2018 #AthleteDriven Awards

Breaking Down UCF’s Athlete-Driven Domination

The latest in athlete social media & opendorse news.

The latest in athlete social media & opendorse news.

 

5 NBA Twitter accounts to watch in 2016-17

From late October to mid-June, "NBA Twitter" may be the most engaged community on social media. The community is made up of super-fans, beat writers, media personalities, professional gamblers, team accounts, and sometimes even NBA players. One of the most...

From #smsports to SkullSparks: a Q&A with Jason R. Matheson

When it comes to digital branding for college sports properties, Jason R. Matheson has seen it all. After leveraging his design background to earn an internship at the University of Miami, Matheson became a mainstay in college athletics, eventually leading SID And...

The art of the alternate uniform announcement

Back in August, Nebraska football unveiled the all-white alternate uniforms which were worn against Northwestern last Saturday. ‼️????‼️ pic.twitter.com/MM8RBOqx0o— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) August 23, 2016 As players’ jaws dropped, they took to Twitter to...

Twitter Goes Live with Thursday Night Football

Twitter and the social media sports world chalked up a “W” after the first of 10 NFL live-streamed games garnered positive reaction, and a 4% $TWTR boost, Thursday. The game, which appeared in Twitter’s Moments tab, drew more than 2.1 million viewers. An average of...

Adidas & Yeezy crash the NFL party

The NFL is a Nike-dominated league. Not only does the Swoosh own the on-field rights as the NFL’s official uniform provider, it also represents a vast majority of the league’s top players. Sole Collector’s Brendan Dunne broke down Nike’s dominance in player marketing...

Be Elite: the expectation for Ohio State Football, Social media

To kick off the college football season, I was able to catch up with two digital leaders at Ohio State Athletics, Pat Kindig and Zach Swartz. Kindig is the Assistant Athletics Director-Digital Assets, overseeing the tOSU digital team outside of football, while...

Athletes are brands, too: Q&A with adidas’ Michael Ehrlich

Earlier this week, opendorse caught up with Jeremy Darlow, the Director of Brand Marketing for Adidas Football and Baseball. Today we chatted with his good friend and co-worker, Michael Ehrlich. Ehrlich is the Director of PR at Adidas and is at the center of the...

Twitter Goes Live

Should Twitter be able to reinvigorate its sluggish user growth and increase its revenue, we may look back on the summer of 2016 as when everything changed. That’s because this summer, Twitter has gone all-in on the live stream, pushing to become the hub of live...

Q & A with Jumpwire Media

Jumpwire Media recently ranked the top 100 social media accounts for collegiate athletic programs. We caught up with the people behind the rankings.

Inside the 2016 opendorse Top 100

Earlier this month, we charted the highest-earning athlete endorsers in professional sports. The list featured 100 athletes from a variety of backgrounds and a variety of disciplines, all with one thing in common: they’re pulling in serious dough from endorsements....

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...