February 9th, 2017 at 2:18 PM ^

I don't care for Costas either, but it has nothing to do with that one time he mentioned that we have a gun culture. It's because he works too hard to build the drama for every single moment of a sporting event.


February 9th, 2017 at 1:05 PM ^

I really liked Costas and I'll miss him.  He will always be the voice of the Olympics to me.  That being said Tirico has always been one of my favorite broadcasters so hard to be too upset!  

Here's hoping they keep Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski around.


February 9th, 2017 at 2:20 PM ^

As an older person (DOB: 1961), Jim McKay will always be the voice/face of the Olympic Games to me: Sapporo '72, Munich '72, Innsbruck '76, Montreal '76 are the most memorable ones for me.

Having said that, I do really like Mike Tirico as a sportscaster & sports journalist, and I expect he'll be great as the new anchor for NBC's Olympic Games coverage.

UM Fan from Sydney

February 9th, 2017 at 1:35 PM ^

Yeesh. The 2018 Olympics are in South Korea. That will suck for the viewers in the states. Nothing will be live during the days here.


Also, Mike had to have known he'd become the main Olympics anchor upon agreeing to go to NBC. I'm happy for him. The guy likely got a big pay increase.


February 9th, 2017 at 5:23 PM ^

And regardless of the host for NBC's coverage.

Unless .....

  • Ice Swimming - where athletes must swim through surface ice of varying thickness with the option of attaching a mini ice-breaker device to the top of their caps.
  • Ice Gymnastics - which is identical to the gymnastics events of the Summer Games but with that added twist that all aperatuses (as well as the floor surface for the floor routines) are covered with a thin sheet of ice.

I'd watch that.


February 9th, 2017 at 2:13 PM ^

The tape delay issue used to be much larger when NBC broadcast everything through the main channel and didn't offer alternatives. But now they go full-press with affiliate networks and there are live sports all over the dial. Plus high-quality streams with good announcer teams available online for sports like gymnastics that NBC likes to "dramatize" and refine for television.

NBC has comprehensively fixed previous objections to coverage and freely offers streams without blackouts that attempt to preserve their ratings. I actually think they've done a great job, which is saying something with the way I used to slaughter their coverage.


February 9th, 2017 at 2:18 PM ^

I'll always remember him for the pink eye. My friend had a funny theory that Costas was into face sitting and got the pink eye from a Russian stripper.


February 9th, 2017 at 2:47 PM ^

My favorite Costas Olympic line was in 96/Atlanta when he said of the marathon event,

"KENYANS ....all of them everywhere!"

Have to think before Tirico left espnsucks that this was part of the NBC deal to land him

CRISPed in the DIAG

February 9th, 2017 at 3:49 PM ^

Wow. Didn't realize there was such dislike for Costas around here. 

Slightly OTOT, but did anyone see Costas go off on the XFL in the new 30 for 30? Good stuff. Especially the clips of the his interview with Vince McMahon (who also wants to kick Bob's ass, apparently).