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Bud Collins fired by NBC
Legendary tennis announcer Bud Collins fired by NBC
By Charles Bricker
Posted July 2 2007, 9:40 AM EDT
WIMBLEDON, England -- Bud Collins, the 78-year-old icon of American tennis, has been fired by NBC Sports after 35 years of hosting interviews, doing play-by-play and forging a bond with millions of tennis fans over the years.
Collins confirmed his firing Monday morning, but declined extensive comment, saying only that, "I've had 35 wonderful years with NBC and I hope to remain in tennis."
Those close to Collins said he was very hurt by his termination.
He was fired on June 22, shortly before the start of Wimbledon. A source said he arrived in London to find a message from Ken Schanzer, head of NBC Sports.
Collins will continue to work for the Boston Globe, his employer for 44 years. "I've walked these hallowed grounds for 35 years," said Collins, who is working here as a sort of broadcast lame duck. "I love Wimbledon. I love tennis."
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