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December 10th, 2012
05:45 PM ET

Bob Costas on the NFL's gun message to it's players: "It's infinitely more likely that something bad will happen if you’re armed, than that something good will happen”

On the heels of a second NFL player losing his life in an off-the-field incident, tonight Piers Morgan welcomes Bob Costas to offer his insightful perspective, and peerless expertise, on the social dynamics pulsating through America's most popular sports league.

In the aftermath of Saturday's car accident that resulted in the death of Dallas Cowboy's linebacker Jerry Brown Jr., and less than days removed from the December 1st murder-suicide involving the Kansas City Chief's Jovan Belcher, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host sums up the state of the game, and asked his guest for guidance:

"Seventy percent or more of footballers apparently carry guns. Clearly most of them have a lot of money, they drive fast cars, they go to nightclubs, they party and all of the rest of it," details Morgan. "Again I guess it comes back to an overriding sense that the culture of the game is slightly out of control. The statistics of arrests, for example, suggest that. What can we really do about it?"

"I'm not sure what can be done about it exactly. The NFL prohibits the carrying of firearms at any facility, practice facility, any event that's connected to the team – you make a public relations appearance – in the stadium. I don’t know how closely they enforce that. They do prohibit it," explains the man who's hosted a record nine Olympic games. FULL POST

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December 10th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Bob Costas on his "Piers Morgan Tonight" appearance: "I think it pretty much fills the whole spectrum out, and I'm done now"

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" invites Bob Costas to share his trademark insight and expert commentary on some of the recent tragedies that have moved the NFL from the sports page to the front page.

Following his face to face conversation with Piers Morgan, Costas shared some time with digital producer Jason Kurtz in a web-exclusive, behind-the-scenes "Green Room Interview."

With nearly 20 Emmy Awards to his credit, the eight-time National Sportscaster of the Year compared his appearance on "Piers Morgan Tonight" to the rest of his body of work:

"I think it pretty much fills the whole spectrum out, and I'm done now, this is my valedictory," jokes Costas. "There's nowhere to go from here. I've peaked, and I'm done."

Watch the above clip to hear why Costas felt his recent halftime commentary on gun control was pertinent, then tune in at 9 p.m. as the legendary broadcaster explains what he views as a "gun culture" within the NFL.
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Tonight: Bob Costas
December 10th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

Tonight: Bob Costas

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcome legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas for his engaging perspective and unparalleled insight into recent happenings in the world of sports, specifically the National Football League.

In the aftermath of a second NFL death in roughly a week, the eight-time National Sportscaster of the Year will join Piers Morgan for a face to face interview that comes on the heels of the December 1st murder-suicide involving the Kansas City Chief's Jovan Belcher, as well as Saturday's car accident that took the life of Dallas Cowboy's linebacker Jerry Brown.

Following Belcher's death last weekend, Costas took to the NBC airwaves on December 2nd, using his "Football Night in America" platform to speak out for stricter firearms legislation.

Tune in at 9 as the man who's hosted a record 9 Olympic games calls on his incomparable insight in placing the recent events into national and historical context.
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December 10th, 2012
01:14 PM ET

Cory Booker on presidential aspiriations: President of the New Jersey "Star Trek Association"

Amidst swirling rumors surrounding Cory Booker making a potential run for the governorship, or possibly a seat on Capitol Hill, on Friday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed the Newark mayor back to the program, allowing him an open platform to set the record straight.

In classic political fashion, Booker addressed the chatter by providing no concrete hint of any future plans:

"I want to find whatever I do that can best make a contribution to the people in the city I love, and the state I love," Booker told Piers Morgan.

"At the end of the day, politics should be left to political seasons," he insisted. "Governing should be done during governing season. And even right now, in New Jersey, before we get to next year, which will be the election year, even right now, it's time for us to focus on governing and serving people."

When pressed by Morgan about a possible run for the presidency, Booker pushed back with humor: FULL POST

Need to Know News: Obama, Boehner meet about fiscal cliff and agree - not to say much; U.S. Navy SEAL killed in operation to rescue American doctor in Afghanistan
December 10th, 2012
10:14 AM ET

Need to Know News: Obama, Boehner meet about fiscal cliff and agree - not to say much; U.S. Navy SEAL killed in operation to rescue American doctor in Afghanistan

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For December 10, 2012 – Barack Obama and John Boehner meet about fiscal cliff and agree - not to say much, U.S. Navy SEAL killed in operation to rescue American doctor in Afghanistan and Singer Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash...

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