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02-03-2009, 03:31 PM
Bob Costas joins MLB Network
02/03/2009 12:50 PM ET
By mlbn - costas / MLB.com

SECAUCUS, N.J. - MLB Network today announced that Bob Costas, one of the most accomplished and highly decorated sports broadcasters in history, has joined its roster of on-air talent, effective immediately. As part of a multi-year deal, MLB Network will be the exclusive cable home for Costas, who will host special original programming with an emphasis on the game's history and its most significant figures and topics, and serve as the lead play by play commentator for a select number of MLB Network's slate of 26 live regular season games. Costas, fresh off hosting NBC's Super Bowl XLIII coverage, will maintain all his current duties at NBC, including his role as host of their Olympic and NFL coverage.

Costas today will interview Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Joe Torre for a new one hour program titled, MLB Network Studio 42 with Bob Costas that is scheduled to air in its entirety on Thursday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET, immediately following live coverage of the Caribbean World Series. MLB Network launched on January 1 in approximately 50 million homes as the largest network debut in cable history.

"In addition to being one of the preeminent sports broadcasters of his generation, Bob also cares very deeply about the game of baseball," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "We're glad to reunite him with the game he loves most and look forward to the exciting television he and MLB Network will create together in the years to come."

"I'm especially enthused about the type of programming we'll be able to create at MLB Network, a mix of historical pieces, documentary-style programming, interviews and play-by-play -- all the things I most enjoy, and it's all baseball," said Costas.

"Bob showed us all on January 1 how his presence can truly elevate a broadcast, and we plan to tap into his unique abilities and perspective to build more high-caliber programming in the future," said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network. "In addition to the studio show, we're also looking forward to Bob's return to the broadcast booth, where he's been part of so many memorable moments in baseball over the years."

Costas played a major role in the debut of MLB Network on January 1 by hosting a special interview with Don Larsen and Yogi Berra which was interspersed throughout the airing of Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, which appeared on television for the first time since its original broadcast.

Costas has been honored as Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association a record eight times. He also won the Sports Emmy for "Outstanding Studio Host" every year from 2002-2006, and has won 19 Emmy's over a 30-year career. His previous baseball work includes NBC's Saturday Game of the Week during the 1980's with Tony Kubek and NBC's All-Star, Playoff, and World Series coverage from 1994 through 2000. In 2000, Costas wrote the critically acclaimed best selling book Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball.

A 29-year veteran of NBC Sports, Costas has hosted eight Olympics including the recent Summer Games in Beijing, and has been prominently involved over the years in numerous World Series, Super Bowl and NBA Finals broadcasts on the network. He is the host of NBC's Sunday evening NFL program, "Football Night in America," as well as hosting special events such as the Kentucky Derby and U.S. Open Golf Championships.

From 2001 through 2008, Costas had a prominent role at HBO Sports, where he hosted "Inside the NFL" and his own highly respected programs, "On The Record With Bob Costas," later renamed "Costas Now."

Costas joins MLB Network's growing roster of on-air talent, including studio hosts Matt Vasgersian, Victor Rojas and Greg Amsinger, studio analysts Sean Casey, Barry Larkin, Al Leiter, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds and Mitch Williams, reporters Trenni Kusnierek and Hazel Mae, and baseball insiders Jon Heyman and Tom Verducci.

MLB Network launched in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes on January 1, 2009 as the largest debut in cable television history, exceeding any other cable television launch by approximately 20 million. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans. For more information, go to mlbnetwork.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20090203&content_id=3793902&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

02-03-2009, 03:43 PM
damn, thats huge for them.

02-03-2009, 03:52 PM
Not knocking his talent or ability, but he is so damn full of himself, especially when he does baseball. When he worked with Tim McCarver, it was the most overblown, ego-filled booth in history. Costas makes Jow Buck look humble. Costas, Buck and McCarver should be shot out of a cannon into the Grand Canyon. Replace them with John Miller and anyone else.

02-03-2009, 04:08 PM
He sucks...

What a shame.

02-03-2009, 04:31 PM
He's exceptionally intelligent & knowledgeable and I feel a lot of you take that as ego. Sure you may need a dictionary next to you sometimes when he speaks but then perhaps we should all be more well read.

02-03-2009, 05:44 PM
Its better than what they had...Bob Costa's is good for them!

02-03-2009, 06:08 PM
Please get rid of hazel mae. Pleaseee.

02-03-2009, 06:28 PM
Please get rid of hazel mae. Pleaseee.

dude hazel mae rules she is 10x better then bob costas
**** bob costas they should just sign more cool mlb players to talk and hang out
i say they match toronto's offer and get kevin millar to host the show

Kevin Millar + Hazel Mae > then the superbowl

02-03-2009, 11:53 PM
**** bob costas they should just sign more cool mlb players to talk and hang out


02-04-2009, 12:03 AM

02-04-2009, 12:26 AM
MLB network is very legit imo

02-04-2009, 12:56 AM
nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! but i don't want to go back to espn.we need one of those smiley faces that blows his brains out.

02-04-2009, 01:28 AM
:clap: Costas gets a lot of ****, but he use to be the best in the business in the late 80's early 90's. It'll be good to see him do PBP on baseball again

02-04-2009, 03:20 AM
Source: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20090203&content_id=3793902&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Why? I hate that guy.

02-04-2009, 10:59 AM
WOW. That's a great thing for the MLB Network.

I can't believe all of you who think he's bad. Remember these names on other networks?
Jon Miller
Joe Morgan
Joe Buck
Tim McCarver
Dick Stockton

You are all trying to tell me Costas isn't good. Clearly proves most of you never heard him be a commentator on a baseball game or your very idiotic.

02-06-2009, 12:56 PM
ok ok ok i wont complain **** joe buck he's the worst followed by tim mccarver

i like joe morgan i think its funny when he starts asking where are all the black people at hahaha