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Pulling plug on McCord, Kostis sparks viewers to write

CBS’ move makes sense for an aging game

“Stale”! With that, Gary McCord and Peter Kostis bite the dust at CBS (“How old is too old to talk about golf on TV,” Oct. 27).

McCord is upset, and Kostis is more circumspect, possibly with an eye to future employability. Letters to date bemoan their fate (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 28).

Losing your job is never easy – I know from personal experience – but I would imagine that neither of these gentlemen will be applying for food stamps, and they have their Social Security.

But it was probably the right decision on the part of CBS. McCord's shtick is over 30 years old and has become the announcing equivalent of dad jokes: sort of amusing but mostly lame. I'm sure that Kostis knows what he's talking about, but you can hear the phrase “swing plane” only so many times before applying pencils to your ears seems attractive.

If attracting younger viewers/players is a good thing, 70-something announcers probably are not the best choice.

Golf is far too associated with old. Younger personalities with something to say about the game and its players would be welcome. Maybe even something controversial! And younger is the problem. Due to shorter playing careers, most other sports have access to relatively young former players who have the chops to move into announcing. Football’s Tony Romo is an excellent example.

Unfortunately, by the time golfers retire from competition, they qualify as official geezers. There must be some young golfers with the verbal skills and necessary insight who are just falling short of of a PGA Tour career but who know the game and at least the younger generation of players on Tour who could step into the booth. Or, Tony Romo, anyone?

Blaine Walker
St. Paul, Minn.

Cut McCord? Sure. But Kostis? No way
OK, Gary McCord, I can understand. His commentary is “colorful” but truly stupid. I thought CBS understood that when he was banned from the Masters. But firing Peter Kostis? His swing analyses are sometimes the highlight of the broadcasts (“How old is too old to talk about golf on TV,” Oct. 27).

CBS' firing was just as bad as doing it by tweet.

We do not need young eye candy for announcers. We need more on-course and less driving-range coverage.

Cindy Weaver
Florence, Ala.

Kostis fan won't miss McCord
I will miss Peter Kostis and his insights on CBS’ golf telecasts. I will not miss Gary McCord (“How old is too old to talk about golf on TV,” Oct. 27).

While accepting Alex Miceli's judgment about their skills at the top of their game in years past (“One Take,” Oct. 28), McCord has been an irritant, causing muting of the commentary for me for several years. His efforts at humor were too frequent and too frequently off the mark.

Bring in Phil Mickelson or Frank Nobilo? Sure. But the best duo in golf? Judy Rankin and Terry Gannon, doing the LPGA.

Robin Dea
Vancouver, Wash.

Another tone-deaf move by corporate America
Very, very sad that CBS treated these two veterans, Gary McCord and Peter Kostis, the way that it did (“How old is too old to talk about golf on TV,” Oct. 27).

Granted that neither was Johnny Miller, but it would have been much more fitting to allow them to leave on a Sunday telecast, as Miller did earlier this year at the Phoenix Open. This is yet another sign of disrespect in the modern world of corporate America, in which the dollars earned are much more important than taking care of your people.

I hope that Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo will be cut when their next contract option comes up.

Blair Plyler
Charlotte, N.C.

CBS misses a sure thing
CBS missed a straight putt here by canceling or not renewing the contracts of Gary McCord and Peter Kostis, the two best commentators on golf TV today (“How old is too old to talk about golf on TV,” Oct. 27).

When network leaders believe that longevity, history, insight and experience that is topped with humor is “stale,” not only do they miss the cut, but they should be DQ’d for unsportsmanlike conduct for disrespecting on-course participants.

Howard Gross
Pefferlaw, Ontario

Another surprise
Got me, reader Shirley Stuart (“From the Morning Read Inbox: Serving humble pie to Woods’ naysayers,” Oct. 28). The last time I was this far off base with a prediction was in November 2016.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

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