Who we follow on Twitter
Bobby Ryan, NHL right wing
The 25-year-old U.S. Olympian doesn’t take himself too seriously on Twitter. While his name has been in trade rumors for the last year, Ryan has alternated between setting the record straight on rumors and joking about his situation. He’ll tweet everything from commentary on NHL playoff games he’s not in, to photos of bad lies from his shots on the golf course.
■ When Anaheim Ducks draft pick Justin Schultz declined to sign with the team and became a free agent in late June, Ryan sarcastically tweeted: “What time is The Decision — Justin Schultz edition? Wanted to make sure I tune in.”
■ During the opening weekend of the Channing Tatum stripper movie “Magic Mike,” Ryan tweeted: “How many of you guys are gonna have to start a diet and workout program now that Magic Mike is out this weekend? Thanks a lot Tatum.”
Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner
■ “Sitting on a corn flake..waiting for the van to come.....”
■ “Roster move!!! Signed free agent running back Mewelde Moore and released quarterback David Legree.”
■ “As much as I respect my friend Lenny Pasquarelli; the ‘One Source’ is completely wrong/We’re close on #12 n final details unrelated 2 marketing. … Someone is being fed a big breaky of BS this morning!”
Paul Allen, Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers owner
You never know when the secretive Allen will tweet, but when he does, it can be great stuff. Like during the NFL and NBA drafts, when he was the first of anyone to get the first few picks out.
■ “Watched possible @pdxtrailblazers draftees work out today at the PF, always enjoy the leadup to the draft... then to @powells for new books!”
■ “Dwight & Canzano get played by unnamed sources & show true colors lobbying for a sale of @pdxtrailblazers. The team is not for sale period!”
■ “Here is finally a tasty version of a 1962 Seattle World’s Fair Belgian Waffle. Would love comments. #recipes http://tiny.cc/mwq3dw”
Allan Walsh, director of Octagon Hockey
Sports agent Walsh, who represents 45 NHL players, tweets about what he is doing, whether he is at a game with his players or having a run-in with an airline. A hard-core players’ rights guy, Walsh also is known to take to Twitter to fight for clients.
■ On July 1, the start of NHL free agency: “Random thought from this morning at 6:00am in my office - don’t drop cell phone in urinal.”
■ Regarding Internet hockey rumor sites and bloggers claiming to break trade news: “Let’s say it the way it is. NHL GM’s share trade/UFA strategy with very tight circle of staff. Do you really think rumor guys have a clue?”
■ On free agency: “Just got off the phone with an NHL GM who commented on the money available within the system on July 1, ‘It’s a good year to be UFA.’”
David Cornwell, head of the NFL Coaches Association
A foe of the NFLPA’s leadership, Cornwell will take to Twitter to send barbs the NFLPA’s way.
■ “Goodell stays ahead ... TicToc curtain being peeled back on the fraud the NFLPA has become”
■ “Grew up playing ball in DC in the 70’s n 80’s if some1 threw a bow like artest did, he is getting knocked out whether he hit me or not.”
Adam Aron, Philadelphia 76ers CEO
Aron has helped the 76ers ownership group reconnect with the team’s fan base through Twitter, where he actively seeks fans’ opinions and provides insight and explanation for front-office decisions.
■ “Your @Sixers worked phones hard all night. We sold the 54th pick, because we can talk to agents of several intriguing undrafted prospects.”
■ “This seems to be popular idea, so: I will buy a beer for anyone buying a season ticket tomorrow at 215-339-7676, halftime of 2nd home game.”
■ “NBA rules don’t let me comment on all your draft, trade and free agent ideas, but I do read them all. An Interesting and exciting time.”
Golfer Ian Poulter
There are plenty of golfers on Twitter that you can follow to get updates on the sport’s interpersonal relationships; explore the joys and trials of international travel; and see striking images of beautiful golf courses. But if you want all of that plus direct interaction with a pro golfer, your best bet is Poulter. His tweets demonstrate Poulter’s honesty, sense of humor and penchant for being less than guarded when interacting with his followers.
■ “TPC Sawgrass 17th hole playing a bit tougher today than the tournament. Canoe required.”
■ “The block button is in full force now. I knew that a few sarcastic tweets would get the keyboard muppets out of there box. Ha ha ha.”
■ “Nobody can play 52 tournaments a year. You have to miss quiet a few events. I play 26 a year & that’s enough or I will never see my family.”
Tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky
Stakhovsky is a midtier tennis player, but an outspoken advocate on tennis political issues that can rile many. He recently took shots at women’s tennis during Wimbledon.
■ “Don’t remember what actually WTA said after RG increased prize money...was it thank you ATP????”
■ “Independent-contractors..hm ok . Independent is the one who can work when he likes, if the dates doesn’t suit him he is free to pass.”
Soccer player Yael Averbuch
Averbuch, who blogs for The New York Times, provides her followers with a firsthand narrative of the trials and tribulations of a female professional soccer player in the U.S. While her tweets are mostly soccer-centric, she is able to entertain her soccer and non-soccer audience alike.
■ “fun and relaxing weekend. back to ‘work’ tomorrow and a busy week ahead of training, coaching, and 3 games with the @NJWildcats1996!”
■ “about to start a new NY Times blog post about the role of holding midfielder...some general observations and some from #euro2012”
■ “#euro2012 has already set the record for most hair gel used in a major tournament and there’s still one game left”
Nick Collison, Oklahoma City Thunder forward-center
The Thunder big man, who blogged during the season for GQ.com, reflects on basketball, being a dad and the rest of his life, marked by his dry sense of humor and the occasional retweet. He didn’t tweet as much during the playoffs, but hey, a guy’s gotta work.
■ After retweeting a photo of himself taken by a fan at a wedding: “The guy from mens wearhouse guaranteed i would like the way I looked in their rented tux. I was skeptical.”
■ “I got my first ‘hey bro, are u Michael Phelps?’ Must be an olympic year.”
Ralph Cindrich, former NFL player, NFL player agent
The former NFL linebacker had an even longer career representing NFL players in contract work. Now that Cindrich no longer actively recruits player clients, he tells it like it was, like it is and like he thinks it will be. He’s unafraid of taking after people on Twitter and some of his favorite targets include the NCAA, other agents and certain college football coaches.
■ On Penn State: “PSU mess on Joe but few if any programs produced the quality finished product he did over the years. Class people who were good athletes.”
■ On health care: “When laws dictate health care they will dictate other parts: ‘Hey Fatso, put down that Dunkin Donut. You’re on the NO list!’ Good morning!”
■ On NFL bounty suspensions: “Settle this. Not good for fans, players, or football. Cut it down.”
Top team and athlete sites in social media
Top teams globally
|Rank||Team||Twitter followers||Facebook likes||Total|
|4||Los Angeles Lakers||2,602,439||14,067,971||16,670,410|
Top U.S. teams
|Rank||Team||Twitter followers||Facebook likes||Total|
|1||Los Angeles Lakers||2,602,439||14,067,971||16,670,410|
|5||New York Yankees||652,449||5,818,225||6,470,674|
Top athletes globally on Twitter
|2||Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)||11,342,542|
Top U.S. athletes on Twitter
Note: As of July 5, 2012. The sites tracked were those sites identified as “official sites” by the leagues and teams. Many teams do have multiple sites — official and unofficial — used to reach fans, including sites created by front-office personnel.
Source: Sports Business Resource Guide & Fact Book