Meet the Sports Editors

On March 12, 2015, APSC’s Lars Anderson moderated a discussion with prominent sports editors Rich O’Brien (Sports Illustrated) and Izzy Gould (USA Today) in an event free and open to the public. MeetTheSportsEditors_DigSign-01

Third Alabama Program in Sports Communication Symposium

The University of Alabama hosted its third annual symposium for the APSC on February 27th, in an event free and open to the public. The program for the symposium can be found here.

ESPN’s Hugo Balta Spoke

Hugo Balta, President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and Coordinating Producer at ESPN, spoke to a packed house in an APSC-sponsored event on Friday, October 24 that was free and open to the public. Videos concerning certain topics are linked to in the following:

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ESPN/SEC Network’s Ben May Lectures

ESPN/SEC Network’s Ben May, Senior Director for Sports Management, spoke on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in an event free and open to the public.


Lecture by NASCAR’s David Higdon

David Higdon, Integrated Marketing Communications Director for NASCAR, spoke on Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 pm in Reese Phifer 21 in an event that was free and open to the public.

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Lecture by Justin Connolly

ESPN Senior Vice President for College Sports, Justin Connolly, spoke about the SEC Network in an event sponsored by the APSC on Friday, April 18. Click here for more details.

APSC Sports Symposium 2014

The APSC Sports Symposium took place on February 28, 2014. A full copy of the program is here. Dr. Sue Rankin was the keynote speaker and she spoke at 2:00 PM in Gorgas 105.

Dr. Sue Rankin, Professor of Education from Pennsylvania State University, has been a game-changer for sport research, specifically in bringing attention to the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender athletes. Past publications focused on women athletes facing the lesbian label as well as policy issues when dealing with transgender athletes. Her current work includes a national pilot study of student-athlete campus climate experiences, defined broadly, that is funded by the NCAA. Dr. Rankin’s work on campus climate surveys, including the methodological challenges of gathering data on marginalized populations and sensitive identities, has been equally impactful. During her visit she will be sharing the results of her current research in conjunction with the College of Education. She has earned grant funding, led mixed-method research teams, and bridged the academic affairs-student affairs divide that stymies many scholars. Dr. Rankin is the recipient of the American College Personnel Association’s 2008 Voice of Inclusion Medallion. The award recognizes individuals who embody the student affairs values of social justice.

Lecture by Warren St. John

Journalist and author Warren St. John spoke Thursday, February 20, in Reese Phifer 216. The former New York Times writer and author of Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer discussed the journalistic process that was involved for his GQ piece on Coach Nick Saban. For more information click here.

Being Brave

The Women’s Resource Center and APSC co-presented Being Brave, a panel discussion on the Native American mascot debate, which took place on Tuesday, November 19, at 6:30 PM in Gorgas 205. The panel included Dr. George Daniels and was moderated by Dr. Andrew Billings.



USA Today’s Christine Brennan Speaks

Award winning sports columnist, best-selling author, and television commentator Christine Brennan spoke to students, faculty, and the outside public on the topic of “Sports in the 21st Century: Diversity at the Starting Line” on October 25. More information about the event can be found here.