STATE OF SPONSORED SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW ATHLETES, TEAMS, AND LEAGUES STACK UP
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Baseball’s Endorsement All Stars

Perhaps more than any major professional sport, baseball is experiencing a youth movement. The Nationals' Bryce Harper and the Angels' Mike Trout each have earned MVP awards before age 24, but they're not alone in bearing the weight of baseball's future. Kris Bryant,...

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The NBA Draft’s Biggest Winners on Social Media

Dreams are realized each June at the NBA Draft. In an instant, young men are turned from amateur athletes to NBA players with soon-to-be-signed lucrative contracts. These newly minted rookies are exposed to their first professional moment in the spotlight, endearing...

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Top 100 Highest-Paid Athlete Endorsers of 2016

The following athletes raked in over $924 million in endorsements over the last year, up from the $917 million total of the Highest-Paid Athlete Endorsers of 2015. As the athlete endorsement industry continues to expand, brands and sponsors are finding new, innovative...

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Inside the Huskers powerful social media strategy

When it comes to social media, few athletic departments do it better than Nebraska Athletics. They’re led by Kelly Mosier, the Assistant Athletic Director for Digital Communications, and consistently bring high-quality, engaging video and graphic content across all...

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Cavs vs. Warriors: Social media stats

The collision of two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and the 73-win Golden State Warriors with NBA-Finals mainstay LeBron James has led to some gaudy viewership numbers over the last two weeks. This year’s NBA Finals are the second-most watched Finals through four...

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Sidney Crosby adds to his resume

­Since breaking into the league as the top pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, Sidney Crosby has been a star. The 28-year-old has asserted himself as the face of the NHL throughout his 11 seasons, winning multiple First-Team, All-Star and MVP Awards. With a 3-1 victory over...

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3 Big Ideas from the 2016 Brand Engagement Summit

Though some of my opendorse colleagues have been able to attend the Intersport Brand Engagement Summit in the past, the 2016 event in Chicago was my first experience. And as I look back now a few days after its conclusion, I feel so fortunate to have rejoined the...

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Curry vs. LeBron: On & Off the Hardwood

Stephen Curry is just two wins away from tying LeBron James in career NBA championships. After two consecutive blowouts over James' Cavaliers, Curry and the Warriors appear to be en route to a second ring in as many years. But consecutive MVP awards and repeat titles...

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Start Your Story Before Rio 2016

Guidelines from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are presenting a challenge for potential advertisers and sponsors of the 2016 Olympics Games. According to the IOC’s Rule 40, from July 24 until August 24, 2016–accredited persons must not commercialize their...

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The Case For Athlete Influence

Influence [in-floo-uh ns] noun. 1. the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behaviors, options, etc. of others. In the mid-2000s, as Twitter was adopted by the masses and blogging moved to the...

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Copa America: A Massive Moment for Marketers

The soccer bug could finally be coming to North America. This summer, the U.S. will host its biggest soccer event since the 1994 World Cup—Copa America Centenario. The tournament includes sixteen countries from North, Central, and South America, and will be played in...

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Social Media Madness: #SMSports Final Four

The only thing better than your Twitter feed during the NCAA Tournament's first weekend was the play on the court. There were GIFs, video, and up-to-the-minute updates. Most importantly, there was emotion. From the glory of victory, to the agony of defeat, social...

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How UFC Stars Engage Fans on Social Media

The UFC's top fighters are marketable by nature. They have fought their way to the top, earning the adulation of the growing mixed martial arts fan base along the way. This recognition generally leads to large social media followings. Fans want to know what's going on...

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By the Numbers: The Super Bowl On Social Media

Super Bowl 50 pits the Denver Broncos, one of the NFL's most traditionally popular teams, against the relative upstart Carolina Panthers. While Denver may have a more established fan base, the Panthers have been the 2015-16 season's hottest team, behind a dominant...

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#SB50 For Agencies: Campaign Activation

With less than a week between us and Super Bowl 50, you’re sure to have spent weeks, if not months, organizing your athlete social media campaign. You have secured deals with athletes and their agents. The content has been drafted, approved, and scheduled. And now you...

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#SB50 For Agencies: How to Organize a Winning Campaign

Super Bowl 50 kicks off in just 13 days. For many of the nation's top marketing agencies, this is crunch time. For agencies who will pre-launch their campaign— an increasingly popular tactic among Super Bowl advertisers— the clock is ticking even faster. In short,...

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