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DeMaurice Smith Headlines Povich Symposium on Race in Sports

COLLEGE PARK (10/12/18) — NFL Players’ Association executive director DeMaurice Smith headlines the 13th annual Shirley Povich Symposium at the University of Maryland on Nov. 13.

Race in Sports: The Challenge Continues” starts at 7 p.m. in Orem Hall of the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the University of Maryland campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Joining Smith are Chelsea Janes (Nationals beat writer, The Washington Post), Tom McMillen ’74 (president and chief executive officer, Lead1 Association), Kevin Merida (senior VP and editor-in-chief, ESPN’s The Undefeated, and member of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism‘s Board of Visitors) and Scott Van Pelt ’16 (Sportscaster and Sports Talk Show Host, ESPN).

Television host Maury Povich, son of the late Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich for whom the symposium is named, will moderate the panel.

“The topic of race in sports continues to be on the front burner, as it has for more than 50 years,” said George Solomon, director of The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. “We’ve assembled a group of panelists who have the experience, knowledge and interest in the subject to provide both a worthwhile and exciting evening for all.”

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 journalists, academics and the public who want to explore the complex role of sports in society. The Center is led by its director, George Solomon, who was the assistant managing editor for sports at The Washington Post from 1975-2003.

Kaitlyn Wilson, Assistant Director, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, kcwilson@umd.edu; 301-405-4605

Talk of Football’s Future Highlights Shirley Povich Symposium

Maury Povich, Michael Wilbon, Tony Kornheiser, Bob Costas and Christine Brennan discuss the biggest stories in sports during the Povich Symposium.

Left to right: Maury Povich, Michael Wilbon, Tony Kornheiser, Bob Costas and Christine Brennan discuss the biggest stories in sports during the Povich Symposium.

A panel of some of the nation’s top sports journalists say football is in trouble.

During a discussion about the biggest issues in sports during the Shirley Povich Symposium at the University of Maryland, longtime broadcaster Bob Costas said there are “cracks in the foundation” of football’s popularity because of its violent nature.

“The reality is this sport destroys people’s brains,” Costas said, referring to the risk of players suffering traumatic brain injuries.

Talk of football’s future highlighted the symposium, hosted annually by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The center is directed by George Solomon, former sports editor at The Post.

USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan, “Pardon the Interruption” hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon and moderator Maury Povich joined Costas on stage at the Riggs Alumni Center.

The symposium honors sports columnist Shirley Povich‘s 75-year career at The Washington Post.

Kornheiser, a former longtime columnist for The Post, said the decline in popularity of horse racing and boxing prove it’s possible for popular sports to fall out of favor.

Sportswriters of Povich’s time used to “set their schedules by three sports,” Kornheiser said. “They set them by horse racing, by boxing and by baseball. Two of those are done. … Football’s headed there.”

Wilbon, also a former Post columnist, said the NFL also has a problem connecting with fans “beyond our shores.” He said that’s partly because the NFL allows less access to its players than other professional leagues, like the NBA.

“Football wants to distance itself and put a moat around itself, between itself and its fanbase,” Wilbon said. “It doesn’t want to talk to them. Well, Tom Brady’s available on Tuesdays to talk. Well, LeBron [James]’s available every damn day.

“He’s available every day on Instagram, on Twitter, whatever it is, it’s not filtered. And so are a number of NBA personalities.”

Earlier in the evening, panelists discussed how social media and other technology had dramatically changed covering sports since the first Povich Symposium, held in 2003.

Brennan, another former Post columnist, said the news cycle was 12 hours then. Now, it’s 10 minutes.

“Whatever happened in the middle of the night, there wasn’t a darn thing you could do about it,” she said.

Top Sports Journalists to Discuss Big Sports Issues at Povich Symposium

Some of the best sports journalists in America will gather at the University of Maryland Tuesday to discuss the biggest issues in sports during the 12th annual Shirley Povich Symposium.

The symposium, hosted by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, will be held in the Riggs Alumni Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7. A live stream of the symposium will be available here.

The annual event honors Shirley Povich, the legendary sportswriter for The Washington Post. His son Maury Povich, host of the talk show “Maury,” will moderate.

The panelists for this year’s symposium are Bob Costas of NBC Sports; Christine Brennan of USA Today, CNN and ABC News; and Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, co-hosts of “Pardon the Interruption” on ESPN.

Costas was the prime-time host of 12 Olympic games, from 1992 to 2016. He is considered one of the greatest sports broadcasters of all time and has covered every major sport. He is currently a play-by-play announcer for MLB Network.

Brennan is a pioneer for women in sports journalism. She was the first female sports reporter at the Miami Herald in 1981, the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post in 1985 and the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media. She is one of the top sports columnists in the nation, and an active member of the Shirley Povich Center Advisory Board.

Kornheiser, co-host of “Pardon the Interruption,” is a former columnist for The Washington Post. He also hosts a podcast, “The Tony Kornheiser Show.” He was the analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” from 2006 to 2008.

Wilbon also wrote for The Washington Post for years, leaving in 2010 to work full-time for ESPN and ABC. In addition to “Pardon the Interruption,” Wilbon appears on ABC’s “NBA Countdown.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Povich Symposium Looks at The Future of Sports & TV

George Solomon is the director of the Povich Sports Center at the University of Maryland.

George Solomon oversees the Povich Sports Center.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Nov. 9) – The 11th-annual Shirley Povich Sports Symposium takes a deep look at where sports coverage is going on television. With viewership issues, player indiscretions, even the pervasiveness of sports programing on broadcast, cable and online, there will be plenty to talk about.

As always, the Povich Symposium is free and no ticket is required.

The Nov. 16 event will be held in the Colony Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union starting at 7:00 p.m.

Directions to the Stamp Student Union.

For more information contact:

Beth Mechum
Coordinator, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism

The Future of Sports & TV

Moderated by Maury Povich


John Skipper; President, ESPN

Jimmy Roberts ’79; Broadcaster, NBC Sports

Andrea Kremer; Chief Correspondent, NFL Network

Jim Delany; Commissioner, Big Ten

Scott Van Pelt, Host, ESPN’s SportsCenter

David Aldridge, Reporter, Turner Sports