During halftime of NBC’s weekly Sunday Night Football broadcasts, Bob Costas has a few moments to make an editorial comment about issues in the game and even issues that affect the wider, non-sports world. In the past, maybe his highest profile comments have concerned gun violence:
The nickname of the Washington DC football team:
However, as the controversies surrounding the prevelence of concussions in the NFL and the NFL’s big tobacco denial policy toward the health of its players have intensified recently, Costas has been perhaps the most widely known and most concise critics of the League. Take a look at this interview he gave the New York Times back in March 2012:
And now Costas has underlined that sentiment, telling Slate’s Hang Up And Listen sports podcast that he would not allow a son of his to play football because of what he has previously called the “unnecessary brutality” of the sport. I have to say, Costas has described my feelings on the subject. The NFL needs to get its act together and fast.