Old and the Newhouse

Party is all business

NEW YORK — It was about as high-wattage as it gets with Gotham media, as a lofty assembly — including Dick Parsons, Sean Penn, Bob Costas and President Bill Clinton — came together to help Syracuse U.’s Newhouse School mint another generation of captains of industry.

But can moguldom be taught?

Host Costas admitted he ankled Newhouse for his first broadcasting gig 12 credits short of a degree in the early ’70s, an experience he chalked up to the “contact high” he received in the dorms.

The school honored 40 of its most distinguished alums on the eve of its 40th anniversary, including special honors for Time Warner Cable’s Fred Dressler, introduced as the “cable godfather” by Ken Auletta; Fox Sports’ Ed Goren; “60 Minutes’ ” Steve Kroft; and MTV Networks’ John Sykes.

Among the stars were a number of current Newhouse students, including an ESPN “Dream Job” contestant stunned to be included at the $1,000-a-plate affair. “Hey, punk, the Olympics gig is mine,” Costas quipped.

Asked if he plans to call Sunday night football games now that NBC spent $600 million for NFL rights, Costas was noncommittal but called the opportunity “intriguing.”

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