Sideline Season 3, Episode 11

Sideline returns for its eleventh show of 2024. This week, the Miami Heat dominated in the nation’s capital, and the Miami Sharks rugby team went down to the wire against the San Diego Legion. The Panthers returned to cardiac form against the Detroit Red Wings, Inter Miami struggled to beat another New York team, and the Marlins had a rocky start to their season. 

Italian Jannik Sinner and Florida native Danielle Collins won the Miami Open title.

In a week where they could not afford a loss, the Heat made light work of the Washington Wizards on the road yesterday. Sideline was in D.C. to cover the late-season drama. 

Miami’s newest team continues to foster a loyal fanbase in the 305. Fans discussed their passion for rugby during the Sharks’ nail-biting 22-21 loss against the Legion yesterday. They also talked about the potential the sport has to attract audiences here. 

Much like the Heat, the now fourth-seeded Panthers are hoping to catch fire in the remaining weeks of the regular season. Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win against the Red Wings could be the catalyst that gets them out of their recent slump. 

Inter Miami could not get their win back against a team from the Big Apple. This Saturday, their game with New York City ended in a 1-1 draw. 

The Marlins are back and in search of another run to the postseason. However, they would prefer to quickly forget their first series of 2024. The Fish’s 9-7 loss in extra innings yesterday completed the sweep for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After falling in the finals in 2021 and 2023, this year’s Miami Open crown belongs to Sinner. The Italian tennis player bested Grigor Dimitrov yesterday to clinch the trophy. Collins won her first-ever title in what is likely to be her last season.

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.

Anthony Cruz is a freshmen majoring in Digital Media and Communications. He hopes to pursue a career in sports broadcasting.

Carlton is a Digital Broadcasting student and intends to pursue a career in journalism. Born and raised in Broward County, he hopes to combine his passion for this community and storytelling to deliver news, insights, and perspectives to the people of South Florida.

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.

Writing allows me to express myself through stories and scripts. I have a deep passion for sports and the community.

Anthony Milian is a junior at Florida International University majoring in Digital Broadcasting. He enjoys watching and analyzing sports, reading and learning more about sports history, and spending time with his family and friends

Pablo Hernandez was born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida. He has a huge love for sports and aspires to be a sports analyst on television in the future.