ESPN reporter is keynote speaker at Women in Athletics Seminar




The founder of four blogs, Kristi Dosh found out being an attorney took a backseat to her life’s true passion.

She parlayed her online success as a writer into a full-time career last October, when she began working at ESPN as its sports business reporter.

“I love to write,” she said. “I always wanted to be a lawyer and I always wanted to go to law school. ... Being able to write for a living now, I love it.”

Dosh was the keynote speaker Thursday at the fifth annual Women in Athletics Seminar presented by the Peach Belt Conference. More than 100 female student-athletes from every Peach Belt school, schools from the South Atlantic Conference and Conference Carolinas, and Paine College were in attendance. They interacted with Dosh and eight other distinguished panelists, ranging from athletic directors to coaches to referees.

“The premise of this is to promote opportunities for female student-athletes to interact with a wide range of sports professionals in hopes they’ll continue in athletics in some way, shape or form upon graduation,” Peach Belt Commissioner Dave Brunk said. “We want them to be involved in athletics in some way either on
the local, regional or national level.”

Dosh is involved in the business aspects of sports on all of ESPN’s platforms – its Web site, its magazine and its TV and radio programming. She’s also very busy in her writing career, with two books expected to be released in the next 18 months.

Her first book, Saturday Millionaires: Why College Athletes Will Never Be Paid and Other Untold Truths about the Business of College Football, is expected to be released next summer.

In late 2013/early 2014, she expects her second book, Balancing Baseball: How Collective Bargaining Has Changed the Major Leagues, to be published.

Her book about football should draw plenty of interest. On the hot topic of whether college football players get paid, Dosh thinks that idea is a stretch.

“People focus on this belief that the right thing to do, the moral thing to do, is to pay them,” Dosh said.

“The problem is between the NCAA guidelines, with the number of sports you have to have, Title IX, the way you have to distribute those funds and then those tax laws, the bigger question is, is it even feasible at all? That question gets lost.”