Iconic sportscaster Bob Costas, who’s about as closely associated with NBC as it’s possible for a broadcaster to be associated with one network, is in discussions to leave the network, The New York Post reports.
Over the span of 39 years with the network, Costas has been lead announcer on Olympics, World Series, Super Bowls and late-night talk shows.
“If a deal can be struck, it would mean finishing Costas’ current multi-million contract three years early as it … goes through 2021, according to a source. The contract calls for exclusivity for NBC, besides the work Costas does for MLB Network,” The Post reports.
The report adds: “When contacted, Costas initially declined comment on the talks, saying he couldn’t confirm or deny the discussions. He then relented and went on to say that there were no hard feelings on either side, but with his decision to stop doing the Olympics and with his antipathy toward football, it may be time for a change.”
The Post also reports: “Costas wants to pursue a journalism show that would feature interviews, commentaries and a critical look at the world of sports and perhaps other topics. NBC rarely utilizes Costas on-air after he stepped away from his last major roles on the Olympics and the NFL.”