social issues

S2, Ep. 14: Sarah Spain, ESPN

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Sarah Spain is one of my favorite personalities in sports media and media in general. Between her knowledge of sports and courage when tackling social issues there are reasons aplenty for that. So I could not be more excited to have her on as a guest. (more…)

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S2, Ep. 5: Stacey Gotsulias, Beyond The Boxscore, FanRag Sports, & The Hardball Times

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One of the things about Stacey Gotsulias that caught my attention was her knowledge of the game of baseball. I also admired how unapologetic she was in her criticism of Hall of Fame voters doing things wrong; her passion for the New York Yankees (even as a Braves fan); and I was intrigued by her fandom of Alex Rodriguez. (more…)

S2, EP. 4: Melissa Jacobs, Founder/Managing Editor of TheFootballGirl.com

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Melissa Jacobs career in sports media is as accomplished and fascinating as any you will find in this business. (more…)

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…)

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…)

What Is America To You? Answering This Question Helps Us Understand Colin Kaepernick’s Decision

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Colin Kaepernick’s protest has seen a range of opinion. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

I struggled for a couple days before I sat down to write about Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the national anthem. In the end I still might not say everything right, but I’m not going to let that deter me from expressing my feelings about the situation. (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. 9: Bill Strickland, Pioneer NBA Sports Attorney/Agent

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The world of sports agents isn’t one for the faint of heart. It takes a level of skill and determination that few have. For minorities, that rings even truer.  (more…)

My First Visit To The Masters: A Lesson In Culture, Race, And Why It’s Better Than Anything You Will Ever Attend

Behind these gates is a lesson that is hard to put into words. I'll sure try.

Behind these gates at Augusta National I learned a lesson that is hard to put into words. But I’ll sure try.

I never quite understood the love affair with the sport of golf. I understood even less the love of The Masters tournament, and was one of the millions who convinced themselves that attending Augusta National and their Major wasn’t that big of a deal.

Well, I get it now; and I couldn’t have been more wrong.  (more…)