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