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Bob Costas Talks To Bill O’Reilly, And Dedicates Show To Guns

As promised, last night NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” to talk about his commentary during the “Sunday Night Football” game this week. Costas is also dedicating a large portion of his NBC Sports Network show tonight to gun violence. Guests, including Charles Barkley and John McEnroe talk about guns and gun violence.

Costast told host Bill O’Reilly:

“I don’t back up on anything I said, but I think it might’ve been more effective if I said, ‘Look, if we’re looking for perspective on this, we’re going to have a serious discussion within sports, an ongoing discussion… about domestic violence, about the culture of the game itself, about the easy access to guns, about steroids, drugs and alcohol.’”

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NBC Olympics Slates Anchors, Correspondents for 2012 Games

NBC Olympics has announced its anchors and correspondents for the upcoming 2012 games in London.

Not surprisingly, Bob Costas will be anchoring NBC’s primetime coverage. This will be Costas’ 10th Olympics, and ninth as primetime host. The network’s weekend and weekday daytime programming will be led by the team of Al Michaels and Dan Patrick. Michaels of course called the famous “Miracle on Ice” game at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. It will be his second Olympics for NBC. The games will be Patrick’s first as anchor, though he served as a correspondent in Vancouver.

The late-night action will be led by Mary Carillo, who is making her 11th Olympics appearance, and third-straight as late night anchor. She will also serve as a correspondent for the games.

Other correspondents will include Ryan Seacrest, former gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi and–making his Olympics broadcasting debut–the bad boy of tennis John McEnroe.

NBC News correspondents and NBC Sports contributors will be named closer to the games.

Katie Couric, Roger Ailes, Piers Morgan and Matt Lauer Walk Into a Super Bowl Pep Rally…

If it seemed like TV news was particularly quiet this afternoon, it was likely because New York’s Michaels restaurant hosted a pre-Super Bowl “Pep Rally,” and just about everyone was there.

Don’t believe us? Among the attendees were Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, Fox News anchors Brian Kilmeade and Jamie Colby, ABC’s Katie Couric and Andrea Canning, NBC’s Matt Lauer, Brian Williams and Savannah Guthrie, CNN’s Piers Morgan, CBS’ Chris Licht and Gayle King and, just for good measure, Whoopi Goldberg, Star Jones, singer John Mayer, John McEnroe, Cablevision CEO James Dolan and movie tycoon Harvey Weinstein, among many others.

You can see more names at the Michael’s New York Twitter feed.

Update: Our own Diane Clehane was there, and spotted Regis Philbin, Bill O’Reilly, former New York Governor George Pataki and plenty of others. Her report and photos are here.

In other words, it was quite the crowd. Couric and Ailes even had a nice chat, as Niche Media founder Jason Binn noted on Twitter.

(photo via Jason Binn)

ESPN Creating SEC Documentary Series Titled Storied

ESPN is creating four documentaries focused on stories of the Southeastern Conference.

The Storied series will debut Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU with Herschel, on former University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker. The second documentary is slated for December and will focus on the first SEC football championship game. The one-hour Storied documentaries will re-air on ESPN or ESPN2.

“We pride ourselves on our dedication to storytelling,” said John Dahl, executive producer, ESPN Content Development. “The SEC’s rich, layered history certainly lends itself to a series of this kind. We look forward to sharing these captivating stories with SEC fans.”

Video: Ron Artest Explains Metta World Peace

Ron Artest joined Pardon the Interruption Wednesday and explained why he wants to change his name to Metta World Peace.

I can’t wait until the NBA starts selling World Peace jerseys.

 

Universal Sports Network Coming To DirecTV In August

Universal Sports Network and DirecTV announced a multi-year, multi-platform distribution agreement Wednesday.

Under the terms of the deal, Universal Sports Network will launch on a free preview basis to all DirecTV customers in early August before moving to the Sports Pack and other select packages on Oct. 1. DirecTV customers will also have access to Universal Sports’ programming on the Internet, mobile devices and tablets in the near future. Read more

Heat-Mavs Game 5 Earns 12.6 Overnight Rating

Game 5 of the NBA Finals on ABC between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks earned a 12.6 overnight rating.

Those numbers are down slightly from last year’s Game 5 between Boston and Los Angeles, which earned a 12.8 overnight rating. It still ranks as the second-highest rated Game 5 in the last seven years.

Thursday’s broadcast peaked with a 16.3 rating from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET. Read more

Exclusive: The Ecstasy Of Defeat Cover Revealed

First on SportsNewser: The Onion is releasing The Ecstasy of Defeat this October and SportsNewser has an exclusive first-look at the finalized cover. Published by Hyperion, the book is a collection of the most memorable Onion sports articles, from the classics to recent news stories such as, “Andy Pettitte Retires To Inject HGH Without Being Harassed About It,” as well as “‘And Now For a Thrilling Tennis Season,’ Nobody In Nation Says.”

 

 

Boston Sports Blogapalooza III set for June 25

West End Johnnie’s will be the site of Boston Sports Blogapalooza III on Saturday, June 25. The bar near the TD Garden will offer Hub-area bloggers the opportunity to network with other writers who don’t in fact live in their parents’ basement.

Here’s the link for further information.

Philly columnist: Media should shut up about booing fans

Are you someone who boos a lot at sporting events? Do you boo when your favorite team has the audacity to fall behind in the first inning? Or when a future Hall of Famer goes into a prolonged slump? If so, that’s all well and good according to Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez, who takes exception to columnists and TV announcers who chastise fans for booing at questionable times.

“Many media types I know hold the fans in contempt. It’s sad when, say, a cheese-heavy local baseball blogger thinks he knows it all but fails to see himself for what he is: a glorified stenographer with a bloated ego and a sweet gig. It’s the misguided elitism that rankles. Reporters don’t consume sports the same way fans do, and few of them have made much of an effort to understand your perspective….Boo whomever you like. Or don’t. It’s up to you. Just don’t let anyone dictate the terms of your passion. They aren’t you, and they shouldn’t pretend that they always know what’s right.”

Passively accepting the commentary of, say, Bob Costas is for lemmings from the Midwest, Gonzalez says.

“Context is important. Let’s not forget where all this supposedly unsavory conduct occurs. We don’t live in St. Paul, Minn., or St. Louis. The fans there are Stepford automatons, blinking and cheering and slobbering on cue. It’s frightening. Many of the people (in Philadelphia) take pride in being the opposite of the typical mindless water-and-sprout mutants filling seats in stadiums across the country. Philadelphians have long seen themselves as open, honest brokers – fans who will tell you exactly what they’re thinking instead of what you might want to hear.”

So in conclusion: Philadelphia fans can tell you what they’re thinking (even when you don’t want to hear it), but Philadelphia announcers cannot.

– Photo Los Angeles Times

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