Costas, which was held at almost every sporting event that can be imagined, from the Olympic Games to the Kentucky Derby, has been crucial to the NFL's shocking crisis in the past. However, the comments he made a year ago at the journalism symposium were too far behind his bosses.
In 2017, Costas told the crowd at Maryland University that" the reality is that this game destroys people's brain ̵
Comments quickly turned into viruses, prompting NBC to make a statement stating that Costas's opinion was his own and did not represent the view of NBC Sports. Costas also went to CNN at a time when it was "clear that he did not criticize NBC," according to the ESPN report. In addition, NBC pulled it out of the Super Bowl LII on the basis of Costas.
"I remember the phrase" It's a six-hour football event, and you're not the right person to celebrate football, "said Costas ESPN. "Which of my answers was not," please change your mind ". My answer was, "Yes, I think it's right."
A spokesman for the NFL reported to ESPN that the leagues did not ask Costa to retrieve the broadcast.
Costas also told ESPN that he wrote an essay in 2015, linked to the film "Concussion", killed by NBC Sports, as the network was negotiating with the NFL on Thursday night. "Concussion" is a sports drama about a doctor who has discovered a connection between CTE and head trauma and NFL's efforts to discredit his research. Costas wanted to release a movie to solve this problem on national television.
"It was a natural introduction," said Costas ESPN. "I thought this film would make an impact, and I thought it was not just NBC's recognition, but also to get out of it."
"See that the NFL is not only the most important sporting object, but also the most important thing on American television," said Costas. "And not even close."
NBC and Costas quietly finished their partnership this year. NBC published a report on the ESPN report.
"Historically, we have given our commentators a great deal of freedom to talk about our weather and problems, and Bob has benefited most from this policy," the CNC spokesman said. "We are very disappointed that, 40 years later, with NBC, he chose to mistakenly describe and share these private interactions after his departure."