Kostya Kennedy – Biographical Brief
Kostya Kennedy has been an assistant managing editor at Sports Illustrated covering a wide range of subjects and overseeing Sports Illustrated Presents, all special issues for SI/SI.com. Along with covering baseball, he was the lead writer and editor of SI’s news section, Scorecard, and covered the NHL as SI/SI.com’s top columnist and editor. He has also been a staff writer at Newsday and written for The New York Times, FiveThirtyEight.com, The Huffington Post and The New Yorker. His television work includes appearing as a contributing analyst and commentator on MSNBC, as well as appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Morning Joe, Imus in the Morning and repeat appearances on The Charlie Rose Show. He does frequent radio work.
He earned an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, from which he received a Pulitzer Fellowship. He has taught in the graduate program at Columbia and he is currently a Visiting Professor at NYU’s Tisch Institute of Sports Management, Media and Business.
Along with his award-winning New York Times best seller, 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, he is the author of the 2014 New York Times best seller Pete Rose: An American Dilemma. Both received the CASEY Award as Best Baseball Book of its respective year. He is a Book Editor at Time Inc. having edited Sports Illustrated’s best-selling The Hockey Book, Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful and the forthcoming Super Bowl Gold: 50 Years of the Big Game.
Kennedy grew up on Long Island, where he lived in a house, which he wrote about for The New York Times in an article you can read here. He has written for Details, Attaché, The Daily News and other places. Before Columbia, he graduated with honors as a philosophy major from Stony Brook University where he played exactly one game in the school’s rogue bloodsport, pit hockey. Kennedy also played bass guitar in the specialty rock cover band Rychyrd Prychyrd (the specialty: The band played songs by Kiss and Lynyrd Skynyrd).
He lives with his wife and children in New York. He is at work on his third book, to be published in 2016.
Talmage Boston – Biographical Brief
TALMAGE BOSTON is a shareholder in Winstead P.C. in Dallas and has been a member of its litigation practice since joining the firm in 1997. His practice involves all aspects of dispute resolution in commercial transactions. With more than thirty years of business litigation experience in Dallas, Talmage has tried jury cases and argued appeals all over Texas, in both state and federal courts. He also devotes a portion of his practice to serving as a mediator.
Talmage is board certified in both civil trial law and civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He serves on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and is a past chair of the State Bar Litigation Section, as well as a past chair of the Council of Chairs for the State Bar. He also is a past chair of the Business Litigation Section of the Dallas Bar Association. During the thirteen years since joining Winstead, Talmage has been one of the most sought-after seminar speakers at State Bar and Dallas Bar Association litigation seminars, speaking on topics including electronic evidence, summary judgment practice, "Dos and Don`ts in the Courtroom," arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, and a wide variety of litigation ethics topics. Talmage received a State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation Award every year from 2005-10. He was named "Texas Super Lawyer" from 2003-11, as published in Texas Monthly, and named one of Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2010.
Talmage Boston`s latest book is Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society, published by the State Bar of Texas. Boston has published in numerous legal and sports publications and is the author of two critically acclaimed prior books, 1939: Baseball`s Tipping Point (foreword by John Grisham, Bright Sky Press 2005), and Baseball and the Baby Boomer: A History, Commentary and Memoir (foreword by Frank Deford, Bright Sky Press 2009).