My Summer in Sports: Seth Austin

My summer break was a lot longer than yours. Figuratively and literally.

I didn’t enroll in classes at Ohio University during spring quarter last year because I had accepted an internship with the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League to be a member of their journalism/media relations department.

If you wonder what CONSOL Energy Center looks like minus the ice, here you go! This is a view from the catwalk.

My internship was phenomenal. Mainly because there was no journalism/media relations department within the organization.

In just their second season of existence, the Power was still an organization that was growing with new roles and responsibilities being added weekly. I interviewed for the position understanding I would be writing recaps and features for the team’s website as a journalism intern. As my internship progressed, I discovered another area of my internship was with media relations, which gave me a whole new set of skills that I hadn’t anticipated acquiring over the spring.

My basic duties were to write player biographies when transactions occurred on the roster, to attend team practices to interview players for upcoming matchups and to cover the teams games and recap what happened.

A few weeks into the season, my role was expanded. I was handed the keys to social media and also began compiling information to improve our media notes. Through the social media venture, I learned how valuable things like Facebook and Twitter really are. Tweeting big plays from games and quotes from press conferences enabled the organization to get feedback from fans in an instantaneous manner. Installing the hashtag #PowerUp also helped generate buzz on the social media scene.

The 2012 Pittsburgh Power squad after a public walkthrough at Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh.

I won’t go into details on the Power’s season or any of the ins and outs of the league, but to put it simply, the season was disappointing. I made great friends with people on the intern staff as well as the players on the team. I’m looking forward to heading back to CONSOL Energy Center in the future as a fan to cheer on my guys.

When I wasn’t on my Arena Football grind, I got to enjoy many other facets of the world of sports.

The Pittsburgh Pirates were doing pretty well, eh? I’m writing this post on Sept. 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. and as of now they are above .500. They need 10 more wins to seal the deal. I will cry if they don’t.

The Buccos haven’t gone above .500 since 1992. That’s crazy. If this team fails to do it, it will ruin all the magic guys like Andrew McCutchen and A.J. Burnett have brought to the city. The past two seasons have been great for baseball in the ‘Burgh. This year’s team just needs to finish it and break the curse of (please don’t say Barry Bonds) Barry Bonds.

This summer, I also took a trip down to the beautiful city of Baltimore where I witnessed firsthand the beauty of English soccer. My squad, Tottenham, was taking on Liverpool and I took the journey down to meet up with friends to take in some great football. Although the game ended in a scoreless draw in over 100 degree weather, I can say I did something not many American soccer supporters will get to do in their lifetime.

The gang at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore for the match between Liverpool and Tottenham.

While in Baltimore, I also went to an Orioles game. I bought some O’s gear and was the biggest Adam Jones fan at Camden Yards. I couldn’t tell you who won, but I went berserk when Jones hit a home run.

I made it back to Athens safely at the beginning of August because, being away from this heaven on Earth since winter quarter, I missed it so dearly. Upon returning, I got back to the grind by heading out to Parkersburg area high school football team practices for Gridiron Glory and covering the ‘Cats as they went through fall camp.

It’s been good to be back in Athens. It’s hard to believe that I have only have to write one more “My Summer in Sports” after this year.

@Seth_Austin

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