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Are Fantasy Sports A Distraction in the Office?

Our friend and valued SEA member Ryan Parr recently did some research on a big issue in fantasy sports. As CEO of Fantazzle Fantasy Sports, he regularly hears about how Fantasy Football ‘is a waste of time’ or ‘promotes decreased productivity’. Obviously, as a company passionate about the world of fantasy sports, Fantazzle decided to…

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Top Twitter Athlete of 2010

In 2010, we’ve seen professional athletes come a long way in social media, and perhaps there’s no better platform as evidence of this than Twitter. The amount of engagement in the last year going on in the space has been phenomenal but after doing polls on the top sports professionals and top sports resources of 2010,…

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Kobe Bryant’s Social Media Enigma

When we think of social media in basketball, a lot of names come to mind. Shaq was the pioneer. Steve Nash engages with fans with the same smoothness he does orchestrating the basketball court. Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh make announcements on Facebook. LeBron makes notes of his haters. The list goes on, but Kobe Bryant isn’t…

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Overtime Post – The Eyeball Shift

Thanks to a friend, I got to catch a hockey game live at the arena earlier this week. Other than the game itself, (the Canucks won, naturally) what interested me the most were the intermissions. Sure there were the usual bunch who went out for their restroom runs and beer refills, but there was also…

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Overtime Post – The Ron Santo Edition

It’s been a tough couple weeks in the sports world. Legendary NHL Coach Pat Burns and esteemed sportswriter Jim Kelley both passed away this November due to Cancer. Although it’s easy to get lost within a game either as a player, sports professional, or simply a fan, incidents such as this really remind us that…

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How Exclusivity Can Be Big for Athletes in Social Media (Part 2)

A while back I talked about how using social networks focused on exclusivity like Path and Facebook Groups can give less social media savvy athletes an outlet in case they want to blow off some steam or share things with their intimate family and friends. This week, I want to talk about how exclusivity can…

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Overtime Post – Thanksgiving for Sports Fans

It was business for me as usual this week since I celebrated Thanksgiving last month, although I wouldn’t mind a second helping of turkey. Regardless,  I want to do a short list of things that I’m thankful for this year as a sports fan. Vancouver 2010 Olympics: Not only was it the time of my…

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Interview with Martine Yen on Sports and Technology

I had the pleasure of meeting Martine at a local sports tweetup where I first heard about the Hockey Community. Along with her two roommates, they have used their passion for sports and technology to create an online social community where hockey players of all levels can find open rinks and players to play with….

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Overtime Post – Pros and Cons of Athletes on Twitter

Through out this whole week, we’ve had ongoing discussions about the pros and cons of professional athletes using social media to build their brands and engage with fans. Twitter, specifically has been a hot topic due to Tiger Woods making a re-entrance to the space. Since this is the internet, it’s expected that the general…

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How Exclusivity Can Be Big for Athletes in Social Media (Part 1)

There’s no doubt that in the last year, social media has exploded in the sports industry, with superstars from different sports joining platforms like Twitter and Facebook to interact with their fans. However, there has almost been as much negative noise about athletes using social media as there has been positive. Although it may seem…

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Overtime Post – Networking on the Road

It is the third week of the Overtime Post, and both Lewis and I are on the road this week. Ironically, he went from the east coast to the west, and I’m going from the west to the east. Twitter is great, but nothing beats real hi-fives, fist pumps, and sharing stories in person. If you’re…

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The Overtime Post – The Biggest Loser

Welcome to the second week of the Overtime Post, where we take a light and sarcastic look at the week’s posts and other sports and business news around the world. Other than my Vancouver Canucks who have won six in a row (and I suppose I have to give the San Fransciso Giants a little…

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