The Worldwide Leader in Cable

It's highly influential in sports and cable TV. But is ESPN too big?

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Concussions in football may be the biggest threat to America’s biggest game. For 15 months, ESPN teamed up with PBS’ Frontline for a film called “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.”

About a month and a half before the film premieres, ESPN has announced they are pulling out of the project.

The reason for ESPN leaving the project? According to a story by the author of a book on ESPN, the NFL pressured the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

Today we look at the cable television landscape today, which is heavily influenced by the Connecticut-based sports broadcaster.

Later on we’ll talk about a new entry into the cable news world: Al Jazeera America.

And we’ll hear from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about his plan to allow customers to buy cable TV and choose what channels we receive.

 

GUESTS:

Derek Thompson - Business editor at The Atlantic where he oversees business coverage

John Koblin - Writer for Deadspin

Sen. Richard Blumenthal - Democratic U.S. Senator from Connecticut

Josh Stearns - Journalism and Public Media Campaign Director for Free Press