social issues

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…)