Saturday, April 13, 2013

NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas said CBS Sports is too soft in its coverage of the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club. In an appearance on the "Dan Patrick Show" on Friday morning, Costas said the club's "history of racism and sexism" is the "elephant in the room" that is never addressed during CBS Sports' broadcasts of the tournament.

What no CBS commentator has ever alluded to -- even in passing, even during rain delay, even when there was time to do so -- is Augusta's history of racism and sexism. 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.

Not that Augusta isn't a lovely place, not that [Augusta National chairman] Billy Payne, who ran the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, isn't my friend, not that I haven't played there with him, which I did the one time I visited. I stayed in Butler Cabin. It was the most gracious wonderful thing you could ever imagine. And yet they do have a history that ought to be reckoned with that they've only recently come to terms with, if you call this coming to terms with it.

I'm not talking about forcing this issue down people's throats while Tiger Woods is lining up a birdie putt. ...

I just think somebody should have had the guts to do it at some point along the way. Broadcaster, executive, somebody should have talked to somebody at Augusta and said, "Look, this is an issue. And this is not Nightline or Meet the Press, we understand that, but this is an issue, and it's an elephant in the room and we're going to address it. As concisely as we can, but we're going to address it so that our heads are not in the collective sand trap.


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