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Bob Costas Makes News During ‘Sunday Night Football,’ Calls ‘Redskins’ Name ‘An Insult’

CostasRedskinsLast December, NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas used his halftime commentary segment during “Sunday Night Football” to advocate for gun control. The commentary made national news, and Costas went on other programs to explain his reasoning.

On “Sunday Night Football” last night, Costas once again used the platform to talk about a controversial issue: the name of Washington DC’s football, team, the Washington Redskins.

“Objections to names like Braves, Chiefs, Warriors and the like, strike many of us as political correctness run amok–these nicknames honor, rather than demean–they are pretty much the same as Vikings, Patriots or even Cowboys,” Costas said. “But think for a moment about the term Redskins, and how it truly differs from all the others. Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed toward African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, Redskins can’t possibly honor a heritage or noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term.

“It is an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present day intent,” Costas added.

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Larry King To Guest-Host Keith Olbermann’s ESPN2 Show

KingOlbFormer CNN host Larry King will be able to add yet another line on his resume next month: ESPN host. King will be filling in for Keith Olbermann on his 11 PM show on ESPN 2 next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Olbermann will be covering the Major League Baseball playoffs for TBS during that time. King will be a guest on Friday’s edition of the program as well.

“I am a great admirer of Keith Olbermann who I think is the quintessential sports host,” said King in a statement. “Sports have always been my avocation – they’re part of my being.  Having the chance to come back to my hometown of New York and host Keith’s show for several days is a terrific joy for me and a return to my first love.”

Other guest-hosts during Olbermann’s absence will include Jeremy Schaap and Colin Cowherd.

King is a noted sports fan, particularly of baseball, which will surely be one of the big sports stories of the day when he guest-hosts. After he left CNN, King pitched MLB Network on a new show, where he could serve as “Bob Costas West.”

Ratings: NFL Helps Power Emmys To Best Ratings Since 2005

65th_emmy_awardsLast nights Emmy Awards telecast on CBS featured a slew of upsets, from Stephen Colbert topping Jon Stewart to Jeff Daniels topping, well, almost everyone.

It was also a ratings bonanza for CBS. The program drew the highest ratings for an Emmys telecast since 2005, and the best adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 demo numbers since 2006. All told, an estimated 17.63 million viewers tuned in live for the three-hour awards show. Approximately 40 million people tuned into at least part of the program.

While it was up against NFL football on NBC (and the penultimate episode of “Breaking Bad” on AMC, which itself drew record ratings), the Emmys also benefited from a terrific NFL lead-in, with the New York Jets/Buffalo Bills game ending at 7:59 PM.

Your TVNewser senior editor talked about the Emmys on Mediabistro’s 2013 Emmy Postgame Show. Watch it, after the jump.
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2020 Summer Olympics Go to Tokyo

The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, it was announced this afternoon by outgoing IOC president Jacques Rogge. Tokyo beat out Istanbul and Madrid as the other two possible host cities. Tokyo last held the Summer games in 1964. Japan has also twice hosted the Winter Olympics. This means the 2018 and 2020 games will both be held in Asia. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongCheng, South Korea.

The 2020 Olympics will be the last games for NBC in its current deal as U.S. rights holder. In 2011, NBC agreed to a $4.38 billion contract with the IOC to broadcast the 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 Olympics, the most expensive television rights deal in Olympic history.

Jim Bell, the former NBC News “Today” show EP, now the EP of NBC Olympics Tweeted:

 

Pam Oliver Suffers Concussion in Sideline Hit

You may have seen the video by now: On Aug. 18 Fox Sports reporter Pam Oliver had just finished doing an interview with NFL referee Ed Hochuli for a story for “60 Minutes Sports,” airing Wednesday night on Showtime. When she returned to the sideline, a ball thrown by Indianapolis Colts backup QB Chandler Harnish (since waived and signed to their practice squad) hit her on the side of the face.

“I asked the people around me, ‘What happened?’ They told me I just got hit in the head with a football,” Oliver tells the Daily News.

Turns out, Oliver suffered a concussion.

After waking up that Monday her head hurt so much she had to hold it. “The sensitivity to light started and some nausea too,” she said, “my whole body was sore.” Oliver went to the doctor. The CT Scan came up clean, but she was diagnosed with a concussion. Oliver spent the next five days in a dark room inside her home. “I slept for hours on end. The minute you wake up you’re reminded. Your head is pounding,” she said. “I really could not take light — the light from the TV, the accent lighting. The sun was completely my enemy. My blinds were drawn. It was miserable.”

CNN Live as Diana Nyad Makes Historic Swim

While American military involvement in Syria has dominated the news for most of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the cable news networks had another exciting story on their hands this afternoon — one of perseverance and resolve — and it was live, at least on one cable channel. 64-year-old Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, without a shark cage. It was her fifth try. Nyad swam up to the beach in Key West just before 2pmET, 53 hours after setting out from Havana. She had a 3-point message for her supporters at the beach (video below), then was taken by ambulance for treatment.

CNN’s John Zarrella was about 200 yards down the beach. Close, but not close enough to confirm, at first, if she’d made it to shore. “It’s impossible to tell from here,” said Zarella at 1:53pmET. While CNN provided live coverage of the final minutes of Nyad’s swim, and afterwards, Fox News first reported the news at 2:49pmET. MSNBC is not airing live programming today, but instead was in an episode of “Chained to my Ex.”

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Regis Philbin Gets Into Feud With Colleagues, Also Gets a Horse

With the debut of Fox Sports 1, Regis Philbin is returning to the daily airwaves as one of the co-hosts on the afternoon show “Crowd Goes Wild.”

Philbin quickly got into a feud with the channel’s star sports highlight team Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole. It wasn’t pretty.

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Also, in honor of his birthday, his co-hosts decided to get the man who has everything the one thing he doesn’t have: his own horse. The horse’s name? “Regis: The Horse.”

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Keith Olbermann Gets Meta For First Edition Of New ESPN2 Show

Last night, “Olbermann” debuted just after 11 PM on ESPN2, following live coverage of the US Open. It marked a return to nightly television for Keith Olbermann, the former anchor for MSNBC, Current TV and, yes, ESPN, who had been off the air since a very public split from Current last year.

It was also a return to the Olbermann of the 90′s, with a lighthearted tone and a focus on sports. Yes, “Worst Persons in the World” was there, as was a long monologue about the New York Jets, a topic close to this writer’s heart, but it was decidedly unlike his politics and news programs.

Olbermann also got meta, playing old clips from his first run at ESPN, and talking a good deal about the state of sports journalism. No, the ESPN/”Frontline” controversy didn’t come up, but he did talk about a NY Daily News item about the Jets that he felt was drummed up in the name of controversy.

“We need somebody watching the watchers,” his first guest Jason Whitlock said. “It needs to happen to us, so we have more empathy for the celebrities that we are covering.”

“Every reporter should spend one day as the only story in the world,” Olbermann responded.

He would know.

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Keith Olbermann: Politics ‘pretty much burned out of me’

Tonight at 11 PM, Keith Olbermann returns to the nightly TV beat, with a new show on ESPN2. It also marks a return to ESPN and the world of sports for Olbermann, who has spent the better part of 10 years in the world of politics at MSNBC and Current TV.

According to James Andrew Miller in the NY Times, he doesn’t seem inclined to go back.

“No, I won’t miss politics,” he said. “My understanding of my own emotions relative to politics was really clarified in the past year. I was invited on ‘This Week With George Stephanopoulos.’ I did it twice, and they invited me on many more times. We talked about doing it on a regular basis, but I found myself coming up with really bad excuses to not do it, like my dog needs my attention. I finally figured out I just didn’t like the subject matter anymore.

“If you cover politics for eight years without interruption like I did, you need a change,” he said. “After all, we retire our presidents after eight years. Why you should make anybody cover our political system beyond that is a mystery to me. It was pretty much burned out of me.”

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ESPN Ombudsman: Trailer For ‘Frontline’ Doc A Catalyst For Channel Dropping Out

The bombshell news late last week that ESPN would be pulling out of a PBS “Frontline” documentary on concussions in the NFL continues. The latest comes from ESPN’s ombudsman, Robert Lipsyte, as well as Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch, who each shed new light on the situation.

Lipsyte talks to ESPN president John Skipper, who says it was a trailer for the doc that was the catalyst for the decision to drop out of the project (watch the trailer below).

He hadn’t seen the trailer or approved its content, which included the ESPN logo and a collaboration credit. He thought it was “odd for me not to get a heads up,” and said it made him “quite unhappy” to discover that ESPN had no editorial control over the trailer.

Upon screening it, Skipper said he found the trailer to be “sensational.” He particularly objected to the tagline — “Get ready to change the way you see the game” — and to the final sound bite in the piece, from neuropathologist Ann McKee. Referring to brain injuries, she says, “I’m really wondering if every single football player doesn’t have this.”

Skipper said he found that comment to be “over the top.”

Lipsyte also reports that Skipper talked to Disney CEO Bob Iger and lawyers at both companies before pulling out of the project.

In SI, Deitsch looks at what comes next for the book League of Denial, which the “Frontline” doc is based on, and which was written by two brothers… who are ESPN investigative reporters.
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