1. Welcome to SportsJournalists.com, a friendly forum for discussing all things sports and journalism.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register for a free account to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Access to private conversations with other members.
    • Fewer ads.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

NYT: ESPN pulled out of concussion doc project due to NFL pressure

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Steak Snabler, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Second Thoughts

    Second Thoughts Active Member

    What could we expect from the "Entertainment" Sports Programming Network. No ethics or conscience. Money speaks. Particularly billions of it.
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Worse by far for ESPN than for the NFL. The whole thing seems kind of odd. Everyone now knows ESPN was involved in it, the doc will air regardless. Maybe the NFL just didn't want ESPN promoting the thing? All this does is make ESPN look bad.
    Anybody know what Bornstein was doing at the meeting?
  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Late Friday afternoon news dump.

    Translation: Hell yes the NFL told us to back off of it, and at the not-coming-right-out-and-telling-us affect of getting many Jaguars-Raiders games for MNF over the next near-decade of our $2 billion a year we pay to Park Avenue, we made a business decision.

    But we respect Frontline and Outside The Lines, even as we move to margainalize our main investigative show OTL.
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    This is one debate I don't think they want to embrace.

    I'd love to see Olbermann tackle it on Monday. That would be a way to start the show right.
  5. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    So, if you're Fox Sports 1, do you pick up the cause? Ignore the story?
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    You know it's bad when the usual ESPN apologists don't even show up to defend them.
  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    If you're talking about the NFL throwing their weight around, I don't see Fox wanting to piss off the NFL either, or CBS Sports Net, or NBC Sports Net, or the NFL Network.
  8. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    as much of a forgone conclusion as it was that ESPN is in the tank for The Shield, don't expect any other partner to question Mr Commissioner, whether its about concussions, HGH or gambling. You won't see Al Michaels be noticeably harder on The NFL than Chris Berman.
  9. I'll never tell

    I'll never tell Active Member

    The sad problem is that people think we do the same kind of journalism as ESPN.

    And I say that noting that the journalism at certain parts of ESPN has dramatically improved over the years.
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Six corporations own 90 percent of the media.

    They can decide whatever gets shown, and not shown, to the public. If it's something major, the public has to hope they find it on the Internets and it goes viral.

    Thank you, deregulation.*

    * And not to make this political, I'm aware that most of the Dems went in the tank for the Telecommunications Act of '96 just as much as the GOP.
  11. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Always blew my mind how much of the major national media decisions were made within a square mile (or less) in mid-town Manhattan. TV, print, movies, radio. It helps explain the lack of varying perspectives.
  12. clintrichardson

    clintrichardson Active Member

    The thing I don't get it is that there's so much out there already about concussions and football, and the discussion will continue whether ESPN participates in this or not. The only result is making ESPN and the NFL look bad.

    My guess is that it reveals the real fear that the NFL has on the concussion issue. For years the league has been so dominant in American sports and it has been impossible to imagine how that ever would end. If people begin to see football as being like boxing—and stop participating—that could be, in the long term, how the sport tumbles from the top of the mountain on the spectator side.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page