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ESPN pulls out of “Frontline” investigation on NFL concussions

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by oldschoolecw, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. yosoyellobo

    yosoyellobo Icon

    Nov 1, 2006
    Jacksonville Fl
    I might just watch it now.
  2. lwilli201

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006
    Excerpt from New York Times article:

    "Chris LaPlaca, an ESPN spokesman, said Thursday that ESPN’s decision was not based on any concerns about hurting its contractual relationship with the N.F.L. Rather, the network said in a statement, it was ending its official association with “Frontline” because it did not have editorial control of what appeared on the public television public affairs series."

    I guess in the long run ESPN means that since it has no editorial control, that something that PBS says MAY hurt there contractual relationship with the NFL. ESPN seems to be doing a little dance here.
  3. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Leapin' Lizard Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    There might be more in play here than they are saying... I'm not naive... but to be fair... people and companies usually do not like to put their names on things that they don't get some measure of say in creating.
  4. sregener

    sregener Godfather

    Apr 17, 2012
    Stephan Fatsis gave an interesting review of the decision on NPR's All Things Considered yesterday. This is a blow to ESPN's credibility as a sports news organization. Their official reason is a cop-out; the original deal didn't give them editorial control over what was aired on other channels. And they hadn't even seen the final product, so it isn't as though they saw it and then objected.
  5. mrro82

    mrro82 Legend

    Sep 11, 2012
    Astoria, OR
    I call bs. It's obvious.

    Sent from the other side of the Milky Way with my S4.
  6. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Leapin' Lizard Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    It's hard to call BS on the surface because IF there was a NFL-made-us-do-it scenario I would think ESPN just wouldn't have signed on in the first place. I mean, ESPN didn't establish this relationship with PBS prior to already having years of history entwined with the NFL.

    I'm open to conspiracy theories... but it seems like if the ESPN backing out was due to NFL pressure that it would have prevented them from entering into the thing in the first place.

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