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COSTAS TELLS LARRY KING THAT SOME ANCHORS TRY TOO HARD
Published May 10, 1999
NBC Sports announcer Bob Costas was a guest on "Larry King Live" Saturday, and told King that as far as cable outlets go, HBO "is a place where I think every broadcaster or performer would like to be, because they do stuff of just incredibly high quality." On HBO's "Real Sports" program: "I think everyone with journalistic bent in sports would love to be a part of that program." King asked Costas his thoughts on the state of sports broadcasting today and if anchors tried to be too funny. Costas: "Sports doesn't have to be somber. ... I used to be referred to ... as 'irreverent.' I think the reason for that was that I was willing, occasionally, to jab at the prevailing tone, to counterpunch. Well, how do you counterpunch if the whole tone is one of frat house frivolity?" Costas: "When I watch ESPN or CNN, I see a lot of talented and likable men and women on the air. But you can overplay any hand." On the injections of humor: "I just wish that it was the spice instead of the main course. ... What I do think is done too much is these 30 or 45 second lead-ins to the Cavalier-Pacer highlights, which is just an excuse for a guy to do his sixth rate stand-up act, even though he's sitting down." On Fox: "I don't even understand 'same game, Fox attitude.' Am I supposed to think I didn't like baseball until the Fox attitude came on? I don't get it" ("Larry King Live," 5/8).