Do you believe that every word that came out of the announcer's mouths was approved or supported at a higher level? Yes, they are responsible for the people they hire but the off the wall comments (inane babble at times) were certainly not a well managed scripted presentation. I believe (as previously reported) Mr Costas felt strongly about the lack of an official IOC tribute and he mentioned it during the program. But when the time came for the Israeli athletes to enter Bob started his "moment of silence" and the network went to commercial. Does that sound like a network that tightly scripted their announcers or one that let their broadcast team work without a script? Was their any on screen graphic honoring the 1972 team? Any hint that this was part of NBC's presentation beyond the action of one host? NBC did not cut Mr Costas' comments from the program ... but at that point it would have been difficult as they were turning around a nearly four hour presentation just taped and trying to fit it into the time allotted between commercials and other content they intended to air. I wonder if the announcers on site even knew what was eventually cut from the program. Who knows what inane babble we missed because the tribute was cut?