Advisory Board

The College of Sports Media is committed to delivering the best sports broadcasting education in the country with the highest standards and the best reputation.

In order to achieve this, we’ve enlisted our expert Advisory Board to help us create the most dynamic, relevant, and cutting edge course content, giving students a solid and advantageous start in the broadcasting industry once they graduate.

The the College of Sports Media Advisory Board:

Phil King - Formally President, CTV Programming and Sports. Current - Senior VP - Sony Pictures Television Canada
Anthony Cicione - VP of Programming and Production - The Fight Network
Joel Darling - Executive Producer - NHL Special Events at Rogers Media
Joe Thistel - Director, Sports/Talk Programming - XM Canada
Nelson Millman – Executive Producer - Special Programming, Rogers Sportsnet
– Executive Producer - Radio, Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium
Steve McAllister – Managing Editor – Yahoo Sports

Phil King

Formally President, CTV Programming and Sports. Current - Senior VP - Sony Television Canada

One of the most powerful and well-connected executives in sports television, Phil King brings a unique dynamic to his role as President of TSN, the top-rated specialty channel in the country. King's vision and leadership in the competitive marketplace has strengthened TSN's position as the number one source for sports in Canada.

King oversees the day-to-day operations of TSN, including programming, production, acquisitions and negotiations, marketing, sales, and the development of staff and talent. King is also responsible for sports digital services ESPN Classic Canada and NHL Network, as well as TSN.ca, Canada’s leading sports Web site, and TSN's new marketing division, TSN Events.

King joined TSN in 1989 as Audit Manager and quickly advanced to Manager of Program Administration, Director of Programming, and Senior Vice-President of Programming.

King graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in Administration and Commercial Studies and Economics. He received his CA in 1988.

"It was without hesitation that I accepted an advisory board role with the College of Sports Media. The curriculum breaks ground in its practical and theoretical teachings by focusing on what's really needed in the professional workplace. In recognizing and anticipating current and future trends the College of Sports Media will change the way students learn, and in doing so change the landscape of the young professional."

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Anthony Cicione

VP of Programming and Production - The Fight Network

Anthony Cicione graduated from Ryerson with a BA in Radio and Television Arts in 1988 and today he holds what is arguably one of the most challenging jobs in the country as VP of Programming and Production for The Fight Network.

Cicione’s responsibilities include overseeing all of the day-to day news and programming operations and his duties range from acquiring new properties to hiring talent to creating entertaining programming that fits into The Fight Network's brand.

Preceding his current work at The Fight Network, Anthony Cicione worked as VP of Programming and Production at The Score Television Network and what was previously Headline Sports. Cicione also spent 10 years at Global Television working on Sportsline.

“The College of Sports Media approaches radio and television broadcasting in a way that’s never been done before. From curriculum to equipment to facility, I was so impressed with the overall vision and goals for the graduate that I decided to join the faculty.

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Joel Darling

Executive Producer - NHL Special Events at Rogers Media

Joel Darling was appointed to the position of Executive Producer for CBC’S Hockey night in Canada in August 2000, after having been the Senior Executive Producer for CBC Sports for the previous three years. He was also the Executive Producer of the 2000 Olympic Summer Games in Sydney and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

In addition to CBC’S Hockey night in Canada regular season broadcasts, Darling’s work also involves the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Stanley Cup Final, CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada, the NHL All-Star Game and the NHL Awards Show.

In 2004 Joe won Best Sports Program or Series for Hockey Day in Canada and he has won an impressive five Gemini Awards for his work including Best Live Sporting Event for: -1997, Centennial Olympic Games -1998, the 18th Olympic Winter Games -2000, Pan Am Games -2002, Hockey Night in Canada: First Saturday of the 50th Season

In 1980, Darling gained his first TV experience as associate director of NHL Hockey on ESPN. He worked with CBC’S Hockey Night in Canada from 1981-1986. From 1983-1986, Darling provided play-by-play commentary as well as produced Toronto Marlborough Hockey on radio. He was associate producer from 1984-1986 for Buffalo Sabres Hockey and later became the producer, and was also associate director of Global Television's presentation of the NHL Playoffs for the 1987-‘88 season.

After working for CTV as associate producer for the 1988 Winter Olympics and NBC for the 1988 Summer Olympics, Darling joined the CBC as an associate producer and was promoted a year later to producer. He has served as executive producer of the CFL on CBC for two years and produced four Grey Cup games.

Darling’s major sports event experience also includes the 1989 Canada Summer Games and the 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games. His Olympic work includes the 1992 Winter Olympics (Albertville); he was senior producer at the 1996 Summer Olympics (Atlanta) and the 1998 Winter Olympics (Nagano).

"The difference between theory and reality in sports media is vast. Who teaches a broadcasting student can make all the difference in the world in that student's future in the business. The College of Sports Media understands that, and will pay special attention to the faculty based on experience and expertise in the field of broadcasting. It will create a broadcasting post-secondary environment that will help ensure the success of every student."

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Joe Thistel

Director, Sports/Talk Programming - XM Canada

Joe Thistel is one of Canada’s leading sports radio specialists, and has worked with some of North America’s most recognizable personalities including Pat Summerall, Don Cherry, Brian Williams, Bob McCown, Bob McKenzie, Jerry Howarth, Jim Tatti and Tom Cheek.

Joe’s many accomplishments include winning several National awards. He has been a pioneer in developing sports radio in Canada, including the country’s first all-sports station, The FAN 590, in Toronto.

Currently Joe is the Program Director of Sports for XM Canada where he oversees talk shows, call-in shows, and live play-by-play coverage of more than 1,000 NHL games per season (that’s over 40 a week!) including the NHL all-star game, the playoffs and the Stanley Cup.

“This is a cutting edge concept that caters to today’s expectations in sports media and anticipates future trends, both on-air and behind the cameras and microphones. It is long overdue. It’ll be fun to be a part of another sports media start-up especially one that will have a direct impact on the future of Canadian Sports Broadcasting”

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Nelson Millman

Executive Producer - Special Programming, Rogers Sportsnet

Executive Producer - Radio, Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium

Nelson Millman has spent an impressive 34 years in radio, the last 15 of which at The FAN 590 in Toronto where he has worked under the titles of Vice-President, General Manager, and Program Director.

Millman is also an active part of The FAN Radio Network which produces and syndicates long-form and short-form programming across Canada. The network programming includes; a 2 hour daily show that is also simulcast television nationally on Sportsnet; the Toronto Blue Jays and Canada’s most listened to syndicated daily short-form show called Grapeline with Don Cherry.

Millman is also the proud co-chair of the Conn Smythe Celebrity Sports Dinner and Auction in support of Easter Seals. He has won a number of awards throughout his career, including ESPN Sports Radio PD of the Year and Broadcaster of the Year as awarded by the Broadcast Educators of Canada.

"It's incumbent on us, as broadcasters, to ensure we have people who are trained and ready to enter the broadcasting business. The College of Sports Media has implemented the necessary foundation to provide exactly that."

Steve McAllister

Managing Editor-Yahoo Sports

Steve McAllister has worked in newspapers, sports media/public relations and digital media over a 30-year career in Canada.

McAllister spent 13 years as a sportswriter with weekly newspapers and The Canadian Press, the country's national wire service.

Among his personal highlights were covering the Toronto Blue Jays as CP's national baseball writer in their back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993, covering the Canadian Football League, the 1987 Pan-American Games in Indianapolis, and working on CP's Olympic desk for the Albertville and Lillehammer Winter Games along with the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games.

After seven years in sports communications, including serving as the first-ever spokesperson for the National Hockey League Players' Association and the director of communications for Tennis Canada, McAllister was hired to be the sports editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, in the fall of 2000. Following eight years in the sports editor's chair and one year as editor of globesports.com, he joined Yahoo! Canada in December 2009 as its Managing Editor - Sports.

McAllister is also the president of Sports Media Canada and is a weekly contributor to The Sport Market, a sports business radio program on Team 1040 in Vancouver.

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