ESPN Radio N.Y. Hosts Black History Month Panel Discussion
February 26, 2016 at 1:18 PM (PT)
ESPN RADIO NEW YORK (98.7FM) hosted its “Changing the Game” panel discussions in honor of BLACK HISTORY MONTH last night, with STEPHEN A. SMITH, RICHARD PARSONS, KNICKS GM STEVE MILLS, NBAPA President MICHELLE ROBERTS and basketball great WALT FRAZIER.
The event was moderated by ESPN’s JOHN SAUNDERS at THE CECIL, the iconic HARLEM restaurant owned by PARSONS in NEW YORK.
“We are very proud of this event,” said ESPN RADIO GROUP SVP/GM TIM McCARTHY. “Sharing success stories and insight of AFRICAN-AMERICAN business leaders in the world of sports highlights our commitment to the community.”
PARSONS, the former Chairman of CITIGROUP and TIME WARNER, added: “It was indeed our pleasure to host such a wonderful event in collaboration with ESPN RADIO."
ESPN executives TRAUG KELLER, KEVIN MERIDA, WENDELL SCOTT and McCARTHY were on-hand, along with football stars CHRIS CANTY, CARL BANKS, BRUCE HARPER and HOWARD CROSS, as well as more than 100 community leaders and clients who listened to two panel discussions on how the landscape of sports and business has changed, especially in the AFRICAN-AMERICAN community.
The first discussion was an intimate dialogue between STEPHEN A. SMITH. and PARSONS as they talked about growing up in QUEENS and then working hard to thrive in the business and sports world. Following, MILLS, ROBERTS and FRAZIER joined SMITH and PARSONS in a spirited conversation about the current and necessary evolution of the sports business industry.