NFL vs. ESPN

The sports world is abuzz with news that N.F.L. Pressure is Said to Lead ESPN to Quit Film Project. Evan Berland at the Associated Press wrote, “Holy moly. #ESPN pays #NFL $1 BILLION a year for Monday Night Football!?”

PBS has A Note from FRONTLINE: ESPN and “League of Denial”. Chad Calder at The Baton Rouge Advocate said, “ESPN bails on Frontline partnership investigating the NFL's lack of response to concussions.”

Poynter even got in on the story, adding Report: NFL pressured ESPN to drop documentary by Andrew Beaujon to the clip pile. Poynter also tweeted: “NFL & ESPN execs had a ‘combative meeting.’”

The headline N.F.L. Pressure Said to Lead ESPN to Quit Film Project in the New York Times should explain it all. Jody Avirgan at WNYC said, “NFL commish personally pressures ESPN to pull out of concussion doc. This story ensures way more will watch now.” Scott Soshnick at Bloomberg News said, ‘Ah, the tangled web of leagues, networks and independence.” Matt Porter with the Palm Beach Post added, “Well, this is seemingly pretty sad, journalistically.” And we agree.

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