Sports | April 23, 2021 4:12 pm

Bob Costas Returning to HBO With a New Interview Series

"Back On the Record With Bob Costas" will hit HBO and HBO Max later this spring

Sportscasting Legend Bob Costas
Bob Costas during David Cone's 20th Anniversary of the Perfect Game
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After spending nearly four decades at NBC Sports from 1980-2019 before being fired for criticizing the NFL and signing on as a contributor at CNN, legendary sportscaster Bob Costas is making his return to HBO.

Costas, who won seven Sports Emmy Awards as host of On The Record with Bob Costas (2001-2004) and Costas Now (2005-2009), will host Back On the Record With Bob Costas starting this spring.

“Bob has long been one of the most talented and versatile broadcasters in the world of sports and entertainment, and we are thrilled for his return to HBO,” said HBO executive VP of programming Nina Rosenstein.

The program, airing on both HBO and HBO Max, will feature “extended conversations with the biggest names in sports, from present-day superstars to legends of the past to commissioners and other newsmakers from the sports landscape; roundtable discussions with compelling figures from the sports world and beyond; and signature commentaries from Costas himself that capture his distinctive voice and point of view,” according to HBO.

Focused on in-depth interviews and topical discussions about issues in sports led by Costas, the new show will air four episodes each year.

“HBO is synonymous with the highest quality of television programming,” Costas said. “And their sports programming has always been both innovative and thoughtful. For those reasons and more, I am very pleased to again be part of HBO.”

In addition to continuing to contribute to CNN, Costas will remain with MLB Network to handle play-by-play duties and record taped specials.