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Shaq Takes Crash Course in Broadcast at Syracuse University


NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is back in university, taking a crash course designed to teach athletes about the broadcasting industry.

The 7-foot-1 center for the Phoenix Suns started on Monday at Syracuse University.

“I’ve been an athlete that’s sort of in advance; always thinking,” O’Neal said during a break in his studio work. “After basketball I’d love to have my own radio show, my own TV show.”

The inaugural course was held last summer in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association. Four players, including Eric Snow and Adrian Griffin, signed up for the hands-on course.

They will host another session for more NBA players later this summer, but this week’s session was designed specifically for Shaq.

“His energy level is unbelievable,” said Matt Park, who runs the course. “He wants to do it all and he’s been terrific.”

O’Neal said: “I’ve been the type of person (and) the type of athlete, I don’t like to be given anything. I like to earn.”

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