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October 18, 2013 | By Bob Costas
In response to my remarks on NBC about the Washington Redskins team name controversy, Jonah Goldberg writes of his love and respect for words. So why, then, play so fast and loose with them?  Goldberg twice refers to my comments as a "tirade. " I defy any fair-minded person to view the two-minute piece in its entirety and find anything in its tone or content that remotely resembles a tirade. He later refers to my "crusade. " How does addressing a prominent football-related issue one time on the very night Washington was playing on NBC qualify as a crusade?
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
A good controversy gets fans mad, but it also makes TV networks excited. When short-program leader Yuna Kim of South Korea skated a seemingly flawless performance Thursday in the women's figure-skating long program at the Sochi Olympics--but still lost the gold medal to challenger Adelina Sotnikova of Russia--NBC was in a prime position. If a beautiful performance is the bronze medal of figure-skating coverage, and a star-in-the-making is its silver, a good and juicy brouhaha is gold, the thing that keeps commentators occupied and viewers tuned in. But the challenging part is getting the controversy right, and NBC wobbled a bit, though it ultimately steadied the landing and offered some useful insight.
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SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
Bob Costas has generated a lot of buzz in the world of slopestyle, not all of it good. This week, the NBC studio host appeared on the "Today" show and talked to Matt Lauer about the ski and snowboard event that will make its Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games. In case you're not familiar with slopestyle, it involves a downhill run marked by various features such as jumps and rails. Athletes are judged on creativity as they descend. Costas compared it to the MTV show "Jackass" with all its stunts and pranks.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Walking at night, sitting in dark rooms and watching Syracuse basketball - these are just a few of the fun things NBC Olympics host Bob Costas did while recovering from an eye infection that knocked him off the air last week. Costas was set to return to NBC's Sochi coverage Monday night after an unplanned week off because of viral conjunctivitis, which made his eyes red and his vision blurry and light-sensitive.  "The worst three days of it I was primarily in a darkened room," Costas, 61, told reporters earlier Monday during a conference call.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Sportscaster Bob Costas was mostly happy with the way NBC handled the 2012 London Summer Olympics, but during an appearance on "Conan" on Wednesday night, he couldn't help but express his irritation at one major programming choice. "I thought were doing well headed to the finish line," Costas told host Conan O'Brien about the coverage. "We get right to the end of the closing ceremony. They extinguish the flame. And the final act in a closing ceremony that had iconic British pop acts ... the final act is the Who. And NBC decides at that moment that they should provide America with a sneak preview of "Animal Practice" and come back an hour later and have the Who. " O'Brien, no fan of NBC himself, urged Costas to go on, which Costas obliged.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Meg James
NBC's prime-time Sochi Olympics ratings have failed to achieve the same high levels as four years ago when the games were held in a compatible time zone in Vancouver, Canada. The nine- to 12-hour time difference between Sochi, Russia, and the U.S. have tamped down audience levels, in part, because most viewers know the outcome of key competitions long before NBC's prime-time broadcasts begin. On Sunday night, NBC attracted 21.3 million viewers for its prime-time program, which showcased the breakout performance of American ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis.  Sunday's audience totals represented an 8% decline from the same night during the Vancouver Olympics, when many of the contests aired live.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bob Costas' eye infection that has been causing American Olympics viewers much discomfort while watching NBC's coverage of the Games has finally sent the sportscaster back to the bench. Costas will be sitting out NBC's primetime and late-night coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, while he recovers from the infection that was just in his left eye when the Olympics began, but has now spread to both eyes. "Today" host Matt Lauer will be filling in for Costas, who has been told to rest (and give some relief to viewers who were complaining about Costas' uncomfortable look on social media)
BUSINESS
February 9, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
NBC and Olympics sportscaster Bob Costas and his wife, Jill Sutton, have bought a house in a gated community in Newport Coast for $4.7 million. The more than half-acre lot contains a main house, a guest casita, a saltwater swimming pool with spa, a cabana with a fireplace, a poolhouse with a kitchen and brick patios. There are four bedrooms, six bathrooms and 4,534 square feet of living space. Costas, 60, has hosted nine Olympic Games. Susan Scanlan and Darcy Ricci of Coldwell Banker Previews International were the listing agents.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
With Bob Costas still recovering from an eye infection, former "Today" cohost Meredith Vieira will anchor NBC's prime-time and late-night coverage Friday of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.   "It's an honor to fill in for him," Vieira said Friday morning on "Today. " "You think about the Olympics, and you think the athletes and then Bob Costas. " Costas, who had anchored NBC's coverage of the Winter and Summer Games without interruption since 1988, was sidelined earlier this week by the infection, which left his eyes red and sensitive to bright studio lights and proved distracting for many viewers.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
A familiar face will anchor NBC's coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics this winter. To no one's surprise, the network announced Wednesday that Bob Costas will serve as host for prime-time and late-night telecasts. Costas has served as lead man for every Olympics that NBC has broadcast since 1992. He headed coverage at the 2012 London Games that drew 217 million viewers, making it the most-watched television event in U.S. history. The Olympics, he said in a statement, "are a three-week miniseries which, if done well, should bring viewers not only compelling athletic performances, but a sense of the host city and country, and an appreciation of what is truly a global gathering.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
U.S. athletes have earned mixed marks at the Sochi Games; for every triumph in a sport such as slopestyle or luge, there's been a disappointment in skiing or speed skating. The same might be said of NBC, whose decision to broadcast the most hours ever of Winter Olympics coverage has resulted in not only compelling television moments but also weirdness and awkwardness. This past weekend demonstrated this tale of two runs. Though the network didn't skimp on the hype for Saturday's U.S.-Russia hockey matchup, essentially a pro-forma group-stage game - "Some Cold Wars don't end," intoned veteran play-by-play man Mike "Doc" Emrick in a pregame package - it also rose to the occasion.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Meg James
NBC's prime-time Sochi Olympics ratings have failed to achieve the same high levels as four years ago when the games were held in a compatible time zone in Vancouver, Canada. The nine- to 12-hour time difference between Sochi, Russia, and the U.S. have tamped down audience levels, in part, because most viewers know the outcome of key competitions long before NBC's prime-time broadcasts begin. On Sunday night, NBC attracted 21.3 million viewers for its prime-time program, which showcased the breakout performance of American ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis.  Sunday's audience totals represented an 8% decline from the same night during the Vancouver Olympics, when many of the contests aired live.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
With Bob Costas still recovering from an eye infection, former "Today" cohost Meredith Vieira will anchor NBC's prime-time and late-night coverage Friday of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.   "It's an honor to fill in for him," Vieira said Friday morning on "Today. " "You think about the Olympics, and you think the athletes and then Bob Costas. " Costas, who had anchored NBC's coverage of the Winter and Summer Games without interruption since 1988, was sidelined earlier this week by the infection, which left his eyes red and sensitive to bright studio lights and proved distracting for many viewers.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bill Murray talked to Charlie Rose for the full hour of Rose's PBS program this week. Like most interviews with the great Murray, it was full of great, candid insight and this time, Rose even got Murray to reveal what he was planning to say for his Oscar acceptance speech. You may recall Murray received his first and only Oscar nomination in 2004 for playing the lead opposite Scarlett Johansson in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation. " However, he lost out to Sean Penn, who starred in "Mystic River.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Eye-yi-yi: Viewers may not see much of Bob Costas for a while as the NBC Olympics host continues to battle an eye infection that has temporarily taken him off the air.  "It's a slow process," Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "He's very frustrated. " Costas' health woes have become a hot topic on social media at the 2014 Winter Game in Sochi, Russia. The longtime NBC sports broadcaster covered the first few days of the Games, but the eye infection steadily worsened and over the weekend became obvious as viewers saw redness and irritation spreading to his right eye as well as the left.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bob Costas still isn't out of the woods yet with his eye infection troubles. The NBC sportscaster called into "Today" on Wednesday to let anchor Matt Lauer know that he'd be filling in once again during the network's prime-time Olympics coverage. "You're coming out of the bullpen again tonight," Costas told Lauer. Costas arrived in Sochi, Russia, to cover the Winter Olympics with an infection in one eye, but by Monday, the infection had spread to the other eye, causing viewers to fear for Costas' health (and complain a bit about how uncomfortable it was to look at)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Bob Costas and Glenn Beck might want to avoid making plans to catch a Redskins game together.  Beck, the outspoken right-wing radio host, is fuming after Costas aired an editorial criticizing the Washington Redskins' nickname as an ethnic "insult" and "slur" to Native Americans during Sunday's telecast of the NFL game between the Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.  The longtime NBC sportscaster noted other team mascots and nicknames that...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Bob Costas has never been bashful about speaking his mind, whether the issue at hand is gravely serious ( Jerry Sandusky ) or decidedly less so ( NBC's short-lived sitcom “Animal Practice ”).  But during halftime of Sunday's game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, the longtime NBC sportscaster took an unexpected leap into the gun control debate, making an impassioned speech about the death of Jovan Belcher that was, even by his own outspoken standards, unexpected.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Derek Jeter is about to take the New York Yankees on another grand farewell tour. Going into his 20th season as the Yankees' shortstop, Jeter announced Wednesday that this will be his last. "For the last 20 years I've been completely focused on two goals: playing my best and helping the Yankees win," Jeter wrote in a letter posted on his Facebook page. "That means that for 365 days a year, my every thought and action were geared toward that goal. It's now time for something new. " He added: "I could not be more sure.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Bob Costas has been tearing up a lot lately. The NBC sports broadcaster said so in a "Today" show phone interview Wednesday, blaming sensitivity to light due to a viral infection in both eyes. We suspect, however, it might have something to do with having to sit out the 2014 Sochi Games prime-time coverage for a second straight night. Hey, we understand -- after 157 consecutive Olympic nighttime broadcasts, a guy can get a little attached to his job. "Actually, I don't feel that bad," Costas said , "and the irony of it is, we've all felt worse than I feel right now and gone into work....
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