A panel featuring national and college media, a longtime college athletics administrator, and an academic expert in the field will examine the merits of major college sports at the biennial Dick Joyce Sports Symposium Tuesday, April 14, at St. Bonaventure University.
“Big-time College Sports: The Dollars and Sense of It” will be presented at 11:30 a.m. in the theater of the Quick Center for the Arts. The discussion is free and open to the public.
Headlining the panel will be Dr. Richard Southall, director of the College Sport Research Institute at the University of South Carolina. He’s also an associate professor of sport and entertainment.
Southall’s research focuses on critically examining the NCAA’s Collegiate Model of Athletics. He teaches courses in college sport, sport ethics, event management, and management theory.
His research has led to peer-reviewed journal articles, including publications in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Journal of Sport Management, Sport Marketing Quarterly, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics.
For the past six years, Southall has been a consultant for the plaintiffs in the ongoing O’Bannon v. NCAA litigation. In July 2014, Southall was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation during a committee hearing on the safety and well being of college athletes.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Lee Coppola, ’64, retired dean of St. Bonaventure’s Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The panel also features:
Prior to the talk and panel discussion, a workshop on college media and how they should cover college sports will be held at 10 a.m. in Dresser Auditorium of the Murphy Building.
Joining Axon, Pinter and Surane for the workshop will be Chris LaPlaca, ’79, senior vice president for corporate communications at ESPN, and Mike Vaccaro, ’89, lead sports columnist for the New York Post.
Axon, a graduate of Pioneer Central School, will be honored at a dinner the night before the symposium with the John Domino Award.
Domino graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1984 and helped usher in the video era while an undergraduate, successfully lobbying the administration to acquire a truckload of professional video equipment being sold by a local school district.
Domino worked for NBC Sports before joining ESPN. He was regarded as one of the growing TV sports network’s best and brightest personalities when he left to return to the Buffalo area and join the Empire Sports Network. He told friends he was coming back because someone in the family was battling cancer.
Domino was that someone. He died in 1994. The Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication celebrates his courage, his skills and his humanity by presenting the John Domino Award to a St. Bonaventure graduate who has excelled in his or her sports journalism position.
Held every other year, the symposium honors the memory of Dick Joyce, SBU class of 1960, a former sportswriter for The Associated Press who died in 1988 at age 53.
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