Everything is mostly on the fly.
That line was said to me consistently when I shadowed a media intern for the Binghamton Devils the other night.
The Binghamton Devils are the AHL team for the New Jersey Devils. They play in downtown Binghamton at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial arena. The team has a lot of staff that contributes to making their team a success.
As a senior sport management major with a concentration in media and information technology, I was given the opportunity to experience what the media staff does during games. I was paired with a media intern and was told briefly what he does, and then he told me to go and try it. This is when I discovered that this experience is really an eye opener.
Once a sport management major hits the real world, nothing is given directly to you. Students may be able to get away with being lazy in classes, but that isn’t an option once you have an internship, and eventually a possible job. A great example of this was that the assistant media director of the Devils didn’t really explain to me what exactly I would be doing during the game. I was expected to learn it on my own, with some help from the other interns.
As a media intern for the Devils, you sit and watch the game as if you were a normal spectator. The work is during the intermissions after each period. After a period in the game ends, the interns are responsible for delivering statistics to the home and away locker rooms. If you don’t deliver them as soon as possible after the period, the team officials will not be happy.
Delivering statistics after each period sounds extremely easy, but the intern I shadowed told me that sometimes when he gives statistics to the team that is losing after that period, he will be given a lot of attitude, just because the team just isn’t happy with the score.
After the game is over, the interns are responsible for letting the players know if they are one of the three stars of the game. There were three actual interns, and then me. With two minutes left in the game, two of us went to the home side and others went to the away side. The media director eventually sent us a text saying who were the stars of the game. I was on the home side and only one Devils player was a star. The intern and I stood near the ice where the players come off and had to wait till that player got off the ice. If we missed the player get off the ice, then there would be a huge problem. It’s a big responsibility.
This experience was truly something I will never forget. Passion, drive, and dedication are how staff in a professional sport organization get the job done.