Posts Tagged ‘NBC’

MARK SPITZ: NOT BITTER AFTER ALL

August 16, 2008

MARK SPITZ

As it turns out, former Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz is not the bitter-old-man caricature that he has been portrayed as by bloggers.

American swimmer Michael Phelps’ tied Spitz’s Olympic record of seven gold medals Friday with a miracle win in the 100 meter butterfly.

Following the victory, NBC arranged a joint interview with Phelps, Spitz and studio host Bob Costas. In that interview, Spitz did not come across as bitter at all. He was gracious in his praise of Phelps.

Neil Best of Newsday (the best sports media critic in America) has a complete transcript of the interview on his blog today.

Phelps attempts to break Spitz’s record and win an Olympic record eighth gold medal later tonight.

OLYMPIC SWIMMER MICHAEL PHELPS BEING CALLED “SAVIOR” OF NBC

August 15, 2008

ACTUAL PHOTO OF MICHAEL PHELPS THAT APPEARED IN TODAY’S NEW YORK POST

Not only has American swimmer Michael Phelps dominated the Olympics, but now he’s being given credit for single-handedly saving an entire television network.

According to today’s New York Post, before the tv ratings and ad revenues were released for this year’s Olympics, General Electric, the parent company for NBC tv, was said to be planning to sell the fourth rated television network. Now, in light of record ratings and over a billion dollars in Olympic ad revenues, NBC has been saved.

Experts consider Phelps the sole reason for NBC’s turnaround. Viewers that have turned in to watch Phelps are the sole reason this Olympics has outdrawn the 2004 games in Athens. Although Super Bowls are still the biggest single day events in television, this year’s Olympics have sustained monster ratings over an entire week. So far 168 million Americans have watched at least part of the Olympics on NBC. That doesn’t even count the viewers on NBC’s sister stations (CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network and Oxygen.) Every time Phelps has raced between 24-33 million Americans have been watching.

Advertising are flooding NBC looking to get on the Phelps/Olympics bandwagon. So much so that NBC’s sales have increased across the board for the entire network. No wonder today’s Post article called Phelps a “savior.”

NBC HIRES LUKE RUSSERT

August 1, 2008

LUKE RUSSERT

NBC news has hired the late Tim Russert’s son to cover the Democratic and Republican conventions. The 22-year-old recently graduated from Boston College.

Luke Russert formerly hosted a sports talk show on XM satellite radio with political expert James Carvell.