In St. Louis, Dan Caesar writes NBC Sports Network’s show “Costas Tonight” will debut next Thursday with a show from Indianapolis at 7:00pm ET. The monthly show hosted by Bob Costas is “similar to what Costas did for HBO for eight years before leaving in 2009 to join the then-upstart MLB Network.” Costas said, “When I left, one thing I missed was the kind of programming HBO -- until now -- uniquely did. You just couldn't do it anywhere else. And now essentially this new NBC Sports Network has let me re-configure what I did at HBO.'' He added that the guest list for the opener “isn't set, but it is expected to include big names and address an array of football topics” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 1/27).
BOSTON GOT THE SUPER BOWL COVERED: In Boston, Chad Finn takes a look at the local media members who will be broadcasting live from Indianapolis leading up to Super Bowl XLVI. WBZ-CBS' Steve Burton will "host 'Patriots GameDay Sunday' live from Indianapolis beginning this Sunday" at 11:30pm, and the station also has "several specials planned." WCVB-ABC is "sending a 12-person crew," while WDHD-NBC, "has numerous hours of programming in store." WXNE-Fox' Doug Goudie will "report live from Lucas Oil Stadium for the morning program beginning Tuesday." NESN's reporters Dara McIntosh and Jeff Howe, two cameramen, and a producer form the station's contingent, while at least 18 Comcast SportsNet New England personalities "will be in Indianapolis this week." Several shows from WEEI will "broadcast live from Indianapolis Tuesday through Friday" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/27).
GAME ON: In Boston, Johnny Diaz notes the Super Bowl is "back on for more than 200,000 Greater Boston subscribers to DirecTV," as the company and Sunbeam Television Corp., which owns Boston’s WHDH-NBC, "settled their two-week dispute." Sunbeam had "blacked out its stations on the satellite service on Jan. 14 over 'retransmission consent fees,' which cable and satellite companies pay to TV stations they carry." U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who had "urged Sunbeam and DirecTV to reach a resolution, applauded the restored service" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/27).
CATCHING A BREAK: In Cincinnati, John Kiesewetter notes “Fox Sports Daybreak” co-host Artrell Hawkins “wasn’t convinced he could support his family doing radio as recently as two months ago, when he planned to look for a coaching job until the call came from Fox in early December.” Hawkins said, “It was a total surprise when I got the call about the Fox show.” Hawkins co-hosts with Andy Furman from 6:00-9:00am weekdays on XM Channel 169. Hawkins said of Furman, “It’s going better than I expected. He’s the opinionated regular guy, and I’m the voice of experience and reason. We’re working together well” (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/27).