With the Olympic Games beginning tonight in London, NBC, the longtime host of the Games has been bombarding media reporters with details and promos of their coverage.
The network will be pulling from all corners of their talent pool to bring the games across their multiple channels, and online. Bob Costas, working his 10th Olympics for NBC, will be front and center as host of the prime-time programming. Costas' mini-me, Ryan Seacrest will make his Olympics coverage debut, serving as a contributor to the primetime coverage.
During the days, NBC's coverage will be anchored by a pair of big names - Al Michaels and Dan Patrick. Michaels, the voice of Sunday Night Football, is also responsible for one of the most iconic Olympic calls of all time with his "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" call of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's victory. Patrick, famous for his years at ESPN and currently host of his own radio show as well as of Football Night in America on NBC, is making his Olympic hosting debut.
For the third time, Mary Carillo will host the late-night coverage, as well has hosting a collection of features on life in the United Kingdom.
New acquisition Michelle Beadle will host coverage over on the cable side at the NBC Sports Network. Other names of note for hosting and contributing include Liam McHugh, Kelly Tilghman, Pat O’Brien, John McEnroe, Jimmy Roberts and Jimmy Fallon.
Networks under the Comcast/NBC umbrella which will be carrying Olympic events include NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, Bravo and CNBC.
When you're at work during the day, you can go to NBCOlympics.com and register using your cable or satellite TV account and you will have access to a live stream of the Olympic content that airs on the four NBCU cable channels -- NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo. In addition, NBCOlympics.com will provide multiple concurrent streams for select sports, such as gymnastics (each apparatus), track and field (each event), and tennis (up to five courts). For example, during a session of track and field, instead of viewing only a single feed that moves from event to event, a user can choose to watch a stream dedicated to a specific event, such as the long jump or javelin.
For the play-by-play of sporting events, big-name broadcasters include Al Trautwig (gymnastics) Tom Hammond (track and field) Doc Emrick (water polo) Bob Papa (boxing) Dan Hicks and Andrea Cramer (swimming) and Andrea Joyce (rhythmic gymnastics).
There are also a number of local personalities from CSNNE who have been tapped for Olympic duty. Celtics play-by-play man Mike Gorman will be calling team handball. I would've loved if Gorman had gotten the assignment of calling the men's basketball coverage, but that honor went to Bob Fitzgerald, the voice of the Golden State Warriors for CSN Bay Area.
Alas, Tommy Heinsohn will not be alongside Gorman for the team handballs matches. Do they have officials in handball?
CSNNE Celtics analyst Donny Marshall will be utilized as a basketball analyst, likely on the NBC Sports Network, where he has been a regular. Celtics coach Doc Rivers will go to London and serve as an NBC studio analyst for the basketball coverage. It's a return to broadcasting for Rivers, who received raves for his work on NBA telecasts prior to taking the Celtics job.
Carolyn Manno, who has been a reporter and SportsNet Central anchor for CSNNE since 2009 is working her first Olympics. She will serve as a Sportsdesk reporter during the games.
Unrelated to NBC, the London games are also the last hurrah for legendary Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan, who will enter semi-retirement following the games.