Mike Tirico

Why we miss Bob Costas at the Winter Olympics

Hello, 911? I'd like to report a missing person.<p>Last name C-O-S-T-A-S. Short, extremely white male. Dark hair, pink eyes. Brilliant sportscaster with a boyish demeanor.<p>How long has he been missing? Ever since these Olympics began. I don't want to alarm you, ma'am, but a Winter Olympics without …

Dick Enberg

LOOK: Lindsey Vonn writes secret tributes on her gloves, helmet at the Olympics

Vonn's never short on motivation when she races, but in this instance, it's especially close to her heart<p>Lindsey Vonn is the most accomplished skier …

Skiing

Figure skater Adam Rippon declines opportunity to be Olympic correspondent for NBC

U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon has arguably been the breakout star of the 2018 Winter Olympics, enthralling viewers with his performances (even if …

Adam Rippon

Hero, harasser or both? Shaun White’s newly complex legacy

It was expected to be a coronation: snowboarder Shaun White, shredding the halfpipe in an epic performance that won him Olympic gold at Pyeongchang four years after a devastating loss in Sochi and just four months after a nasty fall during practice sent him to a hospital.<p>But as he basked in the …

Shaun White

French ice dancer undone by wardrobe malfunction on live TV

NEW YORK (AP) — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics:<p>WARDROBE MALFUNCTION: The Pyeongchang Olympics have had more wardrobe malfunctions than a Super Bowl halftime show, the latest on live television Sunday night when French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis' costume became …

Adam Rippon

US Olympic Figure Skating 2018: Reaction to America's Performance on Sunday

The American ice dance team of Maia and Alex Shibutani has plenty of pizzazz. The siblings have personality and are happy to do interviews that put their sport in a positive light.<p>However, on nights that they are performing, they are serious and their personalities don't always come through as …

Gymnastics

Evaluating NBC's Olympics Coverage at the Halfway Mark in PyeongChang

As he has done with this column at at multiple Olympics around the halfway point, NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus addressed some questions viewers …

Sports

How NBC Flubbed Its Coverage, Reported The Wrong Gold Medalist, Then Botched The Correction Of One Of The Most Stunning Upsets In Olympic History

GIF<p>When Ester Ledecká crossed the finish line of this morning’s run of the women’s Super-G a hundredth of a second ahead of reigning gold medalist …

Winter Olympics

Olympics Ratings Remain Low On Night Of Nathan Chen’s Historic Quad Display

A week into the PyeongChang Olympics and Team USA currently has nine medals and for a moment it looked like Nathan Chen was poised to add to that …

TV

Progress in diagnosis of concussions a huge deal

Sez Me …<p>The once-hopelessly outnumbered good guys finally are winning the revolutionary war that has been raging against brain injuries.<p>Imagine being …

La Jolla

Someone Asked Adam Rippon How He Skates So Well & His Response Was SO GOOD

After performing a must-watch men's short program that aired Thursday night and currently has him standing in seventh place, Adam Rippon is blaming …

Adam Rippon

Two networks reportedly want 'top choice' Peyton Manning, with one going all-out

Manning is apparently "reluctant" about joining the broadcast booth however<p>Everyone wants a piece of Peyton Manning, but he might not be willing to …

NFL

For Ian Eagle's Son Noah, Broadcasting Runs in His Blood

Tech & Media<p>Courtesy of CBS<p>The photo of the father greets the son each time the son sets foot inside the radio station. How large is the shadow?<p>When …

Syracuse Orange

The 5 Things That Make an Olympics Broadcaster Great

The broadcasters providing play-by-play, analysis, and information during NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics have to accomplish a lot during …

Bode Miller

Inside the high-stakes, two-network pursuit of Peyton Manning

In an NFL offseason in which ESPN has already considered a total reboot of “Monday Night Football” and Fox added the Thursday night package for …

NFL

Mikaela Shiffrin Is a Sleepy Skiing Genius

U.S. winner Mikaela Shiffrin poses on the podium during the victory ceremony for the women’s Giant Slalom on Thursday at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre …

Mikaela Shiffrin

How much is Peyton Manning worth? ESPN and Fox reportedly want to find out.

Since Peyton Manning retired after the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl in 2016, he has stuck mostly to commercials, choosing to stay away from the TV booth at NFL games, the one place everyone thinks he’d be an instant success.<p>Now, with Jon Gruden leaving ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” to return …

NFL

Olympics Angle: Gay on Ice Edition

Dearly beloved.Robert Cianflone/Getty Images <b>The joy of Rippon</b>: Gay former skater Chris Schleicher never felt comfortable coming out of the closet …

Winter Olympics

Olympics Audience Shrinks, but NBC Touts Win

The verdict is in for the first week of the Winter Olympics: Viewership is down. That isn’t stopping NBC from claiming gold.<p>So far, the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are averaging 22.6 million prime-time viewers a night through Thursday, down 7% from the first week of the 2014 Winter Olympics …

Business

NBC says it’s pleased with Olympic TV ratings

This is admittedly anecdotal and I’ll listen to arguments that I’m off on this. But it felt to me like the Olympics got off to somewhat of a slow …

Winter Olympics

Working In These Times is dedicated to providing independent and incisive coverage of the labor movement and struggles for workers' rights.

5 Ways the Olympics Are Undermining Democracy and Exploiting Workers<p>Fireworks go off during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter …

Liberal View

Bode Miller apologizes for linking an Olympic skier’s struggles to her marriage

In the midst of the men’s downhill Alpine skiing event Thursday at the Olympics, Bode Miller wound up apologizing to NBC viewers for something he said during the first run of the women’s giant slalom earlier in the day. The six-time medal winner, in his first stint as an announcer at the Games, had …

Bode Miller

If You're Obsessed With Mirai Nagasu, These Skating Videos Will Make You Cry Happy Tears

U.S. figure skater Mirai Nagasu made history with her triple axel at the 2018 Winter Olympics, but every time she hits the ice, her routines are …

Adam Rippon

Mikaela Shiffrin Finally Makes 2018 Olympics Debut; NBC Rues Florida School Shooting

Somewhat unintentionally laying on the hype like P.T. Barnum or a 1990s hip hop sideman, NBC tonight finally got to have Mikaela Shiffrin make her …

Winter Olympics

ESPN's Dave Pasch confirms working with Bill Walton is as insane as you thought it was

If you’re watching a Pac-12 broadcast on ESPN — or, like Wednesday night, an NBA game — you’re tuning in to see what spontaneous, wacky or colorful thing Hall of Famer Bill Walton will say or do on the air.<p>Dave Pasch, his Pac-12 partner on the air for six years, is in the same boat. About 99 …

Sports

Missing Bob Costas at the Olympics? You’re not alone

When the Olympic Games began last week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, some viewers in the United States were crestfallen.<p>That’s because Bob Costas, 65, …

Why Does Mike Tirico Exist?

Mike TiricoPhoto illustration by Slate. Photos by Maarten de Boer/NBC/NBC via Getty Images and Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images. When …

Adam Rippon

NBC's Miller sorry for suggesting marriage is bad for skiers

NEW YORK (AP) — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics:<p>HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY: NBC ski analyst Bode Miller apologized after suggesting that matrimony is hazardous to your career, at least if you're a female skier. During slalom coverage, partner Dan Hicks brought up a knee injury …

Bode Miller

DONALD TRUMP JR. GONNA NEED TO SHUT HIS DEFORMED FACE ABOUT AMERICA’S SWEETHEART ADAM RIPPON

MO. THER. FUCKER.<p>Of all the people in the whole entire wide world who have THE RIGHT to open their mouths about Adam Rippon, America’s favorite …

Liberal View

Jim Nantz's ridiculous backyard, Larry Fitzgerald's controversial handicap, and Kelly Rohrbach's only flaw

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we can sympathize with Larry Fitzgerald. On the golf course, at least. Last year, I came under a bit of fire for winning my annual golf trip, the HGGA Championship, in dominant fashion like Fitz -- Can I call you Fitz, Larry? I feel like we’re …

Golf