11 Questions with Gov. Jack Markell

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2. ESPN's Coverage

RCS: Let's quickly turn to the point you made about ESPN, because outside the ESPN the Magazine publication, ESPN the broadcast network has made a point not to comment on the debate. In fact, an ESPN spokesperson was recently quoted saying, "It's not our place to comment on the dialogue between the NFL commissioner and the Governor of Delaware."

Do you think it's responsible for ESPN the television network, with as many viewers as it reaches, to stay out of this debate?

Gov. Markell: Yeah, I think it's fine because ESPN isn't the one trying to say that we shouldn't. They're not fighting our effort to generate money for the taxpayers of Delaware. It's the NFL. So I can understand ESPN not wanting to get into the middle of it. They're reporting on it, but they've got their programming that they offer and that's to the benefit of their shareholders. I get that. But I just think it's odd for the NFL to say they're so against this when they're benefiting so much from the programming.

RCS Interviews Delaware Gov. Jack Markell

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