Friday, August 30, 2013

Boston Globe Blow to the Head

Proposed NFL concussion deal signals new era

The players, as usual, got chump change. The NFL makes $10 billion (with a B) a year. 

Sort of like the economy being s*** as the banks make record profits (for some reason that printed Globe story is gone from the web version, replaced by a story about Greece). 

Related: Boston Globe is a Banker's Mouthpiece 

Ever notice that banks advertise heavily during football games?

"ESPN’s dubious pull-out from concussion documentary" August 26, 2013

In a move that raises fresh questions about the National Football League’s willingness to confront the dangers of head injuries, ESPN abruptly cut ties with PBS’s Frontline over a two-hour documentary about football concussions scheduled to air in October. The New York Times reported that the league pressured ESPN, which airs “Monday Night Football,” to end the 15-month-old collaboration, which included a companion website that tracks players’ concussions. Just last Sunday, the team aired a segment on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that cast a harsh spotlight on Dr. Elliot Pellman, the former head of the NFL’s concussion committee, who allegedly dismissed early studies linking football to degenerative brain disease.

ESPN said it backed out because it did not have editorial control over what would appear on Frontline, which is produced by WGBH Boston. That’s a strange decision, since Frontline is the most respected documentary series in TV journalism, and the lead reporters on this project — former Globe and Washington Post writer Steve Fainaru and his brother, former San Francisco Chronicle writer Mark Fainaru-Wada — are among sports journalism’s most honored investigators.

But ESPN seems to have been scared off by their reporting....   

Corporate media is scared of the blogs.

“You can’t go against the NFL, they’ll squash you.” 

The NFL is the sports' worlds Israel. 

ESPN denies being squashed. But with the kickoff of a new season less than two weeks away, and ESPN such an integral part of the NFL’s multi-billion-dollar TV juggernaut, the network’s decision to disavow its collaboration with Frontline is another sign that the NFL remains more concerned about blows to its popularity than to its players’ heads.

Something you can't accuse the paper of doing that given their dwindling circulations and general offensiveness.


Also see: ESPN's Economic Barometer 

Did that see you, readers?

I know the Globe has covered the concussion issue before, but I'm too woozy to go find the link.

Besides, I don't listen to sports radio. My bane is "left-wing" talk.