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Old 08-23-2013, 08:57 AM  
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Report: NFL Pressured ESPN Into Backing Out Of Concussion Film

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Pressure from the National Football League led to ESPN’s decision on Thursday to pull out of an investigative project with “Frontline” regarding head injuries in the N.F.L., according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.
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“Frontline,” the PBS public affairs series, and ESPN had been working for 15 months on a two-part documentary, to be televised in October. But ESPN’s role came under intense pressure by the league, the two people said, after a trailer for the documentary was released Aug. 6, the day that the project was discussed at a Television Critics Association event in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Last week, several high-ranking officials convened a lunch meeting at Patroon, near the league’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because they were prohibited by their superiors from discussing the matter publicly. It was a table for four: Roger Goodell, commissioner of the N.F.L.; Steve Bornstein, president of the NFL Network; ESPN’s president, John Skipper; and John Wildhack, ESPN’s executive vice president for production.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/sp...=tw-share&_r=0

NFL says "Jump!". ESPN says "How high?". Obviously the NFL is denying the story and told ESPN to deny it as well.

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Old 08-23-2013, 09:53 AM   #2
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:53 AM   #3
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:55 AM   #4
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:58 AM   #5
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Maybe Fox Sports 1 could pick it up and run with it. One can dream that someone, anyone, will stand up to Goodell's punk ass.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:59 AM   #6
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Maybe Fox Sports 1 could pick it up and run with it. One can dream that someone, anyone, will stand up to Goodell's punk ass.
Fox, who has a presumably larger NFL contract than ESPN, picking up a PBS expose? Are you daft?

As for who is standing up to Goodell, it's the players and their (greedy, soulless) lawyers.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:43 AM   #8
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:51 AM   #9
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Hell if that film came out not only would there even be more lawsuits but the NFL game would have to played as "flag football"
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:54 AM   #10
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:02 AM   #11
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This subject is going to become a massive thorn in the side of tackle football.

In the NFL's case, there's little doubt that in my mind that there has probably been decisions made by franchises/coaches that would border on criminal negligence in any other workplace. And you probably don't have to go back very far to find them. I do believe that teams are going to come around and that concussions will be handled more carefully in the future, but can they survive their past decisions?

I also feel like players are going to have to shoulder a degree of the responsibility. They need to realize that these things are sometimes the price you pay for the career choice. If you don't want to face the risk of future brain damage, get an office job and slog through life like the rest of us.
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:03 AM   #12
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Hell if that film came out not only would there even be more lawsuits but the NFL game would have to played as "flag football"
The documentary is still being shown on Oct. 8 and 15 but now without the ESPN logo.

And also it has more press coverage now than it ever would have had before this.
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:04 AM   #13
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:10 AM   #14
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:45 AM   #15
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Isn't it obvious to everyone by now that whenever Goodell talks about "player safety," he's lying? He just wants to legislate defense out of the game for several reasons - inflating fantasy football numbers, enticing casual fans with high-scoring shootouts, making it easier to favor all-offense teams like the Patsies and star quarterbacks like Peyton and Brady, and trying to avoid lawsuits. He doesn't want this concussion stuff coming out, because that would ruin the whole facade of "protecting the shield" that he has carefully built up.
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