When information broke Monday that Bob Costas wouldn’t be a part of NBC’s Tremendous Bowl protection subsequent month, some speculated the choice was linked to the longtime broadcaster’s criticism of soccer’s unfavorable well being results.
However in actuality, Costas says his removing from the printed was “mutually agreeable.”
“Not solely do I not have an issue with it, I’m truly comfortable about it,” Costas advised SportsBusiness Each day. “I’ve lengthy had ambivalent emotions about soccer, so at this level, it’s higher to go away the internet hosting to those that are extra keen about it.”
In November, Costas — who hosted NBC’s Soccer Night time in America Sunday pregame present for greater than 10 years — made some blunt feedback about soccer’s bleak future whereas talking at a symposium hosted by the College of Maryland’s Philip Merrill Faculty of Journalism.
“The truth is that this sport destroys individuals’s brains,” he mentioned then.
Costas refuted the notion that these phrases had any influence on the choice to go away him off the Tremendous Bowl broadcast.
“I’ve been making the identical factors for a number of years, usually on NBC,” Costas mentioned. “In halftime commentaries, interviews with Roger Goodell and different outstanding NFL figures, appearances on CNN and elsewhere, I’ve addressed the difficulty of soccer and its plain connection to mind trauma many instances. Why? As a result of the proof is overwhelming and the results are sometimes devastating.
“It’s the elephant within the stadium at each sport whether or not others select to acknowledge it or not. And it’s not going away. So the concept I’m solely now discovering my voice on this, or that NBC was shocked by what I mentioned at Maryland is simply incorrect. It’s all easy and easy.”
Dan Patrick and Liam McHugh will host NBC’s Tremendous Bowl pregame present.