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October GSM Live: Looking Forward - A Renaissance for American Baseball
From youth leagues to the professional ranks, baseball’s once vibrant connection to Black America has eroded. Recently, the sport has increased its efforts to rebuild that relationship. But many challenges remain, including a pay-for-play youth system that leaves too many Black children behind, a neglected talent pipeline that has lost Black athletes to other sports, and narrow, barrier-strewn pathway to Major League Baseball managerial positions for qualified candidates of Color.

In Latin America, Asia, and elsewhere, baseball has successfully broadened its appeal across racial and cultural lines. Can it do the same at home? And in the 21st century, can a sport steeped in tradition and nostalgia become more diverse and inclusive in new ways?

On the next GSM Live, experts discuss how we can move from ‘pastime’ to present, and examine the opportunities for MLB to reinvest and reconnect with those who have disappeared from the field of play, reinvigorating the sport to better reflect the America we see today.

Guests:
Shakeia Taylor | Freelance Sports Writer

Lonnie Murray | MLBPA Certified Player Agent

Howard Bryant | Author, sports journalist, and radio and television personality.

Royal Clayton | Former MLB player and minor league coach

Kerrick Jackson | President of MLB Draft League

Hosted by:
Scott Brooks, PhD | Director of Research at the Global Sport Institute

Event starts at: 11AM Pacific, US; 2PM Eastern, US

Oct 15, 2021 11:00 AM in Arizona

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