Originally Posted by bplewis24
Which comments specifically?
It sounds like you and he agree on mostly everything (example: that he would never get the job and that it would be a bad business move for the network if somebody did).
And if he was grandstanding, it clearly didn't work here at TST. He's not getting much applause.
Costas made the remarks on Dan Patrick's radio show on Friday morning. At the end of the interview, which focused on the new movie "42," Patrick asked Costas to take part in a lighthearted game in which listeners imitated the hushed tones and reverent verbiage of longtime Masters announcer Jim Nance.
Costas declined to do a Nance impression, and pointed out that as a lifelong employee of NBC, he would never be in the position to cover the Masters. Then he dropped the hammer.
"What no CBS announcer has ever alluded to, even in passing, even during a rain delay, even when there was time to do so, is Augusta's history of racism and sexism," Costas said. "Even when people were protesting just outside the grounds. Forget about taking a side – never acknowledging it.
"So not only would I never work the Masters because I'm not at CBS, but I'd have to say something, and then I would be ejected."
"I think somebody should have had the guts to do it at some point along the way. Broadcaster, executive – somebody should have said to someone at Augusta, 'Look, this is an issue … and it's an elephant in the room. And we're going to address it … so that our heads are not in the collective sand trap."
When Patrick pointed out that CBS was no doubt wary of damaging its long-term relationship with the prestigious tournament, Costas agreed.
"It's a business thing," Costas said. "And if that's the case, just talk about guns. No one can get in trouble that way."
The bolded one. Like I said, its grandstanding. He knows that none of them can say anything during the telecast unless they want to guarantee they lose their job as a commentator of the Masters, risk losing their job at CBS, and risk CBS' future as the network of the Masters. (Remember, they have that short leash from Augusta for this very kind of thing. One-year contracts only.) So it's just him scoring easy points.
I'd like to go back to the coverage of the Olympics in Beijing and see how much time he spent talking about China's humans rights issues. (Not accusing him of not doing that, just actually curious if he did) Or, now I'll pay attention to the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year to see how much he roasts the Russians for all of Stalin's transgressions.
I also think that "sexist" is being used incorrectly here. Just because there weren't any actual single female members until recently doesn't mean they didn't allow women. I'm pretty sure that women and children of their members are allowed on the grounds and are allowed to play there too. (Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong) And I'm trying to think of any adult women I know that are single and are avid golfers and there aren't any. Seems like most CC's out there might not have many (or any) female members simply by default.