Peter Robert Casey, a fellow Sports Networker member who recently attended the Sports Networker NYC event has been getting a lot of attention online at mashable, Brian Solis, the St. John’s site (along with many others) for his recent “acceptance in the press” credentials he has received because of his powerful Twitter presence. Let’s just say, as a social media sports community that we are extremely proud of him for leading the way into this new opportunity.
Casey, according to the press release, is currently among the Top 10 most-followed basketball-related users on Twitter. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native and Bronx resident trails only NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors, Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons and a few others among those associated with professional, collegiate and youth basketball. Casey is, by far, the most-followed basketball-related individual who is not a professional basketball player, team or coach.
Casey’s arrangement with St. John’s Athletics is as an independent, credentialed Twitter micro-blogger, which will allow him to use his access to take St. John’s basketball from his behind-the-scenes vantage point directly to hoops fans worldwide, and in real time via Twitter. Casey currently brings a broad-based perspective on all things basketball to his massive following on Twitter, distributing links to news items, event coverage and feature stories, while providing an interactive forum for discussion and conversation. Through Twitter, fans of St. John’s basketball and the basketball community as a whole will be able to chat with Casey during live action – about the game, athletes, coaches, strategy, atmosphere or any topic that comes to mind.
We are all really excited about this opportuny for Peter, and look forward to watching his live tweets courtside this season! Follow Peter on Twitter here.
Do you think more teams will start giving bloggers and power twitter users press passes to tweet or blog live at the games? How many followers should one have until they are considered for a press pass?