James Warren at Vanity Fair interviewed Rebecca Carpenter who produced a documentary about her father, Lew Carpenter who played running back for the Green Bay Packers.
He died of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
His daughter says today’s media covers up the negatives of the NFL.
“The press, in many ways, has shaped the story of football since its inception as an Ivy League sport in the late 1800s,” says Carpenter, who’s had a long TV and film career. “Popular newspapers and magazines and football grew up together in the late 19th century, and the narrativization of football—with its dramatic story arcs and colorful cast of characters – made for dramatic and accessible journalism. There was great storytelling going on, and football was a fantastic vehicle for selling newspapers.”
“Fast forward to 2017, where ESPN is paying more than $7 billion to broadcast professional sports, and bringing in $6 billion (at one point revenues were as high as $10 billion). It’s hard to envision a media corporation that’s making billions off of a sport also doing investigative reporting that exposes the catastrophic dangers of their cash cow.”
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