Welcome to the Black Play by Play Fund Network Page.
I'm Ryan Martin with the black play, but they fund and Grant here with Robbie J, of course, and run, boys.
Fancy network here.
Talk a little bit of other fund a little bit about the racial divide within the broadcasting industry.
Robbie, how are you today? Doing well, Ryan, Thank you for having me.
And I'm excited.
Be back in the back, play by play fun and to being off the guys for inviting me.
Yeah, definitely a very active voice within this community, Robbie.
Money has started right away.
So as a black man in a black sports and a black SportsCastr uh, what What is this racial divide in the industry right now mean to you? And why are you so passionate about fighting it? He's very interested in that.
That that that you asked that? So when I first got into the industry, I didn't.
I knew that there was a problem, but I didn't necessarily see it until myself.
Honestly, Aziz black man in the industry started embarking on different journeys.
No, from the NFL.
P Brickey Premier, We were talking about that earlier day where I look around and I'm surrounded by Matthew Berry and all these other ****ysts in the industry.
And I'm the only person looks like me, you know, Um And then also to see how how far I could take my company and take the runways fantasy network.
And then I look around and I'm when you talk about someone having, you know, over to two K on YouTube almost.
You know where we're almost at the one Chaos SportsCastr.
So away from that, You know, all of our different followers that we have from instagram Facebook? Uh uh, Twitter all those accounts over about lately 2 to 3 K followers.
And I look around all the social media, and I'm probably the biggest and Onley minority voice, you know, aside from neutral on NFL network, you see Marcus Fran, you know ESPN when you see Stephen A Smith and even swung issue really started.
Well, look between the lines.
You see that those voices and those personalities are very few and far between.
Um, so I wanted to, you know, start working with you guys to see how we can build build up black voices because We do have a lot, a lot to say in the industry, and it's just a time right now where there's a lot going on this.
If there are affecting us outside of sports, that also leads into sports.
So where it's are trying to really be able to speak out? Who better due to speak out then? Well, the people that are affected way don't charge over The whole thing's happening right now.
The murder of George Floyd and how it does tie into sports, especially with the broadcasting industry and such as minorities.
Air being very undervalued.
Um, So you did talk to Adam Giardino, the founder of the Block Play by Play Fund.
You talked to him on Friday, Over on the room boys network.
You haven't seen that? Definitely go check it out right after this.
But you mentioned that the influence that other blacks force casters had on you.
Steve Stewart, spot back in the day.
That was Stephen a Smith with a lot of people.
Now, how do you do? You think that, um, kids who are aspiring broadcasters right now is that they're deprived, in a sense, from that kind of influence due to the fact that black people are so poorly represented.
Because for further, for the most part, um, the general the general outlook is that many us aren't educated.
Amos are articulate.
I'm sure that you've gone to school.
I remember being here, agent people saying Wow, you know, for for for work, for a black eye you speak very, very articulate.
And I'm like, What does that even mean? Like, I have a boat at the same school as you.
I must speak, you know, a certain way.
Oh, and I think, yes, that the industry has been been to private in a sense, to where those are the most articulate voices that they are being being being being presented.
And they are so few far betweens.
I do think that the industry is getting better.
You know, when you see you know Stephen a making 10 milli When you see shams being one of the NBA's, uh, Lee insiders, you know, So it is getting better for minorities, but it has to We need to come a lot further.
There should be no reason why in almost 100 years of the NFL every single time that you term or more times than not, I will say every single time.
But more times or not, they're not.
You turn on your primetime broadcast and it's two white guys in the boot.
Yeah, uh, yeah, especially with prime moments.
Those you know, the whole nation.
Washington's usually usually is two white guys in the Nazi era tiptoeing into broken and, uh, obviously black representation needs to be Is your more profound? Um So you've definitely been a very active in this community and, uh, very active in the fight against these racial injustices.
Obviously, your podcast with the rum boys being very active there have How important is it for you to be seen in the community as someone who is a leader and, uh is kind of, ah, leader by example? Oh, more so more so legally lead by example.
I don't try and be viewed as a leader. It was never my goal.
I remember directly right after the murder of George fully here in my own city of Colorado Springs, I had lead many of many, many of too many activists, activism projects, everything from leading simple marches to throwing a juicy festival.
Yeah, um, and actually sitting down the council members and passing legislation passing ah, police accountability bill that that performs oversight over the police here in Colorado Springs.
For those who don't know, Colorado is fifth in the nation in terms of killings amongst minorities, by by by police.
Um, and we are relaxed, especially here in my state, are killed in a rate we are killed in a rate of 11% when we only have a population of 4% of African Americans.
So those numbers completely dissed Reporters like how you killing more of us when there's less of us like that's insane, right? Um, so I never even group embarking on that.
I never went out to be a leader.
It was just It was I I guess I was called upon.
You know, the university kind of kind of called upon meteo to fulfill a role to step up.
Um, for those who have been following the wrong voice fantasy network for very long time, if you go back, we were very, uh, anti speaking out again against politics.
But with this, this was more so Okay, we were speaking out more so about social injustice and issues.
Um, I would say in And as a fantasy football ****yst, you can't play fantasy football way.
7% of the league is African American.
That maybe a little bit more than 7% now and say, Well, I don't want to hear about air about about about the political issues were social justice issues.
I just want to focus on fantasy football.
When guess what? Half your roster that you look at on your phone is African American is black, you know? So they are affected.
There, there, there could be a week.
And where they may hold out, they made protests, you know, So you need to understand those players.
They're they're asked me appointment where past meets reality.
But, I mean, I never sought out to be a leader.
I'm just a very vocal person.
Um, I am very unapologetically, uh, and the Blackley.
We have a saying I'm unapologetically black, and I'm proud of it.
Um all right, I can't change it.
It's not like when I was in the military.
You know, when I get off a shift, I take that uniform off and I could go out drinking.
Be a regular person.
Um, I can't take this off.
This is This is why I wake up like this.
I go to bed like this is to meet 3 65.
This is me when I'm on air in front of you guys.
It's not about being a leader.
It's just about being on the right side of history and doing what I feel is right.
And if and if maybe sacrificing a few followers for for you know, them having differing opinions, um is the sacrifice, then let it be.
You know, I'm here to talk about what's right.
Yeah, I definitely you're very active, as I said, And, uh, it's awesome that you're promote, that you promote all the stuff on the streams.
There's a lot of famous you're on SportsCastr who may be nervous or a little frightened to talk about these issues because of what their followers would think, what you have to say to the streamers to to make sure that they express their opinion.
So I I use the same thing that I used in life growing up.
You know, when I even when I was your age, I used to think this way.
If you only want to be my friend because of of it's real reasons X, y and Z because of how it being around address or whatever, you know, when all of a sudden one day I changed, right alter, then you're never You were never really my mind by my friend To begin with, you know you're going to go through it and high school, you're gonna go off the college and president bait.
Oh, you think you think you're better because you got accepted in into this school or that school is like, Oh, I'm just bettering my life.
I'm just doing what I gotta do.
Um, so those people, if you're worried about what your followers are going to say, just apply the same thing that you would find a regular life. You're trying better.
You're so if you if if they were never really your followers, they were never really your fans to begin with.
If just because you want to speak out about what's right and what you feel is right, they were never really your followers to begin with.
But at the same time, be careful lets you say, how you say, um, you know, not everyone is Robbie from the room with Tennessee.
Now, word, um you know, pick, pick what you say and choose it wisely.
Choose your words wisely and just be yourself.
Kind of going back to the Police Accountability Act that you help passed in Colorado Springs.
What did it mean to you to kind of make a tangible difference? That's what we're always talking about right now with the fund is making a tangible difference in this cause.
So for you to make that tangible difference, what was it like to pass that legislation? And how can others really get involved in their local government? Um, it was so so one.
It was a process.
I mean, you're talking about getting involved in, in in politics, you know, I had to speak to two city council members.
It meant a lot to be able to pass out, especially I mean, I'm not a 1938.
I got one more year to go at 29 years old.
And beat will say that like, I I are start a company.
Um, you know, as a SportsCastr, say that I passed the bill, um, you know, done.
All these different things started my country and all these different things before before 30 is really, really an accomplishment.
It was really a great feeling to know that.
Um however, however you want, you want to go on a protest that it that that is only on you.
But it was nice to know that I was able to do it without having to burn a building down or break anything or think things of that nature.
Um, at the end of the day, we all want peace.
It's just about how we go about it.
Um, and we have realized that we have one common goal in mine.
We all may have different ways.
I'm trying to get their all scattering.
You know how to get there because it's something we've wanted for so long.
Black men, especially for over 400 years.
Oh, more Why did you know that? I I mean, it's handing difference.
Know that this is a difference that is written into two black and white into a piece of paper into a piece of paper that the citizens in the community have at the at the abide by and more importantly, the police after abide by It is a great feeling.
Um, also, you know, my best advice of people that are going to go out there and make chance will change. Tip.
Uh, tangible change.
Just so you know, you are going to face pushback from sometimes it may not necessarily be your opposition.
It may not be the people that that once you preserve their ability to supply, frankly, say it to be racist.
Sometimes you may face pushback from people that are in the same calls as you every movement has done.
E Martin Luther King had pushback.
Malcolm X had pushback.
Um, Jackie Robinson is we're talking about sports.
Had pushback of him, you know, breaking down the look of the barriers of color and baseball.
You know, so many different different people. Sports broadcasters.
Very first after American broadcaster and push back, you know.
So you're going to deal with that? Just don't let the the opinions of a few and the small gets eu.
As long as you know within yourself, you're doing the right thing.
You're saying the right thing and it's coming from from from a good place.
These really are our NFL.
And also you have to have a good team around you.
I have you guys see how I have the wrong boys around me.
We make each and every show happened as a group effort is a team effort.
Very few, because I do.
You know, I had a great team around me.
We formulated people 719 you know, we've done a lot, a lot, a lot of great things here in Colorado Springs community and a lot more coming up to Ah, November.
Yeah, uh, you're actually read that.
Change that community.
There's no, um, kind of moving forward that can happen without that without taking that pushback without learning from it.
So so well said by you in terms of talking about the fund itself, the black play by play funding grant.
I know when you talk to Adam the other day you mentioned how they're nothing like this when you were 16 years old or 17 years old, knowing what this is going to do for kids heading into college and right before they get a job.
How long tackle do you see, cause you used to be one of these kids used to be in their shoes.
How impactful Do you see this grant being for all for all of us is out there.
I mean, this is used for you guys like like Brian just mentioned and just reporting from the interview with Adam.
Uh, I didn't have have anything like this.
If I have something like this that could have even if it was a couple of extra $1000 or whatever the case got, like $100 whatever the case may be, you know, Who knows? You're right Now.
The goal is that three k on that's on, Lee going to to grow as more is as a black late play.
Fun grows and more people find out about it.
Um, if I had something like this growing up growing up in inner cities is a southeast D. C.
Um, it could have probably got me out that environment one a whole whole lot sooner.
Honestly, um, and a lot of kids and a lot of inner city kids that have these big dreams are in those environments there, there, in those inner cities.
So having a fund and a grant that is dedicated to minorities.
That means that there is a higher percentage chance that those kids, those inner cities, are gonna be able to do Teoh have an opportunity to go to college going to play by play camps.
You know, I don't even know that there was a such thing as a play by play camp until rejoining, joining on a SportsCastr as a podcast or anything.
Of course, you know you won't allow the other thing I played, uh, kids, you know? Well, young broadcasters, only kids.
Uh um by you know, this this can fuel really fuel the next generation.
Um, I know that Adam mentioned he had looked around in his industry.
The number of off women and minorities was significantly.
Here's bad, huge gap.
He said that he looked around.
It was only about three free after Americans.
What 30? Some odd teams.
Yeah, you know, that's that's that.
Um, and then also, when you look at the pay scale of those of of those employees, you know there's a that that's nothing.
There's trying to wear benefits, you know, there's no benefits.
You may be only making one k.
Ah, so there's a lot that needs to be adjusted a lot that needs that needs to be changed in the industry where any time you were in an era where you have the option of entrepreneurship, you know you have, but it, But in order to pursue entrepreneurship, you need ministership.
Um, I was fortunate I got flown out to be mentor, basically for a week, you know, and I have taken that.
I ran with that my whole for for my whole career.
You know, you guys going to play, I play camps.
Minorities aren't being given these chances, you know? Really? You know it.
And if they are, it's very few and far between, and there's nothing designated to them to help them.
This is something that's designated to you to help you.
Um, and I hope that it hope I know.
I know that the Black Player Play fund is going to produce the next great set set of broadcasters.
The future of broadcasters in the future of minority broadcast.
Yeah, exactly what, he said.
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First off, using the green button in the Black Play by Play Fund Network page, you can automatically donate rights to the fund shadow to Nick for setting that up Some great great new feature on SportsCastr.
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So thank you for tuning end.
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Brian, I greatly appreciate you, uh, for for having me for co founding such a wonderful fund.
And I look forward sorts of being a big part of this.
Let's see how being we could We could say, This guy's limpy.
I definitely, definitely anything you heard.
Somebody has a fantastic project.
Thank you, guys.