There’s not a whole lot of surprises when it comes to the NBC London Olympics commentator rosters, as announced by the network on Thursday.
The studio host roles have been known for some time. Bob Costas is the NBC prime-time host, working his tenth Games. Al Michaels and Dan Patrick will work the daytime coverage on NBC. Mary Carillo will serve as NBC’s late-night host for the third time, working her 11th Games.
Recent ESPN host Michelle Beadle, NBC hockey host Liam McHugh and MSNBC host Willie Geist will host the NBC Sports Network coverage. Working from New York for MSNBC will be Golf Channel host Kelly Tilghman and Rob Simmelkjaer. Fred Roggin will host CNBC’s boxing coverage from New York. Pat O’Brien will host Bravo’s Tennis coverage.
One of the more intriguing selections is famed hockey voice Mike Emrick reprising his 2004 role as play-by-play of water polo.
Basketball won’t have the familiar voices of Marv Albert or Mike Breen. Golden State Warriors announcer Bob Fitzgerald has been given the nod, as one of Comcast’s roster of announcers being deployed. Doug Collins, Ann Meyers, reporter Craig Sager and studio analyst Doc Rivers will work in London. Nets radio play-by-play men Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw will call games from TV monitors in New York, as will famed hockey voice Dave Strader and analysts Donny Marshall, Lisa Leslie and Carolyn Peck.
The top announce groups for the marquee events will stay the same. Dan Hicks works with Rowdy Gaines in swimming. Al Trautwig works with Elfi Schlegel and Tim Daggett on gymnastics. Tom Hammond works with Ato Boldon, Dwight Stones, Craig Masback and reporter Lewis Johnson join newcomer Tim Hutchings on track and field. Ted Robinson works with Cynthia Potter on diving.
One of my favorite pairings is Bob Papa and Teddy Atlas working boxing on CNBC, their third Olympics together. They are very entertaining and not afraid to speak their minds.