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Matt Lauer Back for Second Night of Olympic Hosting

LauerSochiMatt Lauer will be back hosting NBC’s Olympics primetime coverage tonight as Bob Costas recovers from an eye infection. Lauer filled in last night and was back on “Today” this morning (late afternoon Sochi time). “You’re coming out of the bullpen tonight again, my friend,” Costas said to Lauer this morning.

Costas says he’s not feeling sick, but because it’s an eye infection, he can’t do what he’s done for the last 26 years. He’s hosted every Summer Olympics since 1988, and since 2000, has been the host for both the Summer and Winter games on American TV. NBC has the U.S. rights through the 2020 games in Tokyo.

“I’ve done lots of ball games and events feeling much less than my best,” says Costas. “My eyes are so blurry and watery and become so light-sensitive, they’re constantly tearing up. And I can’t be in the studio.”

Lauer joked: “You go in, you just kind of bang it out. I had to go in early, not to practice my lines, but to Lysol your whole dressing room.”

Matt Lauer Will Be Filling in for Bob Costas, As Eye Infection Spreads

CostasEyesLauerBob Costas‘s eye infection, most likely pink eye, is getting worse. So much so, that Matt Lauer will be filling in for him on NBC’s primetime coverage tonight.

The infection, which began on the first day of NBC’s Sochi coverage, has spread from Costas’ left eye to his right eye. Last night, Costas’ reddened eyes lit up Twitter.  This morning on “Today” Lauer and Al Roker talked about how they saw Costas having breakfast in the hotel. “You gotta feel for the guy,” said Lauer. Costas then called in to the show and broke the news to Lauer that he’ll be filling in. Costas used a baseball metaphor to pitch the news.

“I was trying to throw a complete game here,” said Costas. “But I think we’re going to have to go to the bullpen. And I don’t know if you’re aware of this, or not, but you’re Mariano Rivera at least tonight.”

Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 9.11.40 AMLauer groaned: “So I’m going to step in for you tonight? The master of Olympic prime time?”

“I believe that’s it. And let’s hope it’s only tonight. Because right now I’m walking around — I might as well be playing Marco Polo. I have no idea where I am.”

During NBC’s late night show last night, Costas took a sip of Russian vodka adding, “My eyes can’t get any redder.” After he heard the news this morning, Lauer said, “I’ll be doing the shots of vodka starting in about 15 minutes.”

Lauer’s turn in prime time will pair him with his old “Today” show EP Jim Bell who is heading up NBC’s Olympics coverage.

Video from the “Today” show after the jump…

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Bob Costas Begins Sochi Olympics Coverage With Eye Infection

CostasEyeBetween the missing shower curtains, brown tap water and computer hacking affecting journalists covering the Sochi Games, NBC’s Bob Costas might have it the worst. He has an eye infection. At the start of NBC’s fortnight (+3 days) of coverage tonight Costas announced, “I woke up with my left eye swollen shut and just about as red as the Soviet flag.” Costas says he’ll be wearing glasses for the next couple of nights.

“According to NBC doctors here, it’s some kind of minor infection which should resolve itself by the weekend,” Costas added.

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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NBC’s Kentucky Derby Plans

This afternoon thousands of dapper people will file into Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. They will sip mint juleps, wear funny hats and make “trifecta” wagers after pretending to read the book on handicapping.

Yes, the Kentucky Derby is here, and NBC, which paid good money for the TV rights, is planning wide-ranging coverage, including contributions from NBC News and The Weather Channel.

Al Roker was at Churchill Friday for a “Today” segment, as well as “Wake Up with Al” on Weather Channel. His colleague Stephanie Abrams will continue coverage on Weather Saturday morning. “Today” correspondent Dylan Dreyer will report from the hallowed grounds on Saturday and Sunday, previewing and recapping the event, respectively. Brian Schachtman, CNBC’s sports business reporter, filed reports from Churchill Friday, and will continue all day today.

E! news is also planning coverage. The fancy hats may cover people’s heads, but they won;t cover themselves, you know.

Bob Costas will lead the coverage, along with:
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Bob Costas Criticizes CBS For Not Covering ‘Augusta’s history of racism and sexism’ During The Masters

The Masters golf tournament is currently being played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. CBS Sports has the exclusive TV rights for all the late-round action.

NBC Sports’ Bob Costas–admittedly not a neutral bystander–took aim at CBS’ coverage on Dan Patrick‘s radio show. Deadspin has some of the key quotes:

What no CBS commentator has ever alluded to, even in passing, even during a rain delay, even when there was time to do so, is Augusta’s history of racism and sexism. Even when people were protesting just outside the grounds—forget about taking a side—never acknowledging it. So not only will I never work the Masters because I’m not at CBS, but I’d have to say something and then I would be ejected.

TV News Dominates THR ’35 Most Powerful’

The Hollywood Reporter released its 2013 “35 Most Powerful People In Media” list, and TV news dominates the winners. The list looks at the most dominant media personalities in New York.

The list includes (in alphabetical order) Roger Ailes, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, Anderson Cooper, Bob Costas, Katie Couric, Jeff Fager, Pat Fili-Krushel, James Goldston, Phil Griffin, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, the “60 Minutes” team, the “Today” team, Rachel Maddow, Piers Morgan, Bill O’Reilly, Scott Pelley, David Rhodes, The “Good Morning America” team, the “CBS This Morning” team, Diane Sawyer, Ben Sherwood, Barbara Walters, Brian Williams and Jeff Zucker.

Some of the recipients gave interviews, others did not. You can see the full list here.

NBC’s ‘Interview’ With Jerry Sandusky Isn’t What It Seems

Tomorrow NBC’s “Today” will feature former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky speaking “in his own words.” Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse last year. As we noted when we reported about the interview on Friday, Sandusky has not spoken out since the conviction, and prior to it only gave a phone interview to NBC’s Bob Costas.

However, NBC’s “interview” isn’t really what it seems. Documentary filmmaker John Zieglerbest known for his 2009 film Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected And Palin Was Targeted–is the one who secured the footage of Sandusky, and is using it for a new film “The Framing of Joe Paterno.” Ziegler will be a guest on “Today” tomorrow, where he will reveal some of the footage. In other words, while NBC certainly left the impression that someone from the network would be interviewing Sandusky, it is in fact footage from Ziegler and his team, and NBC had no control or say in it.

“In an exclusive interview airing Monday on TODAY, former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will speak out for the first time since he went to prison,” the show wrote in an article on Today.com. That probably leaves readers with the impression that NBC journalists were involved, even though it technically never says NBC conducted the interview.

Ziegler, perhaps getting ahead of his “Today” appearance, wrote a blog post called “An Open Letter to the News Media: How to Do a Hit Piece on John Ziegler.”

NBC’s ‘Today’ Secures Jerry Sandusky Interview For Monday

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky–who was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse last year–is speaking out for the first time since the conviction. Sandusky will be appearing on NBC’s “Today” show Monday, where “he will explain in his own words what he says happened on the Penn State campus,” Matt Lauer said on the program today.

Sandusky was interviewed in prison. Leading up to his trial he only granted one interview to a TV outlet, and that was to NBC’s Bob Costas, over the phone on “Rock Center.”

That interview was damning to Sandusky, and resulted in Costas being heaped with praise, even as it became extremely controversial later on when it was revealed that some other damning responses had been left on the cutting room floor.

Bob Costas Talks Gun Control On ‘Reliable Sources’

Just a few weeks before the awful shooting in Newtown, CT, NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas dedicated his NFL halftime commentary to the issue of gun control. The impetus was the murder suicide of NFL player Jovan Belcher and his wife.

On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this morning, Costas talked to Howard Kurtz about those comments, in his first TV interview addressing his comments since the week the controversy erupted.

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