In his most candid interview since CBS dropped him on the finish of 2019 from its golf protection after three a long time, Peter Kostis had some alternative phrases for his ex-employer, the PGA Tour and the way his termination went down.
In a tell-all interview with the “No Laying Up” podcast, Kostis highlighted the function he says the PGA Tour had in CBS not renewing his contract in addition to their rising management over match broadcasts.
The 73-year-old mentioned he believes his blunt fashion didn’t mesh with the tour’s emphasis on promotion, claiming it desires extra “cheerleaders” than analysts. He additionally thinks the tour informed CBS to “get youthful.”
“From the underside of my coronary heart I imagine this, that nobody in administration of a community or on the management of the PGA Tour provides a rat’s ass in regards to the high quality of the telecast,” Kostis mentioned. “They don’t care in regards to the high quality of the viewer expertise. They don’t care about something apart from promotion. They’re within the advertising of the product.”
Kostis, who first joined CBS Sports as an on-course reporter and golf analyst in 1992, recalled when the PGA Tour criticized him for a winner’s interview he carried out with an unidentified rookie.
After the conclusion of the interview, the place he requested the participant his ideas on having a spot within the Masters along with his two-year Tour exemption, Kostis mentioned he bought a name from a CBS govt in New York.
“They had gotten a name from the commissioner,” Kostis mentioned. “And the commissioner was upset I didn’t say, first off, that he had gained 500 FedEx Cup factors. And he didn’t need me speaking about majors.”
Kostis mentioned he continued to go away the FedEx Cup out of his post-round interviews with winners, which in the end led to a diminished function and finally performed a component in him dropping his job all collectively.
Kostis claimed he by no means obtained a straight reply from CBS. The community supposedly pushed for Kostis to work by this month’s Waste Management Phoenix Open so they may give him a correct “retirement” send-off, however Kostis declined.
He mentioned he wasn’t retiring and was simply being edged out.
“I requested [CBS Sports chairman] Sean McManus why he was doing it,” Kostis mentioned. “He mentioned, ‘We simply really feel like issues have gotten a bit stale and we wish to go in a special route … He denies it now, however that was the precise quote.
“I bought the sensation that it was extra about saving face for them than attempting to do one thing good for me.”
Just three days after CBS introduced that Kostis and fellow CBS mainstay Gary McCord wouldn’t have their contracts renewed, Davis Love III was employed as a brand new announcer. The community can be reportedly near signing a nine-year extension of its broadcast contract with the tour.
When reached by Golf Digest, officers with CBS and the PGA Tour declined to remark about Kostis’ interview.