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Lessons to learn from Tunsil’s NFL Draft PR inferno

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Bill Belichick can get away with saying, “We’re onto [name-the-city],” each time he’s asked about a hot topic. A rookie that hasn’t played a down of football in the NFL? Not so much. As if Dolphins’ first-round pick Laremy Tunsil … Continue reading

Social media is changing the way athletes make big announcements

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When it comes to professional athletes announcing their retirements, the media planets are in the process of a major realignment. Last week former Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Carolina defensive end Jared Allen announced that he was stepping away from … Continue reading

Football players: it’s time to step up your social media game

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A few weeks ago I wrote about why coaches and front officer personnel should care about social media and how their players use it. Since NFL training camps started last week and college football practices aren’t far behind, it’s time … Continue reading

Coaches, administrators and front office staffs are athletes’ key to sports social media education

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New sports seasons are almost upon us and with that, it’s time to start training. Not on the field or court this time, but on smartphones. We live in an era in which 64% all American adults own handsets that … Continue reading

Curt Schilling tracked Twitter trolls and put social media ugliness on notice

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People have tasked to find ways about how to silence anonymous Twitter users that post threats and bully others. It only took Curt Schilling a few hours. Last week, Schilling, a retired Major League Baseball pitcher, proudly tweeted congratulations to his … Continue reading

NFL Combine athletes: respect the media and the process. And lift heavy weights

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It’s NFL Combine week, a time when potential NFL draft prospects don skin-tight Under Armor skivvies and run really fast and jump super far. Or at least that’s the goal. As important as it is for young football players to … Continue reading

Social media likely helped drive NFL, NCAA moves

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Sports timelines — sans Derek Jeter — read more like rap sheets than stat sheets. We’re not just in the midst of football season, but in ironic timing, the last four weeks have read what we might expect from “CSI: Gridiron.” Take … Continue reading

Time (again) to teach NFL Rookies how to appropriately use social media

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(This post, written by Gail Sideman, originally appeared on The Football Educator website.) We see it seemingly at least once each week. An athlete or coach tweets something that they quickly delete but in the land of screen grabs, it … Continue reading

When social media is cruel, keep communication lines open

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You’ve heard the phrase “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all.” Most of us were taught that lesson before kindergarten, but it escaped some people who hide behind screen names and spew mean-spirited comments on social … Continue reading

Should Sports Organizations Stop Athletes’ Social Media Use? NO!

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall shot off a media flurry after the killing of Osama bin Laden that ignited another episode of “Athletes Tweeting Badly” during sportscasts, talk shows and blogs throughout the world (or at least the United States). Continue reading

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