Lukas Politis has been in love with sports for as long as he can remember. Watching games from his living room, Lukas’ passion for sports communication and broadcasting started as a hobby but quickly developed into a career path. As art in and of itself, sports communication and broadcasting allow people from all over the world to experience an event as if they were there themselves. From the shots to the announcers, Lukas Politis was hooked. As a resident of Pearl River, New York, Lukas Politis majors in Media and Strategic Communications with a Broadcasting, Digital Media and Production Concentration at Iona College. In addition to exploring his passion for sports, Lukas Politis’ experience volunteering and working in various other industries has only strengthened his love for this industry. Sharing how a simple hobby can become a career, Lukas Politis is here to share how hard work, dedication, and passion can help turn anyone’s dreams into a reality.
What do you love about sports?
I enjoy everything about sports. Whether it is basketball, baseball, football or any other sport for that matter, I love the skill, expertise, and precision of the games. For people that love sports, they understand that you become invested in the game. From the players, how they perform season to season, to the teams and how they change tactics game to game, I am in love with how much flexibility and creativity sports provide participants. The excitement of attending a game or watching it with other passionate sports lovers is a rush like no other. This natural connection was something I learned to appreciate from a young age.
Why did you choose sports communication and broadcasting?
I am fascinated by the development of sports in general, but more importantly the use of digital media to grow and cultivate a global audience. Sports have always drawn big crowds, but the accessibility of these events is limited due to space, location, and price. Sports broadcasting provides an opportunity for anyone, anywhere with access to cable or WIFI, to watch games in real-time. There is something very special about being able to watch a game from halfway around the world. When the World Cup is happening, people from around the world get to share in the same excitement, disappointment, and joy together. It is the community and togetherness that really intrigues me.
Who is your sports hero?
Hands down: Kobe Bryant. I was as devastated as everyone else when Kobe Bryant died in January. The man was a legend. He was a living testament to what can be achieved when you work harder than anyone around you. It is easy to assume that Kobe Bryant was unlike any of us, that he had an advantage somehow. The beautiful thing about Kobe and his message was that with hard work, dedication, perseverance, we can all achieve at a high level.
What excites you about the future of sports?
Sports broadcasting has been rapidly evolving and the balance of power has been leaning in favor of online channels. As we head into the new decade I am sure we will see ‘Over the Top’, Video-on-Demand, and Subscription Video-on-Demand platforms growing. I think that with every other industry it is important for sports broadcasting to adapt to the new platforms that people consume media on.
When did you realize that sports were more than just a hobby?
When you wake up in the morning and something consumes your mind from that first minute to the final moment before your head hits the pillow, you have to assume that there is something to that. I am lucky to have been encouraged by my family to do what felt right and that thing was to pursue a career in sports communication and broadcasting. I realized that I didn’t just want to be a passive spectator, but also an active participant. As a highly passionate person, sometimes it can be hard to separate what to do for work and what to keep as a hobby, but if you spend enough time getting to know yourself, becoming finely attuned to this internal voice, you are able to find a high level of fulfillment and satisfaction in both your personal and professional life.
How do you stay motivated?
I am driven by my passion for sports and that is why I always encourage people to do what they love. When it gets hard, and it always does, you need passion to get you through. If you don’t like what you do it will be hard to persist through struggle, pain, and adversity. Motivation is not a constant stream of energy, but wanting to be my best is the difference that I keep going no matter what.
What is your best advice for someone looking to get into sports communication/broadcasting?
Take it one step at a time. It is natural to set your sights on big goals and dreams, but the key to success is placing one foot in front of the other. Before you set your sights on building a wall, you need to focus on laying down one brick at a time. Of course, having an idea of where you are going is crucial to success and motivation, but sometimes that dream can paralyze us in the present moment from acting. I would also encourage people to stay open-minded, be willing to push themselves beyond their comfort zone and not to be afraid of asking questions. Make meetings with people you admire and whose careers you wish to emulate. Surround yourself with people who share your passion and never forget to make time to sit down and watch a game even when life gets busy.
How do you stay productive?
Similar to the last question, you have to incorporate a set of daily systems and practices to move towards your goal. For me, this means working out at the gym and playing basketball. In the morning, I spend time reflecting on what I want to accomplish for the day. Setting goals helps focus my day and keeps me productive.
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