April 19

HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll/Center for Sports Comm Examine Baseball Safety Netting

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An HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll done with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication found that a small majority (54%) of baseball fans support adding additional safety netting close to the field. 50% of those fans would rather sit behind netting when close to the field, although only 41% of male baseball fans would compared to 61% of women. That number rises to 77% of fans attending with small children. 17% of sports fans consider baseball their favorite sport -- more than basketball (14%) but considerably less than football (55%).

For more information, read the full release and poll results.

Dec 17

Marist Poll/Center for Sports Comm Release Best of Sports Year Poll

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Stephen Curry and Tom Brady are this year's athletes with the greatest impact, according to a Marist Poll done with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication. Both Curry and Brady were picked by 27% of poll respondents, while Serena Williams finished third with 18%.

According to the poll, Deflategate (30%) was this year's biggest sports story, ahead of the FIFA scandal (27%) and the University of Missouri football team's stance against campus racism (27%). Also, the US Women's Soccer Team's World Cup title was rated the year's best sports accomplishment, chosen by 33% of respondents, ahead of American Pharaoh's Triple Crown (21%).

Click here for full poll results.

Dec 7

Center Launches Sports Documentary Filmmaker Series


The Marist College Center for Sports Communication is launching a Sports Documentary Filmmaker Series, bringing sports documentarians to campus to screen and discuss their films. Following each screening, filmmakers will hold a Q&A period with the audience, discussing both the process and content of their respective films.

The series begins Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Screening Room in the lower level of Lowell Thomas Communication Center with the screening of the film "Doped: The Dirty Side of Sports." Producer/director Andrew Muscato will answer questions about his film that takes critical look at the history of anti-doping policies and testing in professional sport.

Nov 25

HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll Finds Americans Strongly Oppose Big Game Hunting

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An HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll done with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication found that the vast majority of Americans (86%) oppose big game hunting, including most gun owners (75%). Additionally, over half of Americans either strongly oppose (33%) or somewhat oppose (23%) all hunting for sport, while 41% strongly or somewhat favor it. When specifically looking at the recently publicized case of dentist Walter Palmer, 73% of Americans believe he did something wrong in hunting Cecil the Lion, including 32% who think he did something illegal.

Go to the release for full poll results that cover a wide range of questions on big game hunting.

Nov 23

Center Launches Distinguished Pro Adjunct Professor Series

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The Marist College Center for Sports Communication will launch its "Distinguished Pro in Sports Communication" adjunct professor series this spring. Through the program, a top industry professional will teach a special topics course at Marist in their area of expertise. The inaugural professor this spring will be HBO Real Sports correspondent Jon Frankel, who will teach "Producing the Sports Documentary." Frankel recently achieved cult fame for his Franklin inspired "speech" at the Lifetime Excellence Award in Sports Communication award ceremony.

Nov 15

HBO Real Sports Correspondent Jon Frankel to Speak

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HBO Real Sports Correspondent Jon Frankel will speak at Marist College about his time working in sports and news media.  In addition to his nine years at Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Frankel has reported for CBS, ABC, and NBC, among others. The event will be held on November 18 at 7 p.m. in the Nelly Goletti Theatre and is free and open to the public. Click here for more information about this event and here for Frankel’s talk at the center’s Lifetime Excellence Award event.

Oct 16

Center Gives Bryant Gumbel Inaugural Lifetime Excellence in Sports Communication Award

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Gumbel accepted Inaugural Lifetime Excellence in Sports and Communication Award at a dinner gala of over 350 attendees at New York Athletic Club on October 15, 2015. Many of Gumbel’s closest friends and colleagues from past and present spoke at the event, including former Today co-hosts Jane Pauley and Katie Couric. Thanks to generous support from sponsors, the event raised funds to create an endowment for the Center for Sports Communication.

Click here for more info and here for a video recap.

Sept 28

Center to host 2nd annual Sports, Comm, and Tech Summit at Marist and NYC

 3d photo On April 9, 2016, the Marist College Center for Sports Communication will host the 2nd annual Sports, Communication, and Technology Summit on the Marist Poughkeepsie campus. Building on last year's event, this summit will bring together students, academics, and professionals from across the country for a case study competition, an industry panel, research presentations, and hands-on tutorials focused on the intersection of sport, media, and technology. This year's event will also include a pre-conference day on April 8 in NYC. Go to the event's page for more info and registration.

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.

Kelly Ripa

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Live! with Kelly and Michael co-host Kelly Ripa at the inaugural Lifetime Excellence in Sports Communication Award Ceremony at the New York Athletic Club, pictured with Marist President Dr. Dennis Murray.

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.