SBJ/June 3-9, 2013/In Depth

Tweets from the owner's box

Sports execs you may want to follow — or ignore

MUST FOLLOW

@MerrittPaulson

Who: Merritt Paulson, Portland Timbers owner and president
Followers: 10,374
Recent tweets: “Have my two girls requesting Van Halen’s “dance the night away” instead of “call me maybe” in my car. Victory. (I am down w T Swift though)” (May 23)

“Looks like I am over the 10K twitter follower hurdle. In other words, a stealthy creep to hitting almost 1% of @alexmorgan13 ‘s legion.” (May 13)

“I think our PA guy likes saying “Big Ass Sandwich” a little too much. Great PDX foodcart partner but best day of his yr when they serve here” (May 12)

@PeterGuber
Who: Peter Guber, Golden State Warriors co-owner; Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner
Followers: 31,723
Recent tweets: “what a way to close the @billboard awards with #prince live! http://twitpic.com/crue16 #bbma” (May 20)

“couldn’t eat before the game last night who says curry isn’t good on an empty stomach - congrats @warriors @StephenCurry30 #letsgowarriors” (May 3)

@mcuban
Mark Cuban tweeted a photo of the NBA championship trophy.

Who: Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner
Followers: 1,710,146
Recent tweets: “In case Mavs fans are wondering where my focus is this summer. #MFFL pic.twitter.com/WRQTpMDdca” (May 17)

“Loving jazz fest ! New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival http://direc.tv/210IsHGzL @DIRECTV” (May 6)

“if you have to miss a free throw to get the rebound, step all the way back to the circle to shoot. Longer shot, longer, angled rebound” (May 5)

@JedYork
Who: Jed York, San Francisco 49ers CEO
Followers: 47,761
Recent tweets: “Thank you @nfl for awarding #SB50 to the Bay Area. Thx for all support @DanielLurie @mayoredlee & Mayor Matthews... @SFSuperbowl baby!!!” (May 21)

“Vegan banana bread is a great way to fuel up for today’s #BringTheBowlToTheBay quest. Think @gideonyu will eat a vegan cookie I bought him?” (May 20)

“Lots of folks from the 80s getting love for #NinersMtRushmore. Hard to argue, but there were some All-time greats before that” (May 13)

“Can’t hold the big announcement any longer...... Jax is getting his 1st tooth!” (May 8)

@cavsdan
Who: Dan Gilbert, Cleveland Cavaliers owner
Followers: 84,822
Recent tweets: “Wheels Down, Cleveland, Ohio. Got the # 1 pick buckled in the seat behind me....” (May 21)

“Thought ‘Elmer’s Glue’ was the whitest substance on the planet. Just watched interview of Joe Biden. His teeth are right up there with Elmer” (May 11)

“I am now officially on Instagram as “cavsdan”. Am I crazy? My kids made me do it…” (March 2)

@SixersCEOAdam

Who: Adam Aron, Philadelphia 76ers CEO and co-owner
Followers: 31,040
Recent tweets: “By the way, teams do not actually pick the “ping pong balls.” League’s computer does. Team reps there to serve as witnesses to the process.” (May 20)

“Make no mistake with lighting, mascot, uni et al questions. Our absolute highest priority is new GM Sam Hinkie building a winner for Philly.” (May 18)

@JimIrsay

Who: Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner
Followers: 224,667
Recent tweets: “Happy Monday! Pacers,keep it rollin’! My buddy Roy showing The Big Guy in the middle is still THE rare commodity in NBA Playoff basketball” (May 13)

“I loved last night! Buncha Dudes talkin’ smack/pre-during-post Big Fight!...the way it’s always been and the way it always should be!!” (May 5)

“For $1000/#12 jersey tell me 1)What meat,fish or chicken? 2)What Starch? 3)What vegetable? 4)What drink? 5)What dessert?..I’m having tonight” (May 2)




WORTH AN OCCASIONAL LOOK

@PaulGAllen
Paul Allen shared an experience he had while traveling in Botswana.

Who: Paul Allen, Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers owner
Followers: 77,924
Recent tweets: “Passionate about music & songwriting, excited my new album Everywhere at Once comes out 8/6 under @SonyLegacyRecs” (May 22)

“Feeling for Seattle basketball fans today, would have been great to have a #NBA team once again” (May 15)

“Giving a snack to young Elephant Warona in Abu Camp, Botswana. pic.twitter.com/Odpq6B1HS2” (May 12)

@Vivek
Who: Vivek Ranadivé, Sacramento Kings owner
Followers: 7,293
Recent tweets: “Thanks to entire NBA for approving sale of Kings to our organization. It is an honor & a privilege to be part of such an amazing community.” (May 28)

“My lucky number 7, day I was born 7, Curry picked at 7, Barnes at 7, seven is heaven” (May 21)

“Sac fans u rock - #HereWeStay” (May 15)

“The older I get the smaller I become pic.twitter.com/f7ozQoFaKt” (May 6)

@GregInUtah
Who: Greg Miller, Utah Jazz CEO
Followers: 13,089
Recent tweets: “I have a new granddaughter! Ruby Jane Hawks was born this afternoon. 6 lbs 2 ozs, 18.5” long. Woohoo!” (May 14)

“Sources very close to the Utah Jazz (me) verify that Kevin O’Connor is not stepping down as EVP of Basketball Operations.” (May 1)

@TedLeonsis
Who: Ted Leonsis, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals owner
Followers: 33,486
Recent tweets: (Note: Tweets primarily accompanied with a link to his blog, “Ted’s Take”)
“Less Than A Five Percent Chance: http://bit.ly/10TKV0Y” (May 22, referencing a story on his blog about the team’s odds of moving up in the NBA Lottery)



MEH, UNFOLLOW

@woodyjohnson4
Who: Woody Johnson, New York Jets owner
Followers: 23,080
Note: Tweets are primarily “retweets” from official Jets pages or promoting fundraising for Lupus research.

@realjerryjones
Who: Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner
Followers: 96,054
Note: Last tweet was April 29, 2011.

@MickyArison
Who: Micky Arison, Miami Heat managing general partner
Followers: 101,317
Note: Several team plugs, but tweets primarily reference Carnival Cruises, as he is CEO.

@GMolsonCHC
Who: Geoff Molson, Montreal Canadiens owner
Followers: 54,062
Note: Tweets are primarily “retweets” and are in French.

Note: Followers as of May 28.
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