- Bob Costas
name = Bob Costas
caption = Bob Costas (right) interviews US President
George W. Bushat the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
birth_date = birth date and age|1952|03|22
Queens, New York
spouse = Jill Sutton
children = Keith and Taylor
Robert Quinlan "Bob" Costas (born
March 22, 1952) is a sportscaster, on the air for the NBCnetwork since the early 1980s.
Early life and career
Bob Costas was born in Queens, New York. He is the son of Jayne (née Quinlan) of
Irish Americandescent and John George Costas of Greek Americandescent, who was an electrical engineer. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/66/Bob-Costas.html Bob Costas Biography (1952-) ] ] He grew up in Commack, New York, graduating from Commack South High School. Following high school, he attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communicationsat Syracuse University, though he left school before graduating to begin his professional career.
His sportscasting career started while attending Syracuse University, as an announcer for the
Syracuse Blazersminor hockey team. His career as a professional began as play-by-play announcer for the Spirits of St. Louisof the American Basketball Association, followed by a stint with KMOX radio in St. Louis. Costas later did play-by-play for Chicago Bullsbroadcasts on WGN-TVduring the 1979-1980 season. [ [http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/screen.php?c=786&m=xxwgnxx&p=2 fuzzymemories.tv] ] [ [http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/screen.php?c=1093&m=xxwgnxx&p=1 fuzzymemories.tv] ] He was briefly employed by the CBSnetwork prior to joining NBC Sports in 1980.
Costas was a prominent contributor to the ABA book "". He is extensively quoted on many topics, and the book includes his reflections of ABA life during his tenure as radio voice of the Spirits of St. Louis.
Costas is a devoted baseball fan (he's been suggested as a potential commissioner) and wrote the best-selling "" in 2000. For his 40th birthday,
Oakland Athleticsmanager Tony La Russaallowed Costas to manage the club during a spring training game. The first time Costas visited baseball legend Stan Musial's St. Louis eatery, he left a $3.31 tip in homage to Musial's lifetime batting average (.331). Costas delivered the eulogyat Mickey Mantle's funeral. In eulogizing Mantle, Costas described the baseball legend as "a fragile hero to whom we had an emotional attachment so strong and lasting that it defied logic." Costas has even carried a 1958 Mickey Mantle baseball cardin his wallet.
Costas has been fairly outspoken about his disdain for Major League Baseball instituting a wild card. Costas believes that it diminishes the significance of winning a divisional championship. He prefers a system in which winning the wild card puts a team at some sort of disadvantage, as opposed to on an equal level with teams by which they were outplayed over a 162 game season. Or, as explained in his book "Fair Ball", have only the three division winners in each league go to the postseason, with the team with the best record receiving a bye into the League Championship Series. Once, on the air on
HBO's " Inside the NFL", he mentioned that the NFL regular season counted for something, but baseball's was beginning to lose significance.
Costas was married from 1983 to 2001 to Carole Randall Krumenacher, who goes by "Randy." They had two children, son Keith, born in 1986, and daughter Taylor, born in 1989. Costas once jokingly promised
Minnesota Twinscenter fielder Kirby Puckettthat if he was batting over .350 by the time his child was born he would name the baby Kirby. Kirby was hitting better than .350, but Bob's son was not given a first (or second) name of Kirby. His son was given the name of Keith Michael Kirby Costas. On March 12, 2004, Costas married Jill Sutton.
Awards and honors
Bob Costas has won multiple National Sportcaster of the Year awards (from the National Sportcaster and Sportswriter Association) and nearly 20 Emmy Awards for outstanding sports announcing. In 1999, Costas was a recipient of the
Curt GowdyAward, which is awarded to members of the electronic and print media for outstanding contributions to baseball. He is also an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
He was selected as the
Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalismrecipient in 2004.
In 2006, Costas was also awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from
Loyola College in Maryland.
April 19, 2007, while at the Iowa Cubsvs. Albuquerque Isotopes Pacific Coast Leaguebaseball game, Costas was made an honorary member of the Iowa Cubs Video Production Team during a brief induction ceremony in the Principal Parkpressbox.
He is a Honorary Trustee of
Webster University, a private college located in Webster Groves, MO. He is a frequent supporter of the school, to include numerous radio commercials.
Costas declared on
June 27, 2007, that the presidency of George W. Bushhad "tragically failed."
I think it is now overwhelmingly evident, if you're honest about it, even if you're a
conservativeRepublican, if you're honest about it, this is a failed administration. And no honest conservative would say that George W. Bush was among the 500 most qualified people to be President of the United States. That's not based on political leaning. If a liberal, and I tend to be liberal, disagrees with a conservative, they can still respect that person's competence and the integrity of their point of view. [ [http://newsbusters.org/node/13253 Bob Costas: 'Inescapable Fact' That Bush Presidency 'A Tragically Failed Administration' | NewsBusters.org ] ]
He went on to say that, although a liberal, he has voted for some Republicans in the past.
When Costas was first hired by NBC,
Don Ohlmeyer, who at the time ran NBC Sports, told the then 28 year old Costas that he looked like a 14 year old. Ohlmeyer presumably based his reaction on Costas' modest stature (Costas is 5' 7" (1.70 m) in height) and boyish, babyfaced appearance (Costas' appearance has, at times, been compared to actor Mark Hamill's). After Boston Red Soxpitcher Curt Schillingmade disparaging remarks about Barry Bonds(concerning Bonds' alleged steroid use) in a 2007 HBOinterview with Costas [Associated Press, [http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2007-07-25-2759473078_x.htm Schilling: Bonds and McGwire lack of denials tantamount to admissions] . " USA Today", July 2, 2007.] , Bonds immediately responded by dismissing Schilling's comments and calling Costas a "midget" who "knows absolutely jack shit about baseball".
He has been an in-studio host of
National Football Leaguecoverage and play-by-playman for the NBA and for Major League Baseball. Costas has teamed with Isiah Thomasand Doug Collinsfor basketball telecasts (from 1997-2000) and Tony Kubek(from 1983-1989), Joe Morganand Bob Uecker(from 1994-2000) for baseball telecasts. Before becoming the studio host for "The NFL on NBC" in 1984, Costas did play-by-play with analyst Bob Trumpyfor NFL games.
Costas has frontlined many Olympics broadcasts for NBC. They include the Olympics in
Barcelonain 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Sydneyin 2000, Salt Lake City in 2002, Athensin 2004, Turinin 2006, and Beijingin 2008. He discusses his work on the Olympic telecasts extensively in a book by Andrew Billings entitled "". A personal influence on Costas has been legendary ABC Sports broadcaster Jim McKay, who hosted many Olympics for ABC from the 1960s to the 1980s. Costas is allowed large segments of on-air time to editorialize about Olympic controversies which, critics proclaim, at several times detracts from the actual athletics, and the airing of said events. Critics also feel that his actual experience/ lack there of, as an athlete, nullifies any certain credibility with a majority of his viewpoints.
During the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Opening Ceremonies, Costas' remarks on the China Team's possible drug use caused an uproar among the American Chinese and international communities. Thousands of dollars were raised to purchase ads in the "
Washington Post" and Sunday " New York Times", featuring an image of the head of a statue of Apollo and read: "Costas Poisoned Olympic Spirit, Public Protests NBC." [cite web | url=http://museums.cnd.org/CND-Global/CND-Global.96.3rd/CND-Global.96-08-31.html | title=Text of Protest Ad| publisher="China News Digest" | author=K. Harrison Liang | date= 1996-08-29] [cite web | url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C07E6D6163BF935A3575AC0A960958260| title=Cultural Views: Differing Outlooks | publisher="New York Times" | author=Richard Sandomir | date= 1996-09-06] However, Costas' comments were made subsequent to the suspension of Chinese coach Zhou Mingafter seven of his swimmers were caught using steroids in 1994. Further evidence of Chinese athletes' drug use came in 1997 when Australian authorities confiscated 13 vials of Somatropin, a human growth hormone, from the bag of Chinese swimmer Yuan Yuanupon her arrival for the 1997 World Swimming Championships. At the World Championships, four Chinese swimmers tested positive for the banned substance Triamterene, a diuretic used to dilute urine samples in order to mask the presence of anabolic steroids. Including these failed drug tests, 27 Chinese swimmers were caught using performance enhancing drugs from 1990 through 1997; more than the rest of the world combined. [cite web | url=http://articles.latimes.com/1998/jan/18/sports/sp-9735 | title=Latest Drug Scandal Has China Critics Seeing Red" | author=Mike Penner | date= 1998-01-18]
"Major League Baseball on NBC"
One of Bob Costas' most memorable broadcasts occurred on
June 23, 1984(in what would go down in baseball lore as " The Sandberg Game"). Costas along with Tony Kubek, were calling the Saturday baseball "Game of the Week" from Chicago's Wrigley Field. The game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in particular was cited for putting Ryne Sandberg(as well as the 1984 Cubs in general, who would go on to make their first postseason appearance since 1945) "on the map." In the ninth inning, the Cubs trailed 9-8, and faced the premier relief pitcher of the time, Bruce Sutter. Sandberg, then not known for his power, slugged a home run to left field against the Cardinals' ace closer. Despite this dramatic act, the Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the tenth. Sandberg came up again in the tenth inning, facing a determined Sutter with one man on base. Sandberg then shocked the national audience by hitting a second home run, even further into the left field bleachers, to tie the game again. The Cubs went on to win in the 11th inning. Costas said when Sandberg hit that second home run, "Do you believe it?!"
While broadcasting Game 4 of the
1988 World Seriesbetween the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics on NBC, Costas angered many members of the Dodgers (especially the team's manager, Tommy Lasorda) by commenting that the team quite possibly had the weakest-hitting lineup in World Series history. Later, after the Dodgers had won Game 4 (en route to a 4–1 series victory), Lasorda sarcastically suggested that the MVP of the 1988 World Series should be Bob Costas.
Besides calling the
1989 American League Championship Seriesfor NBC, Costas also filled-in for a suddenly ill Vin Scully(who had come down with laryngitis.) for Game 2 of the 1989 National League Championship Series. Game 2 of the NLCS occurred on Thursday, October 5, which was an off day for the ALCS. NBC then decided to fly Costas from Toronto to Chicago to substitute for Scully on Thursday night. Afterwards, Costas flew back to Toronto, where he resumed work on the ALCS the next night.
Bob Costas anchored NBC's pre and post-game for NFL broadcasts and the pre and post-game shows for numerous World Series and
Major League Baseball All-Star Games during the 1980s (the first being for the 1982 World Series). Costas didn't get a shot at doing play-by-play (as the games on NBC were previously called by Vin Scully) for an All-Star Game until 1994 and a World Series until 1995 (when NBC split the coverage with ABC). It wasn't until 1997 when Costas finally got the chance to do play-by-play for a World Series from start to finish. Costas ended up winning a Sports Emmy Awardfor Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play.
"NBA on NBC"
When NBC gained the NBA network contract from CBS in 1990, Costas hosted the telecasts and was teamed in the studio with ex-Lakers coach
Pat Riley. He also hosted the studio program "Showtime" and did play-by-play for the 1991 All-Star Game. In 1997, Costas began a three year stint as the lead play-by-play man for "The NBA on NBC". NBC enlisted Costas' services after they were forced to (temporarily) remove Marv Albertfrom their broadcasts due to lingering personal and legal problems at the time. Costas stepped aside following the 2000 NBA Finals, in favor of a returning Marv Albert.
While this, in essence, ended his active role on the "NBA on NBC" program (by this point,
Hannah Stormand Ahmad Rashadhad replaced Costas on studio anchoring duties), Costas would return to do play-by-play for selected playoff games. Costas also anchored NBC's NBA Finals coverage in 2002, which was their last to date.
Costas is a critic of the raunchier side of pro wrestling. He condemned
Karl Maloneduring a live NBA broadcast for participating periodically in WCW matches.
"NHL on NBC"
Costas hosted NBC's coverage of the
AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor regular season game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadiumon New Year's Day2008. [http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=346955 NHL.com - 2008 NHL Winter Classic ] ]
Costas filled in for
Tom Hammondat the hosting desk during the 2002 Breeders' Cupwhen Hammond had to undergo open-heart surgery.
"Football Night in America"
In 2006, Costas returned to studio hosting duties on "The NFL on NBC" (under the "
Football Night in America" banner), which was returning after a near ten year hiatus. Costas last hosted NFL telecasts for NBC in 1992.
Costas is nicknamed "Rapping Roberto" by "
New York Daily News" sports media columnist Bob Raissman. [cite web | url=http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/451507p-380022c.html | title=NBC out-Foxed in opener | publisher="New York Daily News" | author=Bob Raissman | date= 2006-09-12] Al Michaelsalso called him "Rapping Roberto" during the telecast between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants on September 10, 2006, in response to Costas calling him "Alfalfa." [cite web | url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/2006-09-10-weekend_x.htm | title=Scores, injury updates early fodder for NBC's Sunday-night NFL show | publisher="USA Today" | author=Michael Hiestand | date= 2006-09-11]
Costas hosted "Later with Bob Costas" on NBC, 1988-1994. This show was something of a break from the typical TV talk show format of the era, featuring Costas and a single guest having a conversation for the entire half hour, without a band, opening monologue or studio audience. On several occasions, Costas held the guest over for multiple nights, and these in-depth discussions won Costas much praise for his interviewing skills.
In 1999, Costas teamed with his then-NBC colleague,
Joe Morganto call two weekday night telecasts for ESPN. The first was on Wednesday, August 25with Detroit Tigers playing against the Seattle Mariners. The second was on Tuesday, September 21with the Atlanta Braves playing against the New York Mets.
In 2001, Costas was hired by
HBOto host a 12 week series called " On the Record with Bob Costas". [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283207/ IMDb > "On the Record with Bob Costas" (2001)] ] "On the Record with Bob Costas" was similar to the format of the old "Later" program as they both concentrated on in-depth celebrity interviews.
In 2002, Costas began a stint as co-host of HBO's long running series "
Inside the NFL". Costas remained host of "Inside the NFL" through the end of the 2007 NFL season. He hosted the show with Cris Collinsworthand former NFL legends Dan Marinoand Cris Carter. The program aired each week during the NFL season.
In 2005, "On the Record with Bob Costas" was revamped to become "
Costas Now", a monthly show that would focus more on sports and air year-round in a 9 p.m. ET/PT time slot. "Costas Now" is more akin to HBO's " Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel".
"Larry King Live
In June 2005, Costas was named by
CNNpresident, Jonathan Klein, as a regular substitute anchor for Larry King's " Larry King Live" for one year. Costas, as well as Klein, have said that Costas is not trying out for King's position on a permanent basis. Nancy Gracewas also named a regular substitute host for the show. [cite web | url=http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/09/entertainment/main700753.shtml | title=CNN hires Bob Costas | publisher="Associated Press" | date= 2005-06-09]
August 18, 2005, Costas refused to host a "Larry King Live" episode where the subject was missing teen Natalee Holloway. Costas said he had no hard feelings about the subject, but that he was uncomfortable with it. [cite web | url=http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/usworld/news-article.aspx?storyid=42748 | title=Bob Costas refuses to anchor Holloway coverage | publisher="Associated Press" | date= 2005-08-19]
Apart from his normal sportscasting duties, Costas also announced periodic dogsled and elevator races on "
Late Night with David Letterman".
Costas once appeared on the television program "
NewsRadio" as himself. He hosted an award show and later had some humorous encounters with the crew of WNYX. Costas also once appeared as a guest on the faux talkshow cartoon " Space Ghost Coast to Coast".
Bob Costas has been impersonated several times by
Darrell Hammondon " Saturday Night Live". [ [http://snl.jt.org/imp.php?i=228 Darrell Hammond impersonation on Bob Costas] ]
Costas appeared as himself along with his rival/counterpart
Al Michaels(who now works for NBC) from ABC in the movie " BASEketball". Costas also appeared as himself in the movie " Pootie Tang" where he remarks that he saw "the longest damn clip ever".
In a supposed effort to fulfill a deal he made on "The Late Late Show" with
Craig Kilborn, as coverage of a game resumed he sipped a glass of pink lemonade and said "Ah, that's restaurant quality lemonade."
Costas guest-voiced (as himself) on the "
Family Guy" episodes "Patriot Games" and " Petergeist".
Costas is very loosely associated with the
Dave, Shelly, and Chainsawmorning show of San Diego, California, and has been known to appear frequently on that show, where, due to one of the show's in-jokes, some of the show's hosts (as well as many San Diego residents) know Costas, belovedly, as the "King of Doucheville." He also appeared in Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw's motion picture " The JK Conspiracy". Jim Romeconsiders Costas to be one of the most intelligent people he's interviewed on " The Jim Rome Show". One of the more famous callers to the show, 'Jeff in Richmond', often refers to Costas as his "good friend and colleague". Costas has good-naturedly mentioned his bemusement regarding the hoopla that has come from all this.
Costas was "name checked" in a
Ludacrissong after he had mentioned being a fan on the late night talk show " Last Call with Carson Daly".
In 2002, Costas was the keynote speaker for the opening ceremonies of the 25th Empire State Games held in Syracuse, New York.
In 2002, Bob was the play-by-play announcer, alongside ESPN's
Harold Reynolds, for "Triple Play 2002" during the ballgame for PlayStation 2and Xbox.
October 18, 2007, Costas appeared along with former Baseball Commissioner, Fay Vincentat Williams Collegefor "A Conversation About Sports" moderated by Will Dudley, Associate Professor of Philosophy.
June 13, 2008, Costas appeared the MSNBC's commercial-free special coverage of "Remembering Tim Russert(1950~2008)", as a colleague of the host (of that broadcast), Keith Olbermann. He tributed Russert as a person who loved sports and athletes, with mentioning Russert's love of Yogi Berra. [ [http://video.msn.com/dw.aspx?mkt=en-us&from=truveo&vid=ede08404-f8ae-4ab1-b1dd-979d0fce0413 Costas: Russert understood competition] ]
Costas also hosted the syndicated
radioprogram " Costas Coast to Coast", 1986-1996, which has recently been revived as " Costas on the Radio". Like "Later", Costas' radio shows have focused on a wide variety of topics, and have not been limited to sports discussion. Bob's current radio show, "Costas on the Radio", airs on 200 stations nationwide each weekend and syndicated by the Clear Channelowned Premiere Radio Networks.
MLB on NBC" #2 Play-by-Play
*1984–1992, 2006-present: "
NFL on NBC" Studio Host [http://www.hbo.com/costasnow/bios/bob_costas.html HBO: Costas Now ] ]
*1988–1994: "Later" Host
Summer OlympicsPrimetime Host
MLB on NBC" Lead Play-by-Play
NBA on NBC" Lead Play-by-Play
On the Record with Bob Costas" and " Costas Now" Host
Winter OlympicsPrimetime Host
Inside the NFL" Host
AMP Energy NHL Winter ClassicHost
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