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ESP Holds National Teleconference on Participation in Sports Industry

(Tuesday, September 19, 2006; Cleveland, OH )

The sports industry generates approximately $235 billion in revenue each year. African Americans, who dominate at the player level of the 3 major sports, earn approximately $4.6 billion collectively in salary each year, meaning that the people on whose back the industry has been built receive less than 1% of the revenue generated directly and indirectly from their efforts.

On Tuesday, September 19, 2006 in Cleveland, Ohio, George Fraser of FraserNet and Everett Glenn of ESP collaberated to hold a national conference call to examine why African Americans, including African American professionals, do not play a more significant role in the sports industry. Participants in the conference call also strategized on ways to improve the participation of African Americans, including African American professionals, in the sports industry.

 

 

Participants in the conference call included African American professioinals from Alabama, California, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. One of the more significant developments from the conference call was the establishment of the FAIR Project, which stands for FraserNet Athlete Initiative for Reform (FAIR).

To learn more about the FAIR Project and/or to join the effort, contact fair@frasernet.com.

Click here to hear a tape of the entire conference call. We apologize in advance for the number of "beeps" you will hear during the beginning of the call. The beeps represent people joining the call, and nearly 100 African American professionals joined the call.