Friday, June 26, 2015
Maverick Speaker Series: Bob Costas
The University of Texas at Arlington hosted their final Maverick Speaker back in May - Bob Costas. He proved to be quite charming and funny with lots of sport stories to tell. After thirty years in the business, he's been witness to a lot of changes in the games, the characters, and the media presentation.
The talk was moderated by Charlotte Jones Anderson. She's the Executive VP of the Dallas Cowboys, and yes, Jerry Jones's daughter. Sharp lady with good questions. She and Costas knew each other and had an easy dialogue.
His favorite sport is baseball, thanks to fond memories of the game with his father. He enjoys Olympic coverage, though not his pink eye experience in Russia. Favorite location was Barcelona. Favorite moment was Muhammad Ali as a torch lighter.
Most bizarre moment was the OJ Simpson Bronco chase. Costas was covering basketball playoffs. He was also personal friends with OJ. The whole coverage was surreal for him. After OJ was in jail, Costas did visit him with his lawyer (Robert Kardashian - yes, father of the K mess). That story was darn fascinating.
All in all, we enjoyed the 1-1/2 hours with Bob. His take on all of the instant coverage - there still needs to be network coverage and focus. Facts not fiction. Sports unites the world.
And Bob Costas is quite short in person.