Sports writers will tell you there are two types of communication people they tend to deal with. The first person makes life easy. The second person makes life difficult.
The first person understands exactly what you need, when you need it, and knows how to ferret out the information quickly. The second person is unhelpful and often slow.
Rob Raichlen of the Los Angeles Clippers is most certainly the first person. He truly gets it. He's thorough, dependable and fast. If you send him a request at 10 p.m. Tuesday night -- there's an answer waiting in your email inbox by Wednesday morning. You don't have to ask twice. With Raichlen, consider it done.
So when you're looking to make your mark on the sports industry, remember this ommunications maven and constantly remind yourself of what makes a solid professional.
Raichlen, like many of you, wanted a career in sports as far back as he can remember. Let's allow him to explain where he came from and how he landed with an NBA franchise:
"I have lived in the LA area my entire life, growing up in Pasadena," he says. "I attended USC from 1990-1994, majoring in business with an emphasis in marketing. I was always interested in sports growing up, and was a huge basketball fan in high school. While at USC, I knew I wanted to get a job in professional sports when I graduated, but I did not know how to go about it."
This might sound familiar. Sometimes we all want something so badly--but don't know where or how to start. Raichlen solved that problem by going out and finding the answer.
"The summer prior to the start of my senior year, a friend of mine and I attended a sports careers convention in Irvine, where I learned that the best way to get your foot in the door was through an internship. That's when I first contacted the Clippers. I got the game night internship, was eventually hired as a full-time intern the following season and finally...
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