Social Media: Helping or Hurting Professional Sports?
I have posted a few times about pro sports stars using social media. It’s always good to see more people catch on and begin to use these wonderful communication tools. But I recently had a mini-debate on Facebook with a couple of friends about the NFL banning/cracking down on Twitter usage which brought up some good points. Today, I would like to get your opinion – Are social media tools such as Twitter helping or hurting sports?
Consider a few points below:
Social media tools allow pro sports players to connect with their fans like never before. This helps build a connection between the fans and their favorite players/team. And let’s face it – without the fans the teams wouldn’t exist.
Many pro athletes could be labeled as ego-centric and use these tools in a way that could harm the team and/or player. This may result in fines and other penalities.
But the ultimate question is, “should what athletes do off the field/court matter?” This is the age old topic that has been the source of many debates. Social media allows fans to see what that sports star is really all about – for better or for worse.
Communication is changing forever. Limiting access is only putting a band aid on the real problem. If you are so worried about how a player may truly feel or what they might say that would harm the team – then should they be on the team anyway? Let them learn for themselves. The fans deserve it.