Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
“NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other,” the NBCSN show that has followed NHLers behind the scenes through this winter of outdoor games and Olympic Games, will unveil perhaps its most important episode Thursday: a two-parter focused on the fortnight in Sochi.
Unfortunately for Islanders fans, one key subject of the show will be the season-ending injury to a certain star player with the initials...Read more »
NBC conducted a media call Thursday to promote the United States-Canada men’s hockey semifinal and ended up fielding as many questions about the Pyeongchang Games of 2018 as about Sochi in 2014.
Such is the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the NHL’s interest in putting its season on hold to send its stars hither and yon in search of medals and at risk of injury. (Sorry to bring that up, Islanders...Read more »
“The Price of Gold,” last month’s ESPN look back at the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan saga of 1994, was good at what it did, but it lacked one crucial element: Nancy Kerrigan.
Kerrigan opted out after agreeing to sit down exclusively with NBC – which also hired her to provide commentary on the figure skating in Sochi.
Sunday night at 7 the payoff for viewers arrives in the form of “Nancy...Read more »
Jim Bell, NBC's executive producer for the Olympics, said Monday from Sochi that he was comfortable with how the network handled what has become a controversial post-race interview with skiier Bode Miller Sunday.
Miller won the bronze medal in the super-G, after which NBC's Christin Cooper - a former Olympic skiier herself - asked him a series of followup questions about his emotions after...Read more »
"Our long nightmare is over," NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell said from Sochi Monday, and with that, Bob Costas was headed back to his hosting duties after a six-day hiatus because of viral conjunctivitis.
Matt Lauer filled in for Costas for four of the six days, and Meredith Vieira for the other two.
Costas said during the worst of his absence he sat in a darkened hotel room...Read more »
Bob Costas will miss his fourth consecutive night Friday as host of NBC's prime time Olympics show because of an ongoing eye infection, NBC announced. He will be replaced by Meredith Vieira, whom the network said will become the first solo female host for a prime time Olympics show. Matt Lauer had filled in for Costas the previous three nights.
Jim Bell, NBC's executive producer for the Olympics,...Read more »
It started with Lindsey Vonn pulling out of the Olympics altogether, then a parade of big-name American flops in Week 1, including Bode Miller, Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Shani Davis.
NBC even lost its own biggest Olympic star, host Bob Costas, for several days because of an eye infection.
Despite all that, ratings overall have been solid for the network given the distant-time-zone...Read more »
It's impossible not to feel a little bad for Commack's own Bob Costas as he continues to battle infections to his eyes in the middle of his high-profile biennial Olympics gig.
But, alas, Costas will be forced to miss his third consecutive day of hosting duties because of the ongoing ailment and again will be replaced in prime time Thursday by Matt Lauer.
On a conference call from Russia...Read more »
Commack's own Bob Costas will take Tuesday night off, ending a streak of 157 consecutive prime time Olympic hosting starts for NBC.
Costas has been suffering from an eye ailment; he will be replaced by "Today" show host Matt Lauer.
Here is NBC's news release on the matter, complete with Costas' explanation of what he has been going through.
“As a practical matter, I simply couldn’t...Read more »
Every Olympics has the potential for major news away from the actual competitions, and Russia is no exception.
Authorities have been confronted with terrorist attack threats, the country’s policies on gay rights have stirred controversy around the globe and arriving journalists have complained about sub-standard housing.
How will NBC deal with news that impacts the Games?
“NBC...Read more »