Briner, Robert Albert, Jr. (1935-1999)
Hello everyone! I've got another entry published, and this one will be of particular interest to sports fans. Have you heard of Robert Albert Briner Jr.? This amazing individual was a coach, sports executive, writer, and Emmy winner, with an incredible career spanning decades and a deep religious and spiritual commitment. From starting as a coach in small high schools to becoming the promotion manager of the newly-founded Miami Dolphins in 1966, and then working with the New Orleans Saints in 1967 and the Dallas Chaparrals in 1971, Briner climbed the sports management ladder. He co-founded the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) in 1972 and ProServ Television in 1980, a pioneering sports agency that grew into sports marketing, athlete management, and sports television representing stars like Michael Jordan. He even won an Emmy Award in 1986 for his documentary, "Hard Road to Glory," about the history of African American athletes and the civil rights movement. Briner's legacy lives on through his contributions to sports and media, and I'm excited to share his story with you. Read more about his life and accomplishments here.