Bob Costas was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday. The conversation started light-hearted with Patrick trying his best to get Costas to take part in their Jim Nantz impersonation contest for Masters week. Costas though wasn't in a playful mood and took the opportunity to blast CBS and its commentators (without mentioning any names, ahem, Jim Nantz) for their complete disregard of Augusta's history of racist and sexist admission policies.
Costas has a point about this whole situation, and as is becoming the norm for him, he's lighting the fuse on the proverbial powder keg by calling out CBS in such an unflinching way. Ignoring the protests at Augusta in recent years during the Masters is at the very least an oversight and at worst gross negligence, but it's what CBS has to do in order to keep the tournament. Augusta famously keeps CBS on a 1 year contract, which contributes to the amount of influence they have over the networks that televise the event.
Costas' statement about not turning the broadcast into an investigative news piece is valid because you don't want an afternoon of golf to become an examination of Augusta National's policies and practices. But to continually neglect the elephant in the room shows the power that Augusta has over CBS's coverage of the Masters. For CBS to completely ignore it all these years is disappointing for CBS from a journalistic standpoint, but they made the choice long ago to bow down to the powers that be at Augusta.
The elephant in the room is that Bob Costas is a race baiting moron. Who gives a damn what he says? Maybe he's wanting some black-ass-kissing publicity.
Costas is sooooo brave to bring it up after the issue has already been resolved and oh yeah, he played there as a guest. He put all his morals aside for a free round at the most exclusive course in the country.
I had a chance to go to the Masters a few years ago. But when I heard that they changed their policies about letting "BLACKS" join their club I decided that I would let someone else use the badge instead. Its bad enuff I HAVE to PUT UP WITH a black running our country, I **mn sure am not going to support a pristigeous golf course like Augusta bowing to political pressure.
Love Costas taking this amazingly brazen stand... Too bad Augusta National allows Women members (Condi Rice anyone?) and blacks. Sure, they didn't do it for nearly 75 years or so, but this is a PRIVATE club & this is america - if you don't like it fine, don't go to The Masters, don't watch it. Don't support it with your dollars or your viewership.
But, real big man there Costas... taking this "ballsy" stand only after the fact that what you are arguing about doesn't exist anymore. It's sad to see a sportscaster I've respected for so long because he was usually the voice of reason and calm becoming an irrational blowhard like the rest of them.
People want to place their collective head in the sand in speaking on race and gender bias. This country is growing and will change distractedly in the next 50 years. Get ahead of the curve.
If you don't like Augusta National's private club policies, then STAY AWAY. It's a golf club, not a news network held hostage by PC 'do gooders'. Take care of your own house Costas. If you choose to make your private life public !!
Wow, trying to embrace some of these comments but the negative energy....just wow. Private or not, Augusta's policies are out-dated and disgusting. I do not need Bob Costas to point this out...but I'm thankful that he is. He is doing the right thing. If people feel the need to stereotype him for this, that's on them. Good for you, Bob, for using your voice in a very humane way!
The part I don't get is that they have been discriminating/choosing for 76+ years. Is CBS supposed to bring up their racism and exclusion of women EVERY YEAR? Do announcers have to discuss baseball's discrimination and the Jackie Robinson story at EVERY GAME? How does it fit into the story line and event coverage?
Why does anyone bother with this anymore? The general public doesn't care, the coverage from CBS isn't going to change. You make the choice as a viewer to watch or don't watch. Plain and simple.
The issues and the facts are not what is important to these media outlets. It's about ratings and money. I repeat...MONEY
If only the ire at the messenger could be directed to the actual issue being discussed. It's fine to criticize Costas, but it really misses the point.
Its disgraceful that CBS doesn't cover this. If only there was another network, radio station, blog or other media outlet that could discuss this.
SHUT UP BOB!!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PLEASE JUST SHUT THE #### UP!!! FOR ONCE IN YOUR PITIFUL, MISERABLE LIFE!!! I THANK GOD NBC DID NOT HAVE YOU ON COMMENTARY FOR LAST SUMMER'S OLYMPICS, IT WAS WONDERFUL, BECAUSE YOU NEVER SHUT UP, YOUR ALWAYS BABBLING ABOUT SOMETHING! NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR YOU, JUST GO AWAY!!!
I suppose that Mr Costas is going to tell Bill Gates and Warren Buffet about their policies at Augusta national
Costas is a typical LIBERAL ELITIST IDIOT -- thinking that "my view" is the "view of America" thus I should portray "my view" as being the end-all-be-all way of everything.
Costas has NO POINT in this or any other argument -- Augusta National is a PRIVATE club - with the ability to admit, or not admit, anyone it sees fit -- it is not up to the MEDIA ELITE or any other "politically correct" faction of naysayers to decide what is or what isn't a good policy for the Members of Augusta National Golf Club.
The fact that costas wants to berate a select group of people for their "supposed" negligent behavior in constructing their PRIVATE membership, reflects poorly on his ability to accurately and objectively understand the facts of a particular situation. Once again, LIBERAL ELITISIM has taken hold and attempted to rough up the airways with a severely one-sided argument that does nothing more than create angst and apathy toward a particular group - however the group upon which the apathy reflects in this case is the LIBERAL ELITIST IDIOTS.
It is good that Bob looked at the past history. However, tank God the masters group allowed Condalesa to become a member lately. Thank God for change..
What I find most disappointing is I've always heard Costas bring a certain amount of levity to just about any conversation, but over the last three years or so he's really become rather curmudgeonly and dour. It's really a shame that, after so many appearances on the Dan Patrick show, he has lost the underlying sense of humor that used to trademark their conversations. His last appearance on Mike and Mike in the Morning was much the same way, even with Greeny fawning over Costas as he is wont to do.
I don't begrudge Costas the chance to talk about these topics, nor do I think he needs to stop, but I do think it is somewhat sad that he's almost lost his sense of humor completely.
I can't believe it's the 21st century and people still scream racism every time they disagree with anyone, John.
This was the same Bob Costas that was on the Howard Stern PPV show in the 90's as a judge in a beauty contest. It was as bad as it sounds too.
Costas is a little to full of himself and his baseball elitism.
@AndrewBucholtz He's right, but would he *really* make a stand in Nantz's shoes? Hate his grandstanding arrogance.
@AndrewBucholtz Costas irks me. Comes across as a pompous ass. Also, easy for him to take a stand when he knows he'll never work a Masters.
The last critical thing NBC said about the International Olympic Committee during an Olympic Games was ...?
Augusta National is a private club. If people have a problem with their admissions, that's their problem. This is still a free country, and private clubs receiving no public finding can admit or deny whomever they choose. Costas would be kissing green-jacketed ass if NBC had coverage. He's just butt-hurt he's not a part of it. Piss on him, and piss on this page both.
It's nice for Costas to criticize and he's right, but if NBC had The Masters, they would do the exact same thing.
@JackRabbitSlimm jack: It is interesting that Blacks are moving ahead. However, It looks like we as a country still have people like yourself who can and will not accept "change"!
Tiger Woods has won allot of tournaments , yet we still can not get over the fact he is Black(I thingk)!! smile.. God Bless Dr. "J">
@EMC2 But yet it benefits from hosting 1 of the 4 majors in a sport that IS NOT private. I'm sure the ANGC is handsomely compensated by the PGA who are in turn paid by the covering major networks...this is my guess. So, if Augusta wants to be descriminatory and "private", then stay out of the public and off of TV and far away from the PGA...they can't have it both ways.
Actually, they should soup...I mean, when the top player isn't a White male and would otherwise be denied membership to the "club" that hosts golfs most prestigious event...yea, it bears mentioning as often as it takes for ANGC to wake-up and be truely "NATIONAL".
Baseball, in one way or another will always have to face its' past, as it was/is "America's Pass-time" and "As American as Apple-pie", lol. Just think, every year baseball is challenged to elevate and or hire minorities into coaching and managerial positions.IMHO, America is far to old for "Firsts" as it relates to race and gender equality...
@sehoop1 what a pathetic turd
@bbbourb Good call. I'm a huge Costas fan and do miss that mix of lighthearted fun that he would pepper with intelligent conversation. I wonder if after covering so many big events- Olympics, World Series, NBA finals- maybe he's lost interest in the events themselves and wants to talk about bigger picture issues. And like you say you don't begrudge him for doing so but maybe it's time for him to set out of the sports world and be a commentator at large. I'd love to him do another Later type show...maybe say take over for Charlie Rose on PBS who has his own CBS gig.
TRUE INDEED...Now, if only the PGA felt the same and moved the Masters somewhere else and let AG"N"C stay in little private peice of Georgia.
@elcorazonazul: Haha, well, that's hypothetical. But I'd say there's a higher chance. Costas has spoken out against NFL/MLB on broadcasts.
@elcorazonazul: I don't expect CBS to go all hard-hitting journalism during the Masters, but their fawning/ignorance of issues is too much.
@elcorazonazul: Sure. I definitely don't support everything Costas does. And you're right, easier for him to speak out. But he has a point.
@fangsbites Before reading or hearing the post and just reading the headline, I was thinking the same thing.
@fangsbites Not denying that at all, Ken.
@AndrewBucholtz I hear you but I doubt CBS has a choice. Augusta rules that tourney with an iron fist. Their history is shameful, no doubt.
@elcorazonazul: Sure. Certainly not easy to go against them. But I think they could do a bit more. Ignoring the problems is weak.