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Sports and Social Media in 2010

2010 was a big year in the world of sports and social media, as leagues, teams, individual athletes, and sports fans alike began to truly understand and harness the power of social platforms. For me, 2010 was the year when social media went mainstream in the world of sports. There were many highlights, too many…

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A World Without Sports Marketing

Although careers in sports marketing are relatively new, sports marketing as a practice is over a century old. As sports began to professionalize, savvy promoters, athletes, and entrepreneurs quickly recognized that the business of sports required marketing support. Sports marketing has two distinct, interdependent, forms: marketing of sports and marketing through sports. If you market…

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Interview with Andrew Krafsur on Spira Footwear and Sports Entrepreneurship

I recently got to meet the CEO of Spira Footwear, Andrew Krafsur. He is a lawyer turned entrepreneur and with the help of his brother, they launched the revolutionary Wavespring technology used in their running and walking shoes today. The technology has been proven to give athletes better results (both in comfort and in speed), so much…

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Networking in Business Beyond Social Media

The explosion of social media has expanded our sphere of influence and connections to the farthest parts of the world. We’re able to do business with anyone in any country with the click of a button and a twist of the mouse. PayPal has made it possible to receive payment and pay our vendors within…

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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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Top Sports Business Resources of 2010

Earlier this week, we had a vote for the top sports social media professional of 2010, and it garnered over 2000 votes. As voting wraps up today, we’ve decided to another one for the top sports business online resources of 2010. We’ve narrowed it down to these links, but if there’s one we’ve missed, let…

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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…

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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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Using Mobile Apps in Sports Marketing

The future of sports marketing has already hit the American consumer where they live the most…on their mobile phones. The tech savvy sports marketer knows that not everyone is at home sitting in front of their TVs watching the game, or online checking the scores and buying the gear. A lot of people are too…

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Top Five Sports Jobs

If you’ve ever attended a live sporting event, you’ve seen all types of entry-level sports jobs; from ball boy to towel boy to mascot, but there are some sports jobs that require more skill, education, and passion than a dusty ball boy or a sweaty mascot. While these entry-level sports jobs can open the door…

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Loyalty in the National Basketball Association

NBA All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat recently made headlines being quoted for saying that loyalty has no place in free agency. Bosh mentions that at a store, you’d go to a store that has the cheaper price for your item, so how is basketball any different? You go where it makes sense for you.

I admit I was a bit shocked by Bosh’s comments because I am a fan of Chris Bosh and I respect everything he does on and off the court. While his new teammate LeBron James was busy rubbing it in Cleveland’s face, Bosh chose the high road and thanked all his Toronto fans for his time there. However, in this case – I have to disagree with Bosh. Just because sports are a business does not mean loyalty should be “an added bonus” as he puts it.

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Interview with Tyler Johnson

Tyler has written a number of articles for SportsNetworker over the last year including the Top 100 Ways to use Social Media in Sports and the influence of LinkedIn Groups. We wanted to take a deeper look at how he personally uses social media and how it pertains to the sports industry on a daily basis.

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