daniel anderson400 Posted February 11, 2017 Report Share Posted February 11, 2017 9 hours ago, Quaker2001 said: I'm 38 years old, so just about anyone younger than me will have little to no memory of a Summer Olympics not hosted by Bob Costas. He's as iconic in that role, if not moreso, than Jim McKay once was. But Costas is hardly universally well-received. He has plenty of detractors (a lot of that goes towards overall feelings of NBC's coverage). And considering what NBC is now up against - 3 straight Asian Olympics, the full slate of cable coverage and everything else they have to deal with now that they didn't years ago - makes this a good time for a change. It was said many times after Rio that those Olympics may have represented a paradigm shift where it's not all about primetime and NBC really needs to embrace the rest of their assets in order to make the Olympics succeed. The run-up to Rio (which may or may not have been hurt by all the political coverage) earned NBC a good deal of money, but it didn't show in the ratings, and that's a problem going forward. Like Durban, I have every confidence in Tirico to take over the reigns from Costas. I think he'll do an excellent job going forward (and there are potentially 8 Olympics already in front of him, so there's a decent amount of job security here) as he is a solid host and maybe can move away a little from some of the snark that has defined Costas, but also has made him somewhat polarizing. Also, this ties into what happens with Sunday Night Football. It wouldn't surprise me if Al Michaels retires after the next Super Bowl(which NBC has), and that Tirico replaces him too. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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