The end of Sports Talk. Three years ago a few college students, including myself, tried something different. What we built was not significant to the outside world, but it has changed our lives.
Mike Uva likes to talk about the before and after of Sports Talk. When we started it was one camera, a very unorganized show that would have been better on radio. At its height it was twelve sports analysts, a tech crew, two executive producers, five segments, furniture changes, chaos, and lots of yelling. But the result was a weekly one hour program and a consistent stream of blog posts on our website acsportstalk.com.
The show never received any particularly high praise, it didn't change the Assumption campus, and to be honest, many of our viewers will graduate over the next few years, and forget about it. But the show was special for the people involved for a few reasons.
The first and perhaps the most important was the the ability to pursue our passions. I was a video nerd, Uva was an athlete, Devin was a sports nut and the rest of the cast and crew were something in between. But the show was a medium for us to express what we loved doing. We had all the equipment, the access, and the exposure to a small community. There were no obstacles to jump over. This enabled us to actually work on the content of the show, the marketing, the execution, & the workflow. We learned the challenges of being producers, sports analyst, video editors, and marketers.
The show also gave us real world experience. I was an executive producer, the role, at the time, I wanted in my career. Mike Uva, Devin Raeli and others were sports analysts and reporters. Pete Padula was a director of photography. We skipped the interviews, the years of hard work, and instead, were able to do our dream jobs.
It also brought us together and we learned from each other. One of the greatest things I ever did with Sports Talk was bring my friend Sam Pericolo onto the show. Sam is an extremely passionate sports guy. He brought that passion to the show day in and day out. His energy and eagerness gave him the opportunity to work on almost every episode during the second season of the show. Bringing in a guy like him, taught me a lot about passion and success.
What really made Sports talk special for me, was that it propelled me into my career. I know that I got my start in my industry because I was able to show my abilities to market my show, using the internet and social media. But more than that Sports Talk taught me how to be responsible, how to be a leader, how to manage others, schedules, and put in the extra mile. Really it was Mike Uva who taught me that last one. Mike always pushed me to exceed expectations for the show. Usually in an extremely annoying persistent manner, but he pushed me to produce and direct better episodes.
Thank you to everyone that supported the show. You may not realize it, but you helped us become who we are today. I'm really proud of my guys back at Assumption keeping up the show, learning how to run the cameras, edit shows, produce them, just to keep up their passion. I hope anyone who reads this might recognize that following your passions and putting in the work, no matter how unfruitful your pursuits may seem at the time, can ultimately change your life.