Sports Media Production Concentration to Allow Students On Campus Experience

Communication majors will have the ability to take advantage of the College's partnership with ESPN to gain experience for working in the production field.

Zavier Turner '18Manhattan College’s Communication, Sound and Media Arts department will begin offering a concentration in sports media production in the fall of 2018.

The new branch of the department has been designed alongside the College’s initiative to broadcast a wide variety of Manhattan Jaspers Division I intercollegiate athletics events to be streamed on WatchESPN and the ESPN mobile app, beginning during the 2018-19 academic year.

In 2017, streaming through WatchESPN and the ESPN app – available nationwide through every major video distributor across platforms including computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices – averaged 8.2 million unique devices and 1.8 billion minutes per month, up 31% and 52%, respectively.

The students in Advanced Sports Media Production will be in charge of the complete production of home men’s and women’s basketball games for ESPN under the supervision of a faculty member, a producer/director and an engineer.

The courses for Manhattan College’s sports media concentration include Introduction to Sports Media, Sports Remote Production, Sports Media Performance, Advanced Sports Media Production, and Field and Post-Production for Sports.

Within the introductory course, students will have the opportunity to learn about sports as a media business. The remaining classes will give students hands on experience, teach them how to produce a television production in the school’s new mobile production unit, how to announce and offer commentary on games, and how to film, interview and edit packages.

One of Manhattan College’s most popular majors, Communication department graduates currently have jobs at a number of major media outlets in New York City and across the country, including at CBS Sports, NBC Sports, NBC, 60 Minutes, The New York Times, Nickelodeon, Fox News, and MSNBC.

For more information regarding the sports media production concentration, contact Thom Gencarelli, Ph.D., professor of communication and department chair, at 718-862-7490 or

By Pete McHugh