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The latest in athlete social media & opendorse news.

The latest in athlete social media & opendorse news.

The NBA’s social MVPs

The King has arrived in Los Angeles, the offseason is over, and NBA basketball is back in our lives. Over the offseason, basketball's top players took to social to build their brands beyond the hardwood. With a following more than double the size of any other player,...

Social MVPs of the NHL offseason

The Summer of Ovi has come to the end and the NHL is officially back in our lives. Throughout the offseason, several of hockey's top players took to social to further establish their brands beyond the ice. The biggest winners were Caps players, specifically Ovechkin...

The PGA TOUR’s social leaderboard

This season, the PGA TOUR launched the #LiveUnderPar campaign with a promise to extend the game beyond ropes, bringing fans closer to the players and action than ever before. The program was embraced not only by the TOUR, but by the players as well. The game's top...

How NFL players stack up with their teams and league on social

It's no secret that athletes are powerful on social. They have huge audiences and rack up retweets in ways that brand account managers can only dream of. NFL players fit this description to a T. Their collective audience, activity, and engagement outrank that of their...

The NFL’s athlete-driven MVPs

The NFL is back in a big way. The league's opening weekend did not disappoint and we're not even to Monday Night Football. The comeback celebration didn't stop with the major networks — many of the game's stars took to social to share the hype for their game, throw...

The WTA’s strongest brands on social

Serena Williams' brand may be bigger than ever, but she's far from the only reason to bet on women's tennis. Flush with young talent and a new commitment to athlete-driven content, the WTA and the players are able to reach and engage their fans more effectively than...

The Social Stars of the ATP World Tour

The top performers in tennis are on full display at the U.S. Open. While on-court success comes first, the Big Apple-based tournament provides a platform for players to make their name on the global stage. The sport regularly produces some of the most marketable stars...

Athlete-Driven: Phil Wins the Day on Twitter

Phil Mickelson made noise off the course this morning, announcing his arrival to Twitter with a quick wink. The social network went wild welcoming Lefty, as did his follower-count, exploding from zero to more than 60 thousand followers in the first seven hours.But...

The athlete-driven leaders from NFL training camp

NFL training camp is back in full swing and so are the league's athlete-driven leaders on social. The players put the pads back on and are again surrounded by production teams that capture their every move. Between the preseason passion from fanbases and the influx of...

Athlete-Driven: Workout SZN in the NFL

Watch your favorite sports talk show and you're sure to see the eye-rolls directed at that offseason workout posts that athletes often share. The talking heads may be quick to dismiss these as overshares and "who cares?" but the reality is that this content is curated...

It’s time to help student-athletes build their brands

Today we announced the next step toward our vision to help every athlete. After five years of helping pros and alumni, we are ready to assist a group that is near and dear to our hearts: student-athletes. College athletics programs can now use opendorse to help...

Athlete-Driven: Venus keeps it in the family

Venus and Serena Williams have spent more than two decades building their fanbases on the court and beyond. While their stardom may have started with a racket in-hand, both have established powerful brands that extend well past the baseline. This morning, Venus gave...

Athlete-Driven: Shaqtin’ on Instagram

Shaq and Cycle Media formed an all-star duo on Instagram last night. Cycle, the sports and pop culture media company, is one of the best in the game at creating timely content that connects sports with the culture of social media. Following a heartbreaking Game One...

I love going to work.

By opendorse CEO Blake Lawrence Last week we won an award. Since the recognition, I’ve been reflecting. How did we get here?   In 2010 Adi and I had a conversation. Myself, removed from football for six months. Adi, heading into his fourth year as a starting kicker at...

Athlete Driven: D-Wade goes Solo for Star Wars

D-Wade has a new co-pilot and it's not LeBron James or Goran Dragic. This time, it's a 7'6" Wookie named Chewbacca.  The latest Star Wars installment, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," has been a prominent advertiser on ESPN and NBA Playoffs leading up to last night's...

Athlete-Driven: Didi’s spreading the news

"Ballgame over! Yankees win! Theeeeeee Yankees win!" Every baseball fan recognizes John Sterling's iconic call following each Yankees victory. But Sterling has some new competition. Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has taken to sharing his own athlete-driven victory...

Athlete-Driven: Donovan Mitchell calls game… blouses

Every few days, an athlete-driven social post "stops the internet." Last week, it was Baker Mayfield's pre-draft Brett Favre tribute. This week, it's Donovan Mitchell pairing a big moment from last night's win with an iconic cultural reference. Game.... Blouses🤐🤷🏾‍♂️...

The 2018 NFL Draft’s Top Athlete-Driven Sponsored Posts

Athlete-driven sponsored content has become a staple of the NFL Draft. NFL sponsors and licensees work in tandem with soon-to-be drafted players to put engaging content in the players’ channels on the biggest day of their lives.

The NFL Draft’s Strongest Brands on Social

Draft Day is finally here. For the NFL's top prospects, the past three months have been the longest, most heavily scrutinized job interview of their lives. These athletes have spent every day on display -- performing at the Combine, in team interviews, and speaking...

Athlete-Driven: The brand behind Baker

Baker Mayfield has built one of the strongest athlete brands in the 2018 NFL Draft. From walk-on journeyman to Heisman Trophy winner, the former OU signal caller has molded his brand around an unmatched passion and drive to win. While that gameday emotion has...