Sports Communication Symposium Draws Standing Room Only Crowds

November 5, 2019

The 5th annual Charley Steiner Symposium for Sports Communication is drawing big crowds. 

The first panel discussion of the day was on E-Sports and it drew a standing room only crowd.  Nearly two hundred Bradley students, area high schoolers, community members, alumni, faculty and staff packed the auditorium to hear three industry experts talk about E-sports, it’s history, it’s future and how it all works. 

Before the symposium, guests including the event’s namesake, Charley Steiner, and featured panelist Ralph Lawler, both Bradley alumni, spent time on campus meeting with students discussing the students’ future education and career plans and sharing stories about their experiences in the sports communications industry. 

Connections with national industry leaders like these, create incredible experiences for Bradley students. They have a chance to meet and learn from experts who have experience in the industry. These professionals can lend their valuable insight while providing an experience students wouldn’t receive elsewhere. 

Faculty from the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts are heavily involved in the symposium too. Instructor Heather Ford moderated the E-Sports panel and Instructor Chris Marsh led the discussion around sports marketing this morning.

More panels will take place throughout the day including a discussion on sports gambling, sports marketing and building media relationships.  The featured panel is a discussion with Ralph Lawler. 

Bradley has the first named school of its kind in the nation in the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication. It offers numerous programs and the very best curriculum in sports broadcasting, promotions, new media, journalism and play-by-play announcing. The symposium is designed to provide students (and the community) with access to experts in the sports communication field. 

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