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BASN Classic Blackbox: Score One For The Box
Originally Published: August 13, 2007 SCORE ONE FOR THE BOX BLACK ATHLETE SPORTS NETWORK HARVARD NAMES BLACK COACH NEW HARVARD COACH TOMMY AMAKER
Black Athlete Sports Network
is NOT POWERFUL NOT
Only days after our POWERFUL 2 part expose about the Racism of Exclusion at Harvard University they have just announced they are hiring Tommy Amaker as their First African American head coach there since 1991. Amaker will become the new Basketball coach. Coincidence. Sure it is.
Here is the Real Message
Here in the Age of the ever expanding Internet all realities are being recast. Sports included.
Black Athlete Sports Network which would have been a meaningless concept prior to the birth and development of the Internet is now a Player.
It is only the Beginning
but this is our Baptism
( one of many )
Clout is no longer defined by the size of the organization or its place in Old Media. There is a new largely level playing field. Our stories bounced all around the nation and throughout Harvard without our having a multi-million dollar distribution network of our own. W don’t need it.
We have a trillion dollar distribution network available to us the Internet and it can reach into every corner of the Wide World from the most modest all the way to the gilded office of the President of Harvard. As easily.
A massive media juggernaut brought down Don Imus. We had a similar impact at Harvard with just one publication. Ours. Because the Internet re-orders realities. And why the Smart Money knows BASN has the potential to take a hand in re-making Sports in America. As Black athletes themselves appreciate the possibilities inherent in the BASN DNA.
The New York Times sports section and ESPN may have as whole lot more bulk than Black Athlete Sports Network ever will but bulk holds less and less significance each passing day as the capabilities available from the Internet endlessly expand before our eyes. As our readers – and even those who do not – will find out in the coming days, weeks and months. BASN is going to be a factor in the decision on who will be the new owners of the Chicago Cubs.
We intend to press the issue as it never has been that there has never been an African American owner even as Baseball “celebrates” the 60th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the Color Barrier in American Sports. And for no good reason whatsoever. We will cut through all the Old Shibboleths.
With our New Media
As for Tommy Amaker
former head coach at
We don’t expect any thank you nor for Harvard to admit the impact of our series. Who cares. The job got done. Of course it is ONLY a Start.
Nothing much has really changed at Harvard. One Black Coach. Please. As for the scandalous make up of the 47 NCAA teams at Harvard nothing has changed at all.
We’ll return to Harvard
again and again and again
in the coming weeks and
months and years until
Real Change takes place
and it is permanent
for right now
it’s our Pleasure
TIME TO CHANGE HARVARD