In an unique to E:60, longtime NBC host Bob Costas revealed why he wasn’t on the community’s Tremendous Bowl LII protection final 12 months. It was just about what everybody assumed, that Costas’ feedback about enjoying soccer having a connection to mind injury obtained him taken off the sport.
A teaser from ESPN’s unique story was revealed Friday evening. On it, Costas famous the small print of these discussions, saying “I bear in mind being advised I can not host the Tremendous Bowl” and being advised “You’ve crossed the road.”
“What line did I cross?” – Bob Costas pic.twitter.com/WeEsUyLT3K
— E:60 (@E60) February 8, 2019
Because it wasn’t obvious within the video, one might speculate that it might have been attributable to Costas typically going political in his weekly commentary throughout Sunday Night time Soccer. As an alternative, Mark Fainaru-Wada expanded that this focuses on Costas’ feedback about head accidents and soccer.
.@Our@OTLonESPN unique airs Sunday on @E60: Bob Costas reveals how his feedback linking soccer to mind injury obtained him yanked from final 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl. Superior work by producer Dave Lubbers and editor Jason Anthony. Story for https://t.co/GQUBn2fjgO additionally Sunday.
— Mark Fainaru-Wada (@markfwespn) February 8, 2019
With NBC hiring Mike Tirico, the apparent plan appeared to have Tirico slowly step in as NBC transitioned from Costas to Tirico as their host for his or her distinguished sports activities occasions. In 2017, Tirico was named host for the Olympics beginning within the 2018 PyeongChang Video games. Due to that, Tirico was going to skip the Tremendous Bowl that 12 months so he might focus on the Olympics.
Many assumed that meant Costas could be put in as host for the Tremendous Bowl however that didn’t occur. A bit over per week earlier than the sport, it was introduced that Liam McHugh and Dan Patrick would host and Costas wouldn’t be wherever on the printed. Despite the fact that Costas tried to chill issues off and clarify that it was merely rewarding McHugh and Patrick for his or her work over the whole NFL season, many on the surface thought there was extra to it than that.
Many identified feedback made by Costas in November 2017 had been the catalyst in him getting taken off the Tremendous Bowl. At a roundtable on the College of Maryland, Costas was extremely essential of soccer going so far as saying “This sport destroys folks’s brains” and believed the game might collapse if the game wasn’t safer. Two days later, Costas maintained that the choice was to reward McHugh and Patrick but additionally identified that along with his “ambivalent emotions towards soccer,” he was joyful about not working the Tremendous Bowl and the choice was “mutually agreeable.”
The assumptions about these feedback at that roundtable seemingly wound up being true, based on Costas and after a 12 months has handed, we’re now getting nearer to what occurred. Or a minimum of, we obtained Costas’ aspect of the story. This may increasingly not have been the clincher nevertheless it appeared like this was the start of the method that resulted in Costas leaving NBC after practically 4 many years on the community. E:60 can be on Sunday at 9 AM ET on ESPN with a narrative posted on espn.com.
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