On Thursday, seemingly out the blue, PBS announced that ESPN had decided to abandon a joint project between ESPN and Frontline around concussion issues in the NFL. The project involved two websites: League of Denial and Concussion Watch and an upcoming documentary also called League of Denial.
Since PBS made the announcement, ESPN personnel have chimed in on their reasoning for abandoning the project. All of which don’t match up with what James Andrew Miller of the NY Times is reporting is the reason.
According to Miller, ESPN abandoned the project because of growing pressure they were receiving. And if Miller is correct, it’s definitely a huge black eye for the network.
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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