Sports | August 23, 2021 10:30 am

Report: Bob Costas Nearing Deal to Host MLB’s NLCS on TBS in October

The National League Championship Series is scheduled to be held starting on October 15

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Bob Costas attends the 33rd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner.
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Looking for a host to fill in for Ernie Johnson at the National League Championship Series starting on October 15, TBS is going to swing for the fences, according to The New York Post.

Per The Post, TBS is hoping to bring Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Bob Costas into the fold to host the network’s marquee MLB event after he calls the earlier rounds of the baseball playoffs for the MLB Network. Costas, who routinely called championship games and used to host the Olympics for NBC, is certainly more than qualified.

A contributor to CNN’s coverage as well as the host of Back on the Record on HBO, Costas would be working with Pedro Martinez, Jimmy Rollins and Curtis Granderson. Getting him on board for the NLCS will free up Johnson to concentrate on his duties for Inside the NBA when the program tips off in mid-October. Johnson would still host the opening rounds of the MLB playoffs on TBS. If hired, there would be no conflict of interest for Costas as TBS is under the same umbrella as HBO and CNN. 

Costas, 69, has won 28 Emmys and eight National Sportscaster of the Year awards. Despite watching, not hosting the most recent edition of the Summer Olympics, he told USA Today he has plenty left in the tank. “I’m not looking to retire. I am just looking to do just a few things that interest me and don’t have myself beating coming and going,” he said.

Hopefully the deal gets done and we’ll be hearing Costas this fall.