Super Week

By Matt Hawkins
January 30, 2015

Eleven months after working the 2014 Sochi Olympics for NBC, sports communication alumnus Jake Hermann ’14 is back in the center of the sports universe. This time, Hermann is part of NBC’s Phoenix, Arizona staff for the Super Bowl and several other programs that relocated to the game’s site.

Hermann is spending the week assisting production staff, on-air talent and guests in the network’s downtown studios. That means he may rub shoulders with personalities like Mike Florio from “Pro Football Talk” or Liam McHugh from “NHL Live.” He’ll also work with producers and directors during live broadcasts.

“I’m doing anything and everything as a runner,” Hermann said. “Because NBC is broadcasting several shows from a central location away from the actual game, their prep is unlike any other that I’ve seen.”

Hermann landed the Super Bowl opportunity through connections he made during the Olympics experience. Hermann was one of six Bradley students who assisted NBC on-site for the competition.

“Out of nowhere, he emailed me and said he had a Super Bowl position open,” Hermann said. “Of course, I said ‘yes!’”

Amidst long, busy hours at the heart of Super Bowl XLIX’s media operations, Hermann realized the significance of his week in the desert. 

“Nobody’s job is too small,” he said. “My position may seem like it’s something to write off, but it’s not. When someone needs something, we’re needed to fulfill requests that keep the production running smoothly.”