Costas, who hosted almost every sporting event, from the Olympics to Derby in Kentucky, has been critical of the role of NFL in the turbulence crisis in the past. But the remarks he made last year at the journalism symposium went too far for his bosses.
In 2017 Costas told a crowd from the University of Maryland that "The reality is that this game destroys the brains of people ̵
Comments quickly became viral, which made NBC come out with a statement that Costa's opinions are his and do not represent NBC Sports's views. Costas also went to CNN at the time to make it clear he was not critical of NBC, according to the ESPN report. NBC, anyway, pulled him out of the Super Bowl LII, according to Costas.
"I remember the phrase:" It's a six-hour celebration of football, and you're not the right person to celebrate football, "said Costa's ESPN." My answer was not, "Oh please change your mind "My reply was:" Yes, I suppose you are right. "
A NFL spokesman told ESPN that the League did not ask Costas to be pulled out of the show
Costas also told ESPN that the essay is written in 2015, fixed at the release of the movie "Shock" was killed by NBC Sports because the network is in talks with NFL for air football on Thursday night. we are a sports drama about the doctor who discovered the relationship between CTR and head trauma, and NFL's efforts to discredit his research. "Kostas wanted to use the film's release to address the issue of national television
. was a natural introduction, "said Costas to ESPN," I thought the film would influence, and I thought it was a way not only for NBC to admit it, but to come out with it. "
"Look, NFL is not just the most important sports property, it is the most important property in all US televisions," said Costas for ESPN, "And it's not even close."
NBC and Costas quietly NBC has published a statement on the ESPN report
"Historically, we gave our commentators a lot of leeway to talk on air for issues and controversy, and Bob took the most out of this policy, "said a spokesman for NBC Business." We are very disappointed that after 40 years with NBC, it is has chosen to improperly characterize and share these personal interactions after his departure. "