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Center for Sports Communication

About the Center for Sports Communication

Marist’s Center for Sports Communication is a global leader in the study of and practice in sports communication, helping to prepare an enlightened and engaged group of future leaders in one of society’s most far-reaching disciplines. The Center has achieved national and international recognition for the unique educational experiences it provides to undergraduates. Marist student interns provide industry-standard support for the Center’s work under the guidance of dedicated faculty, allowing students unparalleled opportunities and access.  Some Center successes include creating and hosting a weekly sports show called “The Classroom” on ESPN’s radio network, partnering with both the Marist Poll and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on sports-related survey research, building a unique speaker series that brings top leaders in the field to campus (including CBS sports broadcaster James Brown and Kevin Merida of ESPN sports blog The Undefeated), and serving as academic partner to the industry-leading Sports PR Summit.  The Center has also presented Lifetime Excellence in Sports Communication awards to HBO’s Bryant Gumbel and ESPN’s Hannah Storm.

Involvement Opportunities

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Academic Opportunities

Marist's BA in Communication with a concentration in Sports Communication takes students beyond team scores and statistics. It requires that students read and analyze sports in new ways, critically examining the role of sports in society and considering such areas as gender, race, and public policy in the context of sports. The program combines ethical and theoretical depth with practical writing and public presentation skills. It further prepares students for careers in sports information and journalism by requiring an internship in the field.

 

Journalist Michael Smith Will Be in Residence at the Center for Sports Communication

Smith, a 15-year veteran of ESPN, who was also a reporter for the Boston Globe, brings a wealth of broadcast and print experience to the role. He will teach a course for upper-classmen called "The Interview," focusing on in-depth interviewing techniques.

Additionally, he will host a symposium on a relevant cultural issue in sports and will also meet with larger groups of students through a campus conversation planned for this fall.

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Sports Communication Students Visit ESPN Studios

This fall a group visited the ESPN studios at South St. Seaport and were given an all-access tour by Around the Horn host Tony Reali followed by a lesson in TV theory. Reali had us in-studio for the taping of that day's show and introduced us to ESPN analysts who share the space. It was an incredible behind-the-scenes look at one of the most popular shows on ESPN.

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News from the Center

Jane McManus to Take the Helm as Director of Center for Sports Communication

Following a comprehensive national search, Marist College has named sports journalist Jane McManus as the new Director of the College’s highly regarded Center for Sports Communication. McManus has had an illustrious career. She has covered New York sports since 1998, including 18 U.S. Opens, five Super Bowls, two NCAA Final Fours, and the inaugural season of the New York Liberty WNBA team. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News, The New York Times, and most recently on ESPN. She also covered Brett Favre’s stint with the Jets. Read the full article >

Featured Panel: The Future of Sports Media

On March 1, the Center for Sports Communication celebrated the opening of Marist’s New York City campus with a panel discussion on the future of sports media. Speakers included Deadspin editor-in-chief Megan Greenwell, Chris Herring of fivethirtyeight.com, Deadspin’s Dom Cosentino and Marist graduate Ian O’Connor of ESPN. From various backgrounds, our experts will discuss the changing terrain of sports media, and what they anticipate in the coming years.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Luther

Jessica Luther, a freelance journalist who broke many facts in the Baylor rape story for Texas Monthly, spoke to students about covering sexual violence in sports on March 5. Luther is the author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape and a nationally recognized expert in breaking difficult stories and responsibly reporting on legal issues. Reporters and communications professionals in sports may not plan to cover these issues, but they are unavoidable.

Get in the game: Help produce Marist Athletics’ ESPN3 coverage

Learn to cut a replay in a live game setting and all the other skills that could one day get you in the control room for live events coverage. Contact Director of Multimedia Meghan.Graham@Marist.edu for more information.

Learning from ESPN’s top communications pro

ESPN’s Sr. VP of Communication Chris LaPlaca visited Marist on Feb. 20 to discuss corporate response to challenging issues, like when the President directs an angry tweet to one of your employees. LaPlaca was incredibly generous with his time on a snow day.