Monitoring Social Media Conversations

This past summer, a friend of mine who is an avid college football fan posted a sarcastic tweet along the lines of, “Another recruiting violation by USC? Surely it can’t be true.”  A few hours later, he was creeped out by the fact that he was being followed by USC’s Twitter account.  He may have … Continue reading

The BCS Joins The Social Media Conversation

The BCS has been a controversial topic in sports in the sports world since its inception in 1998.  Sports writers far and wide have criticized the system in newspapers and TV, and President Obama even spoke out in favor of a playoff system over the BCS.  Realizing that millions of fans can now voice their … Continue reading

Gilbert Arenas (Almost) Returns To Social Media

Source: Truth About It

If you’ve been following sports media, you’ve probably heard by now that Javale McGee used Twitter to announce that Gilbert Arenas finally has a Twitter account.  However, in a strange attempt to defy the logic of social media, Arenas claims he won’t tweet until he has 1 million followers. Although his Twitter feed is bare … Continue reading

Charlie Villanueva’s Use of Social Media

Charlie Villanueva shocked the Twittersphere last season when he tweeted from the locker room during halftime of an NBA game: “In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We’re playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up.” Villanueva, then with the Milwaukee Bucks, went on … Continue reading

Getcha Popcorn Ready: The Ochocinco News Network Is Here

Source: Box Score Beat

Chad Ochocinco (or the artist formerly known as Chad Johnson) is a social media powerhouse.  He’s amassed over 300,000 followers on Twitter, broadcasts “The Ochocinco Show” on Ustream, and recently launched his own iPhone application.  In his latest social media venture, he has announced plans to form the Ochocinco News Network, or OCNN for short.  … Continue reading

Sports Journalism 2.0

Source: Design Thinking Blog

When athletes entered the blogosphere several years ago, sports reporters held their collective breath, wondering whether the new medium would threaten their livelihood. Then came microblogs such as Twitter, closing the gap between athlete and fan by making it easy to quickly share bite-sized pieces of information. Social media have also blurred the distinction between … Continue reading

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet?

In contrast to Tweetin’ Pete, one coach who doesn’t “get” social media is Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach.  He’ll be the first to admit it, never having sent a mere email himself.  In the video below, taken from an interview this past summer, Leach gives his limited insight on new technologies and social media. … Continue reading

Why Coaches Should Follow Tweetin’ Pete

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USC football coach Pete Carroll gets social media.  If, for some reason, his job there falls through, I think he would make a pretty solid social media coach. Probably the most popular of Carroll’s Web 2.0 efforts is his Twitter account, which boasts over 100,000 followers.  He doesn’t ghostwrite his Twitter, like many coaches his … Continue reading

Access Denied: The NFL’s Policy On Social Media

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The NFL recently announced a new policy regarding the use of social media, mainly Twitter, on game days. Players and their representatives are banned from “tweeting” 90 minutes prior to and during games, and may resume using social media following post-game media interviews. RaceTalkBlog contends that this policy was implemented in order to please media … Continue reading

And The Crowd Goes Wild!…Over Social Media

Let’s first take a look at the group that makes sports as an industry tick: the fans. Without the fans, there’d be no one to pay for the outrageously priced tickets that ultimately pay the athletes, coaches, and everyone involved in making sports a business. According to the report Social Media in Sports, fans are … Continue reading