ADVISORY / MEDIA AVAILABILITY Topic: Racism in sports – why L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling is just the tip of the iceberg Expert: Todd Crosset, expert in racism and sport and associate professor in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Available: Via phone or email, and by fiber for television interviews from UMass Amherst’s on-campus VideoLink studio Contact: Jared Sharpe – 413-545-3809 / jsharpe[at]admin.umass.edu ----------------------------- The remarks from L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling released by TMZ sparked a massive uproar and have led to serious discussions about the current state of racism in sports and for the NBA to ban Sterling for life from the league. Todd Crosset, expert in racism and sport and associate professor in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is available to discuss the issues raised by Sterling’s remarks and what we can learn from whatever reaction that comes from the NBA. Crosset can discuss:
- Why Donald Sterling is simply the tip of the iceberg, the now-public face of racism in professional (and amateur) sports
- How racism is endemic throughout organized sports and at the same time is often the most publicized example of racial integration
- The lack of minority ownership and executive leadership in professional sports, and whether recent efforts to address this dearth of color in front offices have had any level of success
Crosset’s bio and CV can be found here.
To schedule an interview about this or any other issue pertaining to racism and sports, please contact:
Jared SharpeNews and Media RelationsUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstPhone: 413-545-3809Email: jsharpe[at]admin.umass.eduwww.umass.edu/newsoffice