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Report: ESPN Was Pressured By NFL To End Collaboration With Frontline

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According to the report, the relationship ended after ESPN president John Skipper had a "combative" lunch meeting with Roger Goodell and two others.

This meeting came after the release of a trailer for "League of Denial," the latest investigative collaboration between ESPN and "Frontline."

The latest film "investigates what the NFL knew and when they knew it" when it comes to concussions. The NFL is currently facing a class-action lawsuit involving retired players and the accusation that the league did not do enough to protect them from head injuries.

If the report is true, it raises serious concerns over whether ESPN is able to cover the NFL objectively. It also suggests that the self-proclaimed "Worldwide Leader In Sports" will cower to the league that ESPN pays more than $1 billion each year for the right to broadcast games and have access to players and and personnel.

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