Newhouse alumni McDonough, Belbey honored during Orange Central weekend

September 16, 2019

Newhouse alumnus Sean McDonough ’84 was one of three recipients of this year’s George Arents Award—Syracuse University’s highest honor. The award was presented at a ceremony in Syracuse Sept. 13, during Orange Central 2019.

McDonough is one of television’s most accomplished broadcasters, having called nearly every major sporting event during a decorated 35-year career. The veteran ESPN commentator remains one of the network’s lead voices, calling marquee college football primetime games, the College Football Playoff and college basketball broadcasts. McDonough has also handled play-by-play duties for the World Series, the Olympics, all four major golf championships and Monday Night Football.

The event also included the presentation of the Generation Orange Award, which goes to young alumni who have made significant contributions to their communities and to the University. Newhouse alumnus Kevin J. Belbey '13, G'16, L'16 was one of two recipients.

Belbey is director of sports broadcasting for The Montag Group in New York City. As a talent agent, Belbey represents sports broadcasters from national networks to local markets. A former head manager of the Syracuse men’s basketball team, Belbey created “Boeheim’s Army,” made up of former Syracuse basketball players who annually compete in the $2 million winner-take-all “The Basketball Tournament” on ESPN. Belbey is an active member of the Newhouse 44, Syracuse University Law Alumni Association and the Generation Orange Leadership Council.