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 them to brands and fans alike. Like any major sporting event, the draft is filled with

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Top 100 Highest-Paid Athlete Endorsers of 2016

See how teams help athletes build their brands with opendorse. 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 ways to embrace and leverage the influence

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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 platforms. Mosier has been overseeing the athletics website for five years and took control of the social

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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 games, averaging nearly 18 million viewers per game up to this point. While that may seem like

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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 the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, Crosby netted his

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 sports business industry. The business of opendorse

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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 aren’t the only categories in which Curry is catching James. The league’s MVP has also made strides

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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 social media. This means that Olympic athletes can use social media to share experiences and communicate