Bob Costas, whose primary TV home is NBC Sports (he’s been there for 29 years), will join the new “MLB Network,” as a host of special programs as well doing play-by-play on a select number of the network’s package of 26 regular season games.
Under the terms of his “MLBN” contract, Costas, who hosted his own show at HBO Sports for seven years (2001-2008), cannot work at any other cable outlet. This is the same “exclusivity” arrangement he had at HBO Sports.
The MLB Network (what’s with the quotation marks, NYDN? That’s their actual name) has been up and running for more than a month, yet we’ve not read a word about their negotiations with Fran Healy. Presumably because there aren’t any.