National Sports Media Experts to Examine NIL, Sports Journalism, Olympic Impact at Interactive LSU Sports Summit

October 9, 2023

BATON ROUGE—Leading sports media professionals and scholars will convene at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Sports Summit to explore trends, challenges and innovations in the sports media industry on Thursday, Oct. 12. The daylong summit will feature panels on NIL, mobile gaming, sports journalism and social media, Olympic impact and connectivity, and more.

Eight industry professionals, all LSU Manship School alumni, will share insight from their respective fields, from ESPN to CBS Sports to professional football and hockey teams. Panelists are as follows:

  • Reggie Chatman—Sports Anchor, 11Alive Atlanta
  • Ryan Clark—NFL Analyst, ESPN
  • Tatum Everett—Content Manager, Minnesota Vikings
  • Mark Grant—Director, CBS Sports
  • Matt Moscona— “After Further Review” Host, ESPN Radio
  • Katherine Terrell—Reporter, NFL Nation, ESPN
  • Rachel Tos—Reporter/Producer, Colorado Avalanche
  • Kelsey Wingert-Linch—Reporter, Colorado Rockies

The summit will merge expert perspectives from industry and academia. Three scholars will share their research exploring sports communication, identity, social media uses, social issues within sports media, and crisis communication and digital media in the context of sports. Scholars are as follows:

  • Andrew Billings, Ph.D.—Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting, Department of Journalism & Creative Media, University of Alabama; Keynote Speaker
  • Natalie Brown-Devlin, Ph.D.—Director, Texas Media & Analytics; Associate Director for Research, Center for Sports Communication & Media, University of Texas at Austin
  • Qingru Xu, Ph.D.—Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Kentucky

In addition to leading panels throughout the day, the industry professionals and scholars will engage with Manship School students, faculty and staff via class visits, small groups and LSU Student Media tours. The following sessions are open to the LSU community and general public:

  • 9 a.m. The NIL Effect, Mobile Gaming and Sports Media Trends: A More Immersive Experience
  • 9:45 a.m. Olympic Showcasing and Significance: Scholarly Perspectives of Global Connectivity
  • 4 p.m. The State of Sports Journalism and Social Media Concerns: A Comprehensive Sports Industry Outlook
  • 6 p.m. Keynote: Sports are Rarely About Sports: The Case for Studying The Most Popular Media Content | Andrew Billings, Ph.D.

“From panel discussions on NIL, mobile gaming, Olympic impact and connectivity, to a comprehensive sports industry outlook, this showcase of sport expertise and Manship School alumni will enhance our goal of bridging the evolution of sports communication with the next generation of industry leaders," said Chad Sabadie, the Manship School’s professional-in-residence in sports broadcasting and the summit’s lead organizer.

Event details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Attend the panel of your choosing.
  • Location: Holliday Forum, LSU Journalism Building; Google Map Directions; LSU Visitor Parking
  • Reserve your spot: Admission is free, but a reservation via Eventbrite by Oct. 11 at 12 p.m. CT is required.

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