For much of his 40-year career with NBC Sports, Bob Costas was one of the network’s most familiar voices.
But that relationship now has come to an end as the veteran sportscaster has reached a settlement with the network to terminate his contract that ran through 2021.
“It’s all settled quietly and happily for all concerned,” Costas said in an interview Tuesday with the New York Post.
In a career with NBC that began in 1979, Costas has served as the network’s lead announcer for major events such as the Olympic Games, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and horse racing’s Triple Crown, in addition to calling the play-by-play in many of those sports.
However, in recent years, his network profile has diminished.
“There was a very long period of time when NBC’s programming suited my interests and abilities very well, from (the late-night talk show) Later, to the news magazines, to baseball, the NBA and the Olympics,” Costas told USA TODAY Sports last August. “And after deciding on my own to leave the Olympics after having done a dozen of them, you just look around and say, ‘What was once a perfect fit no longer fits that description.’ ”
The agreement with NBC was finalized late last year, but it doesn’t mean the 66-year-old Costas is ready to retire from broadcasting.
He will continue his duties with MLB Network, calling about 20 games for them during the 2019 season. He was inducted to the broadcasters wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame last summer.
Costas has also said he’s still interested in sports journalism, perhaps with a show that includes commentaries and interviews with newsmakers.
“I have some possibilities,” he told the Post, “but I have to decide what I want to do.”
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