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NBC's Olympics director Bucky Gunts calls it quits

The Olympic rings displayed outside the basketball arena

The Olympic rings displayed outside the basketball arena in the Olympic Park before the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 15, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Bucky Gunts, a legendary director in sports TV, just announced on "Today" he is retiring from NBC. 

He's directed the Olympics games in London for the network — this one's around about his10th — and as such has had more impact on every televised aspect of these games than any man or woman on the planet.

Gunts's games have caught some flak — much of it online — about some taped delays that angered various fans, though most viewers seem to have cared less. That's par for the course: NBC's coverage has been criticized, sometimes bitterly, for as long as I can remember, or certainly going tack to Seoul.

But there's simply no doubt these games have been a success for the network. Whether they actually make money for NBC — hard to believe they will — the ratings have been very good while Gunts will also likely get another Emmy nomination for his work here (he's scored several wins . . .)

Meanwhile, check out this recent Baltimore Sun interview. He addresses the complaints and much else.

Tags: bucky gunts , nbc olympics

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