Bob Costas talks publicly-financed stadiums, Winter Classic, Nelly introduction

Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NBC Sports reporter Bob Costas prior to a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NBC Sports and MLB Network broadcaster, Bob Costas, who first called St. Louis home after joining KMOX in 1974, joined The Writers’ Block.

Costas discussed his thoughts on public financing for sports stadiums, the NHL Winter Classic, Internet idiots, the Chicago Cubs’ World Series title and Nelly.

Listen to the interview here:

What’s your sense of the real value of having public money on new stadiums?

“There can be exceptions. I think the Cardinals are an exception. But generally…I defer to people that have greater expertise than me. People like…Andrew Zimbalist…he says it’s at best a roll of the dice, but sometimes, predictably, it’s an economic loser for the community. There’s an emotional pull…but it has to be balanced with the realities.”

Why do you think The Winter Classic was such a success?

“I loved being part of The Winter Classic. It was only a matter of time before it was Blues and Blackhawks at Busch Stadium. I think the whole atmosphere…it was a lot of fun. It’d been a few years since I (covered the game), but they wanted me to come back just for this one because of my connection to St. Louis…and I said, ‘Yeah, what I can contribute here…is some understanding…of why the Blues caught on a half a century ago the way they did.’ I think most people outside St. Louis don’t really appreciate that.”

On his Nelly introduction gaining so much traction:

“I think it was my introduction of Nelly (tongue in cheek). People are freaking out about that because of the Internet. It’s a place where people who get to be called an idiot by people who can’t spell idiot.”