Wednesday, June 16, 2010

World Cup and Social Media

So all the talk this week is about the World Cup. This is soccer's biggest event in the world. I read on Mashable that the soccer teams have banned their players from Tweeting or even allowing someone else to Tweet as them during the game.  Some have criticized this as being to extreme. Fans enjoy being able to communicate with their favorite stars during games. Others say this is a good thing. Players should focus on the game and the task at hand rather then thinking about promoting themselves through social media platforms during events such as this.  This debate rages on throughout all sports and I am sure it is one that will not soon disappear.

So what's your opinion? Is there a way to please both sides? Is there anything that can be done to improve a situation like this?

Maybe it should be banned forever. Maybe players should just be able to do what they want so long as they perform on the field. How bout this for a solution...each player can have one person on the sideline who can keep an eye on the game and Tweet for the player. This would allow the player to concentrate on the game and still allow the fans to feel more connected to their favorite players.

It will be interesting to see sports deals with this ever growing question of social media and it's role in sports!

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