Assistant director of media relations
The path to his dream job wasn’t straightforward for Michael Jurovaty. After completing grad school and a couple of college internships, he was working as a real-estate broker in 2009 when he got a response to an inquiry to the Patriots. He scored an internship and eventually a fulltime media relations gig. Enjoying his job makes working long hours in sometimes-frigid temps easier (as does the spandex cold-weather compression gear he’s been known to wear under his suit). “They were my favorite team growing up, so I love knowing that every day when I get up in the morning, I get to head to work at Gillette Stadium,” he says. “I count my blessings knowing how many New Englanders would love to have this job.”
5 hours till kickoff: Arrive at the stadium and finish last-minute preparations for the game. Make sure my binder is organized with reference material, including game releases for teams, a pregame time script, flip cards and checklists.
4 hours till kickoff: Open the press box to media. Check in with pregame show TV crews on the field. For home games, I always meet WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche by the souvenir shop to deliver a flip card. It’s a tradition we’ve had since I started with the Pats.
2 hours till kickoff: Attend the pregame meeting with stadium security team and network TV staff.
1 hour till kickoff: Head to the field and assist with any last-minute pregame media needs from the TV network, sideline photographers and other on-field media. I am in direct contact with the PR staff in the press box and am responsible for relaying any injury information to the media during the game.
Halftime: Assist the TV network in coordinating a halftime interview with head coach Bill Belichick.
Postgame: Coordinate on-field postgame interviews with the TV and radio broadcast teams, then head to the locker room to assist with media availability and additional TV and radio interview requests. After the locker room is closed to the media, I return to the press box to proofread and distribute transcripts.