The wild story of how Bob Costas nearly left NBC with David Letterman: ‘Very tempting’

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Bob Costas’s legendary tally astatine NBC astir ended overmuch sooner.

Costas was the impermanent connected this week’s “Marchand and Ourand” sports media podcast, a co-production betwixt The Post and Sports Business Journal, and revealed that helium came adjacent to departing the peacock for CBS alongside David Letterman.

When David Letterman was passed implicit for “The Tonight Show” astatine NBC successful favour of Jay Leno successful 1993, his woody with CBS called for his Worldwide Pants accumulation institution to power the hr aft his show. Costas was a predominant impermanent of Letterman’s and the 2 had a bully rapport.

“He offered maine that hr aft his, which yet went to Tom Snyder erstwhile I declined,” Costas said. “And to sweeten the pot, CBS offered maine a correspondence spot connected ’60 Minutes.'”

Costas said CBS’ connection was “very, precise tempting,” but that NBC had a “treasure trove” of unrecorded sports rights (NBC had the NBA Finals astatine the time, successful summation to NFL and Olympics rights which they inactive person today), and his narration with erstwhile NBC Sports brag Dick Ebersol. Furthermore, helium had 2 young kids to consider.

It’s a fascinating what-if. Had Costas exited for CBS, it would person acceptable disconnected a crippled of dominoes that it’s not an exaggeration to accidental would person shifted the full sports media scenery implicit the past 28 years.

Costas coiled up staying astatine NBC until 2019, culminating a tenure of astir 40 years. He presently hosts a amusement connected HBO, appears connected MLB Network, and this past October was the NLCS workplace big connected TBS.