Now we know why Bob Costas was banned from the Super Bowl
| His 40 year run at NBC ends over harsh words about player health
| New York, CNN Business – Bob Costas told ESPN in an exclusive interview published on Sunday that the reason he was cut from hosting Super Bowl LII was because of public remarks he made about the detrimental effects of concussions on football players.
Costas was set to host his final NFL game last year on Super Bowl Sunday, but months before the Eagles took on the Patriots on February 4, 2018, the famous sportscaster was dropped from the broadcast, setting the stage for the end of his 40-year career at NBC.
“The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains”
Costas – who has hosted nearly every sports event imaginable, from the Olympics to the Kentucky Derby – had been critical in the past of the NFL’s role in the concussion crisis. But remarks he made the year prior at a journalism symposium went a touch too far for his bosses.
“I think the words were, ‘You crossed the line,'” Costas told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” “And my thought was, ‘What line have I crossed?'”
In 2017, Costas told a crowd at the University of Maryland that “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains – not everyone’s, but a substantial number. It’s not a small number, it’s a considerable number. It destroys their brains.”
The comments quickly went viral, prompting NBC to put out a statement saying that Costas’ opinions were his own and did not represent the views of NBC Sports.
Costas also went on CNN at the time “to make it clear he wasn’t being critical of NBC,” according to ESPN’s report.
NBC pulled him from the Super Bowl LII telecast anyway, according to Costas.
“I recall the phrase, ‘It’s a six-hour, daylong celebration of football, and you’re not the right person to celebrate football,'” Costas told ESPN. “To which my response was not, ‘Oh please, please, change your mind.’ My response was, ‘Yeah, I guess you’re right.'” … Read more.
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