COLLEGE PARK (10/28/20) — The Shirley Povich Center for Sport Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism presents its 15th annual Povich Symposium, which will discuss diversity in the owner’s box. The panel will take place virtually on Nov. 17, 2020, at 7 p.m.
Led by moderator Maury Povich, panelists will explore how the world of sports will be different when women and people of color are represented equitably as owners.
The panel will feature Merrill College Professor of the Practice Kevin Blackistone; former UMD/professional basketball player, lawyer and analyst Len Elmore ’74; former professional baseball player, writer and analyst Doug Glanville; and Buffalo Bills Owner and President Kim Pegula.
“The Povich Center is pleased to welcome an impressive panel,” said Povich Center Director Mark Hyman, the inaugural George Solomon Chair in Sports Journalism at Merrill College. “Kim Pegula, Doug Glanville, Len Elmore and Kevin Blackistone are change agents. Each brings a compelling personal story and viewpoint to the question of how diversity and inclusion in the owner’s box will change pro sports.”
The assembled panelists each bring a unique perspective to the issue of diversity in sports’ highest levels.
Pegula is the president and CEO of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, and president of both the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.
Glanville, a former Major League Baseball player, authored “The Game From Where I Stand” and is a frequent contributor to The Athletic and The New York Times. He also works as an analyst/commentator at ESPN and as a multimedia baseball analyst for Marquee Sports Network. He teaches a course at the University of Connecticut titled “Sport in Society,” which examines the relationship between sports, celebrity and its impact on society. Glanville also cohosts a weekly baseball podcast with The Athletic’s Jayson Stark, titled “Starkville.”
Elmore is a former collegiate basketball All-American at the University of Maryland, a 10-year player in the ABA and NBA, an attorney, a television college basketball analyst and a senior lecturer at Columbia University.
Blackistone, in addition to working as a Merrill College professor, is a longtime national sports columnist now at The Washington Post, a panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, a contributor to National Public Radio and coauthor of “A Gift for Ron.”
Povich, the son of legendary Washington Post sports reporter and columnist Shirley Povich, is a television personality and notable talk-show host. A gift from the Povich family led to the creation of The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this will be the first Povich Symposium to be held virtually. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required: go.umd.edu/STW
About The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism:
The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism is a resource for students, journalists, academics and the public who want to explore the complex role of sports in society.