On the beat: Sports business stories you should be covering
Sports, from high schools to the pros, are rife with money – and that makes them rich sources of investigative storylines. From campus connections to Super Bowl stadiums, this panel will teach you how to find sports business stories in your community, how to follow the money to the next big scandal, and other hidden places you can find great sports investigations. We’ll also talk about imminent disruptions in college athletics that could overhaul the business of amateur sports.
Steve Berkowitz is a sports projects reporter. He helped start, and remains involved in, USA Today's annual compilation of databases of college sports coaches' compensation and athletics department finances. He also covers various NCAA legal and legislative issues.
Noah Pransky is an investigative reporter who collected national Cronkite, Polk, duPont, and Murrow awards for his watchdog work while at WTSP in Tampa Bay. He recently brought his out-of-the-box government, consumer, and sports business watchdogging to New York City, a return to the region where Pransky began his career as a sports anchor/reporter.
Upton is Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism at Syracuse University. Her students have contributed to USA TODAY, CNN and other media. Her students also helped develop data for the Syrian Accountability Project, which tracks Syrian War casualties. Previously, she led an award-winning team of journalists and researchers at USA TODAY, covering data-driven topics including Medicare fraud, new economy jobs, mass killings and college football coaches’ salaries.
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