Per Andrew Marchand at the New York Post, who says the longtime host is in discussions with NBC to figure out a mutual parting of ways.
“If a deal can be struck, it would mean finishing Costas’ current multi-million contract three years early as it is goes through 2021, according to a source. The contract calls for exclusivity for NBC, besides the work Costas does for MLB Network.
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.
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.”
That last sentence sticks out. I can’t remember the last time I actually saw Costas on TV.
I do remember him delivering that commentary about football head injuries, exclaiming that the game is destroying athlete’s brains. He didn’t do any Super Bowl-related TV this year, but explained that it was wasn’t because of hard feelings over that comment.
Costas is now 66 years old. He hosted 12 Olympic games for NBC, from 1992 until 2016, and started his broadcasting career way back in the mid 1970s, so respect to the man for putting in a hell of a career. We’ll see what happens with that new show, if he gets it off the ground.