Video: Roger Goodell in the Barber’s Chair With William C. Rhoden

Roger Goodell, the N.F.L. commissioner, joins William C. Rhoden and others in a barbershop in Harlem for a talk about the safety of the pro game and other issues. (Click here for video)

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Chris Broussard joins ESPN’s Kia NBA Countdown

Kia NBA Countdown, the NBA pregame show airing on both ESPN and ABC, will originate from the ESPN Los Angeles Production Center at L.A. LIVE – across the street from STAPLES Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers – beginning Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 2 p.m. ET.

Additionally, Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson will expand his ESPN responsibilities this season. Johnson will be a featured analyst – joining Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Chris Broussard – on Kia NBA Countdown (both ESPN and ABC) throughout the entire season. Johnson will also continue to conduct one-on-one interviews with some of the NBA’s biggest stars and provide analysis on SportsCenter and other ESPN news and information shows.

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Sports Task Force party date has been moved

The 2012 NABJ Sports Task Force Scholarship Party will be held on Friday, June 22 at the House of Blues in New Orleans. The move of the party from Thursday to Friday by NABJ president Gregory Lee was to give our membership covering the NBA Finals a chance to attend. A potential Game 5 of the NBA Finals is on June 21.

More info coming soon.

Allen Wilson, Buffalo News sportswriter, dies at age 49

Allen Wilson was blessed with all of the underrated “soft skills” that make a successful journalist.

He was a great listener. He was sincerely curious about everyone. He made people see that he was genuinely interested in whatever they had to say. He rarely turned the focus of the conversation on himself. He had to earn everything he got in life, so he wasn’t judgmental with the people he interviewed. He empathized with people across all social boundaries.

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