Rainbow PUSH and Lawyers’ Committee hold ‘Business of Sports’ Symposium November 15

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Perennial Sports and Entertainment will hold a dynamic discussion regarding “the Business of Sports” and African Americans in sports and media, at the Capital Hilton Hotel, November 15.


This discussion will be held Friday, Nov. 15, from 2-3:30 pm, featuring Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Barbara R. Arnwine and other esteemed panelists. The panel will center its conversation on the media images of popular African American Athletes who dominate our culture in the U.S. and globally.


The projected U.S. sports advertising revenue for 2013 is $31.5 billion dollars. This panel will feature prominent journalists, athletes and media specialists and will explore the relationship of African Americans to sports and the media.


How are African American athletes portrayed in the media: the good, the bad and the ugly? Who controls the images of African American athletes? Where are the African American executives in major sports news channels? How can African Americans control their own sports images, programming, and networks? How can athletes use their images to promote positive social change? Should athletes’ lives off the playing field be fair game for news coverage? What have images of African Americans sports figures done to inspire people to become active in promoting civil rights and selecting sports related careers? How can the African American community benefit from the multi-billion dollar sports industry?


Panelists include Moderator Curtis Symonds, CEO HBCU Network; Bob Butler, National Association of Black Journalists; Rock Newman, Host, Rock Newman Show; Barbara Arnwine, President/Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee and Chair, Rainbow/PUSH Sports Board of Directors; Andre Collins, NFLPA Director, former Player Services; Tanya Clayhouse, Director, Public Policy Project, Lawyers’ Committee; and William Strickland, Principal, Strickland Sports & Entertainment Group, in dealing with these pivotal questions.