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Frank Supovitz of the NFL visits BGSU

Frank Supovitz

From being a student majoring in biology at City College University to being the senior vice president of events in the NFL, Frank Supovitz proves that you can succeed if you show up and take advantage of opportunities.

“Ninety percent of life is just showing up … and being open to opportunities,” Supovitz said. “They may not be exactly what you set out for, but if they seem like they’re going to be fun and attract to something great, go for it.”

Students, staff and faculty attended the Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project on Thursday evening. The event benefits students and faculty at the University, and offers outreach and media consulting to area and regional groups that work with student +athletes.

During the event, he talked about what its like working within the NFL and some of his favorite moments during his tenure with them. Things like working the halftime show, making sure the setup and breakdown of the platform work properly, and getting it off the field before the players come back on the field are some of his duties.

Supovitz also discussed dealing with situation when problems came about. In one of the recent Super Bowl games, where there was a blackout early in the third quarter, he discussed the process that he and his co-workers went through to bring the lights back on.

“It took 34 minutes for the game to be restarted, but it took 24 minutes for the electricity to be restored,” Supovitz said.

He said they waited an extra 10 minutes in order to make sure all the systems, including instant replay and coach to quarterback, were all rebooted up in order to make sure no new problems came up.

“If we would have rushed and started the game up after those 24 minutes instead of waiting, there could have been a controversial play that occurred, that we could have not viewed,” Supovitz said.

During the panel Supovitz also stated that the best and worst things about his job were one in the same: trying to do better than what he did the year before.

“You always want to do better than you did the year before,” Supovitz said.

Perhaps the most influential statement Supovitz gave during the event was giving his advice in how to achieve your dreams and make things happen. If you show up to the event and show your potential employers something, you can get where you want to be.

“In a nutshell, my advice to you is to be there,” Supovitz said.

Junior Shaun Higgins, president of the Sports Management Alliance, really appreciate having Supovitz at the University for the event and hearing the advice that he gave the audience.

“I had the opportunity to attend the recession prior to this and it was a great chance to meet Maxwell and Supovitz and ask them some questions and hear about Supovitz career path,” Higgins said. “To rise from being usher to running events for the National Football League, I think that’s a really cool thing for all of us to hear.”

At this point in his career, Supovitz still feels that there are more paths that are out there for him to take and more ways for him to grow.

“You always have to grow and you always have to learn and you can provide you experience and knowledge while you continue to learn,” he said.

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