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BreakPoint
07-07-2007, 01:42 PM
What's going on? Was Bud Collins really ever fired by NBC as people here said he was or did NBC re-hire him due to all the sentimental talk about him here on this board? Because NBC showed him doing his usual after match interviews of both Venus and Bartoli after the women's final after they got off the court. NBC actually aired the interviews in between their taped coverage of the two men's semis.

So what the real story here? :confused: Did NBC find out that they couldn't live without Bud? Did the tennis powers that be protest the cold hearted firing? Did Collins threaten to sue NBC?

In any event, it looks like heeeee's baaaaaack! :grin:

stoffer
07-07-2007, 01:44 PM
The real story is that he is terminated pending the completion of this years Wimbledon.

saram
07-07-2007, 01:44 PM
I pondered the exact same thing as soon as he introduced the two ladies....the threads here popped instnatly into my brain.....wonder what the real story is...sure we'll find out. He did treat Bartoli very kindly in regards to her loss--it was nice to see.

saram
07-07-2007, 01:45 PM
The real story is that he is terminated pending the completion of this years Wimbledon.

has this been confirmed anywhere in the media? should make for an interesting article...

stoffer
07-07-2007, 01:47 PM
has this been confirmed anywhere in the media? should make for an interesting article...

Ill find you a link. Hold on a sec...

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
07-07-2007, 01:54 PM
After the mens final will be his last :

http://www.tvsquad.com/2007/07/04/nbc-parts-ways-with-tennis-analyst-bud-collins/

stoffer
07-07-2007, 02:01 PM
After the mens final will be his last :

http://www.tvsquad.com/2007/07/04/nbc-parts-ways-with-tennis-analyst-bud-collins/

Beat me to it. :) Thanks for the link.

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
07-07-2007, 02:02 PM
Beat me to it. :) Thanks for the link.

My bad, I was just reading this link when I saw the thread.

Fedfan4life
07-08-2007, 02:39 AM
How long had he worked for NBC or just in TV in general?

BreakPoint
07-08-2007, 01:51 PM
How long had he worked for NBC or just in TV in general?
35 years for NBC and I think on TV for like 10 years before that. He's been a journalist forever.

jaggy
07-08-2007, 03:43 PM
Get him on USA for the US Open

Volly master
07-08-2007, 03:43 PM
It was a tribute thingy at the end I believe.

CyBorg
07-08-2007, 03:46 PM
It's the NBC 's half-hearted farewell to him. AKA "we stab you in the back and then say thanks and you sit here and smile, pretending like it never happened - here's your money."

superstition
07-08-2007, 03:47 PM
The Tennis Channel should hire him.

Fedfan4life
07-08-2007, 05:30 PM
35 years for NBC and I think on TV for like 10 years before that. He's been a journalist forever.

But he didn't play on the tour back in the 1800's right?

psamp14
07-08-2007, 05:58 PM
35 years for NBC and I think on TV for like 10 years before that. He's been a journalist forever.

BP, bud collins was interviewed by jimmy roberts in the studio just before they showed the mens doubles final and collins has no hard feelings towards NBC, saying he hopes to continue staying close to tennis

i am sure he will be brought in by CBS or USA...maybe ESPN...one of the networks for sure...he can have some "corny" phrases or jokes, but he's also a great personality for the sport

JW10S
07-08-2007, 06:01 PM
Bud is still employed as a journalist by the Boston Globe and still contributes to newspapers and magazines around the world. We most certainly have not seen the last of Bud Collins--I'll leave it to others to determine whether or not that is a good or bad thing.

BreakPoint
07-08-2007, 07:01 PM
But he didn't play on the tour back in the 1800's right?
I think the NBC "farewell" piece on Bud Collins said he was a tennis coach at Brandeis University.

FEDEXP
07-08-2007, 07:03 PM
Oh please, get the hook already....

El Diablo
07-08-2007, 07:59 PM
In the 1970s the best place to find tennis on TV was PBS, broadcasting tournaments almost every week through the summer. Most of the commentary was done by Bud Collins and Donald Dell.