Newhouse Sports Media Center

  • History of Excellence

    History of Excellence

    Today’s Syracuse University students pursuing careers in sports media are part of a tradition that goes back more than 75 years. The great sportscaster Marty Glickman ’39 is recognized as the “godfather” of a long line of SU sports media professionals that includes Bob Costas ’74, Hank Greenwald ’57, Dave Pasch ’94, Dick Stockton ’64, Andy Musser ’59, Marv Albert ’63, Beth Mowins G’90 Len Berman ’68, G’70, Sean McDonough ’84, Mike Tirico ’88, Ian Eagle ’90, Dave O’Brien ’86 and many more–not only in sports broadcasting but also in sports writing, editing, production and management at the national and local levels.

  • Professional Sports Coverage

    Professional Sports Coverage

    Students in the Sports Communications Emphasis have covered the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA baseball) and have written columns focused on Major League Baseball, the National Football League and Mixed Martial Arts. Students also work with the Syracuse Crunch (American Hockey League) and the ACC Network.

  • SU Sports Coverage

    SU Sports Coverage

    Newhouse School graduate students in the Sports Communications Emphasis serve as credentialed reporters covering Syracuse University teams. Their stories appear on this website in text, photo and video format, and they also contribute to campus media outlets covering sports. Students have covered SU football, cross country, basketball, crew and lacrosse, and there’s more to come.

  • Leading Sports Media Personalities

    Leading Sports Media Personalities

    When you look to the top of the sports broadcasting profession you see Syracuse alumni everywhere you turn: from NBC’s Bob Costas ’74 and Mike Tirico ’88 to Marv Albert ’63, the Voice of the NBA, plus ESPN’s Sean McDonough ’84, Dave Pasch ’94, Dave O’Brien ’86 and Beth Mowins G’90 and CBS’ Ian Eagle ’90. Former SU football and basketball stars such as Daryl Johnston ’89, Don McPherson ’88, Donovan McNabb ’98 and Leo Rautins ’83 have moved into the broadcast booth. SU alums are play-by-play voices for the Boston Red Sox (Dave O’Brien ’86 and Joe Castiglione G’70), San Francisco Giants (Dave Flemming G’99), Minnesota Twins (Cory Provus ’00) and Houston Astros (Robert Ford ’01). Personalities such as Bill Roth ’87 (Virginia Tech), Tony Caridi ’84 (West Virginia) and SU’s own Voice of the Orange Matt Park ’89 call games for Division One college programs.

  • Mentoring Tomorrow’s Pros

    Mentoring Tomorrow’s Pros

    SU alumni in sports media have always been willing to mentor and advise students. Whether returning to campus to speak and meet with the next generation of sports media professionals, Skyping with them, critiquing demo reels and clips or helping students make internship and job contacts, Orange alumni are always there. The Newhouse Sports Media Center helps make those connections between students and alumni.

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’15 Alum, Former NFL Player Cameron Lynch Joins Fall Speaker Series

’15 Alum, Former NFL Player Cameron Lynch Joins Fall Speaker Series

October 21, 2020

2015 alum and former NFL player Cameron Lynch joined the Newhouse Fall speaker series on Tuesday night. The event was hosted by Newhouse professor Brad Horn.   Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in economics before making it to the NFL as an undrafted free agent – beating the odds of 1% of players making an NFL […]

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2015 alum and former NFL player Cameron Lynch joined the Newhouse Fall speaker series on Tuesday night. The event was hosted by Newhouse professor Brad Horn.  

Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in economics before making it to the NFL as an undrafted free agent – beating the odds of 1% of players making an NFL roster as undrafted free agents. Lynch played for both the Los Angeles Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

A dynamic individual, along with being named the Bucs community MVP multiple weeks – an award that recognizes NFL players who are making a positive impact in their local communities — Lynch was able to take advantage of camera opportunities with the NFL Network, Fox Sports and was even selected as one of four players to broadcast this past year’s Superbowl. That same year, he was named the interim co-host on a daytime show for NBC.  

Bring Your Full Self  

One of the takeaways Lynch gave to students was his definition of success, which he considers as, “what you leave behind for people.”  

He recalled a story of his experience as a student-athlete at Syracuse. A lot of early mornings he and his teammates would be in the gym training and often, there was a lady who would be cleaning the facilities. Lynch would open the door for her every morning and make friendly conversation, often showing his appreciation for her hard work. However, there was an issue Lynch had with the cleaning lady — the lady would wear a Boston College shirt. Lynch was confused why she would support an ACC rival. He never brought it up and continued to show graciousness to the employee.  

The cleaning lady would turn out to be the mother of one of Lynch’s mentors when he got to the NFL, who, ironically enough, played for Boston College.  

“Treating people well, being authentic I think can be the most important thing,” Lynch said. “It propelled me to that next level within the NFL.”  

Lynch attributes “bringing his full self” to what led him to where he is today and granted him many of the opportunities he is grateful for, including the opportunity to be able to speak with Newhouse students.  

Media Opportunities 

Lynch’s media career started his senior year at Syracuse when he had a show called “Cam’s Cam,” which he jokingly said, “wasn’t it,” when talking about Newhouse standards of production.  

Lynch would produce his show by interviewing his teammates after practice which allowed him to discover that he enjoyed telling the untold stories that people usually do not hear or see. He attributes his time at Syracuse to being where he fell in love with media.  

Regardless of the quality of his show, Lynch said it helped him figure out what he liked and did not like – a very important aspect to know about certain industries and careers.  

Lynch took this passion of storytelling and used his platform of being a professional athlete to incorporate himself in his local community. He would go on radio stations after practice and on off days when he was in the NFL to tell the stories of the local community.  

An economics major, Lynch was able to learn about the sports media industry by simply putting out content, which he encourages students to do as well.  

“Just do it,” Lynch told students. “Just put something out there, see what happens and it will get better as you go.”  

Arda Ocal Talks Esports at Speaker Series

Arda Ocal Talks Esports at Speaker Series

October 1, 2020

By Dominick Pfisterer ESPN Sports and Esports host and commentator Arda Ocal joined the Newhouse Sports Media Center fall speaker series on Wednesday night. The event was hosted by Sports Media Center Director and Newhouse Professor Olivia Stomski.   Ocal was an on-air personality for the WWE under the name Kyle Edwards, as well as the host of Aftermath TV […]

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ESPN Sports and Esports host and commentator Arda Ocal joined the Newhouse Sports Media Center fall speaker series on Wednesday night. The event was hosted by Sports Media Center Director and Newhouse Professor Olivia Stomski.  

Ocal was an on-air personality for the WWE under the name Kyle Edwards, as well as the host of Aftermath TV on Sportsnet 360 and The MSG Hockey Show on MSG Network. He previously was an analyst for Rogers TV and a host for YES Network.  

Ocal had a passion for sports and dreamt of a career in the industry. As a mathematics major when he was in college, the opportunities did not present themselves right away.  

“I worked a desk job for several years after I graduated college,” Ocal said. “I was a product manager at Dun and Bradstreet for a few years and honestly when I was doing that the itch wasn’t gone.”  

Despite not being integrated into the sports media industry through his college years, Ocal found a way to get acclimated and develop his broadcasting skillset in alternative methods.  

He attributes “catching the bug” for wanting to work in sports broadcasting to working at his college’s radio station and newspaper. However, to learn about the different departments, he plugged himself in firsthand.  

“Nights and weekends, I didn’t party,” he said. “I went to the local access channel because YouTube wasn’t a thing back then and I just learned every department.”  

His introduction to this new field came late, as he was 27, which he considers his “only regret”.  

Esports 

Ocal gave an in-depth look at the world of Esports to the students. A growing segment of the industry, Esports is providing jobs and platforms for the wide variety of people who aspire to be play by play announcers and color commentators. Ocal got his Esports start in 2016, when ESPN sent him to the League of Legends World Championship at Madison Square Garden.  

“I got hooked the second I went there,” Ocal said about his experience. “MSG, the world’s most famous arena was sold out both nights for kids playing video games. It was the greatest thing ever.”  

That experience in 2016 was the driving force to Ocal’s career in Esports. He then became a student of the industry, learning everything he could and doing his homework about the different games and the different scenes.  

According to Ocal, there is a different element to announcing Esports than there is to a traditional broadcast. One of the biggest differences is the pace in which the announcers speak. Ocala said that Esports announcers, “pride themselves at the speed of which they talk,” and referred to them as “Rap God’s” for the way they can speak so fast yet not fumble over their words.  

“Joe Buck doing commentary at the Super Bowl is the exact opposite of someone calling League of Legends or Overwatch,” he said. “This is the most frantic thing ever and they take pride over not fumbling over their words.”  

The energy of an Esports championship broadcast, Ocal said, is something the fans want “tapped into their veins.” 

No matter what sport an announcer is calling, no matter the familiarity with the sport the announcer has, Ocal has a simple principle that preparation will give any announcer the confidence to succeed.  

“Every extra hour of preparation you put in will bring you closer to that level of confidence,” he said. “At some point after you have learned as much as you can learn, it’s all about confidence. Knowledge is power, but also, knowledge is confidence. That’s the key there.”  

Eric Salat, ‘06 Alum Eric Weiner Talk Documentary, Podcasting

Eric Salat, ‘06 Alum Eric Weiner Talk Documentary, Podcasting

October 1, 2020

By Dominick Pfisterer Producer Eric Salat and ‘06 alum Eric Weiner joined the Sports Media Center fall speaker series on Wednesday, hosted by Sports Media Center Director Professor Olivia Stomski.   Weiner’s work spans scripted and unscripted TV, food, sports journalism, and most recently, podcasts. He has worked on 100+ hours of television for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, […]

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Producer Eric Salat and ‘06 alum Eric Weiner joined the Sports Media Center fall speaker series on Wednesday, hosted by Sports Media Center Director Professor Olivia Stomski.  

Weiner’s work spans scripted and unscripted TV, food, sports journalism, and most recently, podcasts. He has worked on 100+ hours of television for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, YouTube Premium, Comedy Central, and more, and has developed projects with various production companies, such as Entertainment One, Funny or Die, Matthew Baer Films, Irwin Entertainment, and Karga 7 Pictures.  

The two produced “DRAFTED”, a documentary following eight of the top college football players that were in this past year’s NFL draft. Among the names were Jeff Okudah (Lions) Chase Young (Washington Football Team) and Mekhi Becton (Jets).  

The documentary is an audio documentary. There is no visual footage, giving it a raw, honest feel that is not commonly found when working with cameras. 

Audio Storytelling 

“A ton,” was Weiner’s response to how much work goes into the overall writing and putting the pieces together to tell the stories of these athletes in an audio-based format.  

What separates this audio documentary from more traditional documentaries, other than the audio format, are the themes that arise through the storytelling, rather than a linear perspective of an individual’s life.  

“One of the most interesting things was when we were digging into it, we started to see some of these themes,” Weiner said. “Certain guys have had to overcome obstacles again and again in their life and when we would bring it up, they were unaware of these things that kept reoccurring in their own life. When we would bring that up it would be a revelation to them and then they would be more open to talk about it.”  

The themes helped direct the storytelling of the amazing stories that are the lives of these athletes.  

Weiner and Salat emphasized that there is an authenticity to audio storytelling that differs from television. The key to this, they said, was to “let their thoughts flow” when referring to the interview subjects, rather than “keep it tight.”  

“It made it feel more authentic and real,” Weiner said. “It allowed us to take a step back and realize that this was much better than tightening and tightening and tightening.”  

Podcasting  

DRAFTED” is in a podcast format, broken up into several episodes. Podcasts are rapidly growing in their popularity due to the convenience that they can be accessed and the smooth, conversational flow that they are delivered in. While podcasts are easy to enjoy, they come with a few challenges opposed to visual storytelling, such as setting the scene.   

Podcasters cannot rely on a variety of shots to “set the scene,” according to Salat. Podcasts rely more on sounds to set their scenes, such as music, dialogue or even silence to get into the “narrative flow.” 

This requires a more intricate form of writing for the producers.  

“It’s more rhythmic,” said Salat. “It is the writing into the actuality, the writing into a specific sound up, I appreciate the rhythms of the writing.”  

To create a visual story using nothing besides sounds and audio, Weiner had a unique method of exercise for students. 

“Listen to a T.V. channel,” Weiner said. “Don’t watch it. Go into a separate room and just listen to it.”  

“DRAFTED” can be streamed on iHeartRadio and Apple Podcasts.  

’01 Andrew Catalon talks the start of NFL

’01 Andrew Catalon talks the start of NFL

September 30, 2020

Story: Dominick Pfisterer CBS play-by-play announcer and ‘01 alum Andrew Catalon joined the Newhouse Sports Media center fall speaker series on Wednesday night. The event was hosted by the voice of Syracuse athletics and Newhouse Professor Matt Park.  Catalon did not have the dream path that everyone imagines a CBS play-by-play announcer from Newhouse would […]

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CBS play-by-play announcer and ‘01 alum Andrew Catalon joined the Newhouse Sports Media center fall speaker series on Wednesday night. The event was hosted by the voice of Syracuse athletics and Newhouse Professor Matt Park. 

Catalon did not have the dream path that everyone imagines a CBS play-by-play announcer from Newhouse would have. The path is not always get into Newhouse, work hard for four years and then make it big. 

For Catalon, he did not even begin his path at Newhouse. 

“I did not get into Newhouse right off the bat,” said Catalon. “I had to go through the School of Visual and Performing Arts. I was a Speech Communication major and transferred in after my freshman year.” 

That did not stop Catalon from getting to where he is today. He had a goal in mind and when he eventually did get into Newhouse, he took advantage of the excellent opportunities Newhouse has to offer to help him become the tremendous play-by-play announcer he is today. 

“WAER was instrumental but the entire program as we know is top notch,” said Catalon. “Those types of experiences were massive in my growth at Newhouse and at Syracuse.” 

 Before becoming the sports director at the Albany NBC affiliate, Catalon found himself in Burlington, Vermont as a local news sports anchor. He showed up to the job two weeks after graduation without even looking at where he would be spending his days post-Newhouse. 

He spent a few years there until eventually, the station shut down. 

“They ran out of money and said, ‘we’re better off running The Simpsons at six o’clock than the local news,’” said Catalon. 

After being in the local news industry for several years, Catalon found himself going back to his true passion of calling play-by-play. 

One of Catalon’s biggest messages to students who attended the event was that there is no direct path, no “cookie cutter” formula that leads to becoming a play-by-play announcer on a major network. People who want to become play-by-play announcers would not follow in the same exact path as Andrew Catalon. While he commented on how his path to play-by-play was unique, he did, however, stress that to be in that position, there needs to be somewhat of a “Yes-Man” mentality. 

“It is important to say yes to everything you can,” said Catalon. “There should be nothing that you say, that’s not for me or I do not know that sport or I cannot do that.” 

As a student at Newhouse, Catalon did internships covering a few baseball teams. However, he got connected to NBC and brought back into play-by-play after being in local news for several years through the sport of curling, which Catalon stated he, “knew nothing about.” 

That one word, that one “yes” brought him to many different opportunities and eventually, to CBS where he is today. He attributes the key to getting where he is today was by saying yes and understanding that one path might not be the exact right path, as Catalon would agree no such thing exists.

To make it in the industry, Catalon had very simple advice to students. 

“You have to be a nice person,” he said. “That goes a long way in this business, especially when you’re out on the road with camera crews and technical crews and hundreds of people to put an event on. They remember who is not nice to them they remember who is high maintenance.” 

As simple it is, Catalon stressed the importance of simply being a nice person and treating colleagues with respect. This helps build relationships and strengthen professionalism. 

With the adjustments made during the COVID-19 global pandemic, a lot of production meetings are held over Zoom. This has stressed the importance of the relationships that Catalon has built face-to-face. 

“Obviously our production meetings are a lot different this year. We’re not going to practice we’re not sitting at a conference table we are doing it like this on Zoom, which makes it even more important that I’ve had these previous relationships.” 

This weekend, Catalon is calling the Vikings-Titans game on Sunday afternoon. 

’92 Johanna Garton Kicks off Speaker Series

’92 Johanna Garton Kicks off Speaker Series

September 19, 2020

By Dominick Pfisterer The Newhouse Sports Media Center kicked off its Fall 2020 speaker series with ’92 alum and author Johanna Garton. The event was hosted by the Newhouse Sports Media Center director and Syracuse University professor Olivia Stomski.   A member of the cross country and track teams at Syracuse, Garton attributes her experiences […]

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By Dominick Pfisterer

The Newhouse Sports Media Center kicked off its Fall 2020 speaker series with ’92 alum and author Johanna Garton.

The event was hosted by the Newhouse Sports Media Center director and Syracuse University professor Olivia Stomski.  

A member of the cross country and track teams at Syracuse, Garton attributes her experiences as an athlete to shaping her Syracuse experience as well as being on the sports desk of the radio station Z-89. 

“Those were the two main things that I focused on in college, running and the radio station,” Garton said. 

Her background as an athlete helped direct her into the sports journalism profession. Garton recalled thinking she would be a “regular old newspaper broadcast journalism person,” but the pairing of being an athlete and journalism allowed her to naturally gravitate towards sports journalism over the years. 

Tranformative

Being a freshman presents naturally challenges. For most, it is the first time being away from home and having to make new friends. Garton had to deal with what she referred to as a “transformative experience” her freshman year at Syracuse. That being the December 21, 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 that exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland carrying 35 Syracuse University students. 

This changed Garton’s world. She had never thought about going to study abroad, but she decided that day that she would study abroad through one of Syracuse’s overseas programs. 

“I wanted to walk in their footsteps and see what they had discovered in the world,”Garton said.  

 It was her junior year she found herself studying abroad in France. It was then she was bitten by the “wanderlust” travel bug that she still has today. It was this bug that led her to turn down her first job offer after graduation – a position with The Los Angeles Times — to move to Asia. 

“This kind of set me off in a long, circular path,” said Garton. “To law school and consulting and teaching college to getting married and having children, and eventually moving back overseas with my two young children and my husband a few years ago.” 

Edge of the Map

She acknowledges these experiences as what led to the publication of her first book, “Awakening East,” and eventually he most recent book, “Edge of the Map” which got her back into sports reporting. 

“Edge of the Map” is based on the life of high-altitude mountaineer Christine Boskoff, who was killed with her climbing partner in 2006 in western China. 

“When I learned about her story many years ago, I really felt like it was a story that needed to be told,” Garton said. 

Boskoff did not want to be recognized for her gender, but for her accomplishments. She does hold the record for hiking 6 of the 14 8,000 meter peaks in the world, a record she set in 2000. 

For readers of “Edge of the Map,” Garton hopes that they find internal inspiration through the story of Christina Boskoff. 

“I hope people come away with an understanding to look within themselves to find those things that inspire them. To try not to listen to the noise or pay attention to what other people are doing or saying or everybody else’s path because your path is going to look very different from the next person.” 

Garton’s own biggest takeaway from her journey in writing her book was to “pay attention more to what is going on inside of me.” 

Students interested in reading Garton’s “Edge of the Map” can find it in paperback, audio and E-book versions. 

The Newhouse Sports Media Center speaker series serves to connect students with alumni and industry professionals. 

Morgan Alexander – What Comes Next

Morgan Alexander – What Comes Next

May 5, 2020

Story and Photo by Veer Badani SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Morgan Alexander is a Newhouse graduate student, now into her fifth year on the Syracuse University women’s lacrosse team. She clutches Drew Brees’ memoir titled, ‘Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity.’ One of Brees’ most famous quotes says, “Anyone can see the adversity […]

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Story and Photo by Veer Badani

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Morgan Alexander is a Newhouse graduate student, now into her fifth year on the Syracuse University women’s lacrosse team. She clutches Drew Brees’ memoir titled, ‘Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity.’

One of Brees’ most famous quotes says, “Anyone can see the adversity in a difficult situation, but it takes a stronger person to see the opportunity.”

These words come from a man who knows a thing or two about sports and how to overcome injuries caused by the same.

To Alexander, the book makes a lot of sense when a person glances beyond the book in her hands. After tearing her ACL, her lacrosse season abruptly ended – forcing her out with the long-term injury. However, her outlook on the situation is one that could have come straight from the pages of Brees’ himself.

“I’m blessed,” said Alexander, after watching her team practice. “I have great coaches, great teammates, great parents, great friends, great everything and for every non-blessing like this ACL I have four or five blessings to count as well.”

Her current injury joins a list of previous injuries that kept Alexander out of the game she loves for considerable periods of time. Now, she has a decision to make: return to the team for a sixth year, or end her college playing career atop this injury.

“I’m not done, I don’t have to be done if I don’t want to be,” Alexander said. “I am going to rehab this and be fine.”

Her focus now shifts to rehab, but like her idol Drew Brees, Alexander aims to be a leader on and off the pitch – injured or not. Her new goal is to take on a new role.

“I just need to be a leader,” Alexander said. “It’s one thing to be a leader when everything is going your way, but it’s hard when people are playing and you are not getting to. I just need to be there for my teammates and try to help them get better.”

Team dynamics can be tricky to navigate and finding your place in the team can take years for some, but for others it’s just a matter of being there.

“Whether you are the first one off the bench, a starter, or you don’t play you are still all in,” she said.

While this is her first ever torn ACL injury, Alexander has suffered several knee-related injuries in the past over her playing career at Syracuse University and her teammates have suffered with her all along the way.

“The number one word is heartbreaking,” Alexander said. “It’s a little different this time because I rehabbed really hard and came back a better player than I think I was before which is almost unheard of. I played the first four games and in one split moment you feel like you got everything ripped out of you. My teammates were in shock but they were so supportive and I couldn’t ask for a better support system than I have with this team.”

Alexander is also fortunate to be able to call on her degree at Newhouse as a backup plan if lacrosse doesn’t work out the way she wants.

“I talked with my Professor at Newhouse about this,” Alexander said. “He told me that Newhouse isn’t a backup plan, for most people it is the plan so to have that as your major, which is in itself hard to do, so I am extremely blessed.”

As for the future, a sixth year seems imminent at the moment, but Alexander has more than just one skill up her sleeve.

“I want to be a sports broadcaster or sideline reporter and I think I would be good at that,” Alexander said. “I hope that everything I have gone through can translate into broadcasting and I can become a sideline reporter in the future, that is my goal.”

Sports Media Center Closes Out Speaker Series

Sports Media Center Closes Out Speaker Series

May 5, 2020

Story by Kyla Wright, Screenshots via ZOOM As the Newhouse Sports Media Center Speaker series and entire semester came to a close, students digested a wealth of knowledge from both ends of the sports media industry. Students, alumni and faculty heard from author and WSJ sports reporter Jared Diamond ’10, CBS Sports’ Adam Schein ’99, […]

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Story by Kyla Wright, Screenshots via ZOOM

As the Newhouse Sports Media Center Speaker series and entire semester came to a close, students digested a wealth of knowledge from both ends of the sports media industry. Students, alumni and faculty heard from author and WSJ sports reporter Jared Diamond ’10, CBS Sports’ Adam Schein ’99, and two panels: one of recent Newhouse grads in the sports industry and one of ESPN professionals.

Diamond, as many other sports journalists discovered his passion for writing and discussing sports in recognition that he couldn’t play, saying that he, “caught the bug early.” From making sports newsletters in elementary school to being the sports editor of his high school paper, he found himself at SU at WAER and the Daily Orange.

Jack Patel ’18, recognized the benefit of being a Newhouse alum, but understood he still is working his way through the industry. “You are starting at the bottom. My first week at ESPN, I wasn’t allowed to cut any [videos] on my own,” said Patel. “It’s frustrating, coming out of Syracuse with all of your skills and responsibilities, you have to be patient.”

As Diamond, Patel, and other alumni learned early to “say yes to everything,” they credit the Newhouse name and experiences for preparing them for the industry.

“I took my classes seriously, my work seriously, my prep seriously, that came from Newhouse and Syracuse University,” said Schein.

Less than two years post-grad, the members on the Young Alumni panel are still learning the industry and making connections all while navigating their careers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Erin Fish, G’18, stressed getting out of your comfort zone being the “best way to push you forward in your career.” Drew Carter ’19, has learned that even while he’s learning, those around him are, as well. “I am taken aback by how advanced things are at Newhouse compared to the real world,” said Carter. “When I was a student and things would go wrong, I would get angry; but I have realized that those mistakes happen a lot in the real world.”

Both Dakota Palmer G’19, and Carter are working to better themselves amid Coronavirus-related layoffs. Palmer, a broadcast associate at MLB, has been watching games, paying attention to what other producers have done as far as cuts, edits and styles. Carter has said that he’s going to be calling games on 2K with a friend to stay sharp, as if he’s on radio. Nate White ’18, is preparing for the post-Coronavirus sports industry. “Instead of being angry and feeling bad about this situation, which is easy to do, I am trying to focus on what I can do,” said White. “[I’m] using this time to get organized and be ready for when sports come back and the ‘boom’ happens.”

Even though ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit didn’t attend ‘Cuse, he expressed his longtime respect for the Orange, especially Newhouse as he’s worked with many Newhouse alumni in his career. “Syracuse has got to be the strongest school in the industry, so if you are a student there, congratulations.”

ESPN’s Bill Bonnell ’85, and Jim Gaiero ’95 both gave students direct advice and points to remember in their careers. Bonnell noted the importance of being able to produce, direct and tell stories on the fly, and Gaiero reminded students that we’re all journalists at heart, “no matter what role what you do in sports television, you still need to answer the questions, who, what where, why when. It doesn’t matter who you are, you effect how the audience gets those answers.”

Herbstreit went on to recommend that students “study people you respect,” especially those interested in play-by-play, “there is nobody better than Mike Tirico.”

Closing out the year, Herbstreit likely has the words that graduates, continuing students and professionals alike need to hear, “you are going to have forks in the road along the way and you have no idea what the right answer is. As a business major, I had economic stability versus my passion,” said Herbstreit. “Always follow your heart, following money will always be a dead-end. Find something you have passion for, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Sports Industry Speakers Join Weeks Two and Three

Sports Industry Speakers Join Weeks Two and Three

April 20, 2020

As the second and third weeks of the Newhouse Sports Media Center’s Online Speaker Series came to a close, students, alumni, faculty and staff gained knowledge, advice and motivation to hopefully fuel them into their present or future careers. Speakers ranged from an NFL play-by-play announcer to VPs of an agency and PR firm and […]

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As the second and third weeks of the Newhouse Sports Media Center’s Online Speaker Series came to a close, students, alumni, faculty and staff gained knowledge, advice and motivation to hopefully fuel them into their present or future careers. Speakers ranged from an NFL play-by-play announcer to VPs of an agency and PR firm and a CBS Sports Analyst. Each event had approximately 40 students in attendance.

NFL play-by-play announcer, Andrew Siciliano ’96 recalled industry speakers during his time at Newhouse. “We had people like Bob Costas and Mike Tirico who’d do stuff like this for us when we were in school.” He noted those alumni taking their time to speak with him and other students as one of many reasons why he always makes time for students. “Everyone paid it forward when we were in school. So we’re just trying to do the same,” said Siciliano.

Alumni and students alike, everyone is home in front of some type of screen for hours at a time. Students are managing classes and alumni are continuing their careers, alumni like Gideon Cohen ’00, recommended that students, “develop a new skill, create a podcast or YouTube show,” he said. “This is temporary. While it’s not great at the moment, it’s an opportunity.”

Siciliano remains on air by doing top of the hour news updates and Total Hour Access in a second bedroom and a camera at home, along with a host of producers working from home. “We’re experimenting to be going on air, but right now 30-minute shows are taped segment to segment with producers linking b-roll and graphics to them,” Siciliano said. He explained that CNN or FOX stays on-air by running parallel control rooms, doing things you’d normally have in one room in multiple, but the NFL is shut down because they’re not considered essential.

Scott Pioli G’05, is a CBS Sports Analyst, five-time NFL Executive of the year and three-time Super Bowl champion. Throughout his lengthy career, he’s had to find a happy medium between work and family, a question commonly asked by students. “You are going to be very passionate and your job needs to be taken seriously but if I could do anything differently, I would have a better balance and realize that there will be things in life much more important than our jobs,” Pioli said. He told students to maintain a similar balance in their careers as they do while in college, but regardless of the situation, to remain focused. “There’s always going to be reasons to not finish something you started. A job, school, or relationship, said Pioli. “There are a lot of reasons to say no or stop but if you want to complete something, it’ll essentially pay off.” Cohen gave similar advice, noting those who work hard and encompass talent are the ones who “make it” in the media industry. “A lot of people give up or don’t necessarily want to play the game,” said Cohen. “They don’t want to self-improve or network, and a lot of [those] people who don’t advance wonder why it’s not happening for them.”

Dave Donovan ’92, Executive VP and Director of Sports for DKC, a PR firm had an intimate, off-the-record conversation with students.

With varied experiences at Newhouse and Syracuse overall, all speakers agreed that the time spent and connections made as an Orange are still paying off. As Cohen paid homage to Sandy Montag as “the OG of the agency business,” he noted that they only talk about SU alums at The Montag Group. Siciliano said, “the Syracuse degree is powerful, but the Syracuse network is more powerful.” Pioli values the legacy he leaves behind for the family he’s created, and the #NewhouseMafia. “Right now, you are not thinking about legacy, but your legacy really is about how many people you help,” said Pioli.

If students didn’t take away anything from the week’s series, Pioli’s words could resonate with them, especially during times of uncertainty. “All of us, even the best of us end up in the middle. You have good days and you have bad days but as long as you stay on track, you’ll end up on top.”As the second week of the Newhouse Sports Media Center’s Online Speaker Series came to a close, students gain knowledge, advice and motivation to hopefully fuel them into their future sports careers. Speakers ranged from an NFL play-by-play announcer to VPs of an agency and PR firm and a CBS Sports Analyst. Each event had approximately 40 students in attendance.

NFL play-by-play announcer, Andrew Siciliano ’96 recalled industry speakers during his time at Newhouse. “We had people like Bob Costas and Mike Tirico who’d do stuff like this for us when we were in school.” He noted those alumni taking their time to speak with him and other students as one of many reasons why he always makes time for students. “Everyone paid it forward when we were in school. So we’re just trying to do the same,” said Siciliano.

Alumni and students alike, everyone is home in front of some type of screen for hours at a time. Students are managing classes and alumni are continuing their careers, alumni like Gideon Cohen ’00, recommended that students, “develop a new skill, create a podcast or YouTube show,” he said. “This is temporary. While it’s not great at the moment, it’s an opportunity.”

Siciliano remains on air by doing top of the hour news updates and Total Hour Access in a second bedroom and a camera at home, along with a host of producers working from home. “We’re experimenting to be going on air, but right now 30-minute shows are taped segment to segment with producers linking b-roll and graphics to them,” Siciliano said. He explained that CNN or FOX stays on-air by running parallel control rooms, doing things you’d normally have in one room in multiple, but the NFL is shut down because they’re not considered essential.

Scott Pioli G’05, is a CBS Sports Analyst, five-time NFL Executive of the year and three-time Super Bowl champion. Throughout his lengthy career, he’s had to find a happy medium between work and family, a question commonly asked by students. “You are going to be very passionate and your job needs to be taken seriously but if I could do anything differently, I would have a better balance and realize that there will be things in life much more important than our jobs,” Pioli said. He told students to maintain a similar balance in their careers as they do while in college, but regardless of the situation, to remain focused. “There’s always going to be reasons to not finish something you started. A job, school, or relationship, said Pioli. “There are a lot of reasons to say no or stop but if you want to complete something, it’ll essentially pay off.” Cohen gave similar advice, noting those who work hard and encompass talent are the ones who “make it” in the media industry. “A lot of people give up or don’t necessarily want to play the game,” said Cohen. “They don’t want to self-improve or network, and a lot of [those] people who don’t advance wonder why it’s not happening for them.”

Dave Donovan ’92, Executive VP and Director of Sports for DKC, a PR firm had an intimate, off-the-record conversation with students.

With varied experiences at Newhouse and Syracuse overall, all speakers agreed that the time spent and connections made as an Orange are still paying off. As Cohen paid homage to Sandy Montag as “the OG of the agency business,” he noted that they only talk about SU alums at The Montag Group. Siciliano said, “the Syracuse degree is powerful, but the Syracuse network is more powerful.” Pioli values the legacy he leaves behind for the family he’s created, and the #NewhouseMafia. “Right now, you are not thinking about legacy, but your legacy really is about how many people you help,” said Pioli.

If participants didn’t take away anything from the weeks’ series, Pioli’s words could resonate with them, especially during times of uncertainty. “All of us, even the best of us end up in the middle. You have good days and you have bad days but as long as you stay on track, you’ll end up on top.”

Ian Eagle and Mike Tirico Meet with Students, Virtually

Ian Eagle and Mike Tirico Meet with Students, Virtually

April 6, 2020

As students are away from campus and likely quarantined in their respective locations, academic programs have navigated to online means to stay in contact. To uphold the Sports Media and Communications Track’s requirements, and connect students with industry professionals, the Newhouse Sports Media Center hosted two events, via Zoom. Hosted by “Voice of the Orange,” […]

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As students are away from campus and likely quarantined in their respective locations, academic programs have navigated to online means to stay in contact. To uphold the Sports Media and Communications Track’s requirements, and connect students with industry professionals, the Newhouse Sports Media Center hosted two events, via Zoom. Hosted by “Voice of the Orange,” Matt Park, hundreds of students logged onto the online platform to virtually meet with Ian Eagle and Mike Tirico, both Newhouse alumni.

Both Eagle and Tirico discussed their journey through Newhouse, the ups and downs of their careers, journalism in the age of the Coronavirus and advice on perfecting their craft and circumnavigating the job industry at present time.

“Even though I graduated 30 years ago, I still have the same mentality. I’m still a student of the profession,” said Eagle. “You have to be critical and comfortable with hearing and watching yourself. Watching others, listening with a critical ear and watching with a critical eye.” Eagle recalled metaphorically being a “sponge” while a student, and even now. While driving to and from Queens and Syracuse he would listen to play-by-play announcers back and forth, just to “get it in” his head. As a current CBS and Brooklyn News play-by-play broadcaster, Eagle noted dedication and curiosity along with connections for landing him to where he is today.

Invested in bettering himself as a sports broadcaster, Eagle ensured that no matter the opportunity presented to him, he said his answer and his mentality was always, “yes.” The desire to know more is one of the monumental factors in elevating him in his career. “There were times I wasn’t qualified to do what I did, but I was confident, and I was prepared,” Eagle said. “Make sure you’re locked in – you’re all in – zero in on what you’re passionate about and what’s going to get you excited to wake up. What’s going to challenge you?”

Finding a challenge amid his passion, Eagle reminisced on once receiving a call, asking if he did boxing play-by-play, he said yes. Even though he didn’t; he laughed, recalling he’d never been to a fight or even been in one, but he refused to pass up an opportunity to learn something new and advance his skillset. The same with situation occurred with track and field, and with no background he watched about 20 hours of coverage to prepare. He ensured that he got himself familiar with pacing, nomenclature, and athletes of the sports, and no one would’ve known he was formerly unfamiliar, unless he told them. As he gain a newfound knowledge of the sports, he gained a love for them as well.

Students often hear about the importance of connections within the media industry, usually followed by the saying, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” Eagle planted a similar seed, telling students to make connections with classmates now, as you never know who you’re in school with, as the same happened to him.

“I didn’t realize that Mike Tirico was Mike Tirico. He became a very close friend, and that hatched at Syracuse because we were two people that had aspirations to do more and achieve more,” said Eagle.

When Tirico spoke to students a few days later, he was in his makeshift studio comprised of his iPad and a mic after being in quarantine in Florida since a March 11 PGA tournament. Instead of moping about the current pandemic, he challenged students to make it a part of their resiliency.

“Think about it like sports: this is apart of your story,” Tirico said. “Don’t dwell or get yourself lost in the self-pity of it, make the best of the situation and thrive.”

He recommended that students make the best of their situations, whether at home, or in their apartments as the COVID-19 outbreak will change the journalism industry, as far as remote work. He told students to still practice being on camera and editing video by recording 30 second updates on sports or news events on their phones, editing with simple materials and software. The NBC Sports play-by-play broadcaster advised that this is an imperative time for students to highlight their versatility. As there are no sports right now, many sportscasters are doing news. When you see a non-news reporter attempting to do such, and they don’t know what they’re talking about, it’s obvious, Tirico said.

This weekend, Tirico celebrated 33 years since he first appeared on camera, and attributes it to continually bettering himself and being a part of the well-known, “Newhouse Mafia.” He advised that students do the same during the world’s difficult times, and ended giving students the same advice he began with, “Do your best to be better everyday. Syracuse has been through some tough stuff in the past and we can come through this, and it’s because of you,” said Tirico. “Be ready to make this apart of your Syracuse story.”

Seen taking notes, watching and listening attentively, students were satisfied with the Sports Media Center’s first week hosting sports professionals remotely.

“These times are super uncertain right now, and as a grad student I’ve had some anxiety just thinking about trying to find a job in this climate. But, both Tirico and Ian Eagle were so motivating,” said SMC student, Maria Trivelpiece. “I’m thankful that the SMC Zoom calls happened. It gives us a chance to stay connected and stay on top of our game during these times.”

Sports Media Center Transitions to Online Industry Speakers

Sports Media Center Transitions to Online Industry Speakers

March 30, 2020

Story by Kyla Wright SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Embedded into the Sports Media and Communications track for graduate students, are a variety of requirements. Students must take a certain number of sports-related courses, have one-on-one meetings with the Sports Media Center’s director, Olivia Stomski, and attend several events with industry speakers. As the university has transitioned […]

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Story by Kyla Wright

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Embedded into the Sports Media and Communications track for graduate students, are a variety of requirements. Students must take a certain number of sports-related courses, have one-on-one meetings with the Sports Media Center’s director, Olivia Stomski, and attend several events with industry speakers.

As the university has transitioned to online, remote learning due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the requirements have done the same. The first online conversation between SMC students and sports industry professionals, many of whom are alumni, will be held tonight.

Tonight, at 6:15 p.m., CBS and Brooklyn News play-by-play broadcaster, ’19 Marty Glickman Award Winner and Newhouse ’90 alum, Ian Eagle ’90 will be hosted on Zoom by Newhouse professor and “Voice of the Orange,” Matt Park. 

“The Newhouse Sports Media Center has been looking for ways to reconnect the Sports Media & Communications students with each other, faculty, staff and alums,” said Stomski. “Many voiced their disappointment in missing the many speakers the Center had planned for the spring semester.” 

Gaining faithful attendees beyond the requirements, SMC students like Matt Geraci would anticipate the speakers coming to Newhouse, to give an inside look into the sports industry. His favorite part is seeing where former Newhouse students went after school, their accomplishments and openness. “They provide snapshots into the work that it takes to be successful in this field,” Geraci said. “To hear from people in a bunch of different positions offered some interesting paths and takeaways.”

Stomski said the decision to transition online came after alumni reached out and are looking to help students during this time.

As most universities around the globe are hosting classes and events such as seminars and career fairs on tools such as Zoom or Google Hangouts, students worry about reliability among technology. Luckily, Geraci has a positive outlook on digital learning.

“It’ll definitely have its challenges but I also think it can be used as an opportunity to creatively utilize the resources we have in place to communicate remotely and still gain insights from speakers who may work remotely in their careers anyway,” said Geraci. 

Stomski notes that this difficult time is a pivotal lesson for her students – in learning, flexibility and togetherness. 

“It’s important for us all to stay connected, engaged and excited about the sports media industry. We cannot watch live sports at this time, but we can talk about them!”

Second-half spark leads Syracuse past GA Tech to snap three-game losing skid

Second-half spark leads Syracuse past GA Tech to snap three-game losing skid

March 5, 2020

Story by Bailey Arredondo, Photo by Kris Wan Four starters for Syracuse scored in double digits and the Orange shoot 64 percent in the second half in a 79-72 bounce-back win over Georgia Tech on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. 52-34 was the score differential in the second half and impressed Syracuse head coach Jim […]

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Story by Bailey Arredondo, Photo by Kris Wan

Four starters for Syracuse scored in double digits and the Orange shoot 64 percent in the second half in a 79-72 bounce-back win over Georgia Tech on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.

52-34 was the score differential in the second half and impressed Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.

“One of the best second halves we have ever played…anywhere,” said Boeheim.

Leading into Saturday’s matchup, the Orange (14-13, 8-8 ACC) and Georgia Tech split their head-to-head series 6-6. In their first meeting this season on Dec. 7., Elijah Hughes was 10-for-15 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free throw line for a career-high 33 points, leading Syracuse to a 97-63 stomping.

On Saturday, Syracuse relied on a 20-point and 7 rebounds effort from Hughes and Marek Dolejaz’s 20 points, that included 12-12 from the free throw line.

“I love playing basketball and I get the crowd into it. That’s what you have to do in college is have fun with it,” said Hughes.

Georgia Tech (13-14, 7-9 ACC) came into Central New York with some aggression as junior forward Moses Wright came out the gates attacking the paint and scored 8 points on 4-4 shooting, to put the pressure on Syracuse 17-9 at the 12 minute mark in the first half.

Syracuse started 3-17 from the field and Hughes was the lone offensive spark with 10 points at the half.

The Orange went on a 10-2 run to open up the second half and cut the deficit, 37-40. Joe Girard III had the hot hand during the run and dropped 8 quick points that featured a turn-around baseline jumper.

“When the ball goes in the basket, the game is a lot easier,” said Boeheim. “At halftime, this was a really hard game to win and the players ignored what has happened and is happening.”

Wright might have found his sanctuary inside the Carrier Dome as he went on to drop a career-high of 33 points. Syracuse held Yellow Jacket leading scorer (16 PPG) Michael Devoe scoreless in the second half and 11 total points.

Both parties had 34 points in the paint, but it was the tempo of the Orange’s offense that gave them the edge. 21 fast break points and 12 assists as a team.

Buddy Boeheim finished with 13 points and Girard III added two from beyond the arc and 15 points of his own.

Fourth quarter emotions cost Syracuse’s final home game against Boston College

Fourth quarter emotions cost Syracuse’s final home game against Boston College

March 4, 2020

Story by Bailey Arredondo, Photos by Tanner Russ SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After three nearly identical quarters of basketball, the Syracuse women’s basketball team couldn’t fight off Boston College in the fourth quarter and came up short, 88-81, in the last sporting event at the Carrier Dome for the year on Sunday night. Tied at 64 […]

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Story by Bailey Arredondo, Photos by Tanner Russ

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After three nearly identical quarters of basketball, the Syracuse women’s basketball team couldn’t fight off Boston College in the fourth quarter and came up short, 88-81, in the last sporting event at the Carrier Dome for the year on Sunday night.

Tied at 64 after three quarters, the rest of the game was up for grabs on senior night. Down the stretch as emotions were flying at 83-78, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman received a technical foul after arguing a no-call. That gave Boston College two free-throws and possession – which put the nail in the coffin for the Orange (15-14, 9-9 ACC).

“I take full responsibility for this one,” said Hillsman. “Our kids fought hard and I was fighting them, but that’s on me at the end.”

Boston College (18-11, 11-7 ACC) came out firing on all cylinders and set the tone for Syracuse, connecting on three-straight 3-pointers on their first three possessions and grabbed an early 11-2 lead.

“I told them to calm down, relax and to play the game,” said Hillsman, on what he said to his team following the Eagles start.

The Orange started putting together their own offensive game plan with Kiara Lewis and Gabrielle Lewis leading the charge. Both had 18 points on the night and Lewis added 8 assists.

Kiara Lewis trying to fend off players from Boston College.

After starting 6-of-14 from beyond the arc in the first-half, Syracuse struggled to pick back up in the second half – finishing 9-of-25.  

Syracuse shot 47 percent from the field and dominated the paint, 42-30.

Boston College had five players score in double-digits but held senior Emma Guy to just seven points. Guy is No. 1 in the ACC in field goal percentage and has scored in double-digits 9 straight games coming into Sunday’s contest.

The difference was the pace from Boston College, scoring 31 fast break points to Syracuse’s 13.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game and they shot the ball well from 3.” said Cooper. “But you have to put it in the past now and look towards the ACC tournament.”

With that mindset, the Orange’s regular season comes to an end with hopes of making an NCAA tournament appearance. First – a smaller, yet important, round of games this week in ACC tournament play.

Syracuse will sit at the #8 seed and will play #9 Virginia. Exact day and time, TBD.

“Right now, everyone is 0-0 and coming in fresh,” said Hillsman on what’s next. “We have to go win some games and win the tournament.”

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Sports Matters 2017

February 22, 2017

Sports Matters (Panel 1)

Sports Matters (Panel 1)

The Newhouse Sports Media Center hosted Sports Matters, a daylong symposium examining current issues in sports media, on Feb. 22, 2017, on campus. Participants in this panel included: Jason Dumas ’11, sports director, WHAG-TV, Hagerstown, Maryland; Patti Kleinman-Fallick ’78, senior director, broadcast operations, United States Tennis Association; Erika Wachter ’12, sports reporter, Fox 5 New York; and John Wildhack ’80, director of Athletics, Syracuse University. Simon Perez, assistant professor of broadcast and digital journalism at the Newhouse School, was moderator.

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Sports Matters (Panel 2)

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