Professional Day/ Day in the life

Shadow on Jodie Meeks

 

I shadowed Jodie Meeks, he’s a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons. I decided to shadow him because if I want to do PR or anything in the sports field you need to know the day in the life of a athlete and how to handle working with them. As an NBA player (during the season), you’re flying in planes, driving in buses, sleeping in unfamiliar beds, losing sleep, working hard – struggling. It takes a while to get used to, the constant activity and constantly moving around the country is not easy. You’ll get jet lagged, you’ll have bodily pains… you just have to push through it Meeks explains to me. “Work” is defined as playing games. practices, travel, press conferences, and all other things associated with his job as a pro basketball player. In total you’re looking at a 40-hour work week. This is the very bare amount of time required to be an NBA player. This does not include things that are hard to measure like medical treatments and film sessions. It also doesn’t include mandatory charity events or public appearances. Nor does it include travel time, time zone changes (may play Golden State Monday and Orlando Thursday). Also, the time they spend on individuals was measured by the lowest end of the spectrum I could reason. Players like Kobe, LeBron, Harden and superstars spend 5hrs a day 7 days a week on average.

 

The day that I shadowed Jodie Meeks I didn’t have to do to much. I had the opportunity to personally watch parts of Jodie Meeks workout. We got to the gym at 11 to do some pregame setup. We left at 1 to run around. About 4 players were still shooting. We got back at 2:30. Meeks was the only one left. Later he took me to his old high school to talk to the students about college. It was amazing how much of an impact that athletes have on these kids. All the students were involved in the conversation and asking him tons of questions. Athletes do have so many people looking up to them. This makes the PR team extremely important because if a player slips up and does something wrong it is up to the PR people to make the player look good especially so they don’t loose their fan base. This was a good experience for me because his PR director was the one who made this suggestion. Jodie has agreed to continue to help me learn more about the sports industry and introduce me to more people if I decide to make sports PR or management as my career.

 

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Industry KSAs

I have had to realize that just because the sports industry is thriving, doesn’t mean you can show up to an interview, professing a real love for sports and get the job. “The benefit of a sport management degree is that it us with a basic foundation of the sport business,” says John Wolohan is Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Sport Venue and Event Management program at Syracuse University

I felt a little bit discouraged after reading this because I am not a sports management major. I never had the passion to work in the sports field, now that I have been taking this sports class at Clark Atlanta University I have been questioning if I would like to take some additional classes in this field and work for either a player or a team. “It takes the student from being a fan, and teaches them that there is more to the sports business than rooting for your team.”

I heard that It’s a common misconception that graduating with a sports management degree means you’re on the fast track to a job as General Manager of your favorite Major League baseball team, but nothing could be further from the truth. I feel like that’s with a lot of jobs though. You have to put a lot of time and experiences to be able to qualify for what I’m guessing is almost any job in the sports industry I would want. It’s important for me to be realistic about my goals, and understand whether or not a sports management degree can help me get there, but the truth is, I don’t have to have it all figured out.

“The focus of courses taught in sports management programs involves statistical analysis, strategic thinking and planning, understanding behavior, marketing, promotions and more” I read this on workinsports.com looking into the types of courses I would be taking as a sports major seemed very similar to the courses I’ve taken in the past and I’m enrolled in currently as a public relations major. I feel like I have enough knowledge of most of these focuses that I would be very successful at getting a minor in sports management.

Aside from the educational portion of things, everyone knows that experience is a major key. I currently don’t have any experience working in the sports field. If I would be able to choose my dream internship for this industry, I would probably want to help plan different events for either athletes or the teams themselves. This might be media events, charity events, black tie events, dinner parts, non profit events, and the list could go on and on. That’s mixing what I’m good at and what I have a passion for which is event planning and mixing in the sports industry into it because of the types of events id be planning and people I would be dealing with. I might also have to be very cautious of what’s going on in the sports industry while working with certain clients.

If you have a love of sports, don’t give up on it just because you aren’t an athlete or don’t currently have the experiences yet, there is a whole world of opportunities out there and a sports management degree can help you find out what you may be best at.