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Sports Journalists Discuss Role of Race in Sports Media

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated has put together one hell of a column regarding the role of race in sports media. It’s an email roundtable discussion, featuring the following journalists: Cari Champion, host of ESPN2′s First Take; Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN2′s Numbers Never Lie; Gregory Lee Jr., executive sports editor, Florida Sun-Sentinel; Tim Kawakami, sports columnist for the San Jose Mercury News; Angel Rodriguez, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s sports editor; and Darren Sands, sports business reporter and multimedia journalist for BlackEnterprise.com.

Below are some highlights from the piece. You can (and should) read the entire piece here.

On the “n word” and its use in the sports and non-sports worlds:

Hill: The n-word has been around for a long time and many of the conversations being had about it now have been had for years. But we’re having the conversation in sports now because of two white guys, Riley Cooper and Richie Incognito. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but it illustrates how when an issue moves into a certain space, it becomes something bigger. Anyway, I don’t think it should ever be used in professional settings, but how people use the word with their friends, in their home and in their personal lives is not for me to determine. I think it’s culturally arrogant for anyone to tell groups of people how they should relate to one another.

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ESPN Co-Host Absent from Airwaves After Ugly NABJ Incident

According to a Facebook comment relayed this morning by Journal-isms columnist Richard Prince, most of those attending an NABJ convention party last Friday night at the House of Blues in Orlando “had no clue” that former NFL player Hugh Douglas went crazy on his ESPN2 co-host Michael Smith. But thanks to weekend coverage of the alcohol-fueled scuffle by thebiglead.com’s Jason McIntyre and all sorts of subsequent media pick-up, it could cost Douglas dearly.

As noted by awfulannouncing.com, Douglas has been absent this week from his daily ESPN2 show Numbers Never Lie alongside Smith and third co-host Jemele Hill. From McIntyre’s follow-up item:

After the third [House of Blues party] threat, Smith tried to walk away, at which point Douglas grabbed Smith’s wrist and hurled two racial epithets at him, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N—-.” Smith, the witness says, turned around to protect himself, at which point onlookers rushed in to break it up.

Three independent sources have verified this version of events.

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No Women Among The ‘Most Powerful’ in Sports Media

According to Sports Illustrated’Richard Deitsch, women carry zero clout in the sports media world. Deitsch published a list of the “The 10 Most Powerful People in Sports Media” and there’s not a singe woman made the cut. There are even 10 additional honorable mentions, but still it’s all dudes, all the time.

Bill Simmons got the top spot, no argument there. But how can Deitsch ignore people like the insanely talented Jemele Hill? Or Shelley Smith? And surely Christine Brennan should’ve at least cracked the top 15.

Deitsch is much more connected than us and maybe he just couldn’t see leaving any of the 20 men off his list, but to us, this is a little ridiculous. It also appears to be indicative of sports media’s culture, which still (It’s 2013! We checked!) downplays and discounts the contributions of women.