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S2, Ep. 3: Howard Bryant, Senior Writer ESPN/Columnist ESPN The Magazine

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African-American participation in baseball, at any level, is a deeply personal subject for me. Growing up, I was usually the only black player on the team. I had great teammates, but I always wondered why more blacks didn’t play America’s Pastime; I also wonder, as the percentage continues to decline, whether or not anything can be done to reverse the trend. (more…)

S2, Ep. 2: Greg Howard, David Carr Fellow, The New York Times Magazine

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In April of 2015 Greg Howard (who was writing for Deadspin at the time) wrote a piece revealing the issues surrounding ESPN’s then-yet-to-be-launched sports, race, and culture website, The Undefeated. (more…)

S2, Ep. 1: Andrew John, Sports Reporter/Writer at The Desert Sun

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The Desert Sun’s Andrew John kicks off season two of the Because of Sports Podcast. Andrew, who is a sports reporter/writer, discusses what it’s like to cover a “Beat”, his experience at the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament, the inspiration and challenges to storytelling in sports, overcoming letdowns in the sports industry, and much more.  (more…)

Ep. 22: Scott Carter, Executive Vice President, Sports 1 Marketing

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Sports and innovation have always gone together. There are a number of different ways the two have merged in a way that is mutually beneficial for businesses in every industry.  (more…)

Ep. 21: Tony Di Zinno, Photographer, Propagandist Filmmaker/Humanitarian

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One part of sports that is often seen but rarely talked about is the photograph. We’ve seen countless images of sports figures and iconic moments that elicit some of our greatest memories.  (more…)

Ep. 20: Michael Felder, College Football Video Analyst, Bleacher Report

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Michael Felder is proof that if you want to do something bad enough, all it takes is good, old-fashioned hard work. After his playing days as a walk-on for the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), “Mike” knew the regular 9-to-5 wasn’t for him. His passion for the game of football, particularly at the college level, is evident immediately when you talk to him. Hence why, after years of hard work, he’s now a college football video analyst for Bleacher Report. (more…)

Ep. 19: Lana Berry, Social Media Consultant/Author

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Lana Berry has done something pretty cool. She’s a social media consultant with a personal following of over 100,000 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Her love of sports and social media (particularly baseball) has allowed her to meet, interact, and gain credibility with industry professionals. What she’s also done is built enough credibility within the industry to write an E-Book titled “Getting The Call: How To Land Your Dream Job In Sports”, which compiles answers from over 100 of those industry professionals on how they landed their jobs. (more…)

Ep. 17: Randy Roberts, Film Studies at Purdue University

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Back in February after the Broncos defeated the Panthers in the Super Bowl there was controversy over the way the loss was handled, post-game, by Panthers star Quarterback Cam Newton. His responses were short, and his appearance even shorter after he exited the press conference prematurely. I didn’t see a problem with it, it was a tough loss and I don’t know what is expected as far as answers are concerned. (more…)

Ep. 16: B. J. Schecter, Sports Illustrated

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Sports Illustrated put out its first issue in 1954. Since then, to grace its cover has been an achievement to strive for among athletes.  (more…)

Ep. 15: Katie Hazelrigg, Los Angeles Kings

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Since 2011 the Los Angeles Kings have won two Stanley Cup Championships. Even when the Kings had Wayne Gretzky this feat wasn’t accomplished. It’s no wonder, then, that with that success came a rise in attendance for the franchise in Los Angeles.  (more…)