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Top Sports Social Media Professionals of 2010

The year has flown by and it’s been a great one for sports and social media. In the last year, we’ve seen almost every professional sports team start to create a social media strategy, and none of it would have been possible without the many creative people at work in the sports industry. As a result we’ve created a poll to see who, in your opinion is the MVP of social media sports professionals in 2010!

On the ballot, we have SB Nation CEO Jim Bankoff, New York JetsMatthew Higgins, Digital Royalty‘s Amy Jo Martin, CNBC’s Darren Rovell, Brian Gainor from Partnership Activation, Russell Scibetti from the Business of Sports, Leverage Agency’s Ben Sturner, David Barton-Ginger of All Blacks, Daniel McLaren from the UK Sports Network, Darren Heitner from Sports Agent Blog, Jason Peck from JasonFPeck.com, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Scott Phelps, Ash Read from FundSport.com, and Vaynermedia’s Stephanie Bagley and Sam Taggart. All of these individuals have been hustling their rears off to platform themselves as leading pioneers in this new space. Also, feel free to add your own suggestion in the ballot below, as we’re sure to have forgotten some great people. Don’t forget to click submit!

EDIT: Voting is now closed. Thank you everyone for their responses. We had over 2400 votes. Look for more posts this week to announce the winner.

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30 Responses to Top Sports Social Media Professionals of 2010

  1. JasonPeck December 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    Wow, honored to be included in this list!

  2. TarHeelWire December 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    FYI -Need to fix that URL for Jason Peck. It’s Jason*F*peck.com (minus the asterisks of course)

  3. AshRead December 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    Lewis, thanks for including me on the list. It’s an honour to be on that list with some great sports professionals.

  4. Darren_Heitner December 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    Lewis didn’t include himself, but we all know that he is most deserving to be on this list.

  5. virginian December 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    Where did they hide the Submit button?

  6. gosam December 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Appreciate it, Lewis. Don’t know if I’m deserving to be on this list, but thank you anyway! :)

  7. anothersamchan December 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    @TarHeelWire Great heads up, our bad! Sorry Jason!

  8. anothersamchan December 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    @virginian Hmm, it should be there, I’ll check for you! Refresh!

  9. sportsmarketing December 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Would have loved to see more European people here but great list, i’m a big fan of some of these guys listed

  10. LewisHowes December 13, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    @Darren_Heitner Thanks my friend, hope you are doing well :)

  11. LewisHowes December 13, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    @AshRead you are welcome!

  12. LewisHowes December 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    @sportsmarketing Got a few UK guys in there, and one from NZ… feel free to put in your recommendations in the “other” slot in the pool and we may add them if enough people put in their name :)

  13. anothersamchan December 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    @JasonPeck keep up the good work J! sorry about the link!

  14. CJones82 December 14, 2010 at 3:47 am #

    So many great female sports bloggers out there, make sure to check out QueenOfSports done by Kobe Bryant’s former publicist and the crew at Kickette for their awesome soccer blogging.

  15. rscibetti December 15, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Thank you for including me in this list. I really appreciate be included with these other great professionals!

  16. ryanstephens December 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    Great list! Fortunate to have connected with and learned a lot from most of these professionals. Those of you who I haven’t touched base with in a bit should give me a shout! Love to hear what everyone is working on.

  17. sadie December 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    I’ve add Shirpal Shah from Washington Redskins he gave great information on the Facebook Summit in October.

  18. Boca_Neil December 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    No one uses twitter like Darren Rovell.

  19. Boca_Neil December 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    No one uses twitter like Darren Rovell.

  20. LewisHowes December 16, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    @sadie I agree, I’ve met Shirpal and he is a great guy and knows his stuff. His votes will be added up for sure!

  21. LewisHowes December 16, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    @ryanstephens We are all glad to know you as well my friend.

  22. LewisHowes December 16, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    @rscibetti Great seeing you in NYC and at the Jets game.

  23. LewisHowes December 16, 2010 at 12:41 am #

    @CJones82 She has been included in the votes and they will be added. thanks for mentioning her!

  24. JoshFeinberg December 16, 2010 at 1:01 am #

    This is the DREAM TEAM of social media sports professionals! Thankful to have connected with many on this list over the last few years…many of which have helped shape my career in sports.

  25. SportingJobs December 16, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    Dan McLaren gets my vote as he has developed a great networking resource and developed social media awareness here in sport in the UK! I have been to 3 of his networking events, 2 of these co-hosted with you Lewis and for me has opened up my husiness network. Thanks to Dan I now have over 13 twitter accounts for each of my sites, a Facebook page for my business and seen my business grow as a result! Thanks Dan, keep it up and see you at the London event in Jan 2011! Efrem at http://www.sportingjobs.org

  26. SportingJobs December 16, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    Dan McLaren gets my vote as he has developed a great networking resource and developed social media awareness here in sport in the UK! I have been to 3 of his networking events, 2 of these co-hosted with you Lewis and for me has opened up my husiness network. Thanks to Dan I now have over 13 twitter accounts for each of my sites, a Facebook page for my business and seen my business grow as a result! Thanks Dan, keep it up and see you at the London event in Jan 2011! Efrem at http://www.sportingjobs.org

  27. DanielMclaren December 16, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    Thanks for including me on this list of awesome sports social media people. Honoured to be up there my friend. Look forward to catching up when you’re in UK next.

  28. DanielMclaren December 16, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    @SportingJobs Thanks Ef, really appreciated. Look forward see you again in Jan!

  29. JacquieZona December 16, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    You only forgot to add one person to this list…Derek Zona, Managing Editor of The Copper N Blue. http://www.coppernblue.com.

  30. GeneCooper December 24, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    Check out what Aaron Curry from the Seattle Seahawks is doing at acurry59.com. He’s new to social media but really seems to get it.

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