Bob Costas

I can’t do anything about how people who are all but completely unaware of my actual motivations and my actual thought process and my actual worldview, how they characterize me. There’s not much I can do about it, except never say another word other than ‘there’s a ground ball to shortstop.’ And I don’t think that’s going to happen.

America’s gun culture demonstrates itself in the Wild West, Dirty Harry mentality of people who actually believe that if a number of people were armed in the theater in Aurora, they would have been able to take down this nutjob in body armor and military style artillery. When in fact almost every policeman in the country would tell you that that would have only increased the tragedy and added to the carnage.

If every university president said, ‘The revenue producing sports: basketball, football – potentially revenue producing at most universities – maybe in a few cases women’s basketball, if every one of them had a monitor that reported directly to the university president and no ‘student-athlete’ ever gets into this college or university who could not plausibly be admitted if we did not have a football or basketball team, end of problem. It won’t happen because it’s like unilaterally disarming. You know your opponent won’t do it and then you’ll get crushed in every game, but it’s a simple thing.

Any good broadcast, not just an Olympic broadcast, should have texture to it. It should have information, should have some history, should have something that’s offbeat, quirky, humorous, and where called for it, should have journalism, and judiciously it should also have commentary. That’s my ideal.