January 8, 2014 |
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.
February 17, 2014 |
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.
September 13, 2012 |
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.
February 11, 2014 |
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)
February 14, 2014 |
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.
October 14, 2013 |
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...