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Twitter Reaction To Report Alleging NFL Pressured ESPN To Drop Association With PBS
Published August 23, 2013
TAKING AWAY THE SPIN: Blogger Ed Sherman wrote, "ESPN can spin all it wants. People are going to believe network caved in to NFL." Website Awful Announcing:, "Good luck to everyone selling the soap for ESPN today. They're going to need it." Washington Post's Zachary Goldfarb: "This is a terrible embarrassment for ESPN." WDRB-Fox' John Lewis: "No one buys ESPNs 'branding' excuse." Website Pro Football Talk: "Given the misleading nature of some of the ESPN concussion reports, it's hard to fault the NFL for squeezing its supposed partner." Meanwhile, The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre wrote, "Fox/CBS/NBC awfully quiet on ESPN/PBS doc. Which of those outlets is willing to risk Wrath of Goodell & go all-in WITH PBS? *crickets*"
ESPN RESPONSE: Paul Pabst, the producer of the syndicated "Dan Patrick Show," posted a series of tweets in which he cites an ESPN source as saying, "We made a mistake 12-15 months ago by putting our name on something, while giving up (editorial) control. We started seeing the promos and the other material around the documentary and we realized we made a mistake. The decision was made earlier this week…Monday or Tuesday. It’s not that we don’t trust Frontline…but giving up control was wrong. It’s embarrassing, because we know how it looks. We know that this is a bad day for us, but this is not a larger agenda." Deadspin's John Koblin wrote, "ESPN told me that there was no smoking gun. Just a little debate about editorial control. Amazing."