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.