From presenting Baseball Game of the Week and Later with Bob Costas to hosting the Olympics, Bob Costas has been a prominent part of every major sport’s coverage over the past three decades. His thoughtful commentaries on a variety of issues have established him as one of his generation’s most distinctive voices.
Costas is the only person ever to have won Emmys in news, sports, and entertainment. He has won 24 Emmy Awards total—more than any other sports broadcaster. His versatility has been recognized with awards and nominations in the categories of hosting, play-by-play, writing, journalism, news, and entertainment. He received his Emmy in news for his interview with Jerry Sandusky, the central figure in the Penn State scandal, and received his Emmy in entertainment for his acclaimed late night program Later with Bob Costas.
Costas currently hosts Football Night in America on NBC, continues to be the primetime host of NBC’s Olympic coverage, and contributes to NBC News programs such as Nightly News, Rock Center, and The Today Show. With the advent of the new NBC Sports Network, Costas’s program Costas Tonight reprises the issue-oriented town hall format that was such a successful part of his run at HBO. At MLBN, Costas has been able to return to his first love—baseball—contributing interviews, commentaries, and play by play to the new network.
Costas’s peers have named him National Sportscaster of the Year eight times and elected him to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Bob Costas was also selected for the Walter Cronkite Award for distinction in journalism in 2012, becoming the only other sports broadcaster besides Al Michaels to be so honored.
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. He began his professional career at WSYR-TV and radio in 1973 while studying at Syracuse before joining KMOX radio in St. Louis in 1974. He has been with NBC since 1980.
Costas has hosted ten Olympic Games for NBC, the latest of which were the 2012 London Olympics. He has also hosted six Super Bowls and ten NBA Finals, and either acted as play-by-play announcer or host of seven World Series. He has been a prominent part of NBC’s presentations of major events, such as the Kentucky Derby and the US Open Golf Championship.
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Beyond NBC, Costas’s work with HBO and the Major League Baseball Network has drawn widespread praise. In 2000, his book Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball spent several weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List. His collaborations with Joe Garner on a series of coffee table books and audio sports histories have also been bestsellers.
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