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NBC fires Bud Collins

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Mizzougrad96, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I don't know if I'm late to the party on this one, but I just heard on PTI that NBC fired Collins by voice mail after he had arrived in London to cover Wimbledon.

    Most classless firing ever?

    I met Collins once and he was one of the nicest guys ever...
  2. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    There had to have been a better way to do it... The man is an icon...
  4. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    All I can say is "Oooooooooooooooohhh!"
  5. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    I was just going to post this on the Wimbledon thread.

    First off, how incredibly crappy of NBC. Collins is an institution for those of us who watch tennis.

    Second, Wimbledon's never going to be the same for me.
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    I read this last night. An absolute disgrace.
    He IS Mr. Breakfast at Wimbledon.

    His air time, unfortunately, has dwindled over the years, but he is an icon and knows the sport.

    I met him once, at Key Biscayne, and he was very nice and gracious.

    It's bad enough if NBC fired him, after 35 years, but if they did it via voice mail ... wow.
  7. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member

    Fuck NBC with a rusted, jagged metal net post.

    What a despicable act.

    It just proves loyalty doesn't mean shinola anymore to some people in this business.

    Work hard, do a good job, become a friggin' icon for crying out loud and then get a pink slip at the biggest friggin' event of the year.

    Tennis fans should boycott watching the rest of the telecasts.
  8. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    NBC shouldn't be allowed to broadcast tennis.

    Even before this they were an embarrassment. Until only recently they showed the French Open women's final on a six-hour delay, and they compounded that disgrace by sneaking in commercials on even-numbered games (say, at 4-4).

    If Player 1 was up a set and the second set was headed to a tiebreak and there were only 10 minutes left in NBC's "broadcast window" . . . that pretty much gave away the result. There was not going to be a third set.
  9. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    Fuck them. Do they really think there was someone better for the job? Collins is as much of a part of Wimbledon as the matches themselves are. For shame.
  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    When I was a kid, NBC Sports meant Curt Gowdy, Dick Enberg and Bud Collins. Costas better watch his back.
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Nice money saving move...
    The negative PR value alone should screw them, but tennis lemmings will still tune in to watch, just like the golf lemmings continue to watch the Masters after Gary McCord's exile.

    And Dan, remember, NBC also stood for Billy Packer, Al McGuire and Enberg on college hoops; gowdy, Joe Garogiola and Tony Kubek on baseball
  12. John

    John Well-Known Member

    He knows the history of the game better than anyone, so hopefully the Tennis Channel or ESPN or someone will hire him.
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