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Bob Costas leaves his long home at NBC Sports



LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bob Costas, who retired two years ago as the Primate Olympics host of NBC, has completely left the sports department of the network.

NBC Sports said Wednesday that Costas has parted company with its longtime employer,

Sandy Montag, Costa's manager, said it had been handled smoothly.

"Everything in this transition was planned and carried out (by mutual agreement)," Montag said in an e-mail. He said Costas had a "great partnership" with executives, including Dick Ebersol and Mark Lazarus, the current chairman of NBC Broadcasting & Sports.

The 66-year-old Costas was from 1992 onwards eleven times for the NBC Olympics. He joined network novice Mike Tirico, formerly with ESPN.

When the change was announced in early 201

7, Costas said he had himself decided that the time for a change was correct. He then said he wanted to make lengthy programming and commentary on special events and compared his new role to what former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw is doing for the network. On Tuesday, Costas told The New York Post of his decision to leave with NBC Sports, saying that his departure was settled "for all parties calm and happy".

In August 2018, the newspaper reported that he was no longer satisfied with his role on NBC and a contract that limited his involvement in other projects.

Costas, who joined NBC Sports in 1979, was dedicated to baseball, football, basketball, and horse racing, and served as the face and voice of the Olympics.

He plans to continue working in the MLB network and is interested In an interview show focusing on sports and news, the Post said.

"Besides MLB Network, Bob is sure to have a next chapter in his career and we look forward to developing those opportunities," said Montag.


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