#Sportsbiz roundup – @adioso & @AFL, Twitter & #MarchMadness & Facebook hashtags

While two of the new rules approved by NFL team owners last week slipped through without major criticism, players didn’t hold back in using Twitter to express their disapproval at the third, the controversial crown-of-the-helmet rule.

adioso help you plan your AFL Flights

Is your AFL side playing interstate soon? Adioso lets you follow your AFL team anywhere by keeping an eye on the cheapest flights for those interstate trips (right). 

Twitter utilises March Madness to introduce 15-second ‘instant replays’ of NCAA game highlights. Cue a significant door opening for the platform’s future in video advertising.

San Francisco 49ers fans won’t feel frustrated by patchy internet connection at home games again. The team’s new stadium will serve the Wi-Fi needs of 68,000 patrons simultaneously.

‘We have no choice but to get more social, more mobile, more personal and more inclusive.’ Georgetown University professor of sports management Marty Conway explains how we can hold the attention of generation HD.

Auckland Blues use Tine to profile social media content for fans new to social mediaThe Auckland Blues use Tint to showcase social media activity (right). A brilliant tool to help keep fans up to date and engaged.  We installed the Tint for the Blues, like our Social Media Hub, please contact us if you want one.

Facebook’s plan to incorporate Twitter’s most iconic marker, the hashtag, as a way to group conversations and give users more reason to stay logged in.

The NFL has joined with GE and Under Armour in a four-year, $60M brain injury study. They’ll be looking at new ways to diagnose brain trauma and develop new ideas for helmets and other safety equipment.

A great initiative from The Fifth Army, fighting depression, bullying and homophobia. The more informed you are, the better equipped you are to handle these issues.

The usual suspects (LeBron, Federer, Manning, Kobe & Phelps) dominate Bloomberg Sports list of the 100 Most Powerful Athletes in 2013 based on ranking within their sport, endorsements and social media presence.

 What stories did we miss?  Please let us know in the comments?

#BODSW is back with #SuperBowl XLVI, Pinterest, and some #Linsanity

Welcome back, again, to Sports Geek’s #BODSW. After a hefty break over the summer months while I was following in Sean’s footsteps,

Excuse the hat, but wouldn’t you be wearing it in minus-16 degree weather?!

conducting my own #sportsgeektrip in the USA, including watching Green Bay’s Matt Flynn throw 6 touchdowns in minus-16 degree weather, the (at the time) 2-12 Washington Wizards upset the 12-2 OKC Thunder, and catching a Knicks game before all the #Linsanity, we are back and better than ever, as this week we have a look at the social media impact in Indianapolis during Super Bowl XLVI, the growing popularity of Pinterest (along with a quick review), and athletes and social media. Along with this, we’ll have a look at who gets best on ground this week for excellence in combining sports and social media. So sit back and enjoy 2012’s first #bodsw and remember to keep an eye out on my Pinterest site for photos of my very own #sportsgeektrip across America.

Social Media at #SuperBowl XLVI

We know who won Super Bowl XLVI, with the New York Giants’ Eli Manning again being a thorn in Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots’ side, but who won the social media battle from Super Bowl 46? To get an idea of the link between social media and sport, check out this cool info graphic and story on the big dance in Indianapolis earlier this month, which included an unfathomable 5.6 million Super Bowl-related tweets!

Pinterest: Have you started pinning?

Arguably the fastest growing new social media platform on the internet, Pinterest is gaining more users seemingly by the second. With comScore estimating the website gains over 10 million unique viewers monthly, the online pinboard needs to be investigated to see how sporting organisations can incorporate it into their digital marketing strategies. If you aren’t sure what Pinterest is, check out New York Times’ tech columnist David Pogue‘s review on the revolution.

Be sure to check out Sports Geek’s Pinterest page, as well as Sean’s own page for some great sports-related pins. And remember, Pinners, images are the key to pinning items, so find some great images and get pinning.

In case you missed it, Sean was on ABC Grandstand last week with Francis Leach and Amanda Shalala, discussing the growth of Pinterest, and remember to tune into ABC Grandstand at 7:45am  to hear the latest news from the digital sports world.

How not to use Twitter

With Twitter such a huge part of our lives now, including our sporting lives, the US state of Maryland has taken a somewhat radical approach to their student-athletes and Twitter; banning it. Towson University football coach Rob Ambrose has banned his players from tweeting after one of his players tweeted a racial slur before a football game. Check out this list of schools in Maryland, created by WBALTV.com, that have some interesting policies on social media access for athletes.

The AFL and Telstra join forces, leave Optus out

Big news from the AFL  this week with their new deal with Telstra that will allow fans to watch every game this season straight from their smartphone or tablet device. With the NFL, NBA and MLB having such great success with channels such as NFL Game Pass and the NBA’s League Pass, it’s great to see the AFL starting to catch up to the world leaders in online content.

On the other side of the AFL/Telstra deal, rival telecommunications giant Optus is seeking legal action against Andrew Demetriou and the AFL over comments made by the AFL CEO during an interview with the Sunday Herald Sun. Be sure to keep an eye on how this one pans out.

Best on Ground

The first best on ground for 2012 goes to Sports Illustrated for their March Madness Cover Challenge, where readers can enter a competition to get their own picture on the cover of the March 19 edition of the long-running sports magazine. It’s an excellent initiative by an iconic sporting magazine, and one that is sure to excite it’s fans worldwide. Check out Sports Illustrated’s cover challenge on it’s Facebook page now. Entries close March 5th, 2012.

Video of the Week

By now, you’ve probably heard all about Jeremy Lin and all the terrible puns (Linsanity, Lincredible, Super Lintendo, etc.) that have crept into the vocabulary of NBA fans worldwide. If you haven’t heard about the young Harvard graduate who took the road less travelled to the NBA, then check out this video of his game-winner against the Toronto Raptors that sent the Madison Square Garden crowd into a frenzy. Be sure to check out how Sports Geek linked the New York Knicks with a New York-based info graphic artist - all the way from Melbourne. Enjoy!

#BODSW – Best of Digital Sports World compiled with the help of @Dion_Bennett

Connected Real Madrid, LeBron & KD & Google+ Brandjacking

Welcome to another huge week of #BODSW. This week, we’re bringing you some great developments from Real Madrid, LeBron James, Kevin Durant (again), and much, much more. Without further ado, here is this week’s edition of #BODSW.

Real Madrid fans to be connected

We start in Spain at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The La Liga super club is set for a European first, as they plan to activate a new, high density Wi-Fi system in the stadium that fans can use while watching Real strut their stuff.

NBA Stars turn YouTube stars?

Over to the United States now, with NBA superstars Kevin Durant and LeBron James utilising social media throughout the NBA lockout to stay engaged with fans and grow their personal brands. The duo have started a webcast entitled, “Striving for Greatness”, where the two work out together to improve their games for whenever the NBA gets past it’s labour dispute.

Stay tuned on LeBron James YouTube Channel for more episodes.

Twitter & journalism

Hitting social media now, with Poynter publishing a brilliant read about journalists, Twitter, and the professional dangers associated with retweeting. Definitely worth a read, even if just to pick up tips about Twitter etiquette.

Aussies web stats

If stats are your thing, check out the ABS’ latest work on internet activity in Australia, with some great numbers coming out regarding the availability of broadband internet in Australia.

Google+ & Brandjacking

We look at Google+ next, with an article about fake pages, like the ones we see on Twitter, with TPM having published a story about a fake Google+ page for Bank of America, that has been set up and is trashing one of America’s largest companies.

Best on Ground

BOG this week is the giant video wall where people can try and match the speed of the New York City marathoners for 60 yards, just to see the amazing speeds that these professional marathoners can sustain for some 26.2 miles.  Do you think you can keep up with Ryan Hall?

Video of the Week

NFL linebackers are a special, violent breed of footballer. Not many are better at what they do that the Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware. Check out the super slo-mo video of, “The Anatomy of a Sack”, brought to you by Red Bull.

#BODSW – Best of Digital Sports World compiled with the help of @Dion_Anthony

Manchester United, President’s Cup, FC Barca and Kevin Durant’s Football Foray

We’ve got some great stories coming at you in this week’s Best of Digital Sports Weekly, with stories coming from cricket, golf, soccer and the Tweet heard ’round Oklahoma. Let’s go.

Manchester United unveil new social media platform. Wait, no they don’t

We’ve seen some contrasting stories regarding football giant Manchester United and their entry, or non-entry, into a new social media space. England’s Marketing magazine released an article last week, Manchester United is building its own branded global social network and media outlet, with the aim of targeting its international base of an estimated 350m supporters.reporting that Manchester United will build it’s own branded global social network, with the aim of targeting its international base of supporters, which is an estimated 350 million people strong.

The next day, however, the club released a statement saying this wasn’t the case, as reported by Sports Pro Media.

President’s Cup & Social Media fans

Back home we have The Australian reporting that fans who attend the upcoming Presidents Cup tournament, which starts on November 14th, will be banned from tweeting, emailing  or posting anything from the tournament onto social media.

To the contrary, the Presidents Cup official Facebook page has cleared up this misbelief with a statement on their Facebook page.

To keep up with all the action from the Presidents Cup when it kicks off, follow @PresidentsCup on Twitter.

Doug Bollinger could find himself in hot water

Staying in the same category of “illegal” communications, Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger found himself in hot water recently, being spotted using an iTouch iPod during Australia’s one-day match against South Africa.

With the use of telecommunications devices during matches banned since match-fixing scandals in 2000, and with the current issues the ICC has had with recent match-fixing, the timing of Bollinger’s story could be better.

Even though iPod’s are allowable under the ICC’s regulations, the fact that the device can access the internet, emails and other communication channels, Bollinger could face some harsh penalties from the ICC if they find that his use of the iTouch iPod contravenes any of their regulations.

Chicago Cubs: How to use social media effectively

Ending this weeks #bodsw on a positive note now, with a guest post on Social Media Club on Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs.

Written by the Cubs’ PR and marketing specialist, Kevin Saghy (@CredibleKev), the post explores how the Cubs, using the Twitter handle of @CubsInsider, are doing the right thing in both their social media space offline to create lasting connections with their fan base. A great read that really sums up why sporting organisations need great people running their digital marketing departments correctly.

Best on Ground

Best on ground this week is FC Barcelona with their great new YouTube involvement. As reported on Digital Football, approximately 93,000 people tuned in to watch the Spanish super club unveil their new training facility. Barca became the the first club to utilise YouTube for a major live press event, earning them this week’s B.O.G.

Video of the Week

VOW this week goes to Oklahoma City Thunder forward, Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5). The 2-time NBA Scoring Champion, bored due to the NBA lockout, tweeted his followers, asking for a game of flag football. Answering the young superstar was Oklahoma State student George Overbey (@groverby), who invited him to go play with him and his team, which KD did, leading to this wonderful footage below which could easily be used to point out all the pros about using a Twitter account!

Sports Geek Network Night

Have you bought your ticket for the Sports Geek Network Night, to be held in conjunction with the Melbourne Aces? If not, and you want to come along and take it some baseball while relaxing with other like-minded people, grab your tickets here.

That’s it for another week of #bodsw. Hopefully you enjoyed it and are looking forward to next week’s instalment.

Tickets for the Networking Night on the Thursday 17th November are available now!  Come down are network while watching the Melbourne Aces take on the Brisbane Bandits.

Ticket are only $10 so why not enjoy taking in some sport instead of working at the game like you usually do.

Sports Geek News: Aces Networking Night, Congrats @ManlySeaEagles & @BigBashLeague

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Sports Geek Networking Night – Melbourne Aces

Melbourne Aces play at the Royal Melbourne ShowgroundsSports Geek is going to be hosting a Sports Geek Networking Night on November 17th, being held at the Melbourne Aces ABL Opening Night fixture against the Brisbane Bandits.

Thanks to Aces GM Windsor Knox & Gary Hubbard at the Aces for helping us set up this event for Melbourne’s sports digital community.

Tickets for the Networking Night are available now!  Click here to buy, if you liked the World Series you should check out the ABL entering it’s second season.

Ticket are only $10 so why not enjoy taking in some sport instead of working at the game like you usually do.

Stay tuned for some added extras for attendees to the Sports Geek Networking Night.

Sports Geek in the News

In case you missed it, Sports Geek was in the business section of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald on Friday, September 30th, talking about how sports can leverage social media & connect teams with sports fans.  See how the tweet reviews came in using Storify.

#BODSW is back

Thanks to new staffer at @SportsGeekHQ Dion Bennett (@Dion_Anthony) the Best of the Digital Sports World (AKA #BODSW) is back at SportsGeek.com.au.

Here is some you may have missed:

Make sure you keep an eye out as he brings you all the latest in the digital sports trends from around the world each week.

Got an article worth adding, send us a tweet tag it #BODSW.

Congratulations to the Manly Sea Eagles, 2011 NRL Premiers

A big shout out to one of Sports Geek’s clients, Manly Sea Eagles, who took out this season’s NRL premiership in impressive fashion over the New Zealand Warriors!  Special congrats to Jessica Ivers (@jivebong) who helped drive the Sea Eagles digital platforms in 2011, she was a vital cog for the Sea Eagles digital community and will be missed by Sea Eagles fans.  We wish her all the best on her new challenge.

Commiserations, too, must go to the Collingwood, who went down to a great Geelong outfit in the 2011 AFL Grand Final.  Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your perspective) there was no #callananshimmy this year.

One more quick note on the NRL and AFL finals; We came very close seeing an All-Sports Geek Grand Final in both codes this year,with clients Collingwood, the West Coast Eagles, Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles duking it out during the Preliminary finals for a spot on the Grand Final stage.

A brilliant effort from all clubs, and we wish them well for Season 2012.

KFC T20 Big Bash League

New Sports Geek client - @ThunderBBL on TwitterNot long now until the Big Bash League kicks off. Sean presented at the Big Bash League teams at Cricket Australia’s Digital Day last week to help give all the teams a kick start in developing fan bases via social media for this exciting competition. Have a look at how all the teams are faring in the race for social media fans.

Sports Geek is currently working with the Sydney Thunder and we are excited to work with brand new franchise with another Sports Geek client ANZ Stadium to call home.   Expect to be #thunderstruck!

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Steve Nash, the New York City Marathon, and Manchester City’s digital dreams

Alright, folks. It’s that time of the week, again, where we take a look at the biggest stories from the sports digital world, to see what the new trends are. Are you ready?

Moving on to digital marketing now, with a quick look at Phoenix Suns point guard, Steve Nash. The two-time NBA MVP and budding marketing maven is making strides in the digital marketing world.  The co-owner of marketing group Consigliere, Nash is as in-touch with the digital marketing age as he is with the Suns’ offensive playbook, and offers some great insights into the future of digital marketing with an interview with Jeff Beer of Canadian Business.

We start in New York City this week, with the Sports Business Journal reporting that the New York Road Runners have recently launched two smartphone applications for the New York City Marathon, which is being held on November 6th. The first app, which will costs buyers $2.99, will track participants during the race on a map and includes live video from the NBC4 New York telecast. Alternatively, the free app provides race updates and photos.

Staying in the United States in our next story, with USA Swimming. The United States’ governing body for swimming has developed a new digital platform and phone application that allows swimmers to track their progress, set goals and earn patches on Facebook for accomplishing their in-pool goals.  With the organisation already having 280,000 members, it won’t be long until sponsors jump on board the application, making it worthwhile of a spot here on BODSW.

It’s back home with the last story now, as we look at Sports Geek’s newest venture, the #YouTube140. The brainchild of our very own Sean Callanan, the YouTube 140 series will, in 140 seconds, tell you all you need to know about your digital marketing strategies. But, don’t take my word for it, let Sean tell you about it!

Best on Ground

This week’s best on ground goes to the league-leading Manchester City. Winning on- and off-field, the Citizens are blazing quite the trail in the digital sports world with ‘clever’ membership cards.

Brought to our attention through the guest post by Stephen Cleary, the Clever Card, once held up to a computer’s webcam, will unlock great videos and 3D images for viewers, with one special card having a Willy Wonka-style ‘golden ticket’ attachment.

It’s a clever (no pun intended) new scheme by City, and one that is sure to catch on with many clubs in the near future.

Video of the Week

Video of the Week this week belongs to the Big Shaqtus, talking about his love for social media. One of the greatest centres to ever wear an NBA uniform, Shaq has fully embraced social media and has some interesting points about how to use these platforms as a branding tool.

#BODSW was compiled by Dion Bennett follow him on Twitter @dion_anthony

NFL, ESPN, the All Blacks and Melo’s new shoe

Best of Digital Sports World #13

With @SportsGeekHQ firing #BODSW back up again last week, it’s time for issue #13, where we’ll look at the best stories from this week in the digital sports world. Here goes:

As well as being a worldwide trendsetter on-field, the National Football League is quite the trailblazer in the digital world. The NFL’s official Facebook page has seen a ridiculous 474% increase in active users since the 2010 season, and continues to be a major leader in the digital world. For more information, check out Lauren Drell’s interview with NFL Digital GM, Jeff Berman for Mashable.

We’ll continue to pump up the NFL here by taking a look at another Mashable article about how social media is changing the NFL, which is another great read about a sporting league fully embracing the power of social media to build their image.

In terms of sports broadcasting, ESPN is making a splash in the digital world, as senior director Noel Nash told Forbes’ Jessica Hirshfield.

Still not convinced by the power of social media? Well, maybe you should be, as Forrester Research recently reported, approximately $77 billion will be spent on digital marketing by 2016. That’s roughly the same amount of money as what is being used in television today, the world’s most-accessible medium.

Best on Ground

The best on ground this week is a two-way tie between the Rugby World Cup, which concluded last night with the All Blacks holding on in a tough-fought victory over France, and New York Knicks franchise player, Carmelo Anthony.

The Rugby World Cup was a tremendous world sporting event that lived up to the hype on the field and in the digital world, as Natalie Sisson breaks down the social media campaign the Rugby World Cup administrators implemented nearly flawlessly throughout the lead-up and duration of the event.

The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony also gets the nod for best on ground this week with his thinking outside the square pop-up concept shop in an abandoned warehouse in New York City, to promote his new Jordan brand basketball shoe, the Melo M8.

The interesting thing about Melo’s temporary store is that you can’t buy the shoe there, you can just look, with the exhibit creatively showcasing both the new shoes and Melo’s own personal brand. It’s a very clever buzz marketing technique, indeed.

This is what all the “buzz” was for in New York City; Melo’s new Jordan brand sneaker.

Video of the Week

This week’s video goes to the Rugby World Cup. If you missed the final, here’s a run-down of all the action between the world champion All Blacks and France. Congratulations, New Zealand!

Al Michaels, All Blacks, Concussions, @MCG & #NBALockout

Best of Digital Sports World #12

So nearly two months to the day, #BODSW is back in action! After a very busy time here at @SportsGeekHQ, the weekly #BODSW is firing back up, so let’s dive straight into what’s been happening in the digital sports world.

Head of the Nielsen Sports Group, Stephen Master, recently hosted a panel discussing, “How mobile is changing sports media & marketing”. The panel featured man high-end sporting professionals and is well worth a look.

With the digital world growing rapidly in terms of news and current affairs websites and writers, News Limited are becoming trendsetters by planning a digital subscription news website. Ross Dawson (@rossdawson) has all the details in his blog.

Excellent interview of legendary NFL commentator Al Michaels with ESPNs (@espn) Bill Simmons. (Side note: If you’re a fan of sports writing with twists and unrivalled flair, follow Simmons on Twitter, @sportsguy33, and check out Grantland. You won’t be disappointed).

Let’s come a little bit closer to home now, with new Collingwood (@Collingwood_FC) coach Nathan Buckley giving an exclusive interview to Collingwood’s in-house media channel, CTV. The video, which can be watched here, has had nearly 4,000 views on YouTube it shows how clubs can now manage the media message as both The Age and the Herald Sun quoted from the interview.

Now we head back to the US with our #bodsw, with Technology Review’s (@techreview) story about the Stanford School of Medicine using specially-designed mouth guards to conduct a study on the effects of head injuries in football players. Get all the details of the study right here.

With the ongoing #nbalockout still causing grief to players and fans alike, PR Week US (@PRweekUS) has published a story, telling of the National Basketball Players’ Association educating it’s members on how to be smart with social media and not lose the PR war.

A warm Sports Geek welcome to Twitter for the @MCG

Now we now the Melbourne Cricket Ground is not new to Twitter but they now have a Twitter handle that befits their standing in Melbourne’s sporting scene.

Sports Geek was engaged to obtain the shorter @MCG and transition from @MCG_News.   Navigating the Twitter support ecosystem can be tricky but we’ve done it before obtaining @WestCoastEagles and managing the move from @WCEOfficial.

No need to change your Twitter lists or follow the new accounts if you were following @MCG_News you are following @MCG, but now it is easier to mention them in your tweets.

If you would like to secure your rightful place in the twittersphere please contact us we are more than happy to consult and take you through the process.

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Best on Ground

This week’s BOG goes to the All Blacks.

Not only have they dominated on the field, getting to the final of the Rugby World Cup, but they’re leading the way digitally off-field, also. Check out how the All Blacks are taking advantage of digital media and making a splash on Facebook.

The anticipation awaits….

Video of the Week

If you haven’t checked out CNBC Sports Biz (@SBGameon) you should with host Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) and Erin Sharoni (@erinsharoni) they will keep you up to date in the sports business world.  Take a look at their video on Apple founder Steve Jobs’ impact on sports.

Thanks to @Dion_Anthony for assistance in compiling #BODSW

Facebook changes, Tumblr, Federer, Bosh & #efctweetup

Best of Digital Sports World #11

And #BODSW is back!  Thanks to people who asked where it was, especially after I quoted Jerry Seinfeld’s “Don’t break the chain” philosophy!

If you missed the Sydney (#scau)  and Auckland (#scnz)  SRG Conferences in July then you really did miss out!

Obviously the Australian & New Zealand sports markets have been inspired into action gauging on the interest & development in digital sports projects ramping up in the past month.

Congrats to Essendon who this week will host #efctweetup to get Twitter fans of the Bombers to unite.  I will be watching to see how the event goes this Sunday.

New York Times gives Tumblr a big pump up, will it be the next big social media platform?  Follow Sports Geek on Tumblr.

For #scau & #scnz attendees who miss Dan Harbison (@danstwitter) from the Portland TrailBlazers you can catch him being interviewed by @rowshow from NACMA.

Detroit Red Wings are the latest team to release their own iPhone app.  What is your take on club/franchise based apps?

Chris Bosh (@ChrisBosh) may be 3rd fiddle in the Wade-James trio but he is “Master of his own domain” (and everyone else’s it seems).

Good article by @jeffespo linking live sport with social media activity with MLB.com.

This article from @Mashable definitely rings true after great tweets at the conferences “How to: Get Tweetable Moments from your Presentations”.

Great use of Facebook Like button (AKA Social Graph) by the New Orlean Hornets – Honeybee Auditions.

Facebook changes Custom Tabs

Are you using Custom Tabs in your Facebook Fan Page?  Well Facebook are changing the width of Custom Tabs to 520 pixels on the 23 August, make sure you have resized your custom tabs.  Here is a quick run down from Facebook Developer’s blog.

@SportConference tweets mashup

Wonder what was discussed at @SportConference?  Thanks to TweetStats & Wordle you can.

Quick Facebook Tip

Do you hate it when you try to add a link to an article on from your site or a news website but get a terrible image with the link?

Solution: Upload the photo of your choice and add the link in the caption!  As seen here by Real Madrid.

Video Clip of the Week

Like we need more evidence that Roger Federer is a freak!

For those who didn’t pick up the change @_SportsGeek_ has lost the underscores and is now @SportsGeekHQ

LeBron Sweepstakes, SSMI NRL & Wimbledon #BODSW

Sports Social Media Index - National Rugby LeagueBest of Digital Sports World #10

This coming week may be the biggest in NBA history as the free agent class of LeBron, Wade & Bosh among others decide where they will continue to ply their trade.  Teams & fans are in a frenzy at the possibility of landing one, two are perhaps all three. Chicago Bulls sold 1500 season tickets in 48 hours just on speculation alone.

Darren Rovell does are great job breaking down what LeBron’s worth maybe to each potential destination.

Latest release of SSMI was released this week looking at the NRL clubs and how they use social media platforms to connect with sports fans.  Hear more about it on @SportzfanRadio this Sunday at http://SportzfanRadio.com.

@WeThinkSocial thank social media for lifting profile of soccer in the US looking back at the Twitter rates during the USA Soccer run.

Good video captured by @JasonPeck at Social Media event in DC.

Great piece on ambush marketing at the World Cup with Bavaria Vs Budweiser.

Sacramento Kings engage fans during NBA Draft hat tip to @BrianGainor

If you’re reading this then I recommend you read 30 Sports Blogs you should be reading.  Note: @SportsAndaLatte just moved here.

Look out Steele Sidebottom, back to back titles seem unlikely as QB Fudge Van Hooser commits to Tulane, becomes an early Name Of The Year favorite

#localfooty connecting with fans

Sports Geek getting the Southern Footy League up to speed with social media promoting this Saturday’s via a Facebook promotion with half-price entry to anyone who RSVPs on Facebook.

Southern Football League Vs Riddell District Football League Facebook promotion

Best On Ground

Wimbledon using Facebook & Livestream to create a mashup to connect the press room to Facebook fans.

Wimbledon LiveStream Facebook Mashup

Video Clip of the Week

More from Wimbledon since it is reaching the pointy end…

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