AllThingsCruise is working with travel expert Mickey Charles, the President and CEO of The Sports Network.
MICKEY CHARLES…an introduction
While an attorney by training, Mickey’s background includes a wide range of interests among which are newspaper syndication, hosting a national sports talk show, being a feature editor on a myriad of topics running the gamut from telecommunications to travel, responding to requests as panelist, moderator and chair-person at seminars, conventions, trade shows and conferences…and still being President and CEO of Computer Information Network, Inc., known within the industry and world-wide as The Sports Network.
He has guested on, and worked with, such shows and networks as “Executive Leaders Radio” – #1 rated program on WWDB/Philadelphia, “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show” (radio), “The Today Show,” “News Center Four,” “PRISM,” “Morning,” “EveryDay,” “Gary Collins Show,” “Maury Povich Show,” “Newsweek,” “NewsInc,” “Cold Pizza” (ESPN) and others…as well as co-hosting a sports talk show on ESPN and delivering commentary on the NFL for both Mutual Broadcasting and Westinghouse in recent years. In 1996 he was asked to broadcast weekly sports reports to Tokyo for FM FUJI (network) and “Inter Act QZ.”
He created The Walter Payton Award, Eddie Robinson Trophy, Buck Buchanan Award and Jerry Rice Award for college footballs FCS Division (formerly IAA) with The Payton being the most prestigious and sought after award in college football, other than the Heisman.
Also, he is the author of numerous articles and features that extend to the communications industry, gaming, travel, radio and television, cartoons and humor. Cover story (photo featured) of Sports Activated Internet magazine inaugural issue/January, 2011 http://www.sportsactivated.com/Magazine. Some of the publications to which he contributes editorially are iGaming Business Magazine, MEI (Major Events international), gbgc (Global Betting & Gaming Consultants), (Gaming Industry News, Gaming Law Review (member of Editorial Board). Others for whom he has written over the years include New York Nightlife, New York Sportscene, Gambling Times and Gambling Online. Boardwalker Magazine, Communicator, Sporting Times, Update, Atlantic City Magazine, and Talkers. .
Mickey is a frequent speaker for a variety of organizations (panelist and/or moderator) that have included, over the years, such groups as Fantasy Sports Trade Association Conference/ Chicago (2008/2010 – as keynote) St. Petersburg (2009), Sport and Technology Conference/ London, Identity and Access Management Summit- Gartner/L.A., The Poker Summit – North America/ Montreal (chair person), Digital Sports Forum (Digital Media Wire), Comdex, IBC/UK Conferences, Ltd., First Conferences Ltd. (Internet Content East/West/Europe), Revolution Events (Bangkok & London) / Asian Interactive Gaming…European Interactive Gaming, Terrapin, Marcus Evans, Liebert Publishing/BioConferences International (International Symposium on Internet Gambling Law & Management), World Telemedia/NOC (The Network for Online Commerce), I-Net Events Ltd., SportsTech, SRI (Strategic Research Institute), International Bar Association Conference, World Telemedia (NOConline), The Smi Group, Small Jurisdictions-Gaming Seminar Barcelona), 2nd Annual Caribbean Information Technology Forum & Economic Summit (St. Kitts), lIIR (Institute for International Research), NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), RTNDA (Radio & Television News Directors Association), Montreux Symposium, IGBE (International Gaming & Business Exposition), The Kelsey Group, Editor & Publisher, World Gaming Congress & Exposition, Learned Information (National Online Conference), Blenheim (PC Expo), Simba Information, Cowles Business Media, Rj Gordon & Company, World Research Group, Kagan Seminars, Online Gaming (Access Conferences) Pennsylvania Bar Association… as well as many others.
He is a consultant to major corporations domestically and internationally and was also asked to speak and present before the Presidential appointed National Gambling Impact Study Commission due to his expertise in this area.
His most recent effort, to launch in September of 2011 is www.oldernotdead.com site whose theme is “You’re just older. You’re not dead” and is directed at the baby boomer generation.
Charles is a pioneer in the audiotex industry since pre-divestiture, when he formed Communications Team, Inc., a sports telecommunications group focused on telephonic delivered information that eventually evolved into The Sports Network, an international real-time sports wire service with customers throughout North America, Asia and Europe. It is the most qualitative and quantitative source for sports news, data, scores, features, statistics and other sports information in the world. Subscribers include, but are not limited to, online services, newspapers, radio stations, TV stations, networks, pager/ beeper companies, hotels, race and sports book establishments, sports bars, interactive television, telephone companies, audiotex services, cable organizations, lotteries …and more.
The Sports Network has become a dominant force on the Internet as both a source for information as www.sportsnetwork.com and as the branding arm for sports pages on more sites worldwide than any other company…more than all others attempting this put together.
Turning to one of his recreational favorites, Charles has been president of the Middle Atlantic Blind Golfers Association and assisted annually for many years with golf tournaments for the benefit of United Way and St. Jude’s and was a Professor of English and Marketing at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
He is a graduate of Kalamazoo College (B.A.) and Brooklyn Law School (L.L.B.)