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Hello, And welcome back to the Black play by play funded network.
I'm the Martin here with the Black Play by Play Scholarship Fund and Grant here, very happily to be joined by the TBL founders, Evelyn and Dave Magli, who have been with us and are now partnering with the black play play.
So our ship funding grant to helped create awareness to some of the racial inequalities we're facing right now in the broadcasting industry.
Evan and David, how are you guys do that doing great.
Thank you, Ryan.
Of course. Of course.
So to start off, Evelyn, I'll start with you a Z, the first African American woman to own an all men's pro sports league.
What does the racial divide right now in the sports industry mean to you? And why are you so passionate fighting for this change? Well, first again, I'd like to say thank you, Ryan, for having us on your show.
I've been really excited about this and toe have this open conversation.
Uh, because it it's really a conversation that needs to be had right now.
Uh, this racial divide I have been living with a racial divide my entire life as an African American and as a woman.
And right now that's a paradigm shift that is happening in America.
And people need to have these open conversations so that we can discuss and see what people are feeling.
Because for so long, you know, someone even expressing themselves could, uh, get them in trouble.
And the only way to be able to express yourself freely is to know that there's no penalty for sharing what it is that you're feeling inside.
So with that, yes, that racial divide now is, um, is being opened up to be able to do something about it.
And one of the things that I believed to be actively participating in and opening those discussions and opening ah, way to a better future is by going out and voting, which is what my daughter and I did today.
I'm doing something that my literally my grandmother did not get to do was vote.
It's only been 100 years since women were open to vote, and we need to exercise our rights in order to, um, have ah ends to some of the questions that we need answered with the individuals that will be representing us is, um, individuals as a communities and as a nation.
So I think one of the most important things you can do is to vote.
And then there have open conversations.
Yeah, As you said, it's so important to have thes open conversations we're having now and especially to make sure that your voice is heard and get out and vote for who you want to represent you.
David, I'm gonna switch to you now, Um, from your perspective and from the TVL standpoint, what makes you so interested in being part of this initiative and kind of where does the TVL stand on these issues? Well, we're we're showcase league, you know, It's a vision that God gave my wife.
She's to see, you know, she's the first female and the first African American.
So either one she's she's a she's a double minority that's done This, um, she's not special because she's a black woman.
She's very special because she's a black mom and as a mother, her heart is after the youth.
Her heart is after the guys that play on our team.
But there, after the young men and young women in the communities there.
It's about opportunity, and we want to showcase our guys.
But we want to showcase our coaches.
We want to showcase our referees and we want to showcase our broadcasters.
And they have something like this.
This is SportsCastrs partnered with you all, and we get to participate That helps you forgo a dream and helps you break glass ceilings and give opportunities.
And, you know, I mean young, good looking young man like you that could get out there and and and make it work needs to just sometimes just have the environment to do it.
And if our our product could be that platform for you, then we're doing something good, and that's really the motivation.
It starts with her heart, and then that's what we're all trying to follow that lead.
And, yeah, I believe that SportsCastr really does open up the door to diversity because anyone can download that app in.
Anyone can become a broadcaster.
If there's no glass ceiling and you can develop your own audience, you can become an influencer, and you can also fine tune your skills as the broadcaster on a platform that has live games that you have to think quickly on your feet to be able to say the right things, do the right things and also know how to obtain that audience as a part of the entertainment and then keep them there on the edge of their seats while they're watching a game.
I just I think it's It is cutting edge technology, and I'm glad that we're part of it.
One of the coolest parts about SportsCastr, as you mentioned, is anyone who's on this platform can really be involved.
Used tbl games to their advantage and really, you said, hone their skills.
I want to go back to the point about breaking glass barriers.
You did a lot of that in your journey to get here.
Uh, so one talking about that journey, what would you say it is taught you about the racial inequalities we still have in the sports world today? How is it has to make you adapt? Well, I would have thought that in some ways, by being the first African American and woman to do this, that it would somehow open the doors for me to be ableto have ah, relationship, even banking relationships, things that you need to establish toe have, ah, business.
You would think that the door would have been open, but to my surprise, it does not matter.
It did not matter it being a woman.
If anything, I don't think it worked for my good.
Um, and I still have yet to see Ah, lot of doors open.
I think things air based on data.
All of these ****ytics.
It's an algorithms.
And even to qualify to be able to get monies the relationship part of banking for me, it seems as though it doesn't exist because if you have a business that isn't over three years old, you don't have an algorithm of having a certain amount of funds that comes in each month.
Um, it doesn't matter what you do or what you don't fit within that algorithm.
So it's like, Boom, you're kicked out Where there was a time when you had banking where you could go in, you had a relationship, you had integrity, and people basically took a chance or a risk on who you are, based on the integrity of who you are and I found even the integrity of who I am.
It doesn't matter if my algorithm and the data doesn't fit the algorithm.
Eso you just booted out and so it's kind of, um, difficulty to establish that relationship.
So I'm trying to figure out I need to either goto private bankers or angel investors or individuals that want Thio partner and have partnerships with ah, woman who is building a business.
I'm I'm not crazy.
And debt, obviously because I haven't been able to get the type of funding and funds that I would like to have, uh, that you would think you could establish with the banks.
So, um, but I have a product that's really yeah, and it's growing.
And it's impacting communities in ways that even you can't put a dollar amount on for the fact that our young men aren't just signing shoes and running off with the kid.
Oh, yeah, I got a shoe.
They're actually actively engaging in the community, even during this cove it crisis.
They're going out and deliver groceries in fixing people's houses and, um, delivering food and engaging with the communities that they play basketball in.
They're not sitting down in some shelter in the ba*****t, hiding out, Uh, just working out there, actually engaging, helping and having youth clinics and all of these things that you with think and hope that you want, uh, individuals to do.
That's what they're doing.
And you can't put a dollar amount on that.
Why not invest in our teams in a league that is willing to go out there during a crisis and help people and they're just is important in the neighborhood is they are on that court when they're running down the court and slamming the basketball.
How about the fact that they care about people on top of that and invest in that? But maybe that's the wrong algorithm.
I'm trying to figure it out, But maybe somebody that's out there that here's this can understand the intensity and the passion for what we do and that they understand that we're worth an investment of looking at building a league that is more than about.
Um, yeah, really Well said, yeah, 100% agree with you there.
Um, David, Evelyn really ***ist in subways us in really nicely to our next point about how the TVL, as she said exactly, is not just basketball League, and they're really have a real emphasis on community and helping out the community that they're involved in on.
You guys have said that from day one that you're here not only to play sports, but to make a difference in the community, especially within the youth population.
I know here in the Black Play by Play Scholarship Fund.
We're looking at the youth right now and looking how black broadcasters can soon become the next face, the next face of the industry.
So David to wanna elaborate a little bit more on the emphasis of youth and making a difference in the community.
Well, I just think that simply put, um, our focus is to take our guys and teach them how to use their celebrity to do more than just they served themselves.
You know, too many times anything.
That's an entertainment.
These young people have taught how to serve themselves out, trying to chase the girl or the boy or the money of the cars, and they defined well for all the wrong way if we could teach them how to find wealth is impacting younger people and impacting and using their celebrity to do something greater than serve yourself.
It's gonna be a much more rewarding experience playing.
And they have a great impact because our guys can get into schools that that other people can.
You know you can't get the hold of the kids and their minds.
You know, when you walk in, they'll turn us off because we're pairing so they'll turn us off because we're educators.
But its 69 brother with the blonde full hawk that walks in with tats up to here and there and they're saying, What do you hear? Oh, you're with that.
You want the Jamestown jackals of the Albany Patroons or you're with What do you hear? 00 you came here because you heard that My father is no longer being able to be real engaged, and you're here to tell me that That's okay.
Why did you do that? Because I'm that important.
All of a sudden, we use our celebrity to change lives.
And if we do right way, I think we're able to impact the community and we become a community assets.
And quite frankly, that's our antidote to Evelyn's story.
about banks not lining up to help us because we're able to get it done without it were able to get private, private sponsors or stepping in because they love what we do for their community.
People are buying teams covert hit.
Everybody else sat around, said, Oh my gosh, what we're gonna do? We started to sign A got to step up and doom or we've gone from 12 teams when that thing hit to right now, we're announcing our 26th tomorrow and we'll probably end up with 32 before the month is, um, we're growing like no one ever thought we could grow.
It's not because I'm that great of a peddler or ever vision is that spectacular is because we stepped out on faith and did what we felt led to do.
You know, our vision, evidence vision is impacting, but the greatest thing we could do sometimes it's just be a healthy couple.
How many times you see to her love now I've been passionately in love with her since I met her on my recruiting trip when I was in Kansas is a 17 year old boy, and I'm crazy about her today as I was back then, and I've been in love with her forever and will be.
I think that's a value to our guys in our community to see a couple that truly loves each other.
And when you see our kids, when you see our grandkids, you realize how blessed we truly are.
And it all starts with that relationship.
I think it's important that they feel the sense of passion that that tbl is a family.
We're not all perfect.
We don't have all the perfect players Northern, you know, perfect coaches are, you know, anything that's all perfect.
Were were really more of a family that are working together with a common goal and caused to reach out an impact, lives positively and using a simple game of basketball just like James Nisman three Game was based on community.
He wanted toe have away that rambunctious young guys could get together and have fun and then entertain the community.
And that's what makes it so special, because our players are able to do that in the communities that they live in, and then from there because of SportsCastr, they're seen in over 145 countries with broadcasters from all over the world broadcasting in different languages to their communities, developing their skills through this platform and then also being able to, um, make something that's locally international.
A Z huge family.
We're all working together.
The platform helps the broadcasters, the broadcasters help the players.
The players helped the coaches.
The coaches help the players of communities out coming to see the guys, the guys air out in the community working.
And this is what it's about.
It's about life.
It's about a celebration of life, and you're using basketball.
Is that platform? Yeah, it's It's so incredible how you guys have been able to increase the popularity, increase the amount of teams who could make a difference in their community.
Even with this pandemic going on, Uh, special thank you to Nick for donating $5 says Great, cause if you do you want to donate to this great cause, uh, make a donation button and green is right up there.
Feel free to make a donation to the Black play by Play Scholarship fund Grant.
That'd be much appreciated.
Evelyn, Um, as David and you both just mentioned beautifully.
Uh, the community involvement within the youth, helping out in really making a difference? Ah, part of the black play by play broadcaster Grant is we're actually giving out a $3000 grant Thio black and African American aspiring broadcaster who is just need that little bit of financial stability to be able to really achieve their dreams and get to the minor leagues or even the pro leagues One day.
Um, you guys have worked with those same kids helping within the community.
Your players have really been involved with those kids helping them, uh, really be able to make a difference.
So being around those kids A Z able to make a difference, What kind of impact can a scholarship like this have to those young kids to hopefully be able to achieve their dreams? One death? Well, financially, you know, being a broadcaster.
One thing that I learned is, um, you do it for a passion.
It's not necessarily because you're making multimillions.
Now we do have Stephen A.
Smith, who is, you know, at the top of that, and he's doing quite well for himself.
But for those that are just starting off, it will help them to be able to do what they love, be able to, uh, continue thio eat and have a roof over their head while they are honing their skills, being able to go to various places at different levels and be able to be their hands on, uh, under mentors, helping them to learn the craft and the skills and then to then be able to go to that other level.
Um, what would you What you want to say? That's good.
Um, David, I'll wrap it up here with you.
We kind of talked about the TBL how they're looking to add a couple more teams before the 2021 season, which we can't wait, obviously, with the combines happening right now.
But as far as community involvement and helping out with these great causes, we know what the 2021 season look like for the T v l on the or What's the plan going forward for the community involvement and continuing thio help and make a difference? Well, I think that that it's it's it's continues to expand and grow.
I mean, are engagement takes a life of its own, whether it's our our team in Lewisville, Texas.
They're big focus is helping.
These guys will throw their dreams to be pros, but also starting businesses.
So one of our players have started their own video production company.
Another guy bought a truck and they're going to start doing the landscaping business.
You know, they're teaching them how to own their own businesses.
Ah, lot of our guys, they're starting their own youth training programs.
So we'll probably dio a training program for our players to teach them how.
How toe How to train.
Young man, we've got a wonderful commissioner named Cardinal Wiley out in Las Vegas, Nevada, and we're talking about partnering with the gym out there that that will allow him to bring in guys from around our league and teach them how to train So we could teach our young man how toe how toe impart knowledge down to the next, level down at the same time, earn a living and be ableto do something with basketball that's greater than just play.
We also are going to implement under Victoria Jones and Aaron Taison are heading up our financial literacy program that's headed through a partnership with the National Educators Financial Council of the National Yeah, the National Financial Educators Council is implementing a partnership with TBL that's going to be, um, set in stone coming up here real stuhn soon.
So the players will also learn how to be financially financially literate.
They will learn how to invest, how toe have their own businesses.
And it's through this curriculum, that is, I I se second to none.
It's international. It is unbelievable.
I'm excited to be able to announce that for this coming season.
The one thing T leave you with is Ryan is to just say, But in the world of sport, there's only so many opportunities.
If you wanna be a broadcaster, you have to broadcast.
You have to broadcast.
If I were, if I was a young person, this was my dream.
I would do as many tbl games as I could, because when I was a player, I played as much as I could.
I trade and I'm playing.
I am broadcasting my own games when I played by myself on the playground, playing against guys making shots, doing things, because that's how you get better way had when I was in Canada, we had a young lady that we hired a young African Canadian lady that was the first to be the play by play of a pro 14.
She went on from there to the n b a n b a g League team to wrap the Raptors 95.
She got on the Raptors broadcast.
Now she's working with a big state, the U. S.
And she's parlayed that.
But it wasn't below over.
It wasn't saying, Well, I'm not going to NBL Canada because that's not the No, I'll do whatever I can.
She would do her university games.
She would do a lot of games a lot of weekends, and she didn't think people were noticing.
But they were all taken.
No, because she was getting better and better and better, and her on screen presence was getting better.
So the encouragement to everyone, the black broadcasting funding and all of that stuff play by play. That's great.
Practice, practice, practice, and that's what SportsCastr gives you the opportunity.
Don't make it a joke.
Don't get out there.
Your audience is not your friends.
Your audience is your future employer.
So always creating a mix tape a tape that I could sit down and say, Look what I did when Albany played Raleigh and they played great.
I'm really proud of this game.
You could send that on.
And that's something that that that that Nick and his group have done an amazing thing with SportsCastr, and we happen to be the vehicle that you can use.
So, you know, if I could encourage you all to do anything to get very active in this free opportunity that you haven't, then the funding that we're trying to help raise to do some more things but with specifically your phone trying is awesome.
But that shouldn't be the only thing that that you do leverage the opportunity to to build your to build your brand.
I mean, I'm impressed him when, uh, you set up for us to have an interview.
I actually thought you were a broadcaster.
That was possibly in their thirties, and I'm like, Oh, my goodness.
And you handled yourself so professionally, and that's come from all of the experiences that you've had and having a platform like this.
So what a blessing this is Andi, Obviously, your parents have done well in your grandparent's cause.
You look like you could be one of our grandkids.
So we have a special affinity for you, for sure.
Well said, I appreciate that. David.
Thanks again to you guys for coming on.
You guys were making a fantastic difference within all your communities.
The black play by play fund is being a difference in their communities.
And you guys can get involved.
Uh, as I said, click the green button to make a donation to this great cause if you wanna learn more about this great cause we have a website.
Now go to black p x p fund dot com.
Let's say, and that's black PX be fun dot com to learn more about the Grant, the scholarship fund and our founder as we mentioned Adam Giardino Special Thanks for him for setting this up special.
Thanks to Nick from SportsCastr for setting this up again.
We're making a great difference here, guys.
And we want your help to get involved.
Get active, get out there and vote and make sure you help out this rate cause Evelyn and David thank you so much again for sitting down with us.
Ryan, you're awesome.
Thank you for this opportunity.
It's been a pleasure, of course.
Appreciate you guys.
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