Joe Sports Inducted Into James Magazine Lobbyist Hall of Fame
Coffee County native Joe Sports was recently honored in Atlanta by James Magazine by being inducted into the James Magazine Lobbyist Hall of Fame. Sports has played many different roles in Coffee County and has served as a congressional aide, television newsman, political leader, legislative consultant, and is a former editor of The Douglas Enterprise.
Each year James Magazine ranks the state’s top lobbyists, government affairs firms, and business/trade associations, primarily based off the results of an online survey sent out to politicos all across the state. This year, Sports was one of the lobbyists recognized. Sports PR/Legislative clients include Tender Care, Inc. Of Douglas and DATAMATX, Inc. in Atlanta.
James Magazine is a Georgia magazine that gives readers “an inside view into Georgia’s politics, business and news.”
Sports grew up on Walker Street in Douglas where he attended and graduated from Coffee High School and South Georgia College. While still in high school, Joe went to work as a news writer and photographer for The Douglas Enterprise and became an associate editor before beginning a two-year tour of duty as an Army photographer in 1957.
For three years (1963-66), Sports was a member of the news team at Channel 10, WALB-TV in Albany. When the owner of the station, James H. Gray, was chosen as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, Sports was selected to work as his executive director in Atlanta. After he served two tours in Washington as top assistant to U.S. Senator David Gambrell, Sports opened his own legislative consulting firm in Atlanta. From there, he began publishing Georgia Beat, a people-politics newsletter.
In recent years, Sports has spent considerable time in Douglas.
Sports is married to Ronda McNeil Davis-Sports, a retired Coffee County educator, and they recently relocated back to Douglas.