Bob Costas and NBC Sports broke up over concussion remarks

Bob Costas

Bob Costas

In a new story at ESPN's Outside the Lines, veteran sportscaster reveals the backstory of how he lost the hosting gig for Super Bowl LII-and ultimately parted ways with NBC Sports.

Veteran broadcaster Bob Costas has revealed he was pulled from NBC's coverage of the Super Bowl past year because of comments he made on the issue of concussions in the NFL.

In a bid to placate a brewing storm, Costas appeared on CNN a few days after the symposium in Maryland to explain his comments were not meant to be critical of NBC.

After years of discussing the issue on air, Costas says his stark language about football at a journalism symposium in November 2017 sparked the parting of the way with his longtime network.

"My thought was, 'What line have I crossed?'" After continuing to being openly vocal about the physical dangers of concussions, NBC reportedly told him he had "crossed a line", and that he would be taken off covering the 2018 Super Bowl. NBC pulled him from the Super Bowl LII telecast anyway, according to Costas.

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'I recall the phrase, 'It's a six-hour, daylong celebration of football, and you're not the right person to celebrate football, " said Costas, who said he actually felt relieved. "To which my response was not, 'Oh please, please, change your mind.' My response was, 'Yeah, I guess you're right'". "The networks, all of them, dance to the NFL's tune".

Costas did not accuse the league of orchestrating his ouster from football coverage, and an NFL spokesperson told ESPN that it had nothing to do with it. Costas wanted to use the release of the movie to address the issue on national television.

Watch a short preview of the ESPN interview with Costas below. Networks pay billions of dollars to the league for the right to broadcast its games. "And it isn't even close".

Costas left NBC Sports formally in January after working for NBC Sports for four decades. After the ESPN interview was published, NBC issued a statement in response. HollywoodLife has reached out to NBC for comment. "We're very disappointed that after 40 years with NBC, he has chosen to mischaracterize and share these private interactions after his departure".

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