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Chris Rock answers the question, ‘Why don’t black people like baseball anymore?’

Chris Rock describes himself as “an endangered species.” In what way? As “a black baseball fan.” In a segment for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” the comedian looked at how and why black players and fans seem to have abandoned participation and interest in what’s long been referred to as “the national pastime.” He […]

Chris Rock’s plea to baseball, for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel has added a comedy segment to round out episodes in this spring's new season, and this week, Chris Rock stepped up to the plate with several minutes of warning and encouragement for baseball. Not just Major League Baseball, but all of it, speaking as a baseball fan who's becoming […]

Chris Rock Wonders Why Blacks Abandoned Baseball On HBO’s ‘Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel

Chris Rock debuted on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel last night, and wondered what became of African Americans in baseball. Rock’s the latest comedic voice tapped by HBO to close the sports show’s episodes with some take on an element of the sports industry. Show More Summary

Chris Rock: Black Baseball Fan

Chris Rock on blacks in baseball. From Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Alex Boone Speaks on Jim Harbaugh's Exit from 49ers in 'Real Sports' Interview

New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is the subject of Tuesday’s episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and the episode will include a telling interview with San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone. In the episode, Andrea Kremer profiles Harbaugh and discusses Boone's former coach with the guard. Show More Summary

“Wearing out welcome” isn’t new for Jim Harbaugh

Tuesday’s new episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel includes a look not only at Seattle’s quarterback but also at the former San Francisco head coach who no longer has to deal with Russell Wilson.  Andrea Kremer profiles new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who has returned to Ann Arbor decades after he once patrolled…

Russell Wilson says Rangers want him to play baseball

When some of the quotes first emerged from Russell Wilson’s interview with HBO’s Bryant Gumbel regarding Wilson playing baseball, it sounded like the musings of an elite, 25-year-old athlete who thinks he can do anything — but who surely would never undermine his football career by playing professional baseball.  Based on the full interview, it…

Russell Wilson Speaks on Potentially Playing Both Football and Baseball

Russell Wilson is unwilling to shut the door on the baseball diamond just yet. In an interview with Bryant Gumbel for HBO's Real Sports, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback said that he maintains a desire to one day play both football and...Show More Summary

Russell Wilson: I haven’t given up baseball, may play both sports

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he’s still considering playing baseball — and not just for a cameo appearance in spring training. Wilson told Bryant Gumbel of HBO that it’s still his dream to be a two-sport athlete. “You never want to kill the dream of playing two sports,” Wilson said. “I would honestly play two…

Newswire: HBO facing defamation lawsuit over Bryant Gumbel report on child labor

As picked up by The Hollywood Reporter, HBO is facing a “huge” defamation lawsuit from sporting equipment maker Mitre Sports over a 2008 episode of Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel that claimed the company used child labor to make soccer balls. Show More Summary

HBO Faces Huge Defamation Trial Over "Hoax" Child Labor Report

CEO Richard Plepler could be forced to testify in a massive case brought by a soccer ball manufacturer over a "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" story that allegedly featured "staged" scenes and “doctored” interviews. read more

Jerry Springer, Harold Ford Jr. and the Designer Who Dressed Bryant Gumbel

We missed Sigourney Weaver by a day. Oh well. As much as we felt like heading to the beach today, the siren’s call of Michael’s beckoned, so we made our way to 55th and Fifth for our weekly Wednesday lunch. The scene was bustling with...Show More Summary

Op-ed: How Gay Baseball Player Glenn Burke Made Bryant Gumbel Nervous

Late baseball player Glenn Burke wrote in his 1995 memoir (which is being re-released today) about the aftermath of his public coming out. read more

Bill Maher Takes on NFL’s Domestic Violence Problem for HBO’s Real Sports

2 months agoNews : Mediaite

As promised, Bill Maher was the first of several comedians to deliver commentary on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel this week. Using his "New Rules" format, Maher got some silly jokes about high school bowling and skateboarding video games out of the way before moving on to more fertile territory: the NFL's domestic violence issues.

Bill Maher Will Kick Off New Comedy Segment for HBO’s Real Sports

2 months agoNews : Mediaite

HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is adding a new segment with a comedic spin this year, where various different comedians will take on certain aspects of the sports industry.

Bill Maher To Debut Comedy Segment On HBO’s ‘Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel

Bill Maher will debut a new segment on Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel in which comedy talent affiliated with HBO will close the show with some take on an element of the sports industry. Maher will close the February 24 edition of Real...Show More Summary

‘Allison, can you explain what Internet is?’

In 1994, “Today Show” anchors Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric had a discussion about this new thing called the Internet that became the stuff of legend. Then Couric asked a legendary question: “Allison, can you explain what Internet is?” That moment is the foundation of a fun ad by BMW that debuted during the Super […]

Bryant Gumbel, Katie Couric Star in 18th Best Super Bowl Ad

Former “Today” show hosts Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric relived an infamous conversation they once had about the internet in a BMW commercial during last night’s Super Bowl. While the veteran TV Newsers couldn’t surpass Budweiser’s lost dog for the No. 1 spot, USA Today‘s 2015 Ad Meter considers Gumbel and Couric’s the 18th best commercial of the night.

Twitter loved the Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel BMW Super Bowl ad

BMW's Super Bowl ad harked back to a now-infamous 1994 clip from the show when the presenters were perplexed by the internet and struggled to explain to viewers how to email the program. “What is ‘internet’ anyway,” Gumbel said, “DoShow More Summary

Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel’s Super Bowl 2015 BMW commercial tries to understand this internet thing

The product: BMW i3 electric car The premise: In 1994, TV anchors Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel puzzle over this newfangled thing called “The Internet.” “That little mark with the ‘a’ and then the ring around it?” asks Gumbel. “At,” says a woman off-camera. “See, that’s what I said,” says Gumbel. “Katie said she thought […]

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