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An American obsession
Panelists from all over the country discuss why Americans are consumed by sports 

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 22, 2007) -- A panel of professional sport enthusiasts will be held in Baker University Center Ballroom A from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, to discuss America's cultural obsession with sports. 

Visiting Professor of Journalism Justice Hill not only hopes to get students involved in the discussion, but to get them to see their relationship with sports in a different way as well.

"Around college campuses, it's important to engage students in discussions like this," Hill said. "It's amazing how many students know sports teams and players. But more importantly, how many of them would know the members of the Supreme Court?"

Hill wants the discussion to shine light on some of the major issues plaguing college campuses around the country. The topic to be discussed is not really a statement-but a question: Is America obsessed with sports? Panelists include:

  • Bill Castrovince, sports anchor/reporter, WYTV-Youngstown
  • Terrance Harris, sports reporter, Houston Chronicle
  • DeAnna Gatrrell, sports fan and psychology major, Ohio University
  • Brent Neal, sports editor, Lansing (Mich.) State Journal
  • Jim Kahler, executive director, Ohio University Center for Sports Administration
  • Anthony Castrovince, Cleveland Indians reporter, MLB.com
  • Brian McIntyre from Ohio News Network (ONN) will serve as the moderator

The Black Student Communication Caucus, Radio-Television News Directors Association, and the Society of Professional Journalist sponsor this panel discussion, which are all organizations of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist George Mauzy, 740-597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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