Anna Burns Welker, wife of New England Patriots Wide Receiver Wes Welker, apologized for the firestorm she created with a Facebook post critical of Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis following the National Football League’s American Football Conference Championship game Sunday, in which the Ravens defeated the Patriots 28-13.
Voting by Facebook users was included in the results of the USA Today Ad Meter for Super Bowl XLVI, but the social network will have to buy a ticket to get into Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans Feb. 3, as the national newspaper decided to go at it alone with Ad Meter.
Professional sports teams and leagues are as focused on Facebook and other social media as businesses from other sectors are, and an all-star team of social media executives from the field joined moderator and Movement Strategy Co-Founder Jason Mitchell on a panel at the AllFacebook Marketing Conference in New York Wednesday, “How Professional Sports Are Monetizing through Facebook.”
Sports fans are all over Facebook — cheering through status updates, sharing content from team and athlete fan pages. SportStream, which announced this week it has added Facebook integration, taps into that spirit with an application that curates trusted and engaging content for sports fans from all over the social network.
People love sports. Sports fans love bragging rights. OHK Sports tapped into this sentiment for a fun Facebook game — SportsPicker — allowing users to challenge friends on sports predictions. OHK Sports announced Thursday that it is offering a similar service, Sports Pick ‘Em, to brands on Facebook that want to connect with sports fans.
Nothing about working in the finance area of Facebook suggests that it is a career steppingstone with the ultimate goal of landing a job with the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers, but former Vice President of Finance Cipora Herman joined the football team as chief financial officer, following former Facebook CFO Gideon Yu, who was named the club’s president last year.
“Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.” Readers may remember this motto from former NBC hit series “Friday Night Lights,” but it has also found a home on the Facebook page of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
The moment feared by anyone associated with the National Football League, from Commissioner Roger Goodell down to the fans, happened Monday night, as a highly controversial call by a replacement referee gave the Seattle Seahawks a gift victory over the Green Bay Packers. And Facebook users were quick to react, with one meme, in particular, spreading like wildfire.
One of the National Football League’s replacement officials was removed from his assignment to work the New Orleans Saints’ visit to the Carolina Panthers Sunday after ESPN informed the league that posts on his Facebook page indicated that he was a Saints fan.