No more comfy studio for Bob Costas. As “Sunday Night Football” begins a new season on NBC, Costas will be hosting from each week’s game site to put a stronger focus on the premiere primetime game.
Costas, hosting from a set at the “Sunday Night Football” game site, will be joined by the new SNF broadcast team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, who moves from the studio to the broadcast booth alongside Michaels to replace the recently-retired John Madden.
“We have a treasure trove of talent to bring to this show every Sunday night,” said NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol, who is also the executive producer of “Sunday Night Football.”
Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, who together redefined sports highlights during their time at ESPN, successfully reunited last year on “Football Night” and will continue their partnership. They are joined at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios by Tony Dungy, the historic Super Bowl coach whose teams made the playoffs each of the last 10 seasons, the outspoken two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. “Football Night’s” Tiki Barber will report from the site of one of the NFL’s big games as he did toward the end of last season.
“I think it’s obvious that when you’re at the scene of an event you get a whole different feel. You get to be part of the atmosphere. You’re talking about a specific event and it isn’t just any game it is always one of the biggest and very often the obvious biggest marquee game of that particular Sunday,” said Costas of his new role.