October 1

Broadcast journalist, attorney Jack Ford to Speak

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Emmy and Peabody Award-winning broadcast journalist, documentary producer, prominent trial attorney, author, and educator Jack Ford will speak at Marist as part of the Center's speaker series, discussing topics ranging from the state of college sports to his career in broadcast journalism. The event will be held on Oct 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fusco Recital Hall and is free and open to the public. Click here for more information about this event. You can watch a live web stream of the talk here.

September 12

Top Sports Marketing Executive Rick Anguilla '81 to Speak

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Sports marketing executive Rick Anguilla '81, principal at strategic branding agency Guidance Counsel, key advisor to Under Armour, and former Vice President of Global Brand Communications at Nike, will speak at Marist as part of the Center's speaker series on Sept 12 at 12:30 p.m. in the Nelly Goletti Theatre. He will talk about the competitive landscape of branding and communication in the sports and sports apparel industries. The event is free and open to the public

Click here for more information.

May 4

Study looks at NFL Draft

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A Marist Poll done with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication found that the majority of football fans (65%) believe Michael Sam's sexual orientation won't have an impact on where he is selected in the draft, compared to the 25% that believe teams will be less likely to select him

In additional results, fans support both the leagues policy of requiring players to be at least three years out of high school before entering the draft (71%) and the league's rookie salary cap (57%).

Further analysis can be found in the research section of the Center's web page. Full poll results are found at the Marist Poll.

March 25

HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll examines college sports

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An HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll done with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication found that the majority of Americans (67%) do not think top college football and men's basketball players should be compensated beyond a scholarship, compared to the 29% that do. Race was identified as a strong factor in the issue, with 31% of Americans believing that at least some of the reason college athletes are not paid is because such a large percentage are African American. And 61% of African Americans surveyed believed that was at least some of the reason.

These results were revealed exclusively on HBO Real Sports as part of Bryant Gumbel’s closing commentary.

Additional results from the poll found that only a minority of Americans support college athletic unions (22%), most Americans think universities overstress sports (61%), and only a minority of Americans planned to fill out a bracket for the men’s NCAA basketball tournament (15%), while 12% of Americans admitted to gambling on college sports in the past year.

Further analysis of these and other poll questions can be found in the research section of the Center's web page. Full poll results are found at the Marist Poll.

March 14-16

The Center to host IACS Summit in NYC. Register here for event

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The Marist College Center for Sports Communication will host the 7th academic summit of the International Association for Communication and Sport on March 14-16 at the Cornell Club in New York City. The event will feature sports communication scholars from around the globe presenting a record number of academic projects. The event will also feature several industry based panels with some of the best and brightest in the field, including Selena Roberts, Ian O'Connor, and Harvey Araton in a keynote sports reporting panel. The event will also include a day-long preconference highlighting the sports media business of New York City.

Click here to see the full program and here for the summit schedule page and to register for the summit.

March 12 

ESPN basketball analyst, former head coach Bruce Pearl to speak at Marist, March 12, 5 p.m.

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 Bruce Pearl, ESPN basketball analyst and former men's head basketball coach for the University of Tennessee, will speak and answer questions at Marist College on Wednesday, March 12, at 5 p.m., as part of the Center's speaker series. The event will take place at Room 3201 (Recital Hall) of the New Multipurpose Academic Building and is free and open to the public.

Pearl will discuss his work in media, his extensive career as a coach, and the current state of college sports. Click here for more information about the event.

Jan 21

HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll examines marijuana and sports

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An HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll done with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication found that the majority of American sports fans (62%) think that marijuana should remain a banned substance for professional athletes regardless of changes in state or federal laws, compared to 36% that think it should not be banned. Additionally, only 34% of sports fans believe professional athletes should be allowed to use marijuana in light of the pain and anxiety of their jobs.

These results were revealed exclusively on HBO Real Sports as part of a feature story on marijuana use by athletes, where host Bryant Gumbel and journalist Andrea Kremer discussed the poll data and its implications.

Further analysis can be found in the research section of the Center's web page. Full poll results are found at the Marist Poll.

Dec 17 

Study looks at "Best of 2013 in Sports"

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A Marist Poll done with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication found that the Boston Marathon tragedy was the public's overwhelming choice (71%) as the biggest sports story of the year, while Peyton Manning was selected for the second consecutive year as the top athlete (55%) over LeBron James (20%).

In additional results, Auburn's Iron Bowl win was the Cinderella story of the year (36%), and David Ortiz's World Series MVP was narrowly chosen as the year's top accomplishment (29%) over the Miami Heat's 27-game win streak with 28%.

Further analysis can be found in the research section of the Center's web page. Full poll results are found at the Marist Poll.

 

Nov 6

 Sports PR Summit selects Center as academic partner

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 The Sports PR Summit, an annual invite-only event that brings together sports public relations executives, sports media stars, and top athletes has selected the Marist College Center for Sports Communication as its official academic partner. In this role, the Center will provide logistic and strategic support for the event and provide extraordinary experiences for Marist students.

For more information, click here for the release. Click here for the podcast on Sports Business Radio on the partnership.

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Talking Sports with Bruce Pearl

Then ESPN college basketball analyst and former Tennessee head men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl (currently head coach at Auburn) talked about his experiences in college sports and the challenges of moving into television.

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Case Study Contenders

Marist sports communication students (Robert Duffy, Kevin Bruckner, Caitlin Kelly, & Sarah Cordeiro) placed 2nd in the 2014 College Sports Research Institute case study competition at the Univ of South Carolina. Marist has finished in the top two teams for four consecutive years, with two overall wins.

Sports Comm Grads

The Classroom on ESPN 1220

The Center airs its own weekly radio show "The Classroom" on ESPN 1220, the first partnership of its kind. Pictured are co-hosts Keith Strudler and Geoff Brault and intern Tommy "Tanktop" Beal.

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