Bob Costas

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Bob Costas Profile

One of the most recognized faces and voices in sport casting, Bob Costas has covered nearly every major sports landmark within the past 25 years. His quick wit, thoughtful insights, and charm have made him a household favorite; it’s no wonder then, that he has hosted eleven Olympics, seven World Series, and ten NBA finals.

As a child listening to sports casts, Costas knew he wanted to be a broadcaster, later stating to the Philadelphia Daily News that: “I always thought the broadcaster was as much a part of the game as the game itself.”

He left his communications major at Syracuse University before graduating when he was offered a job as the play-by-play voice of the St. Louis ABA Spirits by radio giant KMOX. Soon after he also became the radio voice of the University of Missouri basketball team. His passion for sports and ability to apply interesting trivia to his articulate announcing quickly got him noticed by CBS and later NBC.

Today Costas can be seen on NBC’s weekly studio show Football Night in America. He demonstrates his skill as an interviewer in the regular MLB show Studio 42 with Bob Costas.

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    Bob Costas, a 19-time Emmy Award winner, and television’s most honored studio host, is the host of NBC’s Football Night in America studio show. Costas also serves as primetime host of NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games and co-hosts NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Open, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

    Costas hosts NBC′s Football Night in America studio show alongside co-hosts Cris Collinsworth, the most honored studio analyst in history with six Emmy Awards, and controversial newsman Keith Olbermann; and analysts former Pro Bowler and Today correspondent Tiki Barber and Jerome Bettis, one of the most popular players in recent NFL history.

    From 1984-92, Costas hosted NBC′s NFL pre-game show, NFL on NBC. In 1996, he returned to the NFL pre-game, contributing commentaries and interviews. He also hosted the pre-game shows for Super Bowls XX, XXIII and XXVII.

    In April 2000, Costas’ book, Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball received excellent reviews and made the New York Times Best Seller list. Net proceeds from the book were donated to B.A.T – Baseball Assistance Team, which provides financial assistance to those members of the baseball family in need.

    Costas has been honored as Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association a record eight times. He won first in 1985, when at 33 he became the youngest person at that time ever to win the award. He added awards in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997 and 2000. In March 2000, Costas was named “Favorite Sportscaster” at the TV Guide Awards, based on balloting by readers of TV Guide magazine.

    One of television’s most gifted interviewers, Costas won acclaim as host of HBO’s On The Record, a weekly show on which Costas interviewed luminaries from the worlds of sports, entertainment and politics. He recently began hosting CostasNOW, on HBO, a quarterly one-hour sports magazine program. Costas has also hosted HBO’s Inside the NFL since 2002.

    Costas’s combination of wit and intelligence have made him a popular guest on the talk show circuit from his memorable play-by-play call of elevator races on Late Night with David Letterman to his current appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

    Costas attended Syracuse University.

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Bob Costas brings the same life and vitality of his broadcasts to the podium. His personal anecdotes on sports history and talks on the current issues pack auditoriums, selling out venues weeks in advance. Seeing a live presentation by a legend like Costas is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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.

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.

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.

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Books by Bob Costas:

    Fair Ball: A Fan′s Case for Baseball

    From his perspective as a journalist and a true fan, Bob Costas, NBC′s award-winning broadcaster, shares his unflinching views on the forces that are diminishing the appeal of major league baseball and proposes realistic changes that can be made to protect and promote the game′s best interests.

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