Robert Quinlan Bob Costas is an American sportscaster, on the air for NBC Sports television since the early 1980s. He was the prime-time host of twelve Olympic Games, from 1992 until 2016, Costas currently does play-by-play for MLB Network, hosts an interview show called Studio 42 with Bob Costas and serves as alternate play-by-play announcer for Notre Dame Football on NBC. Costas was born in Queens, New York City, and grew up in Commack and he is the son of Jayne, of Irish descent, and John George Costas, an Electrical Engineer of Greek descent. His fathers family ancestry can be traced back to the island of Kalymnos in the Aegean Sea in Greece and he graduated from Commack High School South and attended Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. In 1973, he began his career at WSYR TV and Radio in Syracuse. After graduating in 1974, he joined KMOX Radio in St. Louis, in 2001, Syracuse University honored Costas with the George Arents Award, SU’s highest alumni honor, for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting. In 2013, the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications honored him with the first Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media. At age 22, he went to KMOX, calling play-by-play for the Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association in 1974, Later he would call Missouri Tigers basketball and co-host KMOXs Open Line call-in program. He was a prominent contributor to the ABA book Loose Balls, The Short and he is extensively quoted on many topics. The book includes his reflections of ABA life during his tenure as radio voice of the Spirits of St. Louis, Costas later did play-by-play for Chicago Bulls broadcasts on WGN-TV during the 1979–1980 NBA season. He was also employed by CBS Sports as a regional CBS NFL and CBS NBA announcer from 1976 to 1979, after which he moved to NBC. When Costas was hired by NBC, Don Ohlmeyer, who at the ran the networks sports division. Costas would recite this anecdote during an appearance on Late Night with Conan OBrien, Ohlmeyer based his reaction on Costass modest stature and boyish, baby-faced appearance. For many years, Costas hosted NBCs National Football League coverage and he also did play-by-play for National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball coverage. With the introduction of the NBC Sports Network, Costas also became the host of the new monthly interview program Costas Tonight. On March 30,2015, it was announced Costas would join forces with Marv Albert, Costas was added to serve as a special contributor for the event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He would narrate and write a feature on the history of boxing in New York City. He has also hosted NBCs coverage of the U. S. Open golf tournament, for baseball telecasts, he teamed with Sal Bando, Tony Kubek, and Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker
Other programming from outside producers – such as coverage of the Ironman Triathlon – is also presented on the network through NBC Sports. With Comcasts acquisition of NBCUniversal, its own sports networks were aligned with NBC Sports into a part of the division known as the NBC Sports Group. In 2000, NBC declined to renew its broadcast agreement with Major League Baseball, in 2002, it was additionally outbid by ESPN and ABC for the NBAs new broadcast contract, ending the leagues twelve-year run on NBC. During this era, NBC experimented with broadcasting emerging sports, in 2003, NBC obtained the broadcast rights and a minority interest in the Arena Football League. The network televised weekly games on a basis, as well as the entire playoffs. The deal lasted four years, after which the league and NBC parted ways, beginning with the 1999 Pennzoil 400, NBC began its foray into NASCAR. NBC, along with Fox, FX and TNT, obtained the broadcast rights of the top two series – the Winston Cup and Busch Series – in a deal, beginning in 2001. NBC televised the second half of the season and alternated coverage of the Daytona 500 with Fox, in December 2005, NBC announced that it would not renew its agreement with NASCAR. In 2001, NBC obtained the broadcast rights to horse racings Triple Crown in a five-year deal, in 2004, NBC reached a broadcast agreement with the National Hockey League. The revenue-sharing deal called for the two sides to split advertising revenue after the network recouped the expenses. NBC televised regular season games at first on Saturday afternoons before moving the telecast to Sundays, Saturday and Sunday afternoon playoff games, and up to five games of the Stanley Cup Final. Additionally in 2008, NBC broadcast the first Winter Classic, an outdoor NHL game played on New Years Day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the following years Winter Classic would become the most-watched regular season game in 34 years. In addition to regular season success, Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final was watched by an average of 8 million viewers. In January 2011, Comcast finalized its acquisition of a majority share in NBC Universal, as a result of the merger, the operations of Comcasts existing sports networks, such as Golf Channel and Versus, were merged into an entity known as the NBC Sports Group. NBC Sports senior vice president Mike McCarley additionally became Golf Channels new head, on July 3,2011, ESPN obtained the exclusive broadcast rights to Wimbledon in a 12-year deal, ending NBCs television relationship with The Championships after 42 years. On August 10,2011, NBC Sports also announced a new three-year broadcasting contract with Major League Soccer to produce games for the 2012 season on NBC and the NBC Sports Network. S. On October 15,2012, NBC Sports announced that it had acquired broadcast rights to the Formula One World Championship in a deal with the series. The majority of its coverage would air on NBCSN, while NBC would air the Monaco Grand Prix, Canadian Grand Prix, all races will also be streamed online and through the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app
Daniel Patrick Pugh, known professionally as Dan Patrick, is an American sportscaster, radio personality, and actor from Mason, Ohio. He hosts The Dan Patrick Show broadcast on radio on Premiere Radio Networks and he also co-hosts NBCs Football Night in America and serves as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He worked at ESPN for 18 years, where he anchored the weeknight. Patrick was born in Zanesville, Ohio, and was raised in Mason, Ohio, about 30 minutes north of Cincinnati, one of six children of Patricia Joann and John Ambrose Pugh. He was a player in high school at William Mason High School. He attended Eastern Kentucky University on a scholarship for two years before transferring to the University of Dayton, where he majored in broadcast journalism. Patrick is also an alumnus of the Eta Hexaton Chapter of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity at Dayton and his father Jack worked in the computer science department at UD until he died of cancer in 1981 when Dan was 25. Before working with ESPN, Dan Patrick was known by his name, Dan Pugh, as an on-air personality with the album rock-formatted WVUD and then, WTUE in Dayton. Patrick was then a reporter for CNN, where his assignments included the World Series, NBA Finals. Patrick was an anchor on ESPNs SportsCenter and he also hosted The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio from September 13,1999, to August 17,2007. In the mid-1990s, Dan and Keith Olbermann were among ESPNs most recognizable faces, Olbermann used the catch phrase Welcome to the Big Show when Patrick worked with him on SportsCenter. When Olbermann left, Patrick said, This isnt the Big Show anymore, Patrick stated on his radio program that the ABC sitcom Sports Night was a semi-fictional account of the Olbermann/Patrick anchored SportsCenter, with Casey McCall representing Patrick. Starting on March 19,2006, until the game of the NBA Finals, he became the host of ABCs then-titled NBA Nation. In 1994, when calling the highlights for a game in which Marv Albert described Sam Cassell as being on fire, Dan Patrick said he was el fuego, which he thought was Spanish for on fire. A few months later, he received a letter from a Spanish teacher in Pennsylvania suggesting that he say that athletes are en fuego rather than el fuego, since then, Patrick has used en fuego on certain occasions when a player is said to be on fire. Patrick started using the en fuego phrase because he believed the standard on fire phrase had become cliché and he said ESPN tried to talk him out of it. If there were any animosity, he says, I wouldnt be sticking around until August, Patrick remained off air from ESPN Radio until August 15 for his three farewell shows. He was originally reported to be returning for a final week, ESPNs statement released to the media said Patrick would be released from his contract August 31,2007, exactly one year early from his deal that was to run until August 31,2008
ESPN is a U. S. -based global cable and satellite sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc. a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation. ESPN broadcasts primarily from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut, the network also operates offices in Miami, New York City, Seattle, Charlotte, and Los Angeles. John Skipper currently serves as president of ESPN, a position he has held since January 1,2012, as of February 2015, ESPN is available to approximately 94,396,000 paid television households in the United States. In 2011, ESPNs history and rise was chronicled by These Guys Have All the Fun, Bill Rasmussen conceived the concept of ESPN in late May 1978, after he was fired from his job with the World Hockey Associations New England Whalers. One of the first steps in Bill and his son Scotts process was finding land to build the channels broadcasting facilities, the Rasmussens first rented office space in Plainville, Connecticut. However, the plan to base ESPN there was put on hold because a local ordinance prohibiting buildings from bearing rooftop satellite dishes and this helped the credibility of the fledgling company, however there were still many doubters to the viability of their sports channel concept. ESPN launched on September 7,1979, beginning with the first telecast of what would become the flagship program. Taped in front of a live audience inside the Bristol studios. ESPNs next big break came when the acquired the rights to broadcast coverage of the early rounds of the NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament. It first aired the NCAA tournament in March 1980, creating the modern day television event known as March Madness. The channels tournament coverage also launched the career of Dick Vitale. In April of that year, ESPN created another made-for-TV spectacle, the next major stepping stone for ESPN came over the course of a couple of months in 1984. During this time period, the American Broadcasting Company purchased 100% of ESPN from the Rasmussens, for years, the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball refused to consider cable as a means of broadcasting some of their games. However, with the backing of ABC, ESPNs ability to compete for major sports contracts greatly increased, later in 1984, the U. S. ESPNs Sunday Night Football games would become the highest-rated NFL telecasts for the next 17 years. In 1992, ESPN launched ESPN Radio, a sports talk radio network providing analysis. It became the fastest growing cable channel in the U. S. during the 1990s, ownership of ABC, and in effect control of ESPN, was acquired first by Capital Cities Communications in 1985, and then by The Walt Disney Company in 1996. In 2012, ESPN generated more revenue for Disney than any of its other properties combined, alongside its live sports broadcasts, ESPN also airs a variety of sports highlight, talk, and documentary-styled shows. 30 for 30 started airing in 2009 and continues airing to this day, each episode is through the eyes of a well known filmmaker and has featured some of the biggest directors in Hollywood
These assets are held mainly by 21st Century Fox, with the exception of the operations in Australia, which are part of News Corp Australia. The name originates from the Fox Broadcasting Company in the United States, the Fox Sports name has since been used in 21st Century Foxs and News Corps other sports media assets around the world. Fox Sports International, a sports programming and production entity of the Fox Networks Group. Fox Sports, is a Spanish cable television broadcasting to various Latin American countries. Fox Sports Norte, Venezuela, America Central and Rep. Dominicana Fox Sports Oeste, México Fox Sports Sur, Colombia, Perú, Bolivia, Fox Sports 2 Asia was launched in 2014, replacing STAR Sports. Fox Sports 3 Asia also was launched in 2014, replacing Fox Sports Plus HD Asia, Fox Footy primarily features the Australian Football League Fox Sports Brazil is a Brazilian sports channel launched on February 5,2012. Fox Sports 2 Fox Sports World Canada, a specialty channel primarily featuring soccer and other events around the world that operated from 2001 to 2012, Fox owned 20 percent of Sportsnet before selling it to Rogers Communications in 2004 but many of its content remains on that network. Fox Sports Caribbean, a channel aimed for Caribbean viewers. Fox Sports Chile, a specialty channel primarily featuring soccer and start broadcasting on November 11,2013 and in May 4,2015 is replaced by the channel Fox Sports 1. Fox Sports Italy is an Italian sports channel launched in 2013 alongside Fox Sports Plus and Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports and Entertainment began producing sports shows in 2013, which are broadcast in several Fox channels. Fox Sports, a group of channels owned by Eredivisie Media & Marketing which for 51% is owned by Fox International Channels Benelux. Fox Sports Eredivisie,3 premium channels and it holds the exclusive rights for the live matches of the Eredivisie, the highest Dutch football division. Fox Sports International,3 premium channels covering several European football leagues, Fox Deportes is a sports channel that broadcasts sports and is owned by Fox Entertainment Group and aired first on October 1,2010. On special sports game such as the World Series, Super Bowl, Fox Sports, sports division of the Fox Broadcasting Company television network. Fox Sports 1 is a sports network. Fox Sports 2 is a sports network. Fox Deportes presents sports programming in Spanish, News Corporation has also used the Fox Sports name in its other sports media assets. Foxsports. com, a web site operated by Fox Sports Digital Media, the Fox Sports College Hoops 99 basketball video game is published by their Fox Interactive division
Home Box Office is an American premium cable and satellite television network that is owned by Time Warner through its respective flagship company Home Box Office, Inc. HBO is the oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service in the United States, in 2014, HBO had an adjusted operating income of US$1.79 billion, compared to the US$1.68 billion it accrued in 2013. HBO has 49 million subscribers in the United States and 130 million worldwide as of 2016, the network provides seven 24-hour multiplex channels, including HBO Comedy, HBO Latino, HBO Signature and HBO Family. It launched the streaming service HBO Now in April 2015, and has over 2 million subscribers in the United States as of February 2017. In addition to its U. S. subscriber base, HBO distributes content in at least 151 countries, HBO subscribers generally pay for an extra tier of service that includes other cable- and satellite-exclusive channels even before paying for the channel itself. Cable providers can require the use of a converter box – usually digital – in order to receive HBO, many HBO programs have been syndicated to other networks and broadcast television stations, and a number of HBO-produced series and films have been released on DVD. The new system, which Dolan named Sterling Information Services, became the first urban underground cable system in the United States. In that same year, Time-Life, Inc. purchased a 20% stake in Dolans company, in the summer of 1971, while on a family vacation in France, Charles Dolan began to think of ideas to make Sterling Manhattan profitable. He came up with the concept for a television service. Dolan later presented his idea to Time-Life management, though satellite distribution seemed only a distant possibility at the time, he persuaded Time-Life to back him on the project. To gauge whether consumers would be interested in subscribing to a pay television service, in a meeting of Dolan and some Time-Life executives who were working on the project, various other names were discussed for the new service. Home Box Office launched on November 8,1972, however, HBOs launch came without fanfare in the press, as it was not covered by any local or national media outlets. Home Box Office distributed its first sports event immediately after the film, Four months later in February 1973, Home Box Office aired its first television special, the Pennsylvania Polka Festival. Home Box Office would use a network of relay towers to distribute its programming to cable systems throughout its service area. Sterling Manhattan Cable continued to lose money because the company had only a small base of 20,000 customers in Manhattan. Time-Life dropped the Sterling name and the company was renamed Manhattan Cable Television under Time-Lifes control in March 1973, Gerald Levin, who had been with Home Box Office since it began operations as its vice president of programming, replaced Dolan as the companys president and chief executive officer. In September 1973, Time-Life, Inc. completed its acquisition of the pay service. HBO would eventually increase its fortunes within two years, by April 1975, the service had around 100,000 subscribers in Pennsylvania and New York state, in 1974, they settled on using a geostationary communications satellite to transmit HBO to cable providers throughout the United States
Ernie Johnson Jr.
Ernest Thorwald Ernie Johnson Jr. is a sportscaster for Turner Sports and CBS Sports. He is the son of Ernie Johnson Sr. a former Major League Baseball pitcher and Braves play-by-play announcer. Johnsons career began in 1977 while he was still a student at the University of Georgia and he held that job until 1978, when he graduated from Georgia with a B. A. in journalism, summa cum laude. In 1979, Johnson began his career at WMAZ-TV in Macon. He worked there as a news anchor until 1981, when he moved to Spartanburg, Johnson moved back to Georgia in 1982, this time taking a job in Atlanta at WSB-TV as a general assignment news reporter. He became the weekend sports anchor and reporter in 1983. He held those jobs until 1989, when he left to join Turner Sports, from 1993 to 1996, Johnson called Atlanta Braves baseball games for SportSouth with his father, Ernie Johnson Sr. He has hosted the show since 1990, at the end of each broadcast, Ernie presents E. J. For the 2005–2006 season, his segments were sponsored by Intel Centrino, in the 2008 NBA Playoffs, his segments were presented by Geico and vitaminwater. For all NBA-related shows, Johnson is joined by former NBA stars Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, Shaquille ONeal and, on occasion, Chris Webber, Grant Hill, or Reggie Miller. In the 2012-2013 regular season he was joined by Anfernee Penny Hardaway and Dennis Scott while Smith, Johnson is also the host of Tuesday Fan Night on sister station NBA TV, alongside Webber and Greg Anthony. In addition to working basketball, Johnson is also the announcer for TNTs PGA Tour coverage. At TBS, Johnson worked as the studio host for their coverage of college football, in 2002, Johnson was co-winner of the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Host, tying with Bob Costas of NBC and HBO. It was the first time Johnson had been nominated for a Sports Emmy, in 2006, Johnson won the award again, this time on his own, snapping Costas six-year stranglehold on it, including the year the two shared the honor. From 2007 to 2009, Johnson worked as the studio host alongside Cal Ripken Jr. for TBSs coverage of Major League Baseball, in 2010, he moved into a play-by-play role for the network, serving as the lead broadcaster for TBS playoff coverage, including the 2010 ALCS. He also broadcast 40 Atlanta Braves games on sister channel Peachtree TV and he was the studio host for TNTs coverage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He also co-hosted Barkleys now-defunct talk show, Listen Up, past work at TBS also included working as studio host for their NBA coverage. Johnson also called weightlifting for NBCs coverage of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and he also serves as a studio host for the NCAA tournament for CBS and Turner Sports alternating with Greg Gumbel