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Rick GentileRick Gentile is the director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll. He is a 10 time Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster and former CBS Sports executive producer and senior vice president. During his long tenure at CBS, Gentile served in a number of executive production and programming positions, and oversaw the production of major sporting events, including three Olympic Games.

He also served as president and executive producer of Diamond Sports and Entertainment, and senior vice president, executive producer of The Football Network. Currently, he is president and executive producer of his own company, 24 Productions. An instructor in the Department of Management, Gentile teaches a course on The Business of Sports Television.

He received a B.A. in sociology from Queens College and did graduate work in criminal justice at John Jay College.

Marty AppelMarty Appel is the publicist for the Seton Hall Sports Poll. He was once the youngest PR director in Major League Baseball history and is most identified with the New York Yankees. In the 90s he served as PR director and executive producer of the team's telecasts. He continues his association as a contributor to Yankeeographies, as a broadcaster on and as a contributor to Yankees Magazine.

Appel is the winner of an Emmy Award, a Casey Award, the Dick Young Award for long and meritorious service to baseball, and the Dick Steinberg Good Guy Award. He is also the author of countless magazine articles and 18 books, including the NYT best-selling biography of Thurman Munson. His latest book is Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss.

He is SUNY graduate with a degree in political science.

Larry McCarthyLarry McCarthy teaches in the Stillman School’s Sport Management Program and is director of the School’s Institute for International Business. His research focuses on sport marketing and has appeared in the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Marketing Quarterly and the European Journal of Sport Management. He co-authored with colleagues William Sutton and Richard Irwin the text Sport Promotion and Sales Management.

McCarthy has extensive Olympic Organizing Committee experience, having worked with The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) as an Olympic envoy to the Olympic Council of Ireland. He is one of the founding members of the Sport Marketing Association and is a former chairman of New York Gaelic Athletic Association.

He received his M.A. from New York University and a Ph.D. in sport management from The Ohio State University.

Murray EdelmanMurray Edelman is a consultant on survey methodology with the Seton Hall Sports Poll. For ten years, he was in charge of the exit polls and projections used by ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC and the Associated Press.

Edelman has also been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rutgers University and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University. He has served as president of the American Association of Public Opinion Research, ( and received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the New York Chapter. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

He received his Ph.D. in human development from the University of Chicago.

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