Football players have so much to do during the summer, it is rare for them to find the time for a job or an internship. But we found a few Big East players who have somehow managed to juggle classes, workouts and a summer job. This is the next post in our little "summer vacation" series.
That 30-second highlight clip you watch during your favorite sports show takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work. Rutgers safety Pat Kivlehan can now tell you that first hand.
Kivlehan spent his summer interning at MLB Network, where his main job was logging games to help set up clip packages. A communications major and huge baseball fan, Kivlehan had no idea about all the work that went into highlight reels until he started.
At least he had experience with watching tape and breaking it down because of football. But his work at the Secaucus, N.J., headquarters of MLB Network involved much more.
“It’s a lot harder than it works just watching it,” Kivlehan said in a phone interview. “You watch TV and it looks easy. But doing it, you have to tag people in the play, break down everything that happens. It’s a lot of work, but a lot more fun than I thought.”
As an example, it generally takes Kivlehan about an hour to put together something he has been assigned. He has to keep a running tab of whatever tape he is breaking down. That means paying attention to camera angles, the actual play or even interviews. His two favorite assignments have been breaking down interviews with Derek Jeter and Joe Torre.
Interesting, coming from a Mets fan.
All joking aside, Kivlehan has always been a huge baseball fan. He was a shortstop in high school, hitting 13 home runs with 42 RBI as a senior. But once he got a football scholarship, he focused solely on that.
Now with his internship, he has gotten a little taste of both. He recently finished up so he can go back to summer workouts and summer classes, and will go back to MLB Network in the spring. The studio is about a 30 minute drive up the New Jersey turnpike, and has really helped give Kivlehan a taste of what could await him in the future.
He doesn’t have much of a desire to go in front of the cameras, and is more than happy remaining behind-the-scenes.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s a different atmosphere. Everyone loves baseball, and everyone is talking about baseball. I’ve enjoyed it.”