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Bob Costas Biography

Bob Costas
  • Age: 65 years old
  • Birth Nation: United States of America
  • Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
  • Name: Bob Costas
  • Birth Name: Robert Quinlan Costas
  • Nick Name: "Bob"
  • Father: John George Costas
  • Mother: Jayne Quinlan
  • Nationality: American
  • Birth Place/City: Queens, New York City
  • Ethnicity: White Ethnicity
  • Profession: Sportscaster
  • Working For: NBC News
  • Net Worth: $45 Million Dollars
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Hair Color: Brown Dark
  • Face Color: White
  • Married: Yes
  • Married to: Jill Sutton (m. 2004), Carole Krumenacher (m. 1983)
  • Children: Keith and Taylor
  • Divorce: Jill Sutton
  • Education: Syracuse University
  • Awards: Primetime Emmy Awards
  • Online Presence: Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia
  • TV Show: Football Night in America
  • Sisters: Jayne Costas
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Bob Costas is a well known name in the hosting business as he has been continuously been hosting and presenting as a sportscaster since the early 1980’s. He is a controversial personality liked by millions of viewers all around the world. He has hosted nine Olympic Games and is the host for NBC Sports and also hosts the interview show Studio 42 with Bob Costas.

Bob was born on March 22, 1952 on the borough of Queens in New York to Jayne and John George Costas. Bob is of Irish and Greek descent and he grew up in Commack, New York. He graduated from Commack High School South and then majored in communications from the Syracuse University. While attending the Syracuse University he served as an announcer for the Syracuse Blazers hockey team for the Eastern Hockey League and North American Hockey League thus starting his broadcasting career. He next went to KMOX and started calling play-by-play for the American Basketball Association‘s Spirits of St. Louis. He also co-hosted KMOX’s Open Line call-in program and called for the Missouri Tigers basketball. From 1976 to 1979 he was employed by CBS Sports as announcer for NFL and NBA. He also did play-by-play for the broadcast of Chicago Bulls on WGN-TV.   

Costas then moved to NBC and hosted NBC’s National Football League and NBA coverage for a number of years. He teamed up with various other personalities to do telecasts for NBA and baseball. He also did play by play for the NFL games and then became the studio host for The NFL on NBC. As of 2001 he started co-hosting for Kentucky Derby and also hosted the US Open golf tournament. He also covered the 2009 Kentucky Oaks and became the host of the interview show Costas Tonight with the introduction of the NBC Sports Network.

Costas has covered various Olympic broadcasts including the Olympics in Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Turin, Beijing, Vancouver, London and most recently Sochi in 2014 for NBC. Costas commented on the extensive use of drugs by Chinese teams during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics which created a huge media uproar and criticism towards him. However with the suspension of a Chinese swimming coach on 1994 after his swimmers were found to be using steroids, the media uproar died out. Further inquiries and finding of extensive use of steroids, somatropin and triamterene by the Chinese players, his suspicions were found to be true and his negated image gained back the popularity he always had.

Costas has always been surrounded with controversies, among which falls his commentary of the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies where he was criticized for making jingoistic, ignorant and banal commentary. His only miss out on covering the Olympics since 1988 was on the start of 2014 Winter Olympics where he suffered an eye infection, thus being replaced by Matt Lauer for four nights and Meredith Vieira for two nights.

Bob Costas has also broadcasted the Major League Baseball, the most memorable one being the broadcast which occurred on June 23, 1984. A controversy rose during the Game 4 of the 1988 Baseball World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics whereby he commented before the starting of the game that the dodgers will be putting up the weakest-hitting-lineup in the history of the World Series. This comment led to wide criticism and sarcasm on his way as the Dodgers actually won by 4-1.

Costas also called the 1989 American League Championship Series and also the Game 2 of the 1989 National League Championship Series for the NBC. He also anchored pre and post game shows for NFL as well as Major League Baseball All-Star Games during the 1980s. He got to do play-by-play for a World Series from start to finish only in 1997 thus earning himself a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play. He also hosted the night telecasts for ESPN on 1999.

As for the National Basketball Association, Costas hosted the telecasts and also the studio program Showtime including the play-by-play for 1991 All-Star Game. Since 1997 Costas began to do play-by-play for The NBA on NBC which was interrupted on the 2000 NBA Finals. His hosting period for The NBA on NBC ended on 2002 NBA Playoffs.

Bob hosted the NFL (National Football League) telecasts for NBC until 1992 and then resumed doing so on 2006. As of the NHL (National Hockey League), Costas has hosted NBC’s coverage of 2008, 2009, 2010 NHL Winter Classics, the pre game coverage of the 2011 event and the post game coverage of 2012 as well.

Costas has hosted the talk shows like Costas Coast to Coast (1986-1996), a radio program, Later with Bob Costas (1988-1994) on NBC, a substitute for Larry King Live for a year, a correspondent for Rock Center with Brian Williams and currently is the host of the talk show Costas Tonight which is telecasted on NBC Sports Network. His show Later with Bob Costas has been nominated twice and has won the Emmy once for best informational series on 1993.

As for HBO Sports, Costas has hosted a 12 week series, On the Record with Bob Costas and co-hosted Inside the NFL until the end of the 2007 NFL season. He then joined the MLB Network on February 2009 and hosted the premiere episode of the All Time Games and now hostes a interview show title MLB Network Studio 42 with Bob Costas. He has also appeared in the miniseries Baseball and a film A Time for Champions of the PBS. His other appearances include him starring in Late Night with David Letterman, The War to Settle the Score on MTV, Cheers, on the television program NewsRadio and a guest on the talk show cartoon Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Other endeavors include acting as himself on the movies The Scout, BASEketball, Pootie Tang and lending his voice in the movie Cars. He has also appeared in the television series Monk and has voiced an episode of the Simpsons and the film Legendary: When Baseball came to the Bluegrass. Apart from this, he has appeared has himself on the Go On episode on 2013 and also provided the voice of God in the Monty Python musical Spamalot.    

This guy with a height of 5 feet 7 inches and a boyish appeal was married from 1983 to 2001 to Carole Randall Krummenacher with two children, Keith and Taylor. Keith is the holder of two Sports Emmys as an associate producer on MLB Networks MLB Tonight and Taylor too has won as an associate producer on 2012 Summer Olympics covered by NBC. He married Jill Sutton on March 12, 2004 and they have been together since then. No rumors of him having any kind of affairs have arisen and the couple live happily together in New York.

This legendary sportscaster at the age of 62 is an avid lover of baseball. He has won eight National Sportscaster of the Year awards, four Sportscaster of the Year Award from American Sportscaster Association, twenty Sports Emmy Awards for outstanding sports announcing, Curt Gowdy Media Award, TV Guide Award for Favorite Sportscaster, Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism and Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism among many others.

Bob Costas has been serving the entertainment business for over three decades and still continues to awe the audience with his tenacity and charm. He is a respected personality who at times is surrounded by controversies regarding his comments on some issues, but his fan following is never the less huge. His official fan pages can be found on facebook and twitter and his detailed biography is found on his wiki page. Costas has certainly honed his reporting and presenting skills to his best over the many years and will still continue to dazzle his audience for a long time to come.  

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