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Bob Ley, BJ Schecter, and Deirdre Yates with a group of students.

Sports Media Speaker Series

Sports Media Speaker Series

The College of Communication and the Arts proudly welcomes professionals from the sports broadcasting and journalism industries to participate in discussions on a variety of topics related to sports and media. Students from all disciplines benefit from the insight, analysis, and advice of the leading voices in the sports media industry. 

The Sports Media Speaker Series is just one part of the College's exciting minor in Sports Media. Prospective broadcasters and journalists who minor in Sports Media gain both the knowledge and training essential to be successful in a constantly evolving professional landscape. 

Upcoming Events

Jemele Hill and Bob Ley on Sports Media: The Next Generation

This event has been postponed - new date to be announced in the coming months.
Former ESPN personality Jemele Hill, who is co-founder of Ledge Freeway Media, and Senior Staff writer for The Atlantic will sit down with broadcasting legend Bob Ley '76 to discuss Sports Media: The Next Generation. 

Jemele Hill


Past Events

"Year of Playing Dangerously: Sports During COVID-19"

November 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. 
Moderated by renowned television broadcast journalist and Seton Hall University Alum Bob Ley '76, and hosted by College of Communication and the Arts Professional-In-Residence B.J. Schecter. Professional and college sports have returned during the COVID-19 pandemic, but many challenges and questions remain. This event assembles an esteemed expert panel of sports media figures from every area of the professional sports industry to tackle the moral, ethical, health, and financial questions that playing sports in the pandemic presents.

Bob Costas and Bob Ley: The Changing Face of Sports Media

There are no two bigger names in sports media than Bob Costas and Bob Ley. The two iconic broadcast journalists came to Seton Hall's South Orange campus to discuss the ever-changing landscape of the sports media industry. Some of the topics included adapting and evolving as storytellers, the evolution of social media and its impact on journalism and the reasons why solid reporting will always be the foundation for success. In addition, students and student-athletes joined the discussion later in the program, followed by a Q&A with the audience. See more from the event »

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Sports Business and Media Ethics: Symposium featuring NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and ESPN Broadcasters Stephen A. Smith and Bob Ley

On April 2, 2019, the College of Communication and the Arts and the Stillman School of Business held their second Sports Business and Media Ethics Symposium, which welcomed many guest speakers including current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. The event covered a wide range of topics including sports gambling, amateurism, and the role of sports in American culture. The event also saw ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Seton Hall alum and industry veteran Bob Ley ’76 sit down for a lively discussion about their views on the business of professional sports and media ethics. Watch their conversation in its entirety below, and click here to read more about the guest speakers »


Ben Reiter and Jeff Benedict – Sports Journalism and Storytelling

Students, friends and alumni of the College of Communication and the Arts gathered on December 6, 2018 to hear from New York Times bestselling authors Jeff Benedict and Ben Reiter for a roundtable discussion titled, "The Book on Storytelling, Writing, and Publishing." Moderated by CommArts Professional in Resident B.J. Schecter, the event highlighted the enduring strength of powerful non-fiction writing and provided audience members with valuable strategies for engaging readers. Gain more insight from the event »

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ESPN's Bob Ley Teaches Master Class, "Sports Journalism and Its Challenges"

Thirty lucky students from the College of Communication and the Arts and Stillman School of Business were selected to participate in a master class taught by former SportsCenter host and Seton Hall alum Bob Ley '76. Ley's class gave prospective communication professionals an exclusive look at what a career in broadcasting entails in today's media landscape, and provided Seton Hall students practice based experience from one of the best in the business. Learn more about Bob Ley's Master Class »

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Sports Business and Media Ethics: A Conversation with Former NBA Commissioner David Stern

On April 26, 2018, the College of Communication and the Arts and Stillman School of Business welcomed former NBA Commissioner David Stern as keynote speaker for the first ever Sports Business and Media Ethics Symposium. Stern talked with former head of the NBA players association and current Seton Hall professor Charles Grantham at length about racial disparities, drug use in professional sports, the one and done rule and much more. Watch the conversation in its entirety below, and click here to read more about the keynote speaker »


Paul Fichtenbaum and Dana O'Neil of The Athletic – A Sports Media Roundtable

Paul Fichtenbaum and Dana O'Neil of The Athletic participated in a roundtable discussion about how their subscription-based sports website is changing the way we access quality sports journalism. Moderated by CommArts Professional-in-Residence B.J. Schecter, this event offered students a sobering look at the future of sports journalism and its place in the digital marketplace. Read more about the discussion here »

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"Baseball and Spring Training: Covering America's Game Today" – Featuring Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, Marc Werner of MLB Network, and Jayson Stark of ESPN

In the inaugural event of the College of Communication and the Arts' Sports Media Speaker Series, students and faculty gathered to learn about the latest in reporting, writing, and story-telling strategies from some of the industry's leading sports writers. Read about the guest speaker's accomplished careers and advice they offered to students here »

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Sports Media in The College of Communication and the Arts

For More Information on the Sports Media minor offered within the College of Communication and the Arts, click here »

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