilliant. They managed to show I think something like 93% of matches live,..."

- Blink182 mentioned ABC and ESPN need to get the games back. They would be better than NBC and they would be much, much better at the Winter Games. The Disney Family of Networks have just as many networks as the GE Family of Networks and better talent behind the microphone, period. And Chris Berman does get old after awhile, but I would take him over just about anyone at NBC, except for maybe Dan Hicks.
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RE: Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?

Thu Aug 19, 2004 11:05 pm

L-188 wrote:

ABC Sports had their act so much more wired together, but of course at the time they had it, they also had guys like Curt and Howard working the mikes.

Thank you, L-188.


Tristarenvy wrote:

I have just two words for Olympic coverage.... "Jim McKay"

And thank you, Tristar. Now that we're on the subject of lame coverage, is John Tesh still covering women's gymnastics?
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