Sr. Clinical Lecturer, Media & Strategic Communication Department
Coordinator, Sports Communication & Media Graduate Program
Professor Damergis teaches courses in introduction to broadcast media, radio production, digital production, sports broadcasting/producing and sports video/field production.
The USFL: The Rebel League the NFL Didn’t Respect But Feared. The book was referenced in Jeff Pearlman's “Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL” and Chris Walker’s “Fallen Generals: The History of the New Jersey Generals, the USFL’s Glamour Team.”
Mike Damergis is the graduate director for Sports Communication & Media at Iona University and teaches courses in digital media, radio and sports broadcasting.
Mike is a Cannes World award-winning documentarian and has over 30 years of experience in the sports media field and has produced three films which include a “My Best Friend the Baby Snatcher” which aired on the Lifetime Movie Network in May 2023. The film was a collaboration with his sister, Anna Damergis.
In June 2022, his documentary, “Smyrna: Paradise is Burning, the Asa K. Jennings story,” won Best Historical Film for the month of May and was automatically entered into the Annual Competition.
In 2013, Damergis was an executive producer on the historical short comedy about silent-era actress Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin called “Mabel’s Dressing Room.”
Mike was nominated for "Best Video of the Year" in 2014 by the Fantasy Writers Association and won Advisor of the Year for WICR in 2015 at Iona University (at the time, Iona College).
During Mike’s broadcasting career, he produced and anchored “Baseball This Morning” on Sirius-XM from 2006 through 2010 and was instrumental in launching the first-ever Fantasy Sports Radio channel.
Damergis was the radio game-day producer for the New York Giants in 2004 and 2009. He also was a sports talk show producer for WFAN, Fox Sports Radio and The Fan 590 in Toronto.
Damergis is the author of "The USFL –The Rebel League the NFL Didn’t Respect but Feared." The book was referenced in Jeff Pearlman's "Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL" and Chris Walker's "Fallen Generals: The History of the New Jersey Generals, the USFL's Glamour Team." Mike's 2007 interview with former third baseman Carney Lansford was cited in K. Adam Powell's book "Lyman Bostock: The Inspiring Life and Tragic Death of a Ball Player."
Damergis' two-part interview with former WFAN morning show host Craig Carton has over 100,000 hits on YouTube.
Mike recorded the video of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera as he received the call from the Baseball Hall of Fame that was used on ESPN and MLB Network TV.
Recently, Mike has appeared on WABC TV’s Eyewitness News and his YouTube interview with NFL Hall-of-Famer Chris Doleman was cited in the book “NFL”s Freezing Cold Takes.”