A Day In The Life With CBS Sports HQ's Nick Kostos
"A Day in the Life" is a feature in SBD examining the daily habits of interesting personalities in sports business. This week, CBS Sports HQ anchor NICK KOSTOS gives insight on juggling an ever-changing nightly news broadcast.
9:00am: I wake up at 9, but when I get out of bed is an entirely different story. I cook breakfast every morning, although using the word “cook” might be a stretch. Breakfast is simple: organic oatmeal with almond milk and raspberries. Sometimes, I'll get really crazy and embrace my inner Millennial by whipping up some avocado toast.
10:00am: My first show is at 5:00pm, but the work begins earlier than that. I'm on a call with ANDY HECHT (my senior producer) around 10 and then I email ideas back and forth with Andy and ROB ARCIERO (my 5pm producer) throughout the morning.
12:00-3:00pm: I work out four or five times per week here in Ft. Lauderdale. The HD cameras are unforgiving, so working out is a must. It's better to do that extra cardio session than to be on camera looking like you've been stung by a hornet. There's a gym in my building that isn't exactly Gold's, but it's good enough. Plus, I can walk there in 90 seconds, which is a major plus. I'm on a super health kick, so for lunch chickpeas and spinach has become my go-to meal to bring into work. If we’re being specific, turkey meatballs with salad and chickpeas, washed down with some sort of kale beverage that doesn’t taste great, but is very healthy.
3:00pm: All about show prep. We're embracing sports wagering, which is obviously a huge deal right now with the recent Supreme Court ruling. So, we're always attuned to spreads, line movement and the wagering experience. I read everything I can to prepare. Game stories, opinion pieces. Twitter is a valuable tool in this regard as well. I like to have a full grasp of the day's content before I fire off emails or make any phone calls.
5:00pm: We are locked in and live from 5:00-6:00pm and 11:00pm-12:00am. Those are our set live times, but we're live much more than just those hours. It generally depends on the news of the day. If there's breaking news, we could be on set for 2-3 hours straight. We need to keep updating news stories, bringing on pertinent guests to discuss the news of the day, etc. No two nights are the same. It might look like a slow news day, and then boom, a piece of major breaking news will hit, and our rundown is turned upside down.
6:00pm: I try and eat every 2 and a half hours. Once I'm in the office, it's usually 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm, midnight and then maybe a snack when I get home. And I eat the same stuff all the time, so it's lean protein, leafy greens or legumes.
1:00-2:30am: On the way home, I'm either thinking about the show I've just anchored or I'll put on music. Sometimes it's the Real Jazz channel on SiriusXM to unwind, or I'll flip between the hip-hop and pop stations until I find something I like. When I get home is entirely dependent on the night in sports. There are some nights where everything is put to bed on the early side -- 1:00am -- and others where a big playoff hockey game goes into double overtime, we're there later. My adrenaline is sky-high after a live show, and there's no coming down from that without a decompression period. Sometimes I'll get home and watch back parts of the show to see how I did. Other times, I'll flip on some mindless TV and let my mind turn to jelly for an hour before I go to bed. I enjoy watching the WWE, “IMPRACTICAL JOKERS,” and Food Network shows. If I have two nights off during the week, one is usually spent just unwinding and relaxing. The other night, I like to go out to a nice restaurant, have a Tito's and soda.
3:00-3:30am: I fall asleep around 3-3:30, so I sleep about 6 hours a night. I make up for it on the weekends, where my sleeping habits best resemble that of a sloth.
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