SULA hosts Sports Media event
October 21, 2015
Syracuse University Los Angeles and The Newhouse Sports Media Center presented a Sports Matters panel discussion on Oct. 14 at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The panel included Andrew Siciliano ’96, Olivia Stomski ’01, Roy Hamilton, C.J. Silas ’90 and was moderated by the director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center, John Nicholson ’68. All four panelists are accomplished professionals in sports journalism – Siciliano hosts Around the NFL and Path to the Draft on the NFL Network, as well as hosting DirecTV’s RedZone; Stomski is an Emmy Award-winning producer and editor at ProAngle Media; Hamilton is the senior VP of talent development and planning at Fox Sports 1; and Silas owns and hosts her own radio show, The Ticket, on ESPN.
SU Alumni and current SULA Semester students joined the panel for a spirited discussion that covered important issues in the realm of sports journalism and provided an opportunity for some stories from within the business. The panel began with a discussion on the hospitalization of two-time NBA champion, Lamar Odom, and the coverage it received when the story broke that morning. The time sensitivity of the issue turned into a discussion about social media and timeliness of news on social media, specifically Twitter. Siciliano talked about the heighted responsibility of any journalist, especially in situations such as this one. He remarked, “not only does a false Tweet make you [the reporter] look bad, but it fuels the fire with bad information that doesn’t help anyone.”
Other topics included women in sports media, the introduction of technology into sports coverage, and ethics in journalism. The panelists agreed that while the playing field is certainly not even for men and women in sports media, tangible progress is being made. The evening concluded with interesting commentary regarding the rise in participation in fantasy sports, primarily fantasy football, and how this is changing the landscape for leagues across the board. The general consensus is that fantasy leagues are changing the way and reason people watch sports, and that leagues and teams will have to learn to accommodate these new types of fans moving into the future.
Written by Adela Hadzic, a public relations major participating in the SULA Semester program.
Photos by Rich Prugh '06