Newhouse honors Bob Costas ’74 with first ever Marty Glickman Award at private screening of HBO Documentary Film “GLICKMAN”

By Wendy S. Loughlin

August 5, 2013

The school will also launch the Newhouse Sports Media Center at the event, to be held August 24 in New York City

Sports media and entertainment industry elites will gather at the Time Warner Center in New York City as the Newhouse School honors sportscaster and alumnus Bob Costas '74 with the first Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media for his accomplishments as one of the most prominent sportscasters in the field today. The award is named for sportscasting pioneer Marty Glickman, a 1939 alumnus of Syracuse University.


The invitation-only event marks the launch of the Newhouse Sports Media Center and will include an advance screening of the HBO Documentary Film “GLICKMAN.” Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and written, produced and directed by James L. Freedman, the film is an illuminating portrait of a man who overcame prejudice to forge a remarkable career in sports, setting the gold standard for sports broadcasters past, present and future. The film interweaves fascinating archival footage and interviews with individuals such as Costas, Marv Albert ’63, Larry King, Bill Bradley, Jim Brown, Frank Gifford, Jerry Stiller, Giants co-owner John Mara and Herb Freedman, the filmmaker’s father, who helped him get his first job working in the business with Glickman.

The film will be followed by a roundtable discussion, “Memories of Marty,” moderated by Albert with panelists Costas and Freedman. 

Marty Glickman’s legacy marks the beginning of the Newhouse School’s reputation for turning out more talented sports journalists than any other program in the country, leading Syracuse University to be hailed as an “incubator” of American sportscasters by Sports Illustrated. Costas credits him with “laying out the geography of the basketball court” for succeeding generations of sportscasters—many of them Syracuse alumni. Albert, another impressive addition to Newhouse’s line of great sports broadcasters, chose to attend SU because Glickman had gone there. In addition to Costas and Albert, other sportscasting greats who followed in Glickman’s footsteps include Hank Greenwald ’57, Andy Musser ’59, Dick Stockton ’64, Len Berman ’68, G’70, Sean McDonough ’84, Mike Tirico ’88, Ian Eagle ’90 and Dave Pasch ’94. The Newhouse reach also extends beyond broadcasting—alumni dominate the ranks of sports journalists, producers, directors and editors across all media. Illustrious sports writers include Pete Thamel ’99, Eli Saslow ’04, Connor Ennis ’00, Greg Bishop ’02 and Mallory Rubin ’08.

The Newhouse Sports Media Center builds upon the Newhouse School’s strength in sports journalism. The center will provide oversight for the school’s Sports Communications Emphasis, a specialized track for graduate students, and strengthen academic-industry partnerships through an alumni board, special events and guest lectures. Associated faculty members will serve as experts on issues in the field. Veteran broadcast journalist and professor of practice John Nicholson ’68 will serve as the program’s director.

The HBO Documentary Film “GLICKMAN” will debut on Monday, August 26, at 9 p.m. on HBO.

SU's Newhouse School honors Bob Costas, launches Sports Media Center at "GLICKMAN" premiere event in NYC Aug. 24.

For more information about the event, contact Jean Brooks at 315-443-5711 or