NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society to Host Panel Discussion Exploring “The Future of America’s National Pastime”

Moderated by Renowned Legal Scholar Arthur R. Miller, the January 20 Discussion Will Feature New York Yankees SVP Jean Afterman, MLB Executive Tyrone Brooks, MLB Network Host Brian Kenny, and New York Times Baseball Writer Tyler Kepner

NEW YORK, January 13, 2017 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Sports and Society, in collaboration with the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, will host “The Future of America’s National Pastime: An In-Depth Examination of Our National Pastime Through the Eyes of Industry Experts, Thought Leaders, and Ardent Fans” on Friday, January 20, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Baseball is deeply woven into the fabric of American society. However, in an ever-changing media and consumer-driven environment, the national pastime is faced with serious challenges that can’t be ignored. The depth and breadth of the sport’s relevance in today’s society goes well beyond debates regarding the designated hitter or which statistics really matter in today’s game. There are issues of significance that all stakeholders within the game must confront, including baseball’s response to social issues concerning diversity and inclusion; youth participation and creating lifelong fans; and using digital technology to determine game outcomes and grow the fan base.

Arthur R. Miller, associate dean, chairman, and founder of the NYUSPS Sports and Society and NYU University Professor, will moderate a panel discussion on these issues with Jean Afterman, senior vice president and assistant general manager, New York Yankees; Tyrone Brooks, senior director of Major League Baseball’s Front Office and Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program; Brian Kenny, MLB Network host; and Tyler Kepner, a national baseball writer at The New York Times.

The event, set to occur the night before the annual Baseball Writers Association Dinner, which recognizes current players as well as the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees, will take place at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South (between LaGuardia Place & Thompson Street), 10th Floor, Rosenthal Pavilion. Doors open at 6 p.m., and a reception will follow the panel discussion at 8:30 p.m.

Members of the public can register for this event at bit.ly/futureofbaseball. If you are a member of the press who wishes to cover the event, please contact Cheryl Feliciano at cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu or Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

About NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society

Sports are often referred to as fun and games. And they are, but they are far more than that. Sports are a reflection of the most fundamental norms and values that shape human society. Sports represent escape from the world, but they also are a huge presence within the world, accounting for hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue and bringing together more nations and groups than any political entity is capable of doing. Sports are a test bed for science and medicine, as well as for teaching, communicating, and mentoring.

Sports are big business. Sports fuel the media. Sports are critical to advertising and merchandising many of the world’s most lucrative products. Sports shape the beliefs and values of our children. Sports have and can lead the way in societal reform and ethical progress. Sports create our heroes, villains, and pariahs.

Despite all this, there is no single academic program that is devoted to examining the meaning, the morality, and the impact of sports on a global scale in an intensive and interdisciplinary fashion. The NYUSPS Sports and Society seeks to become the go-to academic program in the world for discussions of all aspects of sports and society. For more information, visit: sps.nyu.edu/sportsandsociety.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Applied Politics; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 38,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.