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'Nancy & Tonya,' revisited

Former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan takes a

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“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...

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Olympics boss defends Bode Miller interview

USA's Bode Miller reacts during the Alpine Skiing

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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...

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Bob Costas returns to NBC Monday

Sportscaster Bob Costas attends the Joe Torre Safe

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"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...

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Costas still on Olympic injury report, Vieira to host

Meredith Vieira

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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,...

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NBC stars don't shine in Sochi

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...

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Bob Costas to miss third straight day of Olympics

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...

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NBC lists Bob Costas as day-to-day

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...

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NBC News will cover news in Russia during Winter Olympics

Sportscaster Bob Costas talks before the start of

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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?

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Rangers' visit to Bronx a home run for NBC

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Sunday's Rangers-Devils game at Yankee Stadium was a big hit for NBC.

The game averaged 2.1 million viewers nationally and 1.3 percent of homes, both regular-season bests for NBC - not including Winter Classics.

In the New York area, 5.1 percent of homes watched, on average, the best ever in this market for an NBC regular-season game.

Buffalo was next at 4.5 percent, followed by...

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NBC set for hockey double dip at Yankee Stadium

Sports commentator Doc Emrick waves to fans as

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Sure, it would have been an added layer of cool to stage an NHL game at the original Yankee Stadium, but for NBC there are undeniable benefits to the move across 161st Street.

Producer Sam Flood said that as historic as Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are, Yankee Stadium’s modernity makes it far easier to produce a telecast. Unlike Fenway and Wrigley, he said, “This place was built once television...

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