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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Oct. 1, 2007 — Sportscaster Bob Costas and former Major League Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent will meet at Williams College on Thursday, Oct. 18 for “A Conversation about Sports.” The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in Chapin Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Professor Will Dudley will moderate the discussion. The event is sponsored by the Office of the President.
An NBC sportscaster since the 1980s, Costas has covered many memorable moments in a variety of sports. The winner of numerous National Sportscaster of the Year awards and nearly 20 Emmy Awards for outstanding sports announcing, Costas has covered the National Football League, National Basketball Association, and Major League Baseball. He currently hosts “Football Night in America,” NBC’s NFL program.
A devoted baseball fan, Costas is the author of “Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball” (2000).
Beginning with the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, he also broadcast the Olympics for NBC in Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000, Salt Lake City in 2002, Athens in 2004, and Torino in 2006. Costas hosts a number of other programs, including the syndicated radio program “Costas Coast to Coast” and its successor “Costas on the Radio;” NBC’s “Later with Bob Costas,” a late night TV talk show in which he conducted long, often multi-evening interviews from 1988 to 1994; and a 12-week HBO series called “On the Record with Bob Costas.”
Fay VincentFollowing Vincent’s graduation from Williams College in 1960 and Yale Law School in 1963, he joined the Washington, D.C. law firm Caplin and Drysdale, where he specialized in corporate, banking and securities matters from 1968 to 1978. . He also served in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an associate director of the Division of Corporate Finance.
In 1978 Vincent became the chairman of Columbia Pictures and in 1982 the vice-chairman of Coca-Cola. He was promoted to executive vice president of Coca-Cola before becoming the 8th commissioner of Major League Baseball in 1989 and serving until 1992. He joined Major League Baseball as deputy commissioner under A. Bartlett Giamatti. After stepping down from the commissioner’s office, Vincent became president of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and served from 1998 to 2003.
Vincent’s tenure as commissioner of baseball saw a number of events and controversies. He presided over the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, which was interrupted by the Loma Prieta Earthquake in San Francisco. During the 1990 lockout, caused by controversy over salary caps, Vincent was able to broker an agreement bringing the 32-game lockout to a close. He also banned fellow Williams alumnus George Steinbrenner from baseball for life, but Steinbrenner was eventually reinstated.
Dudley, associate professor of philosophy at Williams College, teaches a course titled “Big Games: The Spiritual Significance of Sports.” He earned his B.A. from Williams in 1989, and his Ph.D. from Northwestern in 1998. In 1989-90, he was a Herchel Smith Scholar in philosophy at Cambridge University. Dudley joined the Williams faculty in 1998.
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