- Posted August 23, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Let's talk about football.
It has just been revealed that ESPN is backing out of a collaboration with PBS's Frontline and the production of a documentary that exposes the severity of head injuries in the NFL. The film, entitled "League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis" is a 3-year project and the result of a lot of blood and sweat from ESPN staffers whose efforts are behind this expose. According to the NY Times, after meeting with the NFL, ESPN was pressured to drop the project.
I guess the film was too damning against the NFL and the promotion power of ESPN was just too much.
This just goes to show the power of money and how censorship can result when great riches are at stake.
I guess it's cheaper to censor the real dangers of football than to address the very real problem of brain damage that can result from playing the game.
The sad thing is that so many youth and college players are at risk and have no protection from the very real dangers that football players are exposed to during every game and practice. And they don't even get paid for playing.
I know some feel it is up to the players and their families to decide whether they should take the risks that football can have. But shouldn't the public be able to hear about the risks without censorship?
Shame on the NFL for trying to hide the real dangers that our youth and professional football players face. Yes, it may make you spend money to protect your players. They deserve protection. Buck up!
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