ESPN made news this past week when the sport's network pulled it's backing and affiliation with an upcoming PBS documentary about concussions in the NFL.
The film, entitled Frontline's League of Denial: the NFL's Concussion Crisis, is based in the investigative journalism of ESPN reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, who have an upcoming book of the same title. According to PBS, the documentary will air as scheduled on October 8 and 15 with it's content unaltered.
If it seemed suspicious that ESPN would get cold-feet after spending 15 months in collaboration on the project, that's because it was. A day later, the New York Times reported that the NFL pressured ESPN to discontinue it's backing of the project.
From Andrew James Miller:
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 d...