NBC Floats Armada of Olympics Commentators

Jul 16, 2008  •  Post A Comment

With a record 3,600 hours of Beijing Olympics coverage on tap for next month, NBC will bring an army of commentators to the Games, with an unprecedented 106 commentators on tap.
The group will be led by Olympics veteran Bob Costas, who will return for his seventh Olympics as prime-time host. Also on hand will be 28 Olympians to offer their own insights to the events.
“My first Olympics in Mexico City in 1968 were the first Olympics live in prime-time, and we had maybe two dozen commentators,” said Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. “To have a roster of 106 commentators broadcasting 3,600 total hours is simply astounding. It’s a tribute to David Neal and Molly Solomon that we’re able to put together such a talented and versatile roster, with a great mix of Olympic veterans and newcomers, particularly considering many of these sports are rarely televised.”
Other hosts set for the telecasts include Jim Lampley, who is working on his 14th Olympics and will anchor NBC’s afternoon telecasts; Mary Carillo, running NBC’s late-night coverage; Alex Flanagan, as the face for CNBC and USA Network’s coverage; Matt Vasgersian, who also will host for USA Network; Melissa Stark, anchoring MSNBC’s broadcasts; Bill Patrick, hosting MSNBC’s coverage of the Summer Games; Fred Roggin, hosting CNBC’s Boxing in Beijing; and Lindsay Czarniak, hosting Oxygen’s coverage and serving as a sports desk reporter.
Among the correspondents will be Cris Collinsworth and Jimmy Roberts.
Here is a rundown of the talent assignments:
GYMNASTICS:
Al Trautwig, play-by-play
Elfi Schlegel, analyst
Tim Daggett, analyst
Andrea Joyce, Reporter
TRAMPOLINE GYMNASTICS:
Al Trautwig, play-by-play
Elfi Schlegel, analyst
Tim Daggett, analyst
RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS:
Andrea Joyce, play-by-play
Elfi Schlegel, analyst
TRACK & FIELD:
Tom Hammond, play-by-play
Lewis Johnson, analyst
Carol Lewis, analyst
Dwight Stones, analyst
Ato Boldin, analyst
Craig Masback, analyst
Ed Eyestone, analyst
Bob Neumeier, Reporter
RACE WALKING:
Ron Vaccaro, play-by-play
Ed Eyestone, analyst
Carol Lewis, analyst
SWIMMING:
Dan Hicks, play-by-play
Rowdy Gaines, analyst
Andrea Kremer, reporter
OPEN-WATER SWIMMING:
Craig Hummer, play-by-play
Rowdy Gaines, analyst
DIVING:
Ted Robinson, play-by-play
Cynthia Potter, analyst
Bob Neumeier, reporter
Andrea Kremer, reporter
BEACH VOLLEYBALL:
Chris Marlowe, play-by-play
Karch Kiraly, analyst
Heather Cox, reporter
INDOOR VOLLEYBALL:
Paul Sunderland, play-by-play
Kevin Barnett, analyst
CYCLING (road/BMX/mountain bike):
Pat Parnell, play-by-play
Craig Hummer, play-by-play
Kenan Harkin, analyst
Paul Sherwin, analyst
Marty Snider, reporter
TRIATHLON:
Craig Hummer, play-by-play
Siri Lindley, analyst
Marty Snider, reporter
BASKETBALL:
Mike Breen, play-by-play
Chris Carrino, play-by-play
Mike Crispino, play-by-play
Pete Pranica, play-by-play
Eric Collins, play-by-play
Teresa Edwards, analyst
Doug Collins, analyst
Ann Meyers, analyst
Bob Salmi, analyst
Craig Sager, reporter
ROWING:
Tim Ryan, play-by-play
Yaz Farooq, analyst
CANOEING (flat-water):
Tim Ryan, play-by-play
Joe Jacobi, analyst
CANOEING (white-water):
Craig Hummer, play-by-play
Pat Parnell, play-by-play
Joe Jacobi, analyst
SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING:
Craig Hummer, play-by-play
Heather Olson, analyst
WRESTLING:
Matt Devlin, play-by-play
Rulon Gardner, analyst
WATER POLO:
Bob Fitzgerald, play-by-play
Wolf Wigo, analyst
BOXING:
Bob Papa, play-by-play
Teddy Atlas, analyst
Jim Gray, reporter
MODERN PENTATHLON:
Ron Vaccaro, play-by-play
Rob Stull, analyst
WEIGHTLIFTING:
Pete Pranica, play-by-play
Shane Hamman, analyst
EQUESTRIAN:
Kenny Rice, play-by-play
Melanie Smith-Taylor, analyst
SOFTBALL:
Joe Castellano, play-by-play
Michele Smith, analyst
SOCCER:
JP Dellacamera, play-by-play
Glenn Davis, play-by-play
Adrian Healey, play-by-play
Steve Cangialosi, play-by-play
Marcelo Balboa, analyst
Brandi Chastain, analyst
Shep Messing, analyst
Lori Walker, analyst
TENNIS:
Barry MacKay, play-by-play
Jimmy Arias, analyst
BASEBALL:
Eric Collins, play-by-play
Joe Magrane, analyst
HANDBALL:
Andrew Catalon, play-by-play
Dawn Lewis, analyst
TABLE TENNIS:
Bill Clement, play-by-play
Sean O’Neill, analyst
BADMINTON:
Jim Kozimor, play-by-play
Steve Kearney, analyst
Bill Clement, analyst
FENCING:
Joe Castellano, play-by-play
Pete Pranica, play-by-play
Andrew Catalon, play-by-play
Mika’il Sankofa, analyst
ARCHERY:
Joe Castellano, play-by-play
Denise Parker, analyst
SHOOTING:
Bill Clement, play-by-play
Shari LeGate, analyst
FIELD HOCKEY:
Mike Corey, play-by-play
Nick Conway, analyst
SPORTS DESK REPORTERS:
Lester Holt
Peter Alexander
Eyee Hsu
Julie Foudy
Lindsay Czarniak
Alan Abrahamson
Lindsay Soto
Nancy Snyderman
NBCSPORTS.COM:
Julia Mancuso
TELEMUNDO:
Andres Cantor, host
Jessi Losada, host
Monica Noguera, host

52 Comments

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  2. I am very disappointed in the lack of national pride and respect for the men’s gymnastic team by Tim D. His blow by blow comments praising the Chinese and yet finding every little fault with the American team is very low and disrespectful. Don’t think that has gotten by anyone. You should be ashamed of yourself. I feel sorry for someone with so little national pride.

  3. I am really not a phan of any of the gymnastics.
    At the suggestion of my wife, I tried to give it a chance only to be turned off completely by one commentator….Tim Daggett.
    This dood is the card carrying example of: “Just because you were good at the sport, doesn’t mean you should be employed to commentate about the sport”.. let alone be allowed to talk at all.
    Tim Dagget is so bad that he makes Bill Walton look like a seasoned professional.
    Serious Tim..shut the f*ck up. I mean it..don’t f*cking talk during the broadcast.
    You are uber negative, overly critical and offer up horrible/weird commentary.
    I’m suggesting you intern under Billy Packer so you can at least achieve a break even point.

  4. Good Lord I hate Tim Daggett.

  5. Eyee Hsu is hot!

  6. NBC(Brian)reported about the lipsink during the opening ceremonies. You said that “China deemed the singer wasn’t cute”. Now the whole planet knows the truth. That professinal reporting should make the child feel better as she grows up. Thanks Brian

  7. Being in my late 40’s I’ve seen my share of sporting events, including several Olympics. Never appreciated boxing in any forum. However, the commentators used by NBC this current olympics are engaging and entertaining and have made the whole experience intersting and enjoyable to watch. Thanks guys for showing me a sport I never understood nor appreciated until now.

  8. Who is broadcasting the women’s marathon? The voice sounds familar, but do not see the announcers in the list above.

  9. Mr. Lewis Johnson, NBC Olympic analyst, can you please be a little more positive. I know that you have an accomplished athletic history. However, must you be so critical. How about a little more National (US) centered support. I think you forget that these athletes have family members listening to you speak of their respective inabilities and not emphasizing their ability. GO AMERICA GO !!!

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