Being Tough on Football Cost Bob Costas Super Bowl Gig

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas appears before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

Acclaimed Greek-American sports broadcaster Bob Costas, a son of Commack, N.Y and Queens, said his criticism of football’s dangers led to him being pulled from pregame broadcasting the 2018 Super Bowl because it irked the game’s hierarchy.

Costas, 66, told ESPN he was given the boot because he had several months earlier told a symposium in Maryland that football, with a proven history of concussions, “destroys people’s brains,” although he said, “Not everyone, but a substantial number,” which didn’t satisfy the National Football League. “That’s the fundamental fact of football, and that to me is the biggest story in American sports,” he said.

Before the game he told Sports Business Daily the choice for him not to cover NBC’s show was “mutually agreeable,” adding: “Not only do I not have a problem with it, I am actually happy about it.”