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"The whole thing is hilarious," said Gunts, who won a Primetime Emmy for his direction of the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. "But the more terrifying thing is to actually go up there and make the acceptance speech."
The Emmy was Gunts's fourth, including previous honors for his work on the Salt Lake City, Athens and Beijing opening ceremonies.
"I remember going up after [winning for] Athens and the first person I saw was
Two years from now, Gunts will be the head of production for NBC's coverage of the London Games. He has directed every Olympic prime-time program since 1996 and every opening ceremony since 2002.
"London is such an iconic place and that's a major part of the Olympics, people being taken to another city that they don't know anything about it," Gunts said. "As beautiful as Vancouver was, it doesn't have all that history and iconic venues. I think London will be the best Summer Olympics we've ever done."
"The No. 1 thing, when you do research, is fans expect your crew to know the rules," Fox Sports president
"I take my job very seriously," Michaels said. "And that's to get my people to where they are going safely."
Michaels is a huge football fan, with dueling loyalties between his hometown Titans (he lives in Nashville) and the Cowboys. Last year Dallas owner
"He walked us through the stadium head to toe, and even fired up the big screen for us," Michaels said. "This year one of the highlights was having
Schefter traveled 5,164 miles for his tour, and the time on the road forged a bond with Tart.
"T.J. and I spent three weeks together on the bus," Schefter said. "He left mints for me on my pillow every night. He's just a nice man, a hard-working guy and I have immense respect for the guy. And he knows nothing about football. Our first interview was with T.O [
Said the spokesperson: "As a result, we will still bring in the majority of the pressers, but will be turning around tape of them on
Much like CNN when worldwide news breaks, ESPNEWS (which has long been my favorite of ESPN's on-air choices) has been a news-first and shtick-free platform, a place you could always find live news conferences of interest. Highlight shows draw more eyeballs than press conferences so I get the reason for the decision. But given the lust for all NFL content, why cede that space to the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio?
"There must be a sale tomorrow going on here or something," Dibble said. "Their husbands are going, 'Man, don't bring your wife next time.' "
Most disappointing was the reaction of ESPN's
"My impression of him has evolved over time," Miller said. "How would I describe him? Thought-provoking. Interesting. You might not agree with him - and early on I did not -- but after reading him I would learn something and was compelled to think about an issue in a different way. In a lot of ways, he sets the Vegas line on an issue whether it's sports or race or the combination thereof. ... He gets accused of being racist by both black and white people, and fans of different teams will accuse him of bias in the same story. I don't know that many people can elicit that type of conversation stimulation."
Given the columnist's acrimonious exit from
"The man certainly knows how to make an exit," Miller said, laughing. "As long as we keep re-upping him, I don't think this will happen. Seriously, we get along really well and I have a great deal of respect for what he does. I think he'd agree that over the past three years under our guidance and participation, he has gone into places expressing himself that nobody else would allow him to do. I think he values that. If it turns out that we don't see eye to eye at some point and he goes somewhere and decides to repeat the process, hey, we are big boys. We can handle it."
There have been a lot of thoughtful pieces on the issue, from Fox Sports.com's
Journalists who care about equal access and equal treatment should defend Sainz because if she's allowed to be dehumanized, objectified or treated like a non-person, you're probably next, even if you're not Mexico's hottest sports reporter. Worth noting is the NFL communication department's response in this matter: forceful and proactive.