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Kostis, McCord, and Macatee Out at CBS, Nobilo, Love III, Wie, Immelman In

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Gary McCord and Peter Kostis, two stalwarts of the CBS golf broadcast team, will not return in 2020. Both faced expiring contracts that will not be renewed. A CBS spokesman confirmed the news to Go…

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I'm in a minority, but I'll miss McCord.  He was one of the few who seemed to have actual fun doing his job, he didn't treat golf very seriously.  I wonder a bit whether Kostis will be replaced with another swing analyst, or whether that role will just go away.

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I think the loss of McCord is fantastic news.

I used to be a big fan and thought he was genuinely funny and fresh. 15 years ago. 

But his shtick has become so predictable and mannered that I can barely watch when he is commentating.

The "excitement" and "sense of fun" he musters up for no reason at all times is completely fake and irritating in the extreme.

This is a win for golf fans and TV  spectators

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I will miss Mr. McCord.  Loved his whacked out sense of humor... especially when it was off the cuff.  His prepared-in-advance stuff, not so much.

Partly agree with LeftyButNotPM... McCord can be annoying in larger doses.  I once wrote him a letter asking if I could play in his foursome at his Arizona course but I didn't hear back.  I once wrote a letter to the Pope too, haven't heard back on that one either.

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Glad to see both go. McCord 5x more than Kostis, but both going will hopefully be good for the telecast. Unfortunately, we'll still get too many commercials and nowhere near enough golf.

1 hour ago, leftybutnotPM said:

I think the loss of McCord is fantastic news.

I used to be a big fan and thought he was genuinely funny and fresh. 15 years ago. 

But his shtick has become so predictable and mannered that I can barely watch when he is commentating.

The "excitement" and "sense of fun" he musters up for no reason at all times is completely fake and irritating in the extreme.

This is a win for golf fans and TV  spectators

That's all dead on. McCord has sucked for the better part of two decades now. Thank goodness he was kicked out of covering the Masters.

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I sympathize with anyone who wants to keep working but doesn’t get their contract renewed but both have had their time, many many years on CBS and I just got tired of them, granted it’s really hard to fill in all that time between shots.

I don’t think whomever are their replacements will get me to watch more of CBS’s broadcast, there are enough shots available via social media now I just watch golf via Twitter or YouTube.

CBS in the 60s or 70s revolutionized the golf broadcast by providing wall to wall shots and a higher standard of production. It seems far removed from those days at present. IBM and The Masters seem to have a better sense of how to present a tournament in this digital age.

 

Oh yeah, I thought the sign off from Kostis w/the mail was weird. 

 

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3 hours ago, DaveP043 said:

I'm in a minority, but I'll miss McCord.  He was one of the few who seemed to have actual fun doing his job, he didn't treat golf very seriously. 

Me too.   

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If we’re really lucky, they’ll find a “professional” like Joe Buck...    :doh:

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For what little I watch golf shows, I will miss McCord. Kostis not so much. 

McCord was fun to listen to. I still chuckle a little, about his remark about "bikini waxed" greens. 

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3 hours ago, DaveP043 said:

I'm in a minority, but I'll miss McCord.  He was one of the few who seemed to have actual fun doing his job, he didn't treat golf very seriously.  

Herein lies the problem.

In the context of sport as a whole and golf as a recreation and first world problems and people with cancer and whatever....... Golf is serious and deserves to be treated as such. Especially at the highest level.

McCord's commentary is about McCord, not golf. His style is anachronistic, boring, predictable and past its use-by date by a decade.

At times I feel that Feherty is heading in the same direction, but beneath his humour is an intellect, empathy, wit and insight that McCord has always lacked.

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1 minute ago, Patch said:

For what little I watch golf shows, I will miss McCord. Kostis not so much. 

McCord was fun to listen to. I still chuckle a little, about his remark about "bikini waxed" greens. 

He should have known that comment wouldn't sit well with the conservative minds at Augusta. But that's what I love about the Masters, as well.  Staid tradition.  

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5 minutes ago, leftybutnotPM said:

In the context of sport as a whole and golf as a recreation and first world problems and people with cancer and whatever....... Golf is serious and deserves to be treated as such. Especially at the highest level.

 

Huh?  Really?   
 

It’s entertainment.  Nothing more. In the grand scheme of things, no more “serious” than Saturday morning cartoons are to a 10 year old.

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I really tried to care one way or the other. But I don't. Maybe why they are out is a lot of people feel the same way. Best, -Marv

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Homogenization is great if you are a jug of milk...provided you like milk.  Where sportscasting is concerned...not so much.  Bland is not a flavor.  I'd rather listen to someone I disagree with than someone who never expresses an opinion.

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2 hours ago, iacas said:

Glad to see both go. McCord 5x more than Kostis, but both going will hopefully be good for the telecast. Unfortunately, we'll still get too many commercials and nowhere near enough golf.

That's all dead on. McCord has sucked for the better part of two decades now. Thank goodness he was kicked out of covering the Masters.

100% agree with this. 

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