Bob Costas

  • Emmy Award-winning journalist
  • Eight-time National Sportscaster of the Year
  • Olympic Commentator

The quintessential sportscaster, Emmy Award-Winner Bob Costas has been covering the greatest, most inspiring sporting events for more than 25 years. Known for his class and charm, he has come to be one of the most respected sports journalists of our time. At the MLB Network, Bob provides  play-by-play on selected game telecasts, and inaugurated the very well received Studio 42 interview series. Bob also narrates the MLB Remembers historical pieces for the network. 

 
  

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Rave Reviews About Bob Costas

"He was FANTASTIC! Everyone loved him. Some said he was the best speaker we ever had. He was funny, entertaining, serious, and substantive. A great package." -The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago



A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Bob Costas
  • McCarthey Family Foundation
  • The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
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Costas on Sports

Addressing the latest developments in Major League sports today, Bob Costas entertains audiences with his quick wit and memorable anecdotes about today’s most intriguing athletes. ...

Addressing the latest developments in Major League sports today, Bob Costas entertains audiences with his quick wit and memorable anecdotes about today’s most intriguing athletes.

A Fan’s Case for Baseball

Bob Costas loves baseball. In this speech, universally received by sports lovers, he addresses the problems and opportunities facing our nation’s greatest pastime. ...

Bob Costas loves baseball. In this speech, universally received by sports lovers, he addresses the problems and opportunities facing our nation’s greatest pastime.

On the Record with Bob Costas 

In a captivating presentation, Costas discusses the economics of sports, his inspiring Olympic tales, and his most memorable interviews. ...

In a captivating presentation, Costas discusses the economics of sports, his inspiring Olympic tales, and his most memorable interviews.

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Biography

Bob Costas has won twenty-five Emmy awards—more than any sports broadcaster.  His versatility has been recognized with awards and nominations in the categories of hosting, play-by-play, writing, journalism, news, and entertainment.  His peers have named him the “National Sportscaster of the Year” a record eight times, and in 2012, he was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

Also in 2012, Bob was selected for the Walter Cronkite Award for distinction in journalism.  He and Al Michaels are the only sports broadcasters to be so honored.

From the Baseball Game of the Week in the 1980’s,  through his hosting of the Olympics, the late night interview program Later … with Bob Costas, his programs on HBO, and more, Bob has been a prominent part of the coverage of every major sport 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.

The 2014 Sochi Olympics were Bob’s eleventh for NBC.  In addition, he has hosted six Super Bowls, and has been part of the coverage as either play-by play announcer, or host of seven World Series, and ten NBA Finals.  Bob has been a prominent part of NBC’s presentations of major events, such as the Kentucky Derby and the U. S. Open Golf Championship.

Beyond NBC, Bob’s work with HBO, and more recently the Major League Baseball Network have drawn widespread acclaim.  In 2000 Bob’s book, Fair Ball, a Fan’s Case for Baseball, spent several weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List.  His collaborations with Joe Garner on a series of coffee table books and audio sports histories have also been best sellers.

At present, Bob hosts Football Night in America on NBC, continues to be the prime-time host of NBC’s Olympic coverage, while also contributing to NBC News programs such as Nightly News, and The Today Show. With the advent of the new NBC Sports Network, Bob’s program Costas Tonight reprises the issue oriented town hall format that was such a successful part of his run at HBO.   At MLBN, Bob has been able to return to his first love, baseball —contributing interviews, commentaries, and play-by-play to the new network.

Bob 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.