We go behind the camera in this episode of Hustle and Pro. Mike Leary, Producer for the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers, talks to us about his journey working in sports and what his job looks like day to day. It’s full of quick decisions, on the fly changes, and attention to detail that all shows up on your tv screen at home day in and day out.
Shout out to Mike’s lovely wife, Nicole, whom he originally met on a Chicago Blackhawks charter flight, and who also happens to be a friend of mine…
Next time you jump up from your couch to get a closer look at that slow-motion replay as the puck hits the pipes or to get a better look if the ball hits the glove before the runner hits the bag, remember there’s a producer in a truck somewhere orchestrating a skilled team behind the cameras and mics, all so you get the best at-home viewing experience possible.
It’s a fascinating perspective, and we thank Dallas Stars Producer Mike Leary for giving us a peek into it. Enjoy this episode.
- [:30] Quick Hits with Mike Leary
- [1:56] All Football Growing Up through College
- [2:45] Army Brat Journey and How Mike Got into TV
- [4:30] Internship in News and Wanting in the Game
- [6:15] What Does a Game Producer Do?
- [10:00] Game Time, Graphics and Replays
- [12:55] Hockey vs Baseball & National vs Regional
- [26:30] Breaking Down a Rangers Replay
Resources within this episode:
- Dallas Stars Website
- Texas Rangers Website
- Mike on Instagram: @producer_mike
- Mike on Twitter: @MikeLeary9909
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