“Generally, ESPN’s business interests will always be at odds with its journalism. It is not a journalism company. It’s an entertainment company. This is the age of journalism we live in, not just at ESPN but everywhere. Journalism is increasingly more corporate. When you get in bed with the devil, sooner or later you start growing your own horns.”
A high-profile columnist for ESPN • Speaking off the record to The Nation about the media outlet’s decision to end a collaboration with PBS’ Frontline on the NFL’s concussion problems—this despite the fact that two journalists on ESPN’s payroll worked on the project, which includes a book and documentary, for more than a year. The lesson here? The NFL has a big contract with the network, and money talks.