Want to get in the game? Check out these Sports Task Force sponsored panels and other sports-themed panels at the 2014 Convention that will put you on the right track.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Ballroom A
Host – Opening Ceremony: Michael Smith, Host, “Numbers Never Lie,” ESPN

 Thursday, July 31, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Constitution B
Sports Mentorship Breakfast Powered By ESPN
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 311
Sports – Promised Land or Just Another Plantation?
Sports has spawned many of the most affluent and recognizable African-Americans and
their celebrity. It also has delivered “acceptable” black faces into living rooms across the
planet. But is it the land of opportunity and equality or an institution that perpetuates the
plantation mentality and distracts our community from creating real solutions for the
other 99.5 percent? While a small minority of athletes hit the lottery, sports is rife with
elitism, racists views and virulent fans. Consider that just as many people were offended by Richard Sherman as were disturbed by Donald Sterling. Every time we cite passion as the reason fans are excused from racist chants and hateful social media it signals there is nothing to fix. Sports is often viewed as the progressive place where social
issues play out a head of the curve. But is the sports industry in position to take up the
fight against the new racism? Can we challenge its owners and the media executives to
be bold leaders when the business model is working just fine for them?
Moderator: Elle Duncan, Reporter/Host New England Sports Network
Greg Anthony, NBA/College Basketball Analyst, CBS/Turner
Bomani Jones, Co-Host, Highly Questionable, ESPN, Radio Host
Dr. Richard Lapchick, Endowed Chair, DeVos Sports Business Management Program,University of Central Florida /Founder of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society(CSSS), Northeastern University/Author of the Annual Report Card on Race and Diversity in Sports
Michael Wilbon, ESPN Host, Sports Columnist, The Washington Post
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Fenway Park
Boston Chapter Experience (RSVP for the waitlist to gain entry, link below)

The Boston Globe and Boston Association of Black Journalists welcome NABJ to Boston   Ever since colonial times, African Americans have helped to shape the history …
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Friday, August 1, 2014

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 302
Do the Pro Leagues Really Get Diversity and Inclusion?
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Sports and entertainment organizations are constantly challenged with growing and
measuring the relevancy and impact of their D&I efforts. This session will engage
participants in a conversation with an expert panel representing NASCAR and other
prominent sports leagues. The panel will address what each organization is doing in the
diversity and inclusion arena and ways that journalists can better engage with these
organizations in covering this topic and other related growth areas.

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 311
The State of the Black Sports Reporter in Today’s Age
What is the true state of black sports reporters in newspapers? White reporters and
columnists outweigh their black newspapers counterparts by a landslide. A lot of black
sportswriters are going to the Internet in other capacities. There is also a perception that
most black reporters are covering the NBA or NFL. There is also talk that black sports
reporters won’t work in small towns, which hurts staffing numbers too. What lies ahead
for black sportswriters in print and online media? Is the black sportswriter becoming
extinct? Additionally, is social media taking the place of traditional media and the
sportswriter? Specifically in sports, athletes are immediately taking to social media to
express their feelings about the outcome of a game, their teammates, opponents
instead of waiting until the press conference. By the time reporters file their stories, the
news’ shelf life is expiring. How does a reporter remain valid when the scoop is no longer exclusive but shared with the world in a matter of seconds?
LaChina Robinson, NBA-TV Analyst/Reporter

Carlton Thompson, Executive Editor,
Gary Washburn, National Basketball Reporter, Boston Globe
Mike Freeman, NFL Insider

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 310
TMZ, Reality Shows and Sports Journalism’s New Normal
It’s not enough to just cover your beat anymore. Sports stars are pop culture celebrities
and, in a few cases, pop culture superstars. What are the lines by which we define the
new normal? How does a site like TMZ Sports change our perspective on what it means
to cover athletes off the court? What tools can journalists take with them to cover the
other side of this emerging and permanent trend? We will cover three themes: NBA and
fashion, pop culture associations, gossip and reality shows (Basketball Wives), and
what journalistic principles should reporters and decision makers take into their news
Darren Sands, Sports Business editor, Black Enterprise
J.A. Adande, ESPN/ reporter and columnist
Monique Walker Jones, NFL-Ravens Editor/Sports Content Editor, The Baltimore Sun
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Constitution A
Sports Pioneer Awards Ceremony

(Press release is attached in this e-mail)

10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Location: House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA.
Ticket required to attend party (link below).

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(Print out confirmation and bring it with you when you pick up your registration badge or buy your ticket at registration)

Saturday, August 1, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. NABJ Golf Tournament
Location: William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park
1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester, MA 02121
Transportation will be provided
Powered by The Coca-Cola Company
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 311
Being a Black Celtic
There are a lot of truths and misconceptions on what it was like to be black on the
Celtics.The following would be a panel with former Celtics great and a current player to
tell the truth being the perception of racism from the team, city, media and fans in
Boston and the reality of it. Confident I can get former Celtics Satch Sanders, JoJo
White and Cedric Maxwell and patriarch Red Auerbach’s daughter to join. Also would
work on getting NBA All-Star Rajon Rondo. With the convention being in Boston, such a
plenary discussion would be educational and fun to hear. Such might even get some
local and national attention. I used to cover the Boston Celtics for The Boston Globe
and heard a lot of interesting things that Bill Russell and others went through. But a lot
of people don’t know that the Celtics made the first NBA trade for a black player, had
one of the three first black players in NBA history, and had the first black coach and
more. It could be a great panel discussion.
Moderator: A. Sherrod Blakely, Comcast SportsNet New England
Satch Sanders, Former Celtic
Cedric Maxwell, Former Celtic
Jared Sullinger, Current Celtic
Ron Thomas, Member, NABJ Sports Task Force, Director, Journalism Program, Morehouse College
Doc Rivers, Former Celtics Head Coach, Head Coach & VP of Basketball Operations,Los Angeles Clippers
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 206
Rapid Fire Roundtable: How Did You Do It?
Major stories of the year are covered by all media (TV, magazines, print, radio,
online/blogs, social) but all covered differently. How does each medium cover each
story, make it interesting and keeping readers engaged? During this panel, top media
professionals from each platform will discuss how they covered the top news stories
from 2013-14. Major stories of the year are covered by all media (TV, magazines, print,
radio, online/blogs, social) but all covered differently. How does each medium cover
each story, make it interesting and keeping readers engaged? During this panel, top
media professionals from each platform will discuss how they covered the top news
stories from 2013-14. Each media professional will provide tips and techniques on how
they made their version of the story stand out and will offer attendees advice on how
they can develop stories that appeal to their audience.
Nischelle Turner, Headline News Entertainment Reporter
Michael Bullerdick, Managing Editor, Essence Magazine
Michael Doyle, Managing Editor, NBA Digital
Marc Spears, NBA Writer, Yahoo! Sports

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 205
NABJ Sports Task Force Business Meeting
(All sports taskforce members should attend)

Come meet the board of the NABJ Sports Task Force and hear what exciting things the task force has done this year and what we have coming up.