The segment in which Costas referred to "contractual agreements" was pre-taped at 3:15 p.m. (EST) with the understanding that it would immediately precede the 4 p.m. kick-off, in which case it would have been completely accurate both in tone and content. Unfortunately, it was broadcast at the start of the pregame show (3:28 p.m.), making Costas the unknowing victim of a production error.
Costas, as host of NFL '84, is explicitly aware of our contractual obligations to the NFL, and had he known that the tape would air before the pregame show, he certainly would not have referred to the "contractual agreements."
As we have expressed previously, we regret our decision to leave The Skins Game telecast. We also regret the unfortunate situation in which we placed Costas.
President NBC Sports
New York City