Top 5 Coaches (in movies)

With the passing of legendary actor Dennis Hopper over the weekend it reminded me of one of most cherished sports […]

#WriteTheFuture, Foursquare Search, Amare & Steele

Edition 5 of #BODSW, welcome to SportsGeek V2.0, what do you think?

Socceroos left for South Africa this week but it […]

Nike, ESPN, Aker & World Cup

Edition 4 of #BODSW, wow 4 straight weeks thanks Jerry Seinfeld – “Don’t break the chain”.

Nike goes Viral in April […]

New Sports Geek Anthem

Today, I went to an Austrade seminar on “Capitalising on US new media and entertainment opportunities”. Great presentations on how […]

Dwayne Wade, Google with IPL & Phil

Edition 3 of #BODSW, around the web…

We Want Wade – great digital campaign by Miami Heat to get fans behind Dwyane Wade to stay in Miami when the NBA’s big free agency scramble begins. Absolutely love the Do’s & Don’t’s for fans.  Expect social media to be big in NBA free agency.

Need more evidence that Google will be a big player in the sports market in the next 5 years? NYTimes reports on how Google scored runs with the IPL & YouTube.

Fox Sports Chairman Davis Hill disagrees saying online streaming of sports may affect TV revenues.  Sorry David, don’t agree with this one as online & mobile streaming offer a great opportunity to reach the fan on the move.

Twitter to open Business Center – Nice move by Twitter to allow business automatically get verified.

Twirdie fun little Twitter game guessing Twitter trends to play golf.

Will LeBron stay in Cleveland?  This will be the biggest story in the NBA this off-season.  Perhaps this jersey will fit?


Social Media & Charities, Facebook Changes & Real Madrid

Edition 2 of #BODSW, lets get cracking…

Harry O’Brien’s open letter to Barack Obama – great example from AFL footballer @Harry_O on how an athlete can use blogging & social media to achieve goals outside sport.  Here’s the Herald Sun’s take on Harry’s request.

NBA using social media to support charities – another way sports can engage fans using social media.

What You Need to Know About Facebook’s Recent Announcements – great recap from @GoSam on how you can use the latest Facebook changes for your web properties

Gold Coast – Do you like me? – @GoldCoastFC quick to jump in on the Facebook changes to stir up new fan support for the AFL’s newest team.

Sport selling its soul to big market players – The Times [UK] looks at the money behind sport

How Social Media Is Changing Golf – report from the #140conf held in NYC on impact of social media on the Golf from @jasonpeck

Why you shouldn’t blame YouTube for removing all of those Hitler videos – interesting article on trying to solve the copyright problem that faces sporting leagues & digital rights holders as well as TV & movie studios.


Goodbye Texas Stadium. KABOOM!

Texas Stadium has been replaced by Cowboys Stadium which is a phenomenal venue.  It’s always sad to see old sports venues be replaced as we lose a piece of sports history in the process.  Locals told me when I was in Dallas on #sportsgeektrip that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was trying to sell the implosion of Texas Stadium to Hollywood to be used in a major action film to help offset the costs of demolishing the venue.  He didn’t get any takers but we are lucky enough to see it captured in film in 3D no less. (Hat tip to @gizmodo & @aussiegoldy)

AAMI Park signage misses mark

As I walked past construction workers putting the finishing touches on the “Bubble Dome” to be known as AAMI Park, I couldn’t help thinking the naming rights signage was a missed opportunity.  AAMI recently won the naming rights for Melbourne’s newest sporting stadium but they must be disappointed on two points.  Obviously the current problems at the Melbourne Storm would have given AAMI executives reason to pause with the Storm being one of 4 major tenants with A-Leagues Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Heart and new Super 15 team Melbourne Rebels.

The naming rights was a terrific opportunity as AAMI could be displayed to the sporting public on one side of the venue in full view of tennis & football fans.  On the other side Melbourne’s commuters would not be able to ignore the signage as they entered the Burnley Tunnel every morning.  Unfortunately, the stadium’s unique bubble structure would not support the weight of a naming rights sign.  Interesting to note, that this is what it was supposed to look like via @austadiums.

One of the Signage posts outside AAMI Park