He’s hosted the Olympics for the past 24 years, and now Bob Costas is retiring from the position.
Bob Costas says “it just felt to me like the right time and it’s felt like the right time for a while.” The open position is being filled by Mike Tirico who’s only been a part of the NBC team since May last year, and provided daytime coverage of the Rio Olympics last summer. He has over 25 years experience hosting all sorts of sports coverage.
Bob went on to say that he made the decision before the Rio games last year began, adding that the games provided a bit of closure in good timing, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt are done, and Simone Biles was just getting started. He could have remained host if he wanted, contractually, but he saw a fitting replacement in Mike, so he decided to step down. If someone like Mike wasn’t available, he said he might have kept going.
Hosting the Olympics has had to evolve over the years. When he started, he was doing more athlete interviews and providing more content. As time went on, more and more games started happening, and the time available for the extra content – interviews, etc – kept getting more tight, and he was getting a lot less screen-time than in years past.
He’s heading to baseball, he loves to watch games, and even calls games and voices documentaries.
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