“Costas Tonight” premieres March 1 on NBC Sports Network

The first installment of the Costas Tonight series of interview shows (not counting the Costas Tonight: Live From the Super Bowl special that it seems hardly anyone watched) airs Thursday, March 1, at 8pm ET on NBC Sports Network. Costas will interview NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, NBA commissioner David Stern and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. From NBC Sports:

[Update: Added a new release with video preview from NBC Sports Network]

“COSTAS TONIGHT” ONE-HOUR INTERVIEW SHOW PREMIERES THURSDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK

Bob Costas Interviews NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NBA Commissioner David Stern and WBC Welterweight Boxing Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

60-Minute Interview Show from Studio 8G at 30 Rock is First of New Series

New York – February 27, 2012 – Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and one of America’s preeminent interviewers, premieres his 60-minute interview show Costas Tonight this Thursday, March 1, 8-9 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.

In his first edition of Costas Tonight, which originates from Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Costas will discuss the key topics in the NHL with Commissioner Gary Bettman, and the state of the NBA, including the Jeremy Lin phenomenon, with Commissioner David Stern.

In addition, Costas will interview the five-division world champion, current WBC Welterweight Champion and undefeated 42-0 professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., about his preparations for his May 5 bout against world class fighter Miguel Cotto.

Re-Air Dates (All times ET):
Thursday, March 1 – 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Friday, March 2 – 2 a.m., 9 a.m., 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 4 – 10 p.m.

Costas Tonight builds on Costas’ long and storied career as an interviewer from Later with Bob Costas and Costas Coast-to-Coast to his acclaimed HBO programs, On the Record and CostasNOW. This week’s edition of Costas Tonight will be taped tomorrow in Studio 8G, the home of Football Night in America.

On Thursday of Super Bowl week, the live town hall Costas Tonight: Live From the Super Bowl debuted. The two-hour live program in front of a studio audience from the Indiana Repertory Theater featured some of the NFL’s biggest newsmakers and stars, including a one-on-one interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The Costas Tonight: Live From… series continues on Wednesday, April 4, with a discussion of the state of college athletics before a live studio audience at 30 Rock. The next Costas Tonight interview program will be Thursday, May 31.

 

“COSTAS TONIGHT” ONE-HOUR INTERVIEW SHOW PREMIERES TOMORROW AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK

Bob Costas Interviews NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NBA Commissioner David Stern and WBC Welterweight Boxing Champion Floyd Mayweather

FULL VIDEO CLIP BELOW: MAYWEATHER DISCUSSES POSSIBILITY OF FIGHT WITH MANNY PACQUIAO

“This is a serious issue. We have medical experts working with us. We’re trying to educate the players.” Bettman on Concussions

“It is a frenzy on a global scale.” –Stern on Jeremy Lin

60-Minute Interview Show from Studio 8G at 30 Rock is First of New Series

New York – February 29, 2012 – Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and one of America’s preeminent interviewers, premieres his 60-minute interview show Costas Tonight tomorrow 8-9 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.
In his first edition of Costas Tonight, which originates from Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and was taped yesterday, Costas discussed the key topics in the NHL with Commissioner Gary Bettman, and the state of the NBA, including the Jeremy Lin phenomenon, with Commissioner David Stern.

Costas also sat down with the controversial, five-division world champion, current WBC Welterweight Champion and undefeated 42-0 professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather and discussed, among other topics, preparations for his May 5 bout against world class fighter Miguel Cotto, the tumultuous relationship with his father, and if there is a chance for a fight with WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao.

Below are highlights from the taping for tomorrow night’s Costas Tonight:

Mayweather discusses with Costas if there will ever be a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

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MAYWEATHER ON HIS UPCOMING FIGHT WITH MIGUEL COTTO: “He’s a champion. He’s a guy that I can’t overlook, coming from a Puerto Rican boxing background and me coming from an American boxing family. He poses a threat but it’s a good matchup.”

MAYWEATHER ON GAMBLING: “I’m just about entertainment, you know having personality, being outgoing, being outspoken and, when the gloves are off, I’m just at home on an everyday basis betting on basketball, betting on football. (Tuesday) I placed a bet on Kansas (for the) first half, I bet about 100k and I won about 83k so they came through, (Wednesday) I think I’m going to bet on Duke, for the first half, just before I get on the plane to go to LA. Hopefully it’s not too hot.”

BETTMAN ON IF REMOVING FIGHTING FROM HOCKEY WOULD ALIENATE FANS: “There are those who say if we eliminate it, there are people who aren’t fans who would become fans because they are turned off on it. It is one of the great imponderables.”

BETTMAN ON CONCUSSIONS IN HOCKEY: “We don’t want the head targeted as the principal point of contact, and we actually passed a rule that went into effect this season that prohibits such a hit, but there are a lot of hits in our game. It’s a very physical game where the head is incidentally a point of contact… this is a serious issue. We have medical experts working with us. We’re trying to educate the players. Perhaps the most important thing we’ve done is we are trying to change the culture of the game, where if a guy gets, as they used to say, dinged, it’s ok for a guy to say, ‘I think I have concussion-like symptoms’ and get treatment.”

BETTMAN ON THE BEST THING HE LEARNED FROM STERN WHEN HE WAS AT THE NBA: “I don’t think you can just point to one thing, because it was 12 spectacular years in terms of my professional life. But in terms of doing the right thing, working hard and focusing on what needs to be taken care of, learning how to prioritize, and also managing owners because David has always been extraordinary at that.”

STERN ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN SPORTS TODAY: “I often say and have said that Russell and Chamberlain labored in anonymity compared to today’s athletes.”

STERN ON JEREMY LIN PHENOMENON: “It is a frenzy on a global scale. Jeremy Lin is taking it to another layer on a global scale.”

STERN ON WHETHER HE SOUGHT ADVICE FROM BETTMAN DURING NBA LOCKOUT: “I think it is fair to say that we talk to each other regularly and have a wide range of discussions on relevant topics.”

BETTMAN AND STERN REACTING TO COMMENTS MADE BY BRYANT GUMBEL DURING NBA LOCKOUT ON HBO. GUMBEL SAID: “(Stern) has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys.”
Bettman: “Let me answer first, because I worked with David for over 12 years. That is probably the most ignorant, stupid statement I’ve ever heard. Anybody who knows David knows that nothing could be further from the truth.”
Stern: “Thank you, friend Gary. I actually, you know, sort of enjoyed it to a degree because the flood of phone calls that I got from a very diverse community said ‘What is this guy’s problem?’ And I said, ‘His ratings are going down, it’s a slow news day, he wants some headlines.’ And I wouldn’t say anything publicly, it was taken care of by Charles Barkley and Jesse Jackson.”

Re-Air Dates (All times ET):
Thursday, March 1 – 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Friday, March 2 – 2 a.m., 9 a.m., 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 4 – 10 p.m.

Costas Tonight builds on Costas’ long and storied career as an interviewer from Later with Bob Costas and Costas Coast-to-Coast to his acclaimed HBO programs, On the Record and CostasNOW. Tomorrow night’s edition of Costas Tonight was taped yesterday in Studio 8G, the home of Football Night in America.

The Costas Tonight: Live From… series continues on Wednesday, April 4, with a discussion of the state of college athletics before a live studio audience at 30 Rock. The next Costas Tonightinterview program will be Thursday, May 31.

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2 Responses to “Costas Tonight” premieres March 1 on NBC Sports Network

  1. terry stewart says:

    Tell me again Bob why it is ok to lie to Congress. It’s ok for steroid-users to lie to Congress (per your recent monologue on NBC sports; because it didn’t really matter). So why should anyone (Wall St., business leaders, etc) actually tell the truth?
    We have laws in this country for a reason. When the laws do not pertain to a certain portion of the electorate because of their standing THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM. I think you have lost all perspective living your ‘Dream Life’. You are just another big-man telling the rest of us how to think. Shame on Bob Costas, sellout.

  2. Anthony says:

    I enjoyed the premiere a great deal. Bob Costas’ interviews are always entertaining, and he always is able to get the best out of the people he is interviewing.
    My comment is concerning the issue of fighting in the NHL. I can sense that Bob Costas holds the position that fighting should be eliminated from the game to decrease the amount of concussions and to increase player safety. I feel has though, he does not understand fighting’s place in the sport of hockey.
    As Commissioner Bettman stated, fighting is down this year by 20%, however neither one of you brought up the increase in illegal hits, and the increase of suspensions and fines issued by Brendan Shanahan. Fighting helps to eliminate these hits, as players like Sidney Crosby are protected by their teammates. Why do you think Gretzky never got hit like that? Because other teams knew that the consequences would be severe.
    Without fighting the game becomes a lot more chippy, and players are at a much higher risk of injury. Top scorers like Crosby would become serious targets, as their would no longer be any physical consequence. I also feel this should be up to the players. If the players want to risk injury by dropping the gloves then that is their choice, and the NHL should not intervene. These are grown men, this is not junior hockey. If two men want to take their aggression out, or want to defend one of their teammates, then I feel it is smarter to allow them to drop their gloves, square up and go at it, rather than have them throw cheap, dirty, and severely dangerous hits. The consequences that come from eliminating fighting from hockey are a lot more severe than Bob Costas leads on.

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