Competition: what's fair today? Where we draw that line in sports, and in the general culture, shapes the games we play and the society in which we live. Our panel explores the murky ethical terrain of extreme competition as reflected in sports. Featuring Craig Robinson, Jeremy Schaap, Jim Brown and William E. Mayer."
Jim Brown is the founder of Amer-I-Can and a former professional football player. He is best known for his record-setting nine-year career as a running back in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. In 2002, Sporting News named him the greatest professional football player ever, and he is widely considered to be one of the most exceptional professional athletes the US has ever produced.In 1988, Brown founded the Amer-I-Can Program, a life management skills organization. The program helps individuals meet their academic potential, to conform their behavior to acceptable society standards, and to improve the quality of their lives by equipping them with the critical life management skills to confidently and successfully contribute to society.
William E. Mayer
William E. Mayer is the Senior Partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a private equity firm. From the fall of 1992 until December 1996, Mr. Mayer was a professor and Dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland. Mr. Mayer worked at The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse), a major investment bank for 23 years where he held numerous management positions including President and CEO. Mr. Mayer is currently a board member of DynaVox, BlackRock Kelso and Lee Enterprises and is a trustee of the Columbia Group of Mutual Funds. Over the past 30 years, he has been a board member of numerous other public and private companies. Mr. Mayer was Chairman of the Board of the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and is currently on its Executive Committee. He is the U.S. Chairman of the British-North American Committee, a board member of the Acumen Fund and Atlantic Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Vietnam Dialogue Group, and Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative.
Craig Robinson is the head coach of Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team. In his fourth season, Robinson led the Beavers to their best season in decades, winning more than 20 games for the first time since 1989-90. Prior to OSU, he led Brown University to their best two-year record in history and was named Ivy League Coach of the Year. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller, A Game of Character.
Jeremy Schaap is a reporter and host for ESPN. He has won six national Sports Emmy Awards and many other honors for his work. He is the author of Cinderella Man, a New York Times best-seller, and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics. His best-known ESPN stories include a Bobby Fischer profile, which earned him the national Sports Emmy for writing, an award named for his father Dick Schaap, and an investigation that took him to Serbia in search of a basketball player accused of a brutal assault, which earned him the national Sports Emmy for journalism.
Former NFL legend Jim Brown and William E. Mayer, Senior Partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, talk about the league's level of wealth, and it's perceived mistreatment of the players who built the NFL into the juggernaut it is today.
Hall of Fame NFL player Jim Brown discusses the league's legacy of unsportsmanlike play. Brown focuses on the recent New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, and how similar practices occurred in his playing time.