Author: keithsmj

Few Changes to Week 15 NFL Schedule

NBC has decided not to flex a game into the Sunday Night Football prime time slot for week 15 of the NFL season and will retain its original match-up between the Bengals and Steelers.

The NFL did move the start time of the Saints/Rams and Cardinals/Titans to the late Sunday afternoon slot on Fox.

Here is the revamped week 15 NFL schedule (All times local):

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 (WEEK 15)

SAN DIEGO AT DENVER 6:25 PM (MT) NFLN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

WASHINGTON AT ATLANTA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
CHICAGO AT CLEVELAND 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
HOUSTON AT INDIANAPOLIS 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
BUFFALO AT JACKSONVILLE 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
NEW ENGLAND AT MIAMI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
PHILADELPHIA AT MINNESOTA 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
SEATTLE AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
SAN FRANCISCO AT TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
NEW YORK JETS AT CAROLINA 4:05 PM (ET) CBS
KANSAS CITY AT OAKLAND 1:05 PM (PT) CBS
GREEN BAY AT DALLAS 3:25 PM (CT) FOX
*NEW ORLEANS AT ST. LOUIS 3:25 PM (CT) FOX
*ARIZONA AT TENNESSEE 3:25 PM (CT) FOX
CINCINNATI AT PITTSBURGH 8:30 PM (ET) NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

BALTIMORE AT DETROIT 8:40 PM (ET) ESPN

College Football This Week on ESPN

Here is this week’s college football schedule, along with announcer assignments, on the networks of ESPN:

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS and ESPN Radio Schedule
Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentator Network
 
Thu, Nov 28 4 p.m. Turkey Day Classic: Stillman at Alabama State

Mark Neely & Jay Walker
ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State

Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Maria Taylor
ESPN
Fri, Nov 29 noon Iowa at Nebraska

Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
ABC
SMU at Houston

Anish Shroff & Kelly Stouffer
ESPN2
Toledo at Akron

Michael Reghi & Jerod Cherry
ESPN3
1 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Ball State

Frank Giardina & Mark Herrman
ESPN3
1:30 p.m. Bowling Green at Buffalo

Eamon McAnaney, Anthony Becht & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
2 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan

Mike Couzens & Bob Chmeil
ESPN3
Massachusetts at Ohio

John Sanders & Dustin Fox
ESPN3
Texas State at Troy

Brock Bowling & Warrick Dunn
ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at Pittsburgh

Dave Lamont, David Diaz-Infante & Niki Noto
ABC
8 p.m. South Florida at No. 19 UCF

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
ESPN
Sat, Nov 30 Noon No. 3 Ohio State at Michigan

Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
ABC
No. 2 Florida State at Florida

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
ESPN & ESPN Radio
No. 24 Duke at North Carolina

Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
Rutgers at Connecticut

Marc Kestecher & Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
Temple at Memphis

Mark Neely & Ray Bentley
ESPNEWS
12:21 p.m. Wake Forest at Vanderbilt

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN3 * & SEC TV
12:30 p.m. Maryland at NC State ESPN3 * & ACC Network
2 p.m. Air Force at Colorado State

Paul Leoffler & Peter Vaas
ESPN3
South Alabama at Georgia State

Ryan Rose & Mark Herrman
ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Georgia at Georgia Tech

Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
ABC
Penn State at No. 15 Wisconsin

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN
No. 9 Baylor at TCU

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Kaylee Hartung
ESPN2
Virginia Tech at Virginia

Tom Hart & John Congemi
ESPNU
Boston College at Syracuse ESPN3 * & RSN
Idaho at New Mexico State ESPN3 *
4 p.m. Arkansas State at Western Kentucky

Dan Gutowsky & Forest Conoly
ESPN3
7 p.m. No. 6 Clemson at No. 10 South Carolina

Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Jessica Mendoza
ESPN2
Tennessee at Kentucky

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport
ESPNU
Louisiana-Monroe at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN3 *
7:45 p.m. No. 21 Texas A&M at No. 5 Missouri

Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
ESPN
8 p.m. No. 22 UCLA at No. 23 USC

Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake
ABC & ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. New Mexico at Boise State

Allen Bestwick & Mike Bellotti
ESPN2
10:30 p.m. San Diego State at UNLV

Joe Davis & Dan Hawkins
ESPNU

Week 13 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 13 NFL schedule, along with the announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, NOV. 28
GAME TIME/SCORE TV LOCATION/TICKETS
Green Bay at Detroit 12:30 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver, Erin Andrews
Oakland at Dallas 4:30 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Pittsburgh at Baltimore 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
SUNDAY, DEC. 01
GAME TIME/SCORE TV LOCATION/TICKETS
Tennessee at Indianapolis 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein
Jacksonville at Cleveland 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Tampa Bay at Carolina 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Chicago at Minnesota 1:00 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
New England at Houston 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Arizona at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Miami at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Atlanta at Buffalo 4:05 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
St. Louis at San Francisco 4:05 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Molly McGrath
Cincinnati at San Diego 4:25 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Denver at Kansas City 4:25 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
N.Y. Giants at Washington 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, DEC. 02
GAME TIME/SCORE TV LOCATION/TICKETS
New Orleans at Seattle 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

NBC Flexes Panthers/Saints for Week 14

The NFL has announced that the NFC South match-up between the Panthers and Saints during week 14 will be flexed to Sunday Night Football on NBC.  The original game between the Falcons and Packers will shift to 1:00pm ET on Fox.

Here is the revamped week 14 NFL schedule (all times are local)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 (WEEK 14)

HOUSTON AT JACKSONVILLE 8:25 PM (ET) NFLN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

MINNESOTA AT BALTIMORE 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
INDIANAPOLIS AT CINCINNATI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
CLEVELAND AT NEW ENGLAND 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
OAKLAND AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
DETROIT AT PHILADELPHIA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
MIAMI AT PITTSBURGH 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
BUFFALO AT TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
KANSAS CITY AT WASHINGTON 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
*ATLANTA AT GREEN BAY 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
TENNESSEE AT DENVER 2:05 PM (MT) CBS
ST. LOUIS AT ARIZONA 2:25 PM (MT) FOX
NEW YORK GIANTS AT SAN DIEGO 1:25 PM (PT) FOX
SEATTLE AT SAN FRANCISCO 1:25 PM (PT) FOX
*CAROLINA AT NEW ORLEANS 7:30 PM (CT) NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

DALLAS AT CHICAGO 7:40 PM (CT) ESPN

Big Ratings Numbers for Broncos/Pats on NBC

From NBC PR:

Last night’s NBC Sunday Night Football thriller featuring Tom Bradyleading the New England Patriots to a team-record setting 34-31 overtime win against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in “Manning-Brady XIV” – the 14th meeting between the future Hall of Fame quarterbacks – posted a 17.0 overnight rating and 28 share (8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET) marking the best primetime overnight for a November game in 17 years and a 26% increase over last season’s Week 12 SNF game (13.5 for Green Bay-New York Giants).

The Patriots’ epic comeback victory – they trailed 24-0 at halftime – kept viewers tuned in late, as the SNF overnight rating peaked from 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET at 17.9/34 (full half-hour rating chart below).  In addition, SNF more than doubled the overnight rating of primetime’s second-ranked entertainment show for the night – the American Music Awards (8.2/12 on ABC)

Coupled with last week’s 16.6/27 overnight for Kansas City-Denver, NBC’s back-to-back SNF contests are the firstconsecutive primetime games (not including NFL Kickoff games) since ‘96 in which a network posted overnight ratings of 16.6 or higher.

Brady passed for 344 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots posted the largest come-from-behind victory in club history after trailing 24-0 in the first half.  Brady led New England (now 8-3) to 31 consecutive second-half points to take a 31-24 fourth-quarter lead before Manning capped a 10-play, 80-yard Denver scoring drive with a game-tying 11-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas with 3:06 left in regulation. Denver (9-2) and New England each had two possessions in overtime before Stephen Gostkowski kicked the 31-yard game-winning field goal with 1:56 remaining.

The previous best November primetime NFL overnight was an 18.0/29 for Pittsburgh-Miami on ABC on November 25, 1996, as Kordell Stewart rushed for a touchdown and Mike Tomczak threw a TD pass to lead the first-place Steelers to a 24-17 come-from-behind win over Dan Marino (254 passing yards & 1 TD) and the Dolphins.  The week prior, on November 18, 1996, the defending Super Bowl-champion Dallas Cowboys’ 21-6 win over Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers on ABC posted a 21.5/32 overnight.

The Patriots’ memorable Sunday Night Football victory is the fifth-highest Sunday overnight in the eight-year history of NBC’s primetime package (excluding “NFL Kickoff” games) and ranks second this season behind the 17.3 for Manning’s return to Indianapolis on October 20.

Following are NBC’s highest overnight ratings for a Sunday regular-season game since the debut of Sunday Night Footballin 2006:

Game, Date Overnight Highlights
Dallas-Wash., 12/30/12 18.3 Rookie Robert Griffin III leads Redskins to NFC East title with 28-18 victory in “win-and-in” Week 17 matchup. Game posted highest regular-season primetime overnight on any network in 15 years.
Pittsburgh-Denver, 9/9/12 18.0 Peyton Manning debuts with a new team (Denver) after missing ’11 season with neck injury, and throws his 400th career TD pass in Broncos’ come-from-behind 31-19 victory.
Denver-Indy, 10/20/13 17.3 QB Andrew Luck accounts for 4 TDs to lead Colts to a 39-33 win over Broncos in Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis.
Dallas-NY Giants, 1/1/12 17.1 Eli Manning passes for 346 yards and 3 TDs to lead Giants to NFC East title with 31-14 victory in “win-and-in” Week 17 matchup.
Denver-N.E., 11/24/13 17.0 In “Manning-Brady XIV,” Tom Brady passes for 344 yards & 3 TDs to lead Patriots to victory after trailing 24-0 against Peyton Manning and Broncos.

 

In the Adults 18-49 demographic, Sunday Night Football easily won the night posting a 10.4 rating (in the 25 markets used to calculate the overnight demo) – 108% better than the top entertainment show in the demo (5.0 for American Music Awards).

Following is a look at the ratings by half hour.

Half Hours (all times ET) HH Rating/Share
8:30p 16.6/25
9p 17.8/26
9:30p 17.3/25
10p 15.4/24
10:30p 16.0/26
11p 17.2/30
11:30p 17.9/34
12a 17.6/37

Top 10 Metered Markets:

1. Denver, 48.2/71
2. Boston, 37.3/59
3. Providence, 30.2/46
4. Albuquerque, 24.5/36
5. Indianapolis, 24.2/40
6. New Orleans, 23.6/34
7. Las Vegas, 22.8/35
8. Seattle, 21.9/34
9. Sacramento, 21.6/33
10. San Diego, 21.3/35

College Basketball This Week on ESPN

Here is this week’s college basketball schedule, along with announcer assignments, on the networks of ESPN

Thu, Nov 21 10:30 a.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Quarterfinal: Charlotte vs. Kansas State (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU
  12:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Quarterfinal: Northeastern vs. Georgetown (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU
  Charleston Classic: Quarterfinal: Nebraska vs. UMass (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPN3
  3 p.m. Charleston Classic: Quarterfinal: UAB vs. No. 19 New Mexico (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  5 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Quarterfinal: Long Beach State vs. No. 14 Michigan (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPN2
  5 p.m. Charleston Classic: Quarterfinal: Georgia vs. Davidson (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPNU
  7 p.m. 2K Sports Classic: Semifinal: No. 18 Connecticut vs. Boston College (New York City)
John Saunders, Fran Fraschilla & Jeff Goodman
ESPN2
  Citadel at Wake Forest
Dave Weekley & Stan Lewter
ESPN3
  UCF at Miami (Fla.) ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Quarterfinal: Florida State vs. No. 10 VCU (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Charleston Classic: Quarterfinal: Temple vs. Clemson (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPN3
  Bowling Green at No. 12 Wisconsin
BJ Schaben & Rich Zvosec
ESPN3
  Howard at Houston
Brett Dolan & Reid Gettys
ESPN3
  9 p.m. 2K Sports Classic: Semifinal: Indiana vs. Washington (New York City)
John Saunder, Fran Fraschilla & Jeff Goodman
ESPN2
Fri, Nov 22 Noon Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Consolation: TBD (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU or ESPN3
  Charleston Classic: Consolation: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPNU or ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Semifinal: TBD (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN2 or ESPNU
  Charleston Classic: Semifinal: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPN2 or ESPNU
  5 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Semifinal: TBD (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPN2 or ESPNU
  2K Sports Classic: 3rd Place: TBD (New York City)
John Saunders & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2 or ESPNU
  7 p.m. 2K Sports Classic: Championship: TBD (New York City)
John Saunders, Fran Fraschilla & Jeff Goodman
ESPN2
  Charleston Classic: Consolation: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPN3
  Stetson at UCF
Kevin Corke & Mike Wise
ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Consolation: TBD (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPNU
  9 p.m. Santa Clara at Notre Dame
Mike Couzens & Darrin Horn
ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Charleston Classic: Semifinal: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPNU
Sat, Nov 23 Noon Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic: Semifinal: No. 24 North Carolina vs. Richmond (Uncasville, Conn.)
Doug Sherman & Malcolm Huckabay
ESPN3
  2 p.m. Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic: Semifinal: No. 3 Louisville vs. Fairfield (Uncasville, Conn.)
Doug Sherman & Malcolm Huckabay
ESPN3
  William & Mary at Rutgers
Jonathan Yardley & John Celestand
ESPN3
  4 p.m. Liberty at Virginia
Booker Corrigan & Cory Alexander
ESPN3
  7 p.m. Ave Maria at Florida Gulf Coast ESPN3
Sun, Nov 24 11:30 a.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: 7th Place: TBD (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN3
  Noon Charleston Classic: 3rd Place: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  1 p.m. Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic: Championship: TBD (Uncasville, Conn.)
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Andy Katz
ESPN
  2 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: 5th Place: TBD (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU
  Army at Notre Dame
Mike Couzens & Sean Harrington
ESPN3
  North Carolina A&T at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Charleston Classic: 7th Place: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPN3
  Arkansas Pine-Bluff at SMU
Brett Dolan & Stephen Howard
ESPN3
  3 p.m. Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic: 3rdPlace: TBD (Uncasville, Conn.)
Doug Sherman & Malcolm Huckabay
ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: 3rd Place: TBD (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPN2
  Harvard at Colorado
Rich Cellini & Miles Simon
ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Championship: TBD (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPN2
  Vermont at No. 6 Duke
Tom Hart & Adrian Branch
ESPNU
  Charleston Classic: 5th Place: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPN3
  9 p.m. Charleston Classic: Championship: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPN2

Sports Media Weekly No. 173- Brian Berger, Sports Business Radio

It’s been an interesting sports media week and we have it covered on Sports Media Weekly.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for the program this week is Brian Berger of Sports Business Radio.

We begin the program looking at the appearance late this afternoon of Alex Rodriguez on the Mike Francesa radio program on WFAN in New York.  Rodriguez sought the sympathetic ear of Francesa after storming out of his hearing today with an arbitrator over his 211 game suspension issued by Major League Baseball earlier this year.  Brian, who also works as a media consultant for athletes, chimes in on whether Rodriguez’ strategy will pay off for him in the court of public opinion.

Over to the the NFL next and Ken’s piece on Awful Announcing on the flex options that await the league’s media partners when the new television contracts take effect next year.

We then move to the news that CBS NFL game analyst Dan Dierdorf will be retiring at the end of the current NFL season after 30 years televising games for CBS and ABC.

College basketball may be seeing quite the change in coverage at the NCAA Final Four beginning next year as Turner Sports takes over televising the national semi-final games.  John Ourand at Sports Business Journal  has the details.

We wrap the news segment by looking at the news by NBC that Bob Costas will be adding late night hosting duties to his primetime gig at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Week 12 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 12 NFL schedule, along with announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, NOV. 21
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
New Orleans at Atlanta 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, NOV. 24
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Tampa Bay at Detroit 1:00 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Minnesota at Green Bay 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
Jacksonville at Houston 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein
N.Y. Jets at Baltimore 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
San Diego at Kansas City 1:00 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Chicago at St. Louis 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Carolina at Miami 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Indianapolis at Arizona 4:05 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Tennessee at Oakland 4:05 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Dallas at N.Y. Giants 4:25 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Denver at New England 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, NOV. 25
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
San Francisco at Washington 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

Dan Dierdorf to Retire at the End of NFL Season

CBS Sports announced today that NFL game analyst Dan Dierdorf will be retiring from broadcasting at the end of the current NFL season.

Dierdorf spent 13 years as a Hall-of-Fame offensive lineman in the NFL.  After his retirement Dierdorf spent 30 years as a game analyst for both CBS and ABC.

“I have been blessed to spend my entire life in the game I love,” said Dierdorf.  “I had an opportunity to go from the field directly to the broadcast booth where I have had the privilege of working with the giants of our business including Ray Scott, Lindsey Nelson, Jack Buck, Dick Stockton, Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Verne Lundquist, Dick Enberg and lastly, my partner, Greg Gumbel. It has become a challenge for me to travel to a different NFL city every week, so it’s time to step aside. This has been a wonderful ride as I really have lived the dream.”

“For 43 NFL seasons Dan Dierdorf has been a consummate professional both on the field and in the broadcast booth,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. “Very few people in any profession can boast a Hall of Fame playing career and Hall of Fame broadcasting career.  Dan, without question, is one of them.  His CBS Sports family will miss him on Sundays, but we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Costas to Host Primetime and Late Night Sochi Olympics Coverage

It looks like NBC will be asking more from its biggest sports personality for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.  Today the network announced that Bob Costas will host both the network’s primetime and late night coverage of the Winter Games this February.

Costas will be serving as primetime host for the 10th time in Sochi.  He recently served as host of both primetime and late night telecasts in 2000.

“With unmatched experience in the host chair, Bob’s historical perspective and expertise will serve as a foundation for our Sochi coverage both in primetime and late night,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer of NBC Olympics. “There is no one better than Bob to lead us in telling the stories of the athletes and competition that captivate fans around the world.”

“The Olympics are a unique television event,” Costas said. “They involve classic sports coverage, of course, but also many elements of storytelling and travelogue aspects that are not part of the usual sports broadcast. They are a three-week miniseries which, if done well, should bring viewers not only compelling athletic performances, but a sense of the host city and country, and an appreciation of what is a truly global gathering.”