With the Advent of NBC’s Football Night in America Bob Costas adds another chapter to his long and diverse career in sports television. Bob Costas will host the prime time Sunday night broadcast of top NFL games, including playoff games this season and two super bowls over six years. Bob Costas has been with NBC Sports since 1979, and has also hosted HBO sports and entertainment programs since 2001. Bob has covered every major sport, but is perhaps most identified with the Olympics and baseball. He anchored NBC’s primetime coverage of the last four summer Olympics—Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004. He also hosted the 2002 winter games in Salt Lake City. Bob’s first Olympic experience came in Seoul, Korea in 1988, where he served as the late-night host. Bob Costas is scheduled to host NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, and the 2012 London Summer Games.
From 1983 to 1989, Bob Costas teamed with Tony Kubek on NBC’s baseball Game of the Week telecasts. He hosted the network’s NFL Live pre-game show for nine years (1984-1992), stepping aside following super bowl xxvii. Costas has been involved in the coverage of six league championship series and five World Series for NBC sports. He has hosted four super bowls.
In the ’90s, Bob Costas returned to baseball, handling play-by-play for NBC’s all star, playoff and World Series telecasts. He teamed with Joe Morgan for these games. Costas‘ reputation within baseball is long standing, dating to his “game of the week” partnership with Tony Kubek. His frequent and passionate commentary about the game’s history, appeal, and ongoing problems, has earned him the respect and admiration of millions of fans. Costas‘ book, Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball, earned excellent reviews, remained on the New York Times best seller list for several weeks, and influenced the ongoing discussion concerning the game’s direction.
Bob Costas was the play-by-play voice of the NBA on NBC from 1997 through the 1999-2000 season. For many years prior he had been the host of NBC’s NBA coverage. He was also a contributing interviewer and essayist on NBC’s NFL pre-game show, the program he previously hosted for nine years.
In February 2001, HBO launched the critically praised and Emmy award-winning show On the Record with Bob Costas. Subsequently, re-named Costas Now.
Bob Costas has won ninteen Emmy awards—fifteen for outstanding sports host or play-by-play, two for writing, and one for his late night interview show, Later… with Bob Costas and one for feature reporting. Uniquely, Bob has been nominated for Emmys in five different categories: play-by-play, hosting, writing, interviewing and journalism.
Bob Costas has been named National Sportscaster of the Year an unprecedented eight times by his peers—in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, and 2000.
In 1988 Bob Costas began to diversify beyond sports broadcasting. He served as a substitute host for Bryant Gumbel on NBC’s Today show, and then went on to host his own late night program, Later…with Bob Costas. This Emmy award-winning show featured in-depth interviews exploring the lives of newsmakers, entertainers and personalities from varied backgrounds. After a 5-1/2 year run, Bob left the program in February 1994. He still contributes occasional interviews and commentary to NBC’s Today show and the Nightly News program.
At age 22, Bob Costas landed a job at KMOX radio in St. Louis, MO—one of America’s most prominent radio stations. He broadcasted a wide variety of live play-by-play and studio programs from 1974 through 1981. One of his primary assignments during this time was announcing the play-by-play for the ABA’s Spirits of St. Louis team. He was also the radio voice of The University of Missouri basketball games.
Bob Costas‘s love of radio led him back to the medium in 1986 when he inaugurated the very popular program Costas Coast to Coast. The weekly, two hour program ran for ten years until 1996. Now, a decade later, Clear Channel radio has asked Bob to bring the program back, and Costas on the Radio began airing in September of 2006 with the same weekly two-hour mix of interviews and commentary that made it so well received during its first run.
Bob Costas is a native of Queens, New York and grew up on Long Island. He attended Syracuse University in New York, where he majored in communications. Bob Costas began his professional career at WSYR-TV and radio in 1973 while studying at Syracuse.