Bob Costas Says His NFL Concerns Got Him Dropped by NBC Sports

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 11, 2019

After months of behind-the-scenes interviews with ESPN, Costas confirms what many suspected at the time, that his increasingly critical commentary about the NFL and the sport of football's links to concussions and long-term brain trauma were the reason he was abruptly removed from the NBC Sports broadcasting team.

"I remember being told that now I can no longer host the Super Bowl", Costas said in a companion piece for "E:60" that aired Sunday.

What do you think of Costas' alleged blacklisting? "I thought that the movie would make an impact, and I thought this was a way not only for NBC to acknowledge it, but to get out in front of it". "The reality is that this game destroys people's brains-not everyone's but a substantial number".

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After WaPo published Costas' quotes, which also included "if I had an athletically gifted 12- or 13-year-old son, I would not let him play football", NBC released a statement saying, "Bob's opinions are his own, and they do not represent those of the NBC Sports Group". Costas and NBC quietly parted ways in early 2019. Costas said to ESPN, "I recall the phrase, 'It's a six-hour, daylong celebration of football, and you're not the right person to celebrate football.' To which my response was not, 'Oh please, please, change your mind.' My response was, 'Yeah, I guess you're right'".

Sunday Night Football commentator Bob Costas sits on set before the NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.

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