In an interview with ESPN’s E:60, longtime NBC broadcaster Bob Costas revealed why he was yanked off the network’s Super Bowl coverage ahead of the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.
According to Costas, his previous comments linking football to brain damage and concussions kept him off the air.
In a teaser trailer for the episode published by ESPN, Costas appears on screen to say “I remember being told I can no longer host the Super Bowl.”
He then reveals what he was told about his comments about the dangers of football: “You’ve crossed the line.”
"What line did I cross?" – Bob Costas pic.twitter.com/WeEsUyLT3K
— E:60 (@E60) February 8, 2019
ESPN investigative reporter Mark Fainaru-Wada teased the show and revealed the reason for Costas being taken off NBC’s Super Bowl coverage: “watch Outside The Lines exclusive on E:60: How Bob Costas was yanked from last year’s Super Bowl over his comments linking football and brain damage.”
Once more with a fix: watch @OTLonESPN exclusive on @E60: How Bob Costas was yanked from last year’s Super Bowl over his comments linking football and brain damage. Produced by the great Dave Lubbers, edited by the phenomenal Nate Hogan, with a huge assist from Jason Morris. https://t.co/uYwg9k4LyU
— Mark Fainaru-Wada (@markfwespn) February 9, 2019
Earlier this year it was reported Costas’ relationship with NBC was coming to an end and the longtime broadcaster had decided to step down from the network.
Costas’ deal with NBC was set to run through 2021, though considering his decision to back away from Olympics and football coverage, a departure from the network was looming.