Writing for Slate, the former New York Times columnist discusses their relationship and the impact of Costas’ actions on Sunday night.
First about the part of labeling Costas “a shill”:
Since 1993, Costas and I have been in an uneasy relationship of mutual regard and disagreement, each waiting for the other to fulfill unreasonable expectations. He wants me to be more open to the joy of sports. I want him to take advantage of his pulpit and be more of a journalist.
And to the point:
In our almost 20 years of dialogue, Costas has been most bothered by my use of the word shill to describe how he promotes sporting