Did pressure from the NFL prompt ESPN to bail out on PBS investigation of football concussions?

Pat Cunningham

HERE‘s the basic news story:

ESPN has backed out of its collaboration with PBS’ “Frontline” on an investigation into the NFL’s response to concussions and brain injuries. The end of the partnership was first announced on Thursday in a statement from “Frontline,” authored by executive producer David Fanning and deputy executive producer Raney Aronson.

The partnership between PBS’ respected longform journalism series and ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” was announced in November 2012. It has included reports published on both media outlet’s websites and is set to include a book [above] co-authored by ESPN reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada ...

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