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The glib response to the children asking why it’s still snowing would be that Hell has frozen over, but then they would know that I would have so much to do.

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Costas says he submitted the essay to Ebersol’s successor, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, and executive producer Sam Flood and awaited their response.

“I remember the reaction almost verbatim. They said, ‘This is a very well-written piece, wouldn’t change a comma. We can’t air it.”

Costas says he asked why.

“We’re in negotiations with the NFL for Thursday Night Football,” he says he was told.

“It was at that point that I realized that this was an untenable situation for me,” he says. “I knew my days there were numbered.”

Inside story of how legendary NFL broadcaster Bob Costas ended up excised from football and out at NBC — ESPN