NBC Sports Finally Gets Something Right With Bob Costas' New Show

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Last night was the debut episode for “Costas Tonight,”  an interview show hosted by one of the best interviewers in the business, Bob Costas. And if the first episode is any indication, this show holds a lot of promise for NBC Sports.Ratings in the first two months for the newly branded NBC Sports Network have been disappointing. Of course, until NBC Sports builds up their collection of live sporting events, that is not completely unexpected.

As for original programming, the most anticipated show is “Costas Tonight.” And last night, we sat down to see what the show was all about.

The show is held in the same studio as NBC's Football Night In America

One thing we immediately notice is that dark studios appears to be a theme for NBC Sports

Boxing is an interesting start. Big name, but a fringe sport.

Then again, if you want to make a splash, start with somebody that is a good bet to say something controversial

At the start of the second segment we get a neat little montage with a voice-over monologue from Costas

Mayweather is still here for the second segment. And Costas wasn't afraid to push him, whether it was his father or Pacquiao

But they ended on good terms and no punches were thrown

Now we get David Stern who always has a way of taking jabs without sounding like he is taking jabs

We were mesmerized by this boxing glove that looks like the head of a red dog

They touched on all the big topics including Jeremy Lin, the new CBA, and vetoing the Chris Paul trade

Stern stuck to his story that it was the Hornets that nixed the deal

We're really digging these montage intros to each segment

Then Costas brings out NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, a protege of Stern's

The interviews were long enough that we never had a feeling that there would be something online that we missed

Interesting decision to go with Bettman last considering the NHL is on NBC Sports

But Bettman was less forthcoming, refusing to speak about CBA negotiations

The final segment is Costas discussing Jeremy Lin which probably would have been stronger as an intro before the interviews

Now check out why NBC Sports will eventually challenge ESPN's monopoly on sports television

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