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Since joining NBC in 1980, Bob Costas has handled a wide variety of assignments, including play-by-play, studio hosting and reporting. He first worked on coverage of Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. From 1982 through 1989, Costas teamed with Tony Kubek on baseball's "Game of the Week" telecasts, forming one of baseball's most popular broadcast teams. During that time he served as play-by-play announcer for "Game of the Week" assignments and coverage of the American League Championship series in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989. He also hosted All-Star Game pre-game shows the same years and World Series pre-games in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988. Finally, under the umbrella of the Baseball Network, Costas handled play-by-play chores for the 1994 All-Star Game and called the 1995 Divisional Series and ALCS games on NBC. That year, he also called his first ever World Series on television, teaming with analysts Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker in Games 2, 3 and 6. The trio of Costas, Morgan and Uecker again joined in 1997 for NBC's exclusive coverage of the World Series, marking Costas' first start-to-finish coverage of the Fall Classic. The 1998 American League Championship Series showcased the team of Costas and Morgan, as NBC's coverage of the 6-game series drew some of the highest ratings in baseball history. The duo combined again in '99 to call the thrilling National League Championship Series between the Braves and the Mets as well as the Fall Classic as the Yankees swept the Braves. From the 1984 through 1992 pro football seasons, he 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 show for Super Bowls XX, XXIII and XXVII. From 1990 through the 1995-96 season, Costas served as the host of "NBA Showtime," NBC Sports' pro basketball pre-game show. In November 1997 he moved from the studio to courtside to work as NBC's top play-by-play man for "NBA on NBC" game telecasts. He teamed with analyst Doug Collins for two years, working regular season and playoff games as well as the NBA Finals. During the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the 2000 Sydney Olympics as well as the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Costas worked as the network's acclaimed prime-time host, the most prominent assignments of his career. Costas hosted NBC's late-night coverage of the Games of the XXIV Olympiad from Seoul, Korea. He originated the popular "Costas Coast-to-Coast" nationally syndicated sports talk show heard on Sunday nights, and served as regular host of the program through mid-1996. From August 1988 through January 1994, he hosted his own Emmy-Award-winning late-night interview discussion show "Later with Bob Costas," on NBC. In 1994, Costas expanded his broadcasting duties at NBC, and began contributing segments to a variety of NBC News programs, including the prime-time newsmagazine, "Dateline." He also occasionally provides special interviews for NBC's "Today" show.
Costas began his broadcasting career in 1974 at WSYR- TV and radio in Syracuse, NY. Later he joined KMOX Radio in St. Louis, working as a play-by-play voice of the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis. He also called the play-by-play for one season of the Chicago Bulls road game telecasts. He then went on to handle regional NFL and NBA assignments for CBS Sports while acting as the radio voice of the University of Missouri basketball from 1976 to 1981.
In 1999, Costas received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He has won 12 Sports Emmy Awards, capturing his first for the play-by-play work in 1997 for his call on the World Series. Costas has won Emmy Awards as Outstanding Sports Personality/ Host in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993,1994, 1995, 1996 and 2000, and for writing in 1988 and 1995. The latter award was for his moving tribute to the late Mickey Mantle on NBC Nightly News. Costas has been honored as Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association a record eight times. He won his first in 1985, when at 33 years old, he became the youngest person to win the award. He added awards in 1987 and 1988, in 1991 and 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, and most recently, 2000. Additionally, Costas' interview program "Later with Bob Costas" won the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series. Costas attended Syracuse University and lives in St. Louis.
Broadway Books published his well-received book "Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball," in March of 2000. The book garnered excellent reviews and spent several weeks on the New York Times best seller list.
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