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Costas explains controversial comments; broadcast notes

Some broadcast news and notes:

### As many of you know, NBC’s Bob Costas created quite a stir this week when he appeared to advocate gun control in an essay during halftime of Sunday’s Eagles-Cowboys game. Costas was discussing the murder/suicide committed by Chiefs player Jovan Belcher.

Appearing on Dan Patrick’s radio show this week, Costas said it was “mistake” for him to imply he was advocating gun control because his choice of words “left it open for too much miscommunication. I was thinking how can I come at this at a different angle?

“What I was trying to say was if you want some perspective on this, there are a number of issues related to this that we can begin to talk about and think about. The problem is I didn’t have enough time to get to many of them. I left it open to too much misinterpretation.”

Costas said producer Sam Flood told him he would have one minute, 15 seconds to address the Belcher story “in some way.”

On Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC show this week, Costas further explained his thinking: “What I was talking about here - and I’m sorry if that wasn’t clear to everybody – was the gun culture. I never mentioned the Second Amendment. I never used the words gun control. People inferred that. Now do I believe that we need more comprehensive and more sensible gun control legislation? Yes I do. That doesn’t mean repeal the Second Amendment.

“No one is saying Belcher is not responsible. Earlier in the day, I said I was appalled by the way some of this had been covered initially by some of the sports networks, where they made it seem like there were two victims.”

But he added: “Sometimes the quality of those who oppose you speaks for itself. I was told that someone compared [the halftime segment] to blatantly racist comments. This is simply a case of people who don’t agree with this or they don’t agree with what people think I was saying.”

### Here was Costas’ essay, in case you missed it:

“You knew it was coming. In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichés was heard yet again, ‘Something like this really puts it all in perspective.’

"Well if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games.

"Please. Those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports, would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective. You want some actual perspective on this? Well a bit of it comes from the Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock, with whom I do not always agree, but, who today, said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.

"Our current gun culture," Whitlock wrote, “ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead. Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions, (and its possible connection to football), will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, (wrote Jason Whitlock) is what I believe, If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

 

### ESPN named John Kruk to its Sunday night baseball announcing team. He replaces Terry Francona, who left to manage the Cleveland Indians.

### Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf call their second consecutive Dolphins game for CBS Sunday (at San Francisco).

### 790 The Ticket is taking its time to pick a replacement for Jason Jackson on its 1 to 3 p.m. weekday talk show. Eric Reid --- not the Heat announcer -- continues to handle the gig. Steve Goldstein is a possibility.

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Ed

Had no problem with Costas taking a position. Only the right wing nuts had a problem with it.

TInSouthMiami

So SNF is the proper place and time to deliver a political sermon in your opinion Ed?

I disagree

andy

he better get that job sports bangn s/b sports bust terrible show goldy has a face for radio weiner will hire him at 790 just liken sedano brought over his high school sounding buddies btw sedano is very good the rest expecially that goof ball andy queen suck and make his show unlistenable guzio mr know it all NOT

mike

Whats wrong with gun control? It has nothng to do with 2nd amendment...Do we really need people to have assault rifles? fully automatic guns? what for? to shoot those wild animals running down the city streets? It is not 1776 any more...how about some common sense.

green

The Big Ten recently announced it would increase to 14 members, so can a 16-team Big Ten be far behind?

There are some advantages to 16 (teams) compared to 14,” Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis told ESPN on Wednesday. “Fourteen is clumsy. We’re not out looking for two teams, but basically we will continue to survey the landscape.”

The Big Ten, already the richest conference in the nation, will be negotiating a new media rights deal in 2017, and it is expected to pay each school more than $40 million annually.

With 16 teams instead of 14, the Big Ten also would be able to provide more “inventory,” or games for the Big Ten Network, increasing its value “as long as it wasn’t in the league’s current footprint,” sources said.

As far as future Big Ten members, speculation has swirled around the league pursuing ACC programs such as Georgia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina.

Hollis would not name candidates, but said if the league expands “what we’ll look for is does it fit? What impact does it have on the current membership? If after (an) evaluation, you see any upside, then there is a reason to grow.”
– brett mcmurphy

16 WILL GET U 20

green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDKn5BGTGMM

According to Warchant.com, the Florida State site on the Yahoo!/Rivals network, FSU officials are now exploring conference options and have put out feelers to the Big Ten.
– chip brown

THE CARE LESS WHISPERS OF A GOOD FRIEND

green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyl5DlrsU90

•Miami – The Hurricanes have long been a sleeper pick for me if the Big Ten were serious about raiding the ACC further. While Miami isn’t an AAU member, it has research levels that would justify its inclusion in the group and would be the 4th highest ranked Big Ten school in the US News undergraduate university rankings (behind only Northwestern, Michigan and Wisconsin). The school continues to be a top national TV draw even in its down years and is located in arguably the best pound-for-pound football recruiting territory in the country. Most importantly for me, it’s the only real power conference school that’s located in the Sun Belt but is really a Northern school culturally. Last week, the Chicago Tribune actually posted data of the most popular out-of-state colleges that Illinois residents attend. While bordering flagship schools such as Iowa, Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin draw tons of students of Illinois, there were only a handful of power conference schools outside of the Midwest and Kentucky (which borders southern Illinois) that were able to draw more than 100 freshmen from Illinois this past year: Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, Vanderbilt and… Miami. In fact, Miami draws about 5% of its students from Illinois, which is a higher percentage than any out-of-state Big Ten school other than Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue and Michigan. The thing is that Miami draws even more students from the New York/New Jersey corridor that the Big Ten is now trying to lock down. This is only one piece of data, but it’s indicative of the fact that if there’s one school in the South that won’t give a crap about being in a Northern conference, it’s Miami. People can note that they’re about to be sanctioned (my retort is to look at UNC) or they have a fairweather fan base with poor attendance (my response is that we just added Maryland), but they actually have a legit football history and the home recruiting base to maintain it regardless of possible NCAA actions down the road. Much like USC, the location of Miami itself means that they will always be in position to win with the right coach. In my opinion, Miami is a potential candidate that works regarding academics, demographics, TV market, football recruiting and football history. The fact that it’s a private school shouldn’t eliminate them from consideration.
– frank the tank

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

green

Butch Davis isn't taking the FIU job
-- joe schad

FOOEY

green

"I’m amazed Florida International and midmajors, they act like they’re big timers — and they’re not,” said Joe Tiller, a former Purdue coach. “They might have a nice little program going someplace, but they’re not amongst the heavyweights.”

He added: “They’re neophytes. They’re babies. They’re new to the scene, really, and they’re still trying to build their program. They’re acting like, for crying out loud, they’re L.S.U. or Auburn or somebody.”
– nytimes

INFANTICIDE

green

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/dennis-dodd/21292915/big-east-deal-could-be-worth-as-little-as-60-million-per-year

New Big East (TV) deal could be worth as little as $60M/year

-- dennisdoddcbs

POPCORN, PEANUTS, CRACKER JACKS & CANDY KISSES

green

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8721127/atlantic-coast-conference-speculation-more-defections-totally-false

Statement from the ACC Council of Presidents:

“We, the undersigned presidents of the Atlantic Coast Conference, wish to express our commitment to preserve and protect the future of our outstanding league. We want to be clear that the speculation about ACC schools in negotiations or considering alternatives to the ACC are totally false. The presidents of the ACC are united in our commitment to a strong and enduring conference. The ACC has long been a leader in intercollegiate athletics, both academically and athletically, and the constitution of our existing and future member schools will maintain the ACC’s position as one of the nation’s premier conferences.”

Fr. William Leahy, Boston College
Mr. James Barker, Clemson University
Dr. Richard Brodhead, Duke University
Dr. Eric Barron, Florida State University
Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. James Ramsey, University of Louisville
Dr. Donna Shalala, University of Miami
Dr. Holden Thorp, University of North Carolina
Dr. Randy Woodson, North Carolina State University
Fr. John Jenkins, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Mark Nordenberg, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University
Dr. Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia
Dr. Charles Steger, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Dr. Nathan Hatch, Wake Forest University

ROAR TO THE SHORE

Sammo

So a college athlete cant have a sidejob or get paid for raking his school in millions of dollars but the Ncaa lets conferences build their own divisions and make crazy tv deals? Just rename college football the sec and bigten league.

TheAmericanDream

"That's my man, Eric Reed, with 2 E's"

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