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Bob Costas Opens Up On Conflicts With NBC Over Commentaries

“On HBO, I pretty much was in control of what I said. On NBC, I had to insert a lot of it parenthetically where you pick your spots.”

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Bob Costas spent the vast majority of his broadcasting career at NBC and a few years after his departure from the network, Costas has reflected on the relationship that soured.

Speaking with Graham Bensinger as part of In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Costas talked about his relationship with NBC Sports boss Dick Ebersol.

“I didn’t always in any given moment like Dick Ebersol because he’s a strong-willed person, and I have some thoughts of my own and I’m not a cookie-cutter broadcaster,” Costas said. “But there was never a time that I didn’t admire, respect and, in some sense, love him.”

Costas added he had a different relationship with Ebersol than a lot of his other NBC colleagues because of the fact that he was one of the only few that would really challenge Ebersol.

Eventually, Costas began doing work for HBO in addition to his NBC duties. Costas talked about the differences in the freedom he had to express himself.

“On HBO, I pretty much was in control of what I said. On NBC, I had to insert a lot of it parenthetically where you pick your spots,” he said. “HBO is a performer’s paradise. Always has been completely supportive.”

A 2012 NBC Sports Network panel that Costas hosted focused heavily on the link between football players and CTE. That started putting Costas at odds with the network, which remains a big broadcast partner with the league. Costas said eventually the writing on the wall became clear.

“It got to a passive aggressive place, where I think maybe both parties couldn’t see the forest through the trees. And I think that they began to view me as much more of an annoyance than an asset,” he said. “I knew that if I left, that I could go to places where I would be able to do what I wanted to do at that point.”

Later, an ESPN piece originally meant to be a retrospective on Costas’s long career behind the microphone turned into a showdown between Costas and NBC, ultimately leading to Costas quietly departing the network.

“The way that it was presented, at least from their perspective, was I was the hero in the story and they were the villains,” he said. “I never felt that way.”

Costas admitted he wished there would have been some sort of formal goodbye on the air and that things would’ve ended a bit differently with NBC. But he did say he remains open to doing business with the network again in the future and isn’t ruling anything out.

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Al Michaels: Condensed Prep Time For Thursday Night Football ‘A Downside’

“It’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us.”

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There were bound to be unexpected hiccups and unintended consequences as Al Michaels moved to Thursday Night Football with Amazon Prime Video.

He told The Boston Globe Thursday that one of the downsides of the week’s schedule is less prep time with the teams playing in the game.

“When we go to see the teams, it’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us,” Michaels said. “And all the time I’ve been doing this, I’ve built some great relationships with coaches and players and GMs and owners and you name it, and I don’t get that much time to spend with them anymore. That’s a downside part of it for me. Some of the best stories you get come from those relationships.”

Michaels has raised eyebrows this season while not being shy about his disdain for some poor matchups early in the schedule. However, he now understands that there are quality games as the season approaches its close.

“The schedule was a little leaky with the Carolina-Atlanta game and a couple of other games that we’ve had, but now we’re positioned for a nice run down the stretch,” said Michaels.

The 78-year-old was also asked how he remains energetic and passionate for the job he’s held for so long.

The games are exciting. I love sports. You don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s no script. And unscripted television is the greatest.”

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Jimmy Pitaro: Reaching Younger Audience A Priority for ESPN

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience. As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

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Many in the media industry have voice concern that millennials and Gen Z aren’t consuming traditional media outlets like previous generations. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said it’s a priority for the network.

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience,” Pitaro said, quoted by Morning Consult sports business reporter Mark J. Burns. “As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

Pitaro made the comments at Sports Business Journal’s Media Innovators conference Wednesday. It is a continuation of comments he has made in recent years.

In 2018, Pitaro said at ESPN’s upfront “I think we are doing a fantastic job serving the sports fanatic,” said Pitaro. “What about the casual sports customer? Are we doing all we can to serve him or her?”.

In 2019, Pitaro said it was “all hands on deck” to reach a younger audience and women. “We have to be open and go to where our customers are,” he said in regards to reaching younger viewers on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

Earlier this year, Pitaro added that ESPN won’t be leaving linear television anytime soon.

“What I will tell you is that as I sit here right now, that business is still incredible,” Pitaro said. “We serve the sports fan anyway and at any time. I know there are a lot of people that still want ESPN in that traditional ecosystem.”

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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