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"Puck Labor Day"

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That's the title of a new opinion piece of mine at The Daily Caller, in which I argue that fans should harness the power of the Internet to make our voices heard in the current CBA negotiations. Media outlets too often focus solely on the struggle between labor and management in these disputes, and we fans get overlooked. So it's up to us to make sure people know what we think. Click the link above to read, and feel free to share with friends!

Nic Wise and (Allegedly) Joakim Noah Clash on Text

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H/T to @mwong22 for passing this along: apparently Joakim Noah does not like other pro hoopers messaging with this girlfriend, a woman named Amanda. Nic Wise tweeted the interaction with someone claiming to be Noah. Later, he sent out: Woke up feelin bad smh. Apologies to @joakimnoah— Nic Wise (@TheNicWise) May 22, 2012 You can understand Noah's hostility. Wise did average 1.5 steals per game in his time at Arizona, after all.

The Cubs on Tumblr

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I had no idea the Cubs were on Tumblr! They post some nice photos and other cool stuff. Check it out. (P.S. If this is old news, let me know and I will delete this FanShot)

Sounder At Heart on Facebook

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I just noticed Sounder At Heart almost has 1000 likes on facebook. If you are a regular reader and on facebook and have not liked them already do it! Lets see if we can not get them over 1,000 before the season starts!

Athletes On Twitter - Good Or Bad? | My Appearance On 'Outside the Lines' | Chris Harris' HitmanHarris.com

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I was on ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' talking with Kirk Morrison and Drew Rosenhaus about Twitter. Check yourself / it out if you wanna. -CH

Ozzie suspended two games for tweeting

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Ozzie will not be allowed to manage Friday (tonight) and tomorrow. I am assuming Joey Cora will be managing the club.

Manny Acta, Tweeter

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We can now all welcome our favorite manager to the world of social media.

The LeBrons

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LeBron James' Spring HIll Productions will launch Web-based animated series titles 'The LeBrons dedicated to promote positive messages to the youth.

How Gonzaga is using social media to engage women's basketball fans

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I was just talking with petrel earlier today about how he was spot on about his observation that Georgia Tech's use of video is a good thing for building a buzz about women's basketball. Partnership Activation provides a detailed breakdown of six strategic objectives of Gonzaga's ZagsLocker.com and how they benefit women's basketball there. Great, succinct piece and worth a read for those interested in what programs are doing to help engage women's basketball fans.

What is the actual return on investment on social media for sports teams? And how do we calculate it?

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Freelantz wrote last week about how Indiana Fever rookie Jene Morris is using social media to help "build a brand" for herself. However, as people extol the benefits of social media, it may be time for sports teams -- and perhaps sports media outlets as well -- to ask what exactly are we getting out of this? From the Charlotte Observer: "How exactly do you calculate the return on investment? And are these really devoted fans who will spend money over the long haul, or will they fade away like the Twitter ticket specials and Facebook giveaways that brought them?" Read more at the Charlotte News Observer

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