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December 6, 2012

Last Sunday, during halftime of the Eagles-Cowboys game, Bob Costas seemed to advocate gun control.

In the segment, Costas referenced an article by Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock concerning the recent murder/suicide of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. Costas said he agreed with Whitlock, who wrote, "If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

There was an immediate backlash as people condemned Costas for mixing politics and sports.

Costas has since gone on a mini-tour of sorts to explain himself. On Tuesday he was interviewed by the Premier Radio Networks' Dan Patrick and MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell.

On Wednesday, he chatted with Bill O'Reilly from Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor." On Thursday night, he'll be talking about the issue on his own show, "Costas Tonight," with Charles Barkley and John McEnroe weighing in. That show was taped on Tuesday. "I carry a gun," Barkley says on the show. "But it would take extreme circumstances for me to even touch it."

Costas explained that the halftime segment may have confused some about his position on gun violence.

"Domestic violence is part of it. Drugs and alcohol could be part of it," Costas said. "And I didn't say anything specifically about gun-control legislation or the Second Amendment. I don't want to repeal the Second Amendment. I think we should have responsible gun control, but that wouldn't prohibit somebody from carrying a gun."

Time Warner's cable properties include TNT, CNN, TBS and TruTV. Bewkes reiterated that he expects "double-digit" rate increases in future contracts for those channels from distributors. TNT already gets more than $1 per subscriber per month from cable and satellite - Tom Mahon, Philadelphia Daily News

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