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Oris Stuart is the NBA’s chief diversity and inclusion officer.
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The NBA continues to be an industry leader in diversity and gender hiring, earning high grades in a report compiled by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida.

The 2018 NBA Racial and Gender Report card, created by the institute known as TIDES, gives the NBA an A+ for its racial hiring practices and a B for its gender hiring practices. The league’s overall grade was an A.

The annual report card tracks gender and diversity among all owners, general managers, players, coaches and full-time front-office staff from all 30 NBA teams as well as all professional staff at the NBA’s New York headquarters. It does not include WNBA or G-League team staff in its hiring analysis. TIDES produces the same reports each year for MLB, the NFL, NHL and college sports. Continue Reading By John Lombardo

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USOC has hired USGA Chief Commercial Officer Sarah Hirshland as its next CEO, bringing in someone with connections to the LA28 organizing committee but no Olympics experience. She will assume the position by late August. Hirshland faces daunting tasks in her new position: Repairing the USOC’s image in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal and engineering potentially controversial governance reforms designed to better protect athletes and satisfy Congressional overseers. She will replace acting CEO Susanne Lyons, who had held the position since Scott Blackmun resigned abruptly in February after an eight-year tenure. Hirshland is the committee’s 12th CEO. “The USOC is at a critical time in its history and requires an energetic, creative and inspiring leader who is capable of building on past success while making sure that the athletes we serve are protected, supported and empowered in every possible way,” USOC Chair Larry Probst said in a statement. Hirshland, a ’08 SBJ/SBD “Forty Under 40” honoree, joined the USGA in ’11 as Senior Managing Dir of Business Affairs. She was appointed CCO in April after the USOC search had already begun. She oversees the USGA’s global content and media distribution, marketing and communications, content development, PR, sponsorships, hospitality and merchandise/licensing. Hirshland played a key role in the USGA’s biggest deals, included its 12-year, $1B TV deal with Fox that began in ‘15. The USGA also counts Rolex, Deloitte, Lexus and AmEx as its four partners. Continue Reading By Ben Fischer and John Lombardo

So you want to work in the sports industry? Like many students and young professionals pursuing an education in sports management and looking to make their big break into the business of sports, long gone are the days when working in industry is limited to selling tickets or running coverage of the local professional team for your hometown paper.

Projected to grow $145.3 billion between 2010-2015, the sports industry is flourishing with opportunities in all areas including: sports marketing and sponsorship, sports media (traditional and social media), sports facilities and even higher education institutions which are growing at faster than average projected rate of 15%. However, although there are numerous opportunities to work in sports these days, the competition to land one of them is also higher than ever.

Still up for the challenge? If so, here is a closer step-by-step look at how to break into the sports industry today. Continue Reading By Jason Belzer

Years ago, eSports was a community of video gamers who would gather at conventions to play Counter Strike, Call of Duty, or League of Legends.

These multiplayer video game competitions would determine League of Legends champions, the greatest shooters in Call of Duty, the cream of the crop of Street Fighter players, the elite Dota 2 competitors, and more.

But today, as the history of eSports continue to unfold, media giants such as ESPN and Turner are broadcasting eSports tournaments and competitions. And in 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch, the live streaming video platform that has been and continues to be the leader in online gaming broadcasts. And YouTube also wanted to jump on the live streaming gaming community with the creation of YouTube Gaming. Continue Reading By 

 

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