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    Default ESPN Pulls out of PBS Frontline's Concussion Coverage

    http://deadspin.com/espn-pulls-out-o...ion-1185320690

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    For a while now, ESPN's big alibi, the thing Bristol would trot out any time someone questioned the company's journalistic bona fides, was its joint investigation into NFL head injuries with PBS's Frontline. Now that's done with. PBS announced the news.
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    ESPN long ago ceased to be any sort of credible news network but this makes even more official.

    Shameful. Yet another instance in which money overrides ethical behavior and the search for truth.

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    Default Re: ESPN Pulls out of PBS Frontline's Concussion Coverage

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    ESPN long ago ceased to be any sort of credible news network but this makes even more official.

    Shameful. Yet another instance in which money overrides ethical behavior and the search for truth.
    ESPN doesn't exist for the purpose of conducting a "search for the truth". It exists to show us sports. The NFL butters their bread and makes them a ton of money with Monday Night Football. It's not a good idea to embark on a project that could shine a negative light on a business partner.
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    Default Re: ESPN Pulls out of PBS Frontline's Concussion Coverage

    And people still wonder why people do not take the NFL serious when it comes to concussions and player safety. I am sure the NFL flexed its muscles and pressured ESPN to pull out.

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    Well I doubt if you can expect Fox Sports 1 to take up the mantle either. Doesn't News Corp still run Fox and still have something to do with DirecTV and therefore NFL Sunday Ticket?

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    ESPN doesn't care, and hasn't for a long time. I can't wait for Fox Sports.
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    ^ I wouldn't exactly count on FoxSports 1 to pick up the mantle of journalistic integrity.

    More on the ESPN/Frontline Story:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/sp...m-project.html

    ESPN's decision this week to remove itself from an investigative documentary with PBS's "Frontline" was the result of intense pressure from the National Football League, The New York Times reported.

    According to the Times report, the league expressed its displeasure with ESPN's role on the two-part documentary at a lunch meeting last week in Manhattan involving NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Network president Steve Bornstein, ESPN president John Skipper and ESPN executive vice president John Wildhack. The documentary, scheduled to air Oct. 8 and 15, will focus on an area for which the NFL has drawn considerable public criticism in recent years: the league's poor record when it comes to addressing concussions suffered by its players.

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    Default Re: ESPN Pulls out of PBS Frontline's Concussion Coverage

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    ESPN doesn't care, and hasn't for a long time. I can't wait for Fox Sports.

    Fox Sports isn't going to do anything considering that Fox is one of the largest NFL broadcasters. Fox and CBS show more games than anyone else and get the most playoff games. The NFL would strong arm Fox just like they did ESPN.

    The NFL makes a ton of money for CBS, NBC, Fox, and the ESPN/ABC family. None of these entities are going to bite the hand that feeds them.

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    Default Re: ESPN Pulls out of PBS Frontline's Concussion Coverage

    Not really surprising. The E in ESPN stands for Entertainment, and the N does not stand for news. They will do whatever is best for business for them.


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    Default Re: ESPN Pulls out of PBS Frontline's Concussion Coverage

    also possibly concussion-related.

    http://tracking.si.com/2013/08/23/jo...2_a1&eref=sihp

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    Joe Flacco on Ray Lewis: A lot of his speeches “didn’t even make sense”

    Retired NFL linebacker and new televison analyst Ray Lewis was known for his fiery pre-game speeches, attempting to pump his Baltimore Raven teammates up for 60 minutes of football.

    While some could argue what the speeches really did for the team, one person who didn’t quite understand them was quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.

    In an interview with ESPN the Magazine, Flacco said that he is taking on more of a leadership role this season, but not the way that Lewis did it.

    “That’s not me,” Flacco says. “I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.”



    As far as the label about him being boring, Flacco says he doesn’t mind.

    “You think I’m boring? I think that’s cool,” Flacco says. “I don’t know if I’m an everyday person, but I don’t think I’m an a—hole. If you think I’m boring, I don’t see why it’s a negative thing. All I’ve ever wanted was to be respected within the building.”

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    Default Re: ESPN Pulls out of PBS Frontline's Concussion Coverage

    ESPN is basically a public relations arm of the sports "establishment" and is under no obligation to be a serious journalistic source. Thankfully, this is the 21st century and there are tons of independent journalists out there who can get their stuff out on the internet. There will be a seminal report on this issue, one way or another.

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    Not really related, but I'd like to point how ****ing annoying it is to turn on ESPN and see them talking about RG3 EVERY ******* hour of every freaking day. God damn it, just SHUT UP. We don't give a **** about RG3, so just STOP IT.
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    Default Re: ESPN Pulls out of PBS Frontline's Concussion Coverage

    read this about how much ESPN, and popular media in general, is awful;

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/let...3632/?ref=auto

    stop clicking and watch what happens.

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