During the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, Patrick wanted to have some fun with buddy/guest Costas and asked him to attempt an impression of Jim Nantz, the very distinct voice of the Masters, the most esteemed PGA tournament of the year held at the legendary Augusta golf course. (Backstory – each year at this time, the Dan Patrick show asks viewers to call in with their best Nance impression for fabulous prizes).
In an unexpected turn, rather than try his hand at a silly impression, he straight-up called out the entire Masters broadcasting crew for their complete lack of ever acknowledging the history of racism and sexism at Augusta. It was a completely unscripted, real moment – and something I have been wondering for years.
Watch it here.
Now, neither Costas nor I are suggesting that sportscasters should give political commentary during a professional sporting event. However, for many years, throngs of protesters have descended upon Augusta each April during the Masters – and never once has any CBS broadcasting crew made a single peep about it. When there is an elephant in the room, professional communicators shouldn’t have to pretend there isn’t.