There's been quite a bit of fuss south of the border regarding the way the National Football League pressured ESPN to pull out of a documentary on concussions.
Some have called the network's decision to divorce itself from a partnership with PBS on a documentary exploring the league's sad history of concussions proof positive that broadcasters are in bed with the leagues they profess to cover and further evidence that ESPN is not the "worldwide leader" in sports journalism.
Well, with all respect to some of the excellent reporting done on this issue, I have to wonder what great revelation comes next. That athletes take steroids? That some people gamble on sports?
Not to defend ESPN or any of the other broadcasters who present sports as some kind of Disneyfied fantasyland, but this simply is the way that business is done. Broadcasters pay millions - in some cases, billions - for the right to earn millions (or billions) offRead More »from ESPN kowtows to NFL: What’s the big surprise?