It’s been awhile since Bob Costas was involved in Baseball, but according to Sports Business Journal’s, John Ourand, he and the MLB Network are very close to striking a deal….

MLB Network has been talking with Bob Costas about taking an on-air role with the network. The two sides still are not particularly close on a contract, sources said, but the network has discussed using Costas — a noted baseball fan — on some of its game coverage, which will consist of at least one game per week, or its studio coverage, which will be on air for several hours per night during the season, starting at 7:00pm ET. Costas already shuffles between two networks, NBC and HBO. MLB Network is launching into about 50 million homes January 1. Though it has not made any talent announcements yet, the channel is expected to hire on-air talent Harold Reynolds and Hazel Mae.

I used to love Bob Costas when he covered Baseball on NBC back in the 80s. The Sport is obviously his wheelhouse, so if the MLB-N could pull this off it would be a huge get. The network starts coverage on January 1st, 2009 and I’ll be sure to keep you updated on any new hires.

Costas Discussing Role At MLB Network (Sports Business Daily – $)

Other Media Tidbits That I Don’t Quite Have Time To Post On:

– Michele Tafoya stepped down from her NBA sideline role on ESPN. She’ll continue the MNF gig and her ESPN Radio work.
– Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren retires after 33 years with the team.

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