SPORTTalk is a fresh series of curated conversations that will bring together a wide range of savvy observers of the sporting scene - journalists, current and former athletes, executives, agents and others - to discuss, among themselves but also with a live audience, the most compelling issues of the day.

Upcoming SPORT Talks

Tuesday May 2nd, 2017

02may7:00 pm9:30 pmEvent Over1967: The Last Good Spring

Thursday April 20th, 2017

20apr7:30 pmEvent OverPlay Ball! Insider Conversations On The Blue Jays and Baseball's Future

Meet Our Baseball Insiders

John Lott

John Lott is the senior baseball writer for The Athletic (Toronto), covering the Blue Jays. Having previously covered the Jays for 16 years for the National Post, he is also an accomplished photographer. A former reporter and editor at two community newspapers, Lott taught journalism and coordinated the program at Centennial College for more than two decades before fulfilling his teenage ambition to write about baseball.

Stacey May Fowles

Stacey May Fowles is an award-winning novelist, journalist and essayist. Author of three novels, her first book about baseball – Baseball Life Advice – is being published this spring. Baseball Life Advice – is an essay collection that looks at topics ranging from bat flips to bandwagoners, from the romance of spring training to the politics of booing, and is being published by McClelland & Stewart.

Fowles’ third novel, Infidelity (ECW Press, 2013) was shortlisted for the ReLit Award, was selected as an Amazon Best Book of 2013, and won an Independent Publisher Book Award. Editor of Best Canadian Sports Writing (ECW Press, 2017) Fowles currently writes about books for The Globe and Mail, baseball for Jays Nation and The Athletic, and is author of the popular weekly Baseball Life Advice e-newsletter. She lives in Toronto, where she is working on a memoir to be published by McClelland & Stewart.

Arturo Marcano

Arturo J. Marcano Guevara, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, is a contributor to ESPN Deportes and a prolific author on the topic of professional baseball in Latin America. Marcano has been at the forefront of generating awareness in the United States, Canada, and Latin America about problems in Latin American countries caused by the globalization of baseball, often in tandem with professor David P. Fidler of Indiana University. His ground-breaking scholarship with Professor Fidler includes "The Globalization of Baseball: Major League Baseball and the Mistreatment of Latin American Baseball Talent," published in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (1999); “Stealing Lives: The Globalization of Baseball and the Tragic Story of Alexis Quiroz”, and “Exploitation and Reform: Major League Baseball’s Recruitment of Latin American Baseball Talent”. Marcano’s most recent contribution to the baseball canon is a chapter on Venezuelan baseball in the 2017 book, Baseball Beyond our Borders. Also in spring 2017, Marcano is also the co-author of several letters and reports sent to Major League Baseball authorities and staff highlighting issues related to the globalization of baseball. Marcano has also served as the International Legal Advisor to the Venezuelan Baseball Players Association, advising on issues affecting professional baseball in Venezuela. Marcano earned his law degree from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas in 1992, received an LL.M. degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1998, and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005.

Bob Elliott

Bob Elliott is widely acknowledged as the dean of Canadian baseball writers, and the only Canadian recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Having begun his career in 1978 as a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen, he covered the Montreal Expos, before leaving in 1987 to cover the Toronto Blue Jays for the Toronto Sun. On June 1, 2016, Elliott announced his retirement from the Sun and now writes baseball for the Canadian Baseball Network, the foremost online Canadian baseball resource, which he founded in 1995.

He has written three books, including Hard Ball about George Bel, in 1990; The Ultimate Blue Jays Trivia Book, in 1993; and The Northern Game: Baseball The Canadian Way, in 2005, tracing the rich history of Canadian baseball players.

Elliott was awarded the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award in 2010. His grandfather, Chaucer Elliott, is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. In addition to his presence in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in 2015 Elliott was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Then, in 2016, he was named to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame as the winner of the Brian Williams Media Award.

About SPORTTalk

SPORTTalk is a fresh series of curated conversations that will bring together a wide range of savvy observers of the sporting scene - journalists, current and former athletes, executives, agents and others - to discuss, among themselves but also with a live audience, the most compelling issues of the day.

Borrowing its name from the front-of-the-book-feature that instantly captured the imagination of North American sports fans from coast to coast with the launch of the iconic SPORT magazine 70-plus years ago, the new SPORTTalk will play out in

the intimate bleacher setting of The SPORT Gallery in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District.

Following up on a successful debut last fall with The City Game, an evening featuring a private film screening and panel discussions on the development of basketball in the Greater Toronto Area, SPORTTalk is presenting two special evenings for spring, 2017, the first, Play Ball!, commemorating the start of the baseball season, the second, 1967, chronicling the last Stanley Cup win of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and their long wander in the wilderness over the 50 years since.