Sideline: Playoffs Edition

Sideline makes a surprise summer return after South Florida sports make historic runs. Both the Heat and the Panthers wert eighth seeds and both are headed to their respective championships.

The Heat had a nerve-wrecking series against the Boston Celtics, first winning three games in a row, then losing three, taking it to game 7, winner takes all. 

And the Heat did in fact take it all. They shut down the Celtics for the Eastern Conference title. Bryan Lopez has more on the story.

Although the game was in Boston, fans here at home in Miami went wild on the streets honking their horns, cheering, celebrating and banging pots and pans. Jared Parker is in the middle of it all. 

The Heat couldn’t pull off a sweep but the Florida Panthers did. It’s been almost a week since the Cats beat the Carolina Hurricanes in the first four games of the series. They never let Carolina take over. Tania Jimenez has more. 

It’s truly and unbelievable and exciting time for South Florida sports fans, and we have it covered here on the Sideline!

Esteban Rodriguez is a sophomore majoring in TV/Broadcast media. He is a producer for Caplin News and FIU's Sports show, Sideline. He hopes to pursue this path of producing for Sports Networks and/or Hollywood in the Film Industry.


Kenneth Bueno is a junior majoring in the Digital Broadcasting field. He is a sim racing commentator for Podium eSports and aims to apply his love for sports into the sports broadcasting industry after graduating.

Alfredo Banegas is a junior at Florida International University majoring in digital journalism hoping to combine his passion of sports and writing to become a sports writer. Alfredo looks to make positive changes in the way sports are covered in today’s media landscape.

Tania Jimenez is a senior majoring in communication with a concentration in digital broadcasting. She is interested in sports. After graduation, she would like to continue her career journey in the world of sports media.

Ethan Toth is a senior, studying Digital Communication and Media at FIU since 2020. As an aspiring writer and producer, he has worked on multiple podcasts, film and video shoots and radio productions. Ethan looks forward to working professionally in whatever creative field he can land in first.

Zeth Leon is of Cuban descent. He is currently a Junior at FIU majoring in Digital Communications and Media with a concentration in digital broadcasting. After graduation, he plans to incorporate his love for sports into his work by becoming a play-by-play commentator or talk show host for a sports network.

Lauren Wurts is a Latina Junior at FIU majoring in Journalism/ Communications. She hopes to work as a news reporter and work her way up to Producing. She is bilingual and enjoys covering entertainment, sports and activism stories.

Jared Parker is an American broadcast media student with an area of concentration in global and sociocultural studies. Parker hopes to work in sports journalism in the future. Parker has a special connection to amateur MMA and hopes to be known as someone who gave amateur fighters a platform before anyone else.

Bryan Lopez is Broadcast Media and Journalism senior at Florida International University. He has two jobs, one being an intern at CBS News Miami as a digital media producer. Some of his passions are sports and writing, and his goal is to become a sports reporter for a South Florida news station.