Media School to host 11th Summit on Communication and Sport

The Media School Report • April 20, 2018

From April 26-28, the International Association for Communication and Sport (IACS) will host the 11th Summit on Communication and Sport at The Media School. The only academic conference specifically devoted to the study of communication’s intersection with sport, it provides valuable insights into what has become a tremendously important part of societies around the globe. 

Galen Clavio
Galen Clavio (Laura Pence | The Media School)
 “For those of us interested in the scholarly evaluation of sport and its importance to populations and stakeholders around the globe, this is the conference to attend,” said Galen Clavio, associate professor and director of the National Sports Journalism Center.
The conference features two major industry-related panels, both taking place at approximately 1 p.m.  on both Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28. The first, on Friday, is a discussion and Q&A with Mark Alesia and Tim Evans, two of the investigative reporters who broke the USA Gymnastics scandal. The second, on Saturday, is a panel discussion involving ESPN contributor Kevin Blackistone, the Big Ten Network’s Erin Harvego, and The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis, who will discuss the future of sports media revenues and television rights, and what implications there will be for the future of sports. The conference also features a number of presentations and panels by distinguished scholars from around the world.
“People can expect a lot of fascinating aspects of sport communication research,” Clavio said. “The scholars who attend this conference bring unique and insightful perspectives on a number of different aspects of sport, and how it interacts with and relates to the societal, technological, and business aspects of culture.”
While the conference will be attended primarily by scholars and graduate students who have an interest in studying the kinds of research generally presented at these sorts of events, there is limited public seating available for the two major discussion panels. Students and the general public who are interested in attending should email Professor Clavio directly at If you can’t attend, follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #IACS18.