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

11 Février, 2019, 21:35 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Though he spoke out about concussions and brain injury in football throughout the 2010s, Costas made waves in 2017 at a symposium at the University of Maryland, when he said that "the reality is that this game destroys people's brains".

In the report, Costas details how his decision to talk to NBC Sports viewers about challenges the National Football League faced in regard to the physical toll the game took on its players became unwelcome by executives.

The breaking point in the relationship appears to be an essay Costas wrote for his once-usual address on "Football Night in America", the pre-game show before NBC's broadcast of "Sunday Night Football". It's not a small number, it's a considerable number.

His comments quickly went viral, much to the displeasure of his employer.

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Costas said he previously had agreed with NBC that Super Bowl LII in 2018 would be his last involvement in football, but that the network eventually reached out and told him he would be removed from their Super Bowl coverage. The network's response was as ironic as it was swift.

"I think the words were, 'You've crossed the line, '" Costas, who officially left NBC last month, was quoted as saying.

Watch a short preview of the ESPN interview with Costas below.

Bob Costas has always been an outspoken critic about the dangers playing football can pose to the athletes who take to the gridiron, and some of that chatter resulted in NBC Sports' decision to part ways with the legendary sportscaster, according to an in-depth report from ESPN's "Outside the Lines".

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