IUB SPH-C 329 - Speakers Critique (15 pages)

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Indiana University, Bloomington
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Sph-C 329 - Issues in Sport Communication
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Speaker 1 1 23 Jeremy Gray When Jeremy Gray came into to speak to our class I had no idea what to expect As our first presenter the options could have been endless but I knew that he had the ability to sway my opinion about this class from the start If he would ve been bad then it might have made me dread coming to hear a presenter each week thankfully I found him to be incredibly informative and could not have asked for a better first impression on the presenters of this class Mr Gray serves as the assistant athletic director specializing in broadcast services for IU Athletics When he was telling his story he shared with us how he started out doing play by play for Notre Dame and the paths he took through the Big Ten Network to get to his position now I ve always been interested in the broadcast side of athletics and his information about the major networks and the Big Ten Network as a competitor interested me immensely I ve always aspired to be on television but still struggle sometimes how to exactly start He gave us an incredibly helpful hint that helped him in his life He said that when it comes to broadcasting we should learn how to call games on the radio first because it will be an easier transition into television He then proved this by comparing an IU basketball play that he would have to broadcast on the radio to one that would be aired on television and the difference was incredibly noticeable Aside from giving us some hints and answering all the questions we had he seemed to be a very personable and approachable person He left his email and said he would try and help answer our questions as much as possible I really liked this because it showed that he genuinely cared even though he is a busy man For myself especially his talk will influence my career because I plan on emailing him about more information with IU athletics and will take his advice to heart and work on my play calling Speaker 2 1 28 and 2 4 Dr Phil Henson When looking at the schedule of guest speakers for this class I was excited to see Dr Henson s name on the list because I thought his topic would be incredibly informational Dr Henson spoke over two class periods with a focus on the history and philosophy of the Olympic games and the Olympic organization as a whole Not only did I find it amazing to have an insight on something as gigantic as the Olympics the timing of his presentation was perfect He spoke around the same time as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Although I have never even thought about working in the Olympics games it was incredibly informational to hear about his experiences and how much time and effort he put into the games in the Athletics department People always tell you that a career within sports makes you give up a lot of your time and energy but when speaking about his experiences it was obvious that sleep was barely an option especially when it came to the actual time for the Olympic games A thing I learned from his presentation specifically was about how the event first began It was eye opening to realize that in order for the first games in Greece 756 BC a truce needed to be passed in order for all the countries to come peacefully The Truce of Gods was put into action saying that you could not kill someone when coming to worship the Gods The games were able to fall under this law because the Olympics went hand in hand with worshipping the Gods with a ceremony every four years While I loved learning about the Olympics I disagreed with certain points that Dr Henson made He was very upfront before making certain remarks and even warned us that he would make some of us mad with his thoughts but continued to make his points anyway He seemed to be completely biased with his track and field background and felt the need to inform us that he didn t like subjective sports in the Olympics and that the Winter Olympics seemed like Jackass movies and the X games There s nothing wrong with having these opinions but there is also nothing wrong with disagreeing with him Personally I think without subjective sports the Olympics would fade away because interest would fall incredibly Dr Henson also spent the entire class speaking and didn t really leave anything open to question At times it seemed as if he believed that anyone that thought differently than him was wrong With all this in mind however I do think he should still be brought back as a speaker in the future He has experienced something so amazing something most of us will never get the chance to If he were to return I would tell him that he could only speak for an allotted amount of time and must leave the rest open to questions Speaker 3 2 11 Barry King When the head coach of the IU Women s Water Polo team Barry King came to talk I felt as if his talk did not exceed my expectations King was an incredibly relaxed man and his time speaking was rather short and sweet He gave us a little bit of background but didn t go much into detail He left a lot of time open for questioning but it seemed to be dominated by questions about IU sports in general rather than about him and his experiences This was most likely because he was the first coach to speak in the class but as Women s Water Polo he did not have all the inside scoop However King brought forward a concept that hadn t been talked about in detail in this class so far As an IU student interested in athletics I like to believe that I know more about sports than most but I had never even realized that IU doesn t have a Men s Water Polo team Although I had never thought it about it after King s presentation it now it all makes sense to me The lack of a men s team is because of Title 9 King explained that with Title 9 comes a 3 prong test This test shows through numerous factors including historically proportionally student body interest the athletic department must have the same percentages at the student body population Indiana is 55 women and King stated that the Women s Water Polo team solely exists because of the Title 9 Act Aside from the low key presentation King acted like he was purely lucky to be where he was now and didn t have much to say about getting the job and where to go from this level I wouldn t necessarily recommend Barry King to come back and speak to the class again as his information and advice didn t seem relevant to everyone With that in mind I think …


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