On April 29, Bob Costas will host a live show discussing the changing role of the sports media. This has the potential to be a very long, boring program, but there is also potential for fireworks.
Will Leitch of Deadspin will talk about the increased role of blogs in sports. Blog hater Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post will also be featured. And there will be other segments as well. Take a look:
HBO SPORTS’ COSTAS NOW
RETURNS WITH A SPECIAL LIVE EDITION, DEBUTING APRIL 29
Bob Costas returns with a special live edition of HBO Sports’ COSTAS NOW on TUESDAY, APRIL 29 (10:00-11:30 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), exclusively on HBO. Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein serve as executive producers of the show, which draws on the talents of HBO Sports’ Peabody- and Emmy®-winning production department.
HBO On Demand availability: May 5-26
COSTAS NOW spotlights fast-breaking, topical stories that continually emerge in today’s sports arena. Employing a town hall setting, April’s show will expand to 90 minutes for its exploration of contemporary sports media. Each segment will be devoted to a specific topic and after a video set-up piece will spotlight a different panel of high-profile sports personalities, broadcasters, journalists and executives, who will join Costas live on the set for in-depth discussion.
The five hot- button segments that will be explored during the program include:
Segment One: Sports Talk Radio. Video package interviews:
Segment Two: The Internet and Impact of Bloggers. Video package interviews: deadspin.com
Segment Three: Sports Television. Video package interviews: NBC Sports broadcaster Al Michaels, former ABC and NBC executive and producer Don Ohlmeyer, syndicated columnist Norman Chad. Live panel: Fox Sports broadcaster Joe Buck, ESPN broadcaster Mike Tirico and Sports Illustrated’s Dan Patrick.
Segment Four: Athletes and the Media: A Complicated Marriage. Video package interviews: Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, Former NBA star and Turner Sports analyst Charles Barkley, Chicago columnist
Segment Five: A Discussion on Race. Video package interviews:
Note: The “video package interviews” are pre-taped and will set up the live panel discussions from the midtown
The program will be shown live in the East, tape delayed in the West. I’m not sure if I’ll live blog it, but I will be watching.