NBC yesterday tapped Bob Costas as its lead play-by-play announcer on NBA telecasts, succeeding Marv Albert, who was fired after his conviction last month on charges that he assaulted a woman with whom he had had a long affair.
Costas, the prime-time anchor of NBC's Olympic coverage, as ** well as its lead voice on baseball telecasts, will be joined by former Detroit Pistons great Isiah Thomas, who last week resigned as part-owner and general manager of the Toronto Raptors.
When NBC received the rights to NBA telecasts in 1990, the network's plan was for Costas to be the lead announcer with Albert serving as the No. 2, but Costas asked instead to work as the studio host, a role he remained in until earlier this year, when he took six months off.
Hannah Storm, who filled in for Costas during his sabbatical, will continue as the studio host. She is the first woman to serve as permanent host of regular telecasts of a major team sport.
"I've been in the studio for a while. It's been a very important part of my career and has assisted me in getting a feel for my Olympic duties," Costas said. "But you occasionally need a change of pace. I'm excited about this opportunity."
Pub Date: 11/26/97