St. Thomas Aquinas College’s “Art of the Interview” series hosted by Ed Randall, longtime New York radio and television personality and published author, will continue with an interview featuring Robert Manfred, Jr., chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, announces Michael McManus, director of academic services and professor of sports management at the College. The event is scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Sullivan Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.
The “Art of the Interview” series is co-sponsored by the Communications Arts and Sports Management departments at the College and has consisted of different interviews conducted by Randall throughout the year.
“We are excited to welcome back such an influential broadcaster in the world of sports for our continuing series,” McManus says of Randall. “Robert Manfred is sure to give our audience an insider’s look at the MLB and serve as a great source for our students interested in the sport and media industries,” McManus adds.
Randall, an esteemed national broadcaster, is considered one of the nation’s leading baseball interviewers on television and radio, which attests to his regular appearances as a valued contributor on ESPN Classic’s anthology shows and now, on the new MLB Network. His critically-acclaimed television series, Ed Randall's Talking Baseball, developed an enviable heritage of journalism, the result of more than 500 compelling interviews with the Who’s Who of baseball. The program aired on various regional sports networks across the country and was seen locally on the MSG-Network. Randall’s radio show, Ed Randall’s Talking Baseball, airs on WFAN-radio every Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
"Rob Manfred has been a moving force in baseball's continued war on performance-enhancing drugs and as management's point man with the baseball player's union,” said Randall. “As the recently elevated President of Major League Baseball, he is intimately acquainted with all issues facing the industry," he added.
Manfred graduated from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University (NY). He received his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1983. Following law school, he served as a clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro in the District of Massachusetts. Following his clerkship, Manfred joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in the labor and employment Law section, being named partner in 1992. His involvement in the formulation and negotiation of economic and non-economic proposals for Major League Baseball and his representation of individual teams in salary and grievance arbitrations led to his post as chief operating officer of MLB.
Manfred is a member of many organizations including: the Labor Section of the American Bar Association; the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bar Associations; the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; the Board of Directors of the Sports Lawyers Association; and the Partnership for Clean Competition. He serves as a board member at the School of Holy Child (Rye, NY) and at Sleepy Hollow Country Club (Scarborough, NY).
For more information about the event, contact Professor McManus at 845-398-4091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.