The New York Times | Deadspin
A “combative meeting” between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Network President Steve Bornstein, ESPN President John Skipper and ESPN executive John Wildhack preceded ESPN’s decision to abandon an investigation into head injuries, James Andrew Miller reports.
During the meeting, Miller’s sources say, “league officials conveyed their displeasure with the direction of the documentary, which is expected to describe a narrative that has been captured in various news reports over the past decade: the league turning a blind eye to evidence that players were sustaining brain trauma on the field that could lead to profound, long-term cognitive disability.”
ESPN and PBS’ “Frontline” have been working on the documentary for 15 months, Miller writes. It will air on PBS in October. “Nothing we’ve been told by anybody suggests that they’re backing off on the journalism,” Mark Fainaru-Wada, one of the reporters upon whose work the documentary is based, told the Times.