NCAA Athletes, Black Livelihoods Matter

This month, Seton Hall University’s College of Communication and The Arts and the Stillman School of Business convened a Black History Month Sports Media Panel Series, hosted by ESPN... See More

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This month, Seton Hall University’s College of Communication and The Arts and the Stillman School of Business convened a Black History Month Sports Media Panel Series, hosted by ESPN legend Bob Ley and “Baseball America” editor and publisher B.J. Schecter. The first panel on diversity and inclusion featured Peacock’s “Brother from Another” host Michael Smith, a former ESPN colleague of Ley; Elizabeth Newman, a Howard University lecturer and Schecter’s former “Sports Illustrated” co-worker; and Charles Grantham, director of the Center for Sports Management and former NBPA executive. The panelists discussed Newman’s view of a “glass ceiling” for Black athletes wanting to work in the front office or as coaches. The second panel on COVID and the college sports model included ESPN analyst Jay Bilas and NBA champion and current Southern Connecticut State University men’s basketball head coach Scott Burrell. The former NCAA players addressed the professionalism of college athletics, especially during the pandemic.

This month, Seton Hall University’s College of Communication and The Arts and the Stillman School of Business convened a Black History Month Sports Media Panel Series, hosted by ESPN legend Bob Ley and “Baseball America” editor and publisher B.J. Schecter. The first panel on diversity and inclusion featured Peacock’s “Brother from Another” host Michael Smith, a former ESPN colleague of Ley; Elizabeth Newman, a Howard University lecturer and Schecter’s former “Sports Illustrated” co-worker; and Charles Grantham, director of the Center for Sports Management and former NBPA executive. The panelists discussed Newman’s view of a “glass ceiling” for Black athletes wanting to work in the front office or as coaches. The second panel on COVID and the college sports model included ESPN analyst Jay Bilas and NBA champion and current Southern Connecticut State University men’s basketball head coach Scott Burrell. The former NCAA players addressed the professionalism of college athletics, especially during the pandemic.

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Stu Hothem

Stu Hothem has covered some of the biggest events in sports across TV, radio and the web. As a researcher with ABC, CBS and ESPN, he worked on the Super Bowl, Olympics, World Cup and X Games. At FOXSports.com, he integrated content and interactive features with FOX Sports broadcast and cable programming. He managed the editorial team at NASCAR.com and also worked in the sanctioning body’s integrated marketing communications department. His professional career began at WFAN, the nation’s first all-sports radio station, following his time at the Rutgers radio station as a play-by-play announcer, talk-show host and general manager.