About The Author: Growing up on Baltimore’s southwest side, Chris Pika developed a love of the city’s sports teams, thanks to John Steadman’s writing in the Baltimore News-American and the work of Chuck Thompson, who was the radio/TV voice of the NFL’s Colts and MLB’s Orioles. Those influences led the Mt. St. Joe and Loyola College grad to a sports media relations and digital media career.
He worked in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (2000-06) as the club’s Manager of Media & PR, and later, Director of New Media, and with the Atlanta Falcons (2006) as New Media Producer.
Prior to the NFL, he worked on the sports information staffs at UAB, George Washington and Loyola College.
In between a pair of stints at UAB, Pika was the Class-AA Birmingham Barons’ Director of Media Relations, including the 1994 season when hoops star Michael Jordan played for the club. Jordan’s season was profiled in a Ron Shelton film, “Jordan Rides The Bus” for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series in 2010.
A veteran of media relations work at major sporting events, he has been part of the NFL’s staff at 12 Super Bowls — including Super Bowl XLVIII — and assisted at other events including the NFL Pro Bowl, the BCS National Championship Game, the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four, the MLB All-Star Game and the Goodwill Games.
He brings his insight on the NFL’s inner workings as an analyst each week on Baltimore’s WNST 1570-AM, writes a Baltimore-centric “Blog & Tackle” at WNST.net and now brings his views on the NFL at-large here at BlogAndTackle.net.
Pika was named the Director of Communications for the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) in February 2014, and along with publicity for the organization, he manages the PFWA’s web site (www.ProFootballWriters.org).
He was also named the Director of Communications for the Bahamas Bowl, a NCAA FBS-level bowl game in March 2014. The inaugural game to be held in December 2014 will feature teams from the AAC (The American) and the MAC.
He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
About Blog & Tackle: Blog And Tackle was the name of the website columns I wrote while working for the Saints and Falcons front-office staffs in a PR and website capacity, and I extended the name to my columns on WNST.net in my hometown of Baltimore. Here at BlogAndTackle.net, you will find news, notes & links of interest for all NFL fans, regardless of team. While this blog will consist of mostly national items, my Baltimore columns will appear both on WNST.net and here on Blog & Tackle.