SI Journalist Speaks About Issues in College Sports

Story posted October 15, 2020 in CommRadio, News by Emily Grill

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On Tuesday, Oct. 13, journalist Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated participated in a virtual Zoom call coordinated by Penn State’s Center for the Study of Sports in Society.

This event gave Forde the opportunity to openly discuss current issues facing collegiate sports.

Forde immediately expressed his opinion about the Big Ten and its initial decision to cancel the football season.

“Kevin Warren, the commissioner of the Big Ten, got into a situation he was completely unprepared for in terms of backlash, in terms of alliances, in terms of reading what the results of his decision, in conjunction with the presidents, was going to result in,” Forde said.

Forde continuously expressed throughout the session that he did not understand how and why the Big Ten chose to cancel the season while other conferences chose to play.

He then pointed out that he doesn’t think college sports, or sports in general, for that matter, will ever return to normal.

“It can be difficult to get things back once they’re taken away in terms of access,” Forde said.
“So, I am concerned that there will be a decision that we didn’t really need all of those people here anyway. We can do just fine without it.”

After the main portion of the discussion, a Q&A session was opened for the audience to ask questions.


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Emily Grill is a second-year from Scotch Plains, New Jersey majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State. She is an anchor and writer for the CommRadio news department. In addition, she is a founder and correspondent for Centre News Digest. This past summer, she interned with TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood, her town’s local newspaper, where she reported and published stories daily. If you’d like to contact her, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).