The impact of media on sports will be the focus of the
second annual Louis A. Borrelli
Jr. ’77 Media
Summit at SUNY Oswego at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20,
in Sheldon Hall ballroom. A panel of national figures
in athletics and sports journalism will discuss "The
Impact of Media on U.S. Sports: Who's Winning? Media,
Teams, Athletes or Fans?"
Louis A. Borrelli
Panelists will be George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN
and ABC Sports and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks;
Dr. Myles Brand, president of the National Collegiate
Athletic Association; Linda Bruno, commissioner of the
Atlantic 10 Conference; Richard Sandomir, sports reporter
and columnist for the New York
Times; and Stuart Robinson, athletic director
at SUNY New Paltz.
Cohn ’81, an anchor on ESPN's “SportsCenter,”
will moderate the discussion.
prepared me very well for the future," said Borrelli,
chief executive officer of NEP Broadcasting, underwriter
of the summit. "I owe a lot of my success to my
years there and am happy to support the institution
with this opportunity for students to be exposed to
leaders in the communications field."
Tickets to the media summit are free, thanks to Borrelli's
support, but must be reserved by calling SUNY Oswego's
Tyler Hall box office at 315-312-2141 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Bodenheimer rose through the ranks at ESPN, starting
in the mailroom in 1981. Since 1998 when he became president,
he has led a period of growth for the company, which
now encompasses over 50 business entities, from TV networks
to restaurants. He added his leadership titles at ABC
Sports in 2003 and at Disney Media Networks in 2004.
As head of the NCAA since 2003, Brand has presided over
passage of the most comprehensive academic reform package
for intercollegiate athletics in recent history to focus
on the education of student-athletes. He is the former
president of Indiana University and the University of
Oregon and began his career as a professor of philosophy.
Bruno's accomplishments with the Atlantic 10 since 1994
include negotiating the most lucrative television deals
in league history and spearheading the move into football
by orchestrating the takeover of the Yankee Conference.
Street & Smith's Sports
Business Journal named her among the top 20 most
influential women in sports business.
Sandomir has been a reporter covering television sports
and sports business for the New
York Times since 1991. He won the 2001 Associated
Press Sports Editors first-place award for best game
story, and one of his columns was included in the book
Best American Sports Writing
2005. He is the author of a memoir and co-author
of three books.
Robinson is in his seventh year as the director of athletics
at New Paltz, overseeing 14 varsity sports. Under his
direction, New Paltz opened a $25-million, 57,000-square-foot
athletic and wellness center in March. Since 1992, he
has also coached men's soccer. Robinson is a member
of the NCAA Appeals Committee.
Cohn, the panel discussion's moderator, joined ESPN
in 1992. In addition to being a SportsCenter anchor,
she also is studio host for ESPN2 College Football,
hosts The Blitz and Monday Night Football Post Game
on ESPNews, is an X-Games host and serves as play-by-play
commentator for WNBA games.
Borrelli committed $150,000 over five years to fund
a media summit each autumn at Oswego. He oversees NEP
Broadcasting, the worldwide leader in outsourced television
production services and works with the Super Bowl, Olympics,
NASCAR races, major awards shows and live televised
The purpose of the annual summits is to bring students
into close contact with leaders in the media industry
for high-level, cutting-edge debate about the significant
challenges and opportunities facing this fast-changing
industry. On the day of the summit, the guests teach
classes and visit with students and faculty before the
"Our students will certainly have some memorable
experiences interacting with these high-profile professionals
in athletics and sports media," said Jerry Condra,
director of the summit and associate professor of communication
studies at Oswego. For more information, call or e-mail
him, 315-312-3521 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
Dr. Myles Brand
Linda Cohn ’81
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