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nobama
07-02-2007, 06:28 PM
Legendary tennis announcer Bud Collins fired by NBC

By Charles Bricker
Sun-Sentinel.com
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."

Beforehand
07-02-2007, 06:29 PM
How did he last this long?

Marek.
07-02-2007, 06:30 PM
How did he last this long?

:lol: I was thinking the same thing. It's about time!

AlexNYR
07-02-2007, 06:31 PM
How did he last this long?


I could not agree more with this statement...He was just awful

ReturnWinner
07-02-2007, 06:32 PM
better later than never...

Sunset of Age
07-02-2007, 06:32 PM
Good Riddance!!! :yeah:

gusman890
07-02-2007, 06:34 PM
any reason for the firing?

r2473
07-02-2007, 06:35 PM
I am sure NBC must have given him the option to retire / resign (which is normal in this type of situation). I wonder why he did not do that.

A bad way for him to go out. For sure he has been tough to watch the past X years, but is really is a bit of an icon.

Beforehand
07-02-2007, 06:38 PM
Leaving a note is kind of a dick move by NBC, though.

R.Federer
07-02-2007, 06:41 PM
I'm sure this, too, was opposite to his predictions.

R.Federer
07-02-2007, 06:45 PM
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.

Who are these people?

Beforehand
07-02-2007, 06:53 PM
I'm sure this, too, was opposite to his predictions.
:rofl:

partygirl
07-02-2007, 06:59 PM
Great.:D Now if ESPN will lose Enberg, all will be well.

NYCtennisfan
07-02-2007, 07:04 PM
It's easy to bag on this guy for his awful predictions of late, but the guy spent his life covering the game of tennis and promoting it through his columns and off-beat personality. He was part of NBC's "Breakfast at Wimbledon", the program that brought live Wimbledon to America for the first time, for so long and for that he deserves some props.

Did he say some off the wall things? Yes. Did he make some bad predictions? Yes. Did he give more to the sport than everyone on these boards combined? YES.

Pfloyd
07-02-2007, 07:10 PM
Did he say some off the wall things? Yes. Did he make some bad predictions? Yes. Did he give more to the sport than everyone on these boards combined? YES.

I don't know about this..I contribute ALOT to tennis :p

:D

cmurray
07-02-2007, 07:13 PM
I feel a little bad for Bud. What will the grand slams be like without his varied and colorful pants?

Lendl's Forehand
07-02-2007, 07:13 PM
It's easy to bag on this guy for his awful predictions of late, but the guy spent his life covering the game of tennis and promoting it through his columns and off-beat personality. He was part of NBC's "Breakfast at Wimbledon", the program that brought live Wimbledon to America for the first time, for so long and for that he deserves some props.

Did he say some off the wall things? Yes. Did he make some bad predictions? Yes. Did he give more to the sport than everyone on these boards combined? YES.


I agree with this. Bud brought some color to tennis in the 70s and 80s. By the 90s he was over the hill. He did bring interest into the game imo.

mangoes
07-02-2007, 07:14 PM
How did he last this long?

So true...........anyway....Goodbye Bud:wavey: I'll miss the colored pants:D

Leo
07-02-2007, 07:19 PM
I met Bud in Miami and he is a very nice guy, but still he should not be interviewing the players anymore. His interviews after the French Open finals were appalling and slightly offensive to the players, he just kept rambling and asking stupid questions and cutting off the non-English speaks like Nadal and Ivanovic. See ya, Bud! You had a long career somehow, so don't be bitter.

MusicMyst
07-02-2007, 07:22 PM
No doubt the Tennis Channel will give him a job. He might actually be helpful in expanding their audience. He can be a big pain, but he does know the sport like the back of his hand.

Kuhne
07-02-2007, 07:26 PM
I tought he was CGI

Fumus
07-02-2007, 07:26 PM
Bud was annoying, old, and senile. His interviews and court side analysis was terrible. He looks like Mr.Potato head with bright colored pants. Next on the chopping block Cliff Drysdale...please!!! I actually like Bud Collins.

RonE
07-02-2007, 07:31 PM
Who will be our serial jinxer now? :awww:

RonE
07-02-2007, 07:32 PM
Bud was annoying, old, and senile. His interviews and court side analysis was terrible. He looks like Mr.Potato head with bright colored pants. Next on the chopping block Cliff Drysdale...please!!! I actually like Bud Collins.

I actually like Cliffy :worship:

CyBorg
07-02-2007, 07:36 PM
He's a 78-year old fart who has been taking up a job that a younger, smarter, more energetic individual could have done something useful with.

Take a boat cruise with the missus, Bud.

case
07-02-2007, 07:36 PM
Great.:D Now if ESPN will lose Enberg, all will be well.

that is my great wish- when he tries to be "poetic" i just want to throw up:mad:

CyBorg
07-02-2007, 07:38 PM
Of course, you are all aware that Federer drove the steak through his heart, right? It was pretty obvious that Bud's days were numbered when Federer flat out refused an interview with the guy.

Scotso
07-02-2007, 07:53 PM
He was about 78 years past his prime, so I'm pretty pleased they finally put him out to pasture.

Fumus
07-02-2007, 07:58 PM
I actually like Cliffy :worship:

He repeats the same lines over and over again about each player.

holagirl56
07-02-2007, 08:01 PM
Who are these people?

:lol:

tangerine_dream
07-02-2007, 08:12 PM
It's easy to bag on this guy for his awful predictions of late, but the guy spent his life covering the game of tennis and promoting it through his columns and off-beat personality. He was part of NBC's "Breakfast at Wimbledon", the program that brought live Wimbledon to America for the first time, for so long and for that he deserves some props.

Did he say some off the wall things? Yes. Did he make some bad predictions? Yes. Did he give more to the sport than everyone on these boards combined? YES.
I agree completely. His tennis encyclopedia (http://www.amazon.com/Total-Tennis-Revised-Ultimate-Encyclopedia/dp/0973144343/ref=sr_1_2/103-3179190-6620657?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1183407060&sr=8-2) is terrific and he's done so much for the sport but he'd overstayed his welcome. It was time for NBC to let him go. I'm sure somebody else will grab him and give him a job. And he's not nearly as annoying in his Boston Globe columns as he is when doing TV commentary/interviews.

I'm curious to know how many complaints NBC got after his disastrous job at Roland Garros. It seems obvious to me that Federer giving him the blow off and his bumbling Nadal interview was the last straw.

jmp
07-02-2007, 08:13 PM
I had a chance to meet Bud in Houston. He was so kind. I think he really did bond with the average fan. A couple of years later I heard him give play-by-play descriptions of some Houston matches when they weren't being televised. He was very good. I appreciate what he's done for tennis over his long career and wish him all the best in the future.

gillian
07-02-2007, 08:13 PM
Hate to say it, but I'm glad. He'd become incredibly obnoxious the last few years.

dylan24
07-02-2007, 08:14 PM
apparently the head of nbc bet big money on collins' picks lately, and lost a lot of money.
he should have just faded the old man instead.

R.Federer
07-02-2007, 08:16 PM
What is his background in tennis? Did he ever play at any level? He did his thing, he never had much tennis insight, but he stuck around and he's done now. I just fail to find pity for him. It was getting time to retire anyway, he was hovering around 80 or something.

ChrisDoesDallas
07-02-2007, 08:16 PM
I almost never saw him anymore anyway. He essentially hadn't been around for years.

Bibberz
07-02-2007, 08:27 PM
Drysdale is a legend. Really. I saw him on the Charlie Rose Show once and the caption read "Tennis Legend."...And he has that badass accent.

MisterQ
07-02-2007, 08:35 PM
Wow, somehow I never thought they'd let Bud Collins go.

I don't envy the person who had to make such a decision. His years of dedication to tennis deserve respect and acknowledgment -- but if he's no longer performing his job suitably on the biggest stages in tennis, I suppose changes needed to be made.

One always hopes that this sort of thing is done in as kind a manner as possible, of course. The way employers dump people who have devoted their lives to their cause can be cruel.

markd
07-02-2007, 08:43 PM
I couldn't be happier. He is an offensive old man who says terribly rude things to players at the worst time. He 's not a smart, or good journalist. He's a fool who wears silly pants as a way to make himself interesting, when really he's just a fool. I'm glad to see him go, now please, some one fire Mary Carillo...I just can't listen to her sucking Federers ass (no offense to him), even when he's not playing...she finds a way to slip her tongue in. Enough already.

star
07-02-2007, 08:54 PM
Great.:D Now if ESPN will lose Enberg, all will be well.

Enberg is the embarrasment. At least Bud Collins had a great depth of knowledge about tennis.

For me, Bud's tendency to live in the past was annoying when he was in the booth, but he did have good insights about tennis players and noticed what they were doing on the court instead of just intoning "oh my goodness." I think it was time for Bud to go, but someone could have made the effort to tell him in person.

Kitty de Sade
07-02-2007, 09:05 PM
Great.:D Now if ESPN will lose Enberg, all will be well.

No love for the Dick, eh Larah? :lol:

He seems benign enough, and yet- listening to him is like an exercise in frustration. Some of the things he comes up with are just so...loopy. ;)

NYCtennisfan
07-02-2007, 09:10 PM
Wow, somehow I never thought they'd let Bud Collins go.

I don't envy the person who had to make such a decision. His years of dedication to tennis deserve respect and acknowledgment -- but if he's no longer performing his job suitably on the biggest stages in tennis, I suppose changes needed to be made.

One always hopes that this sort of thing is done in as kind a manner as possible, of course. The way employers dump people who have devoted their lives to their cause can be cruel.

Indeed. They slowly faded him out. He used to do commentary in the booth and usually had some pretty good insights. I think it was the ealry 90's where he stopped doing the Wimby matches. He still did some commentary for NBC's coverage of the Indianapolis tournament relatively recently.

His time had come, but he gave a lot to the sport. I met him a few times at the Open and he was always kind and generous with his time.

soraya
07-02-2007, 09:10 PM
It's easy to bag on this guy for his awful predictions of late, but the guy spent his life covering the game of tennis and promoting it through his columns and off-beat personality. He was part of NBC's "Breakfast at Wimbledon", the program that brought live Wimbledon to America for the first time, for so long and for that he deserves some props.

Did he say some off the wall things? Yes. Did he make some bad predictions? Yes. Did he give more to the sport than everyone on these boards combined? YES.

very well said.

R.Federer
07-02-2007, 09:14 PM
Enberg is the embarrasment. At least Bud Collins had a great depth of knowledge about tennis.

Bud Collins has very little knowledge about tennis that has come across in any interview or anything he has written. It is not the knowledge that a person who has played competitively, been on tour or anything like that, but just of anyone who follows the game a lot.

Tennis Fool
07-02-2007, 09:16 PM
Glad thread starter and others are revelling in someone else's misery :rolleyes:

This man is in the HOF and loved tennis. It's not like he did anything but give short interviews and speak about tennis (which he was an encyclopedia of).

Someone said that he probably was given the option to retire before being fired. That would lead straight to an age-discrimination suit (which still might be the case here).

I hope NBC rehires him.

R.Federer
07-02-2007, 09:23 PM
Glad thread starter and others are revelling in someone else's misery :rolleyes:

This man is in the HOF and loved tennis. It's not like he did anything but give short interviews and speak about tennis (which he was an encyclopedia of).

Someone said that he probably was given the option to retire before being fired. That would lead straight to an age-discrimination suit (which still might be the case here).

I hope NBC rehires him.

It is not enjoying someone's misery, but recognizing that when there are so MANY informed individuals covering tennis on other channels, you cannot be stuck with someone who has very little in-depth knowledge about the game. Sure, it helps to have some historical perspective and know the stats, but he does not understand the game (or at least he does not show that he understands it in his write ups or his interviews) any better than many followers of the game. I am not berating him for his predictions (he is correct 50% of the time, like anyone else), but his analysis is very poor. When it starts to make sense, you realize you have heard it elsewhere before (nickbollitieri.com or bradgilbert.com).

I would not be so sure about the age discrimination suit. Many of these contracts are 2-year and 3-year in the TV business. They probably gave him the option of quitting than being told to quit. He probably called their bluff.

MCL
07-02-2007, 09:26 PM
:o I hope they did give him the option of publicly retiring given their lengthy professional relationship.

He wasn't technically fired - they simply didn't renew his contract. (I know it's in effect the same thing.)

http://www.tennis.com/news/news.aspx?id=90996

R.Federer
07-02-2007, 09:30 PM
^ Thanks for that, MCL.

I guessed correctly. I am sure he called their bluff. He probably did not think they would go through with ending it.

LaTenista
07-02-2007, 09:50 PM
I couldn't be happier. He is an offensive old man who says terribly rude things to players at the worst time. He 's not a smart, or good journalist. He's a fool who wears silly pants as a way to make himself interesting, when really he's just a fool. I'm glad to see him go, now please, some one fire Mary Carillo...I just can't listen to her sucking Federers ass (no offense to him), even when he's not playing...she finds a way to slip her tongue in. Enough already.

Seconded. It's not as if Bud still doesn't have his job at The Boston Globe. For pete's sake the man is 78. Most people are retired by that age anyhow.

I try to zone Carillo out when she starts talking about Federer.

Cliffy is awesome. My fave commentator ever by far.

:o I hope they did give him the option of publicly retiring given their lengthy professional relationship.

He wasn't technically fired - they simply didn't renew his contract. (I know it's in effect the same thing.)

http://www.tennis.com/news/news.aspx?id=90996

I'm sure they did but he was too much of a fool to take the graceful way out.

Byrd
07-02-2007, 10:05 PM
Expected firing

KaxMisha
07-02-2007, 10:48 PM
Of course, you are all aware that Federer drove the steak through his heart, right? It was pretty obvious that Bud's days were numbered when Federer flat out refused an interview with the guy.

Please ellaborate on this. I must have missed it completely. When was it and what did he say?

uNIVERSE mAN
07-02-2007, 10:50 PM
I hate old people, they never brush their teeth and reminisce about prehistoric shit far too often.

Rafa = Fed Killa
07-02-2007, 10:50 PM
Good work Federer.

Got some old guy fired.
Evil and conceit, what a combo.

lunahielo
07-02-2007, 10:58 PM
It seems obvious to me that Federer giving him the blow off and his bumbling Nadal interview was the last straw.

When did Federer do this?
I have heard nothing about this.
Anyone??
luna

R.Federer
07-02-2007, 10:59 PM
When did Federer do this?
I have heard nothing about this.
Anyone??
luna
After French final

lunahielo
07-02-2007, 11:02 PM
very well said.

I agree...
We'll all be old someday.......hopefully.
luna :)

lunahielo
07-02-2007, 11:03 PM
After French final

Thanks.
Was this on TV...details, if you know them. :eek:
luna

FaceyFacem
07-02-2007, 11:09 PM
i read they're still doing a tribute video at wimbledon on NBC coverage, and he should still be working this weekend's final interviews for the final time

R.Federer
07-03-2007, 01:18 AM
Thanks.
Was this on TV...details, if you know them. :eek:
lunaWell, Federer refused the interview with him.

Why else do you think Bud Collins predicted he would lose the Wimbledon crown? :devil:

LoveFifteen
07-03-2007, 01:44 AM
Bud Collins has grown embarrassingly inept so I don't blame NBC for not renewing his contract. He is so offensive and condescending when speaking to non-native speakers of English. I hate his patronizing little "gracias", "si", and "you played mucho bueno today, Nadal!" :cringe:

He should've retired with grace, but a fool never knows how to do that.

BlakeJamitis
07-03-2007, 02:58 AM
Great.:D Now if ESPN will lose Enberg, all will be well.

I like Enberg ... especially when he's calling drama-filled matches like the one today with Serena. He has that voice ... reminds me of those great NFL playoff games he use to call. "OH MY!"

soraya
07-03-2007, 03:01 AM
I hate old people, they never brush their teeth and reminisce about prehistoric shit far too often.

right, all those dirty, non brushing teeth old people thought they were immortals when they were your age, just like you, save this little statement because it will sure haunt you in your senior citizen years.

Lillith
07-03-2007, 03:10 AM
Although it was (past) time, I am still sad to see him go. Kind of like Tom Landry being fired by that jackass from Arkansas- it needed to be done, but it probably could have been handled much better.


I'm also sad to see some of the posts here. You people will be old one day too, if you are so lucky.

alfonsojose
07-03-2007, 03:14 AM
Finally :bounce: :wavey:

alfonsojose
07-03-2007, 03:16 AM
I hate old people, they never brush their teeth and reminisce about prehistoric shit far too often.

Thank God you'll die young then :retard:

SAtennis
07-03-2007, 03:21 AM
I'm sure BC contributed a lot to this sport in his own way, whether it was graceful or not. I'm sure he deserves some respects from the NBC and tennis fans over the world. Howevere, I'm also sure that HE should have known that his time was almost over and stepped back himself. It would have been honorable to him, and many tennis fans would have appreciated it. Why "fired" at that age with that much career?

ReturnWinner
07-03-2007, 03:23 AM
contributed with what???? he trained some big champion or he won some big title or beat some good playeR?????????????????????????


I'm sure BC contributed a lot to this sport in his own way, whether it was graceful or not. I'm sure he deserves some respects from the NBC and tennis fans over the world. Howevere, I'm also sure that HE should have known that his time was almost over and stepped back himself. It would have been honorable to him, and many tennis fans would have appreciated it. Why "fired" at that age with that much career?

celia
07-03-2007, 04:53 AM
I wish they hadn't called it a FIRING. That word hurts.

Then again, he should have voluntarily retired after he called Steffi Graf 'Fraulein Forehand'. That was lame.

W!MBLEDON
07-03-2007, 05:09 AM
good riddance

RonE
07-03-2007, 05:53 AM
Of course, you are all aware that Federer drove the steak through his heart, right? It was pretty obvious that Bud's days were numbered when Federer flat out refused an interview with the guy.

Fed=Bud_Killa :worship:

RonE
07-03-2007, 06:02 AM
El Rose would kill for an accent like that. :hearts:

Besdes, Cliffy always provides great anectodes and general knowledge trivia that the average fan is totally unaware of.

I saw an old clip of a TMC match when it was played in Frankfurt in the 90's and Cliff was very informative about Frankfurt and it's role as the main international airline hub of Germany :lol: And he likened it to the time when JFK was the main U.S. airline hub. And hey, I learned from him that during that time before it was called Kennedy Airport it used to be called Idlewild. So you see? I have personally enriched my general knowledge thanks to Cilffy :D

RonE
07-03-2007, 06:04 AM
Enberg is the embarrasment. At least Bud Collins had a great depth of knowledge about tennis.

For me, Bud's tendency to live in the past was annoying when he was in the booth, but he did have good insights about tennis players and noticed what they were doing on the court instead of just intoning "oh my goodness." I think it was time for Bud to go, but someone could have made the effort to tell him in person.

Agree. Enberg is just plain annoying. I was only in the U.S. for a short time and only heard his commentary in two matches and that was already enough for me :o

FedFan_2007
07-03-2007, 06:18 AM
Listening to Enberg's PBP is like mental torture. Fortunately he only does the US Open. I love listening to Aussie PPB for the Aussie/FO/Wimbledon. Those guys know their tennis! BTW, Jimmy Connors was doing commentary on last years Wimbledon final and was very good.

UncleZeke
07-03-2007, 06:31 AM
Bud is a good guy. He just got too old , and needed to be replaced. Wish NBC could axe Dick Enberg next. Another old guy who is past his prime and is worthless in the booth.

tripb19
07-03-2007, 06:57 AM
It's easy to bag on this guy for his awful predictions of late, but the guy spent his life covering the game of tennis and promoting it through his columns and off-beat personality. He was part of NBC's "Breakfast at Wimbledon", the program that brought live Wimbledon to America for the first time, for so long and for that he deserves some props.

Did he say some off the wall things? Yes. Did he make some bad predictions? Yes. Did he give more to the sport than everyone on these boards combined? YES.

Now you are a great poster NYCtennisfan, but that last sentence is just a blatant insult to Xristos.

ugotlobbed
07-03-2007, 07:27 AM
we need more aussies in tennis broadcasting

Fedex
07-03-2007, 07:35 AM
This is a bit sad. Sure the guy has made some bad predictions lately, but the guy has been covering the sport for so long, and he has dedicated so much of his time to the sport. He still is writing for the Globe, so he still has that going for him.
I've actually met the guy once before in Boston, and he seemed like a very nice guy.

Fedex
07-03-2007, 07:49 AM
Bud is a good guy. He just got too old , and needed to be replaced. Wish NBC could axe Dick Enberg next. Another old guy who is past his prime and is worthless in the booth.

Well Enberg does commentary for ESPN, so it would be impossible for NBC to get rid of him.

Allez-Ollie
07-03-2007, 12:31 PM
Poor Bud. Happy retirement :wavey: