Last night, I provided 34 Twitter accounts that you should follow. I will provide more people in a couple of different classifications, but first, I’ll list a few that didn’t get placed in last night’s General Sports and Sports Media categories.
GENERAL SPORTS (CONTINUED)
SarahSpain — An early Twitter favorite, Sarah Spain is an espnW contributor as well as anchor on ESPN1000 in Chicago. A diehard Chicago sports fan, she’ll tweet about the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs. In addition, she’s quite funny. And she’s not afraid to mix it up if someone crosses her. Sarah has 14,500 followers and has room for more.
gx5 — The Twitter account of Pat Gordon. I will warn you, he will tweet things that may piss you off, he will say things that you make you disagree and he can be argumentative. But the main thing, Pat knows his sports. He’s definitely not afraid to mix it up, but you won’t be sorry if you follow him. He does have 965 followers so he’s doing something right.
SPORTS MEDIA (CONTINUED)
slapschotts — Unfortunately, Ken Schott’s columns at the Schenectady Gazette are behind the dreaded paywall, but his blog is not. Ken doubles as the Gazette’s sports media writer and college hockey beat reporter, two roles he fills quite well. He keeps his tweeps up to date on the Capital Region of New York State. He has 597 followers and can use some more.
mepucin — As far as I know, Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times is the only woman who writes on the sports media for a major newspaper. She also doubles as the tennis reporter for the Times. Diane tweets about both in her account. The Times does send her to Wimbledon and the Australian Open so if you’re a tennis fan, you’ll be in heaven reading her tweets. Diane has 884 followers.
ESherman_Crains — Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business writes a sports business and media blog as well as a golf blog. His account is mostly a feed for his blog posts, but every once in a while, he’ll tweet about golf and sports business. A former writer for the Chicago Tribune, Ed has now gone over to Crain’s where he’s doing quite well. Ed’s account has 808 followers.
ProFootballTalk — I’ll write in the style of Lou Dobbs for the next sentence. What in the world was Sports Illustrated thinking when it omitted Pro Football Talk from its Twitter list? This is the essential account to follow for the latest NFL news. Mike Florio has grown PFT from a little website to one with an NBC Sports affiliation. PFT has 93,221 followers because of its quality content both on Twitter and online.
AlbertBreer — Albert Breer of NFL.com/NFL Network has been the man to follow during the NFL lockout. Assigned to wherever meetings have been taking place, Albert tweets the location and also what has been transpiring. He’s hustled, he’s filed stories for NFL Network and NFL.com and tweeted throughout the process. Very good follow on the lockout. And he’s amassed 25,762 followers as a result.
NBCSNF — The twitter account of Emmy Award-winning NBC Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli has his observations on cities he’s visited or even ESPN-produced events like the Home Run Derby. Fred doesn’t tweet much in the offseason, but the gems come during the NFL season and he’ll sometimes tweet pictures. An account that has 1,927 followers, but should have much more.
steelergurl — Lahne Mattas is an unabashed Steelers fan. As a Browns fan, I don’t understand why I follow her. I keed. Lahne is one of the most knowledgeable fans I’ve encountered and one of the first persons with whom I exchanged tweets. Her blog, Steelergurl is chock full of info on her Steelers and when she’s not bashing my Browns, she’s working at her own public relations firm. A very good follow and she has 3,559 of them.
richeisen — How SI omitted Rich Eisen of the NFL Network is beyond me. He’s funny, he tweets early and often. He embraces Twitter and engages his followers. I don’t understand how anyone can leave Rich off any list. It has Chad Ochocinco, but not Rich Eisen? The list has no credibility. Rich has 210,255 followers and I’m sure every one of them is a happy customer.
NFLPRGuy — NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy is a very good follow for the simple reason that you get info straight from the league offices. And if you ask Brian a question, he’ll do his best to get you a response as quickly as possible. In addition, he’ll link you to official NFL press releases as they become available. Brian has 35,218 followers.
SPORTS BUSINESS & PUBLIC RELATIONS
DarrenRovell — In listing sports business reporters, one has to include CNBC’s Darren Rovell. He was quick to embrace Twitter and he uses it to engage his followers with polls, mock sports headlines and to offer observations on endorsements, food concessions and links to his blog. I used to read him on ESPN.com, but Darren really came into his own when he branched out to CNBC. Darren has 103,815 followers for good reason.
joefav — Veteran sports public relations and marketing consultant Joe Favorito has a great blog on sports business. Joe will tweet on how sports teams and leagues can improve their marketing activations. Joe has 2,400 followers and you should be one too.
publiside — Gail Sideman of the firm, Publiside Personal Publicity, is a sports public relations expert, but her Twitter account is more personal. Gail uses her Twitter account to give her observations and thoughts rather than promote her business. One of the first accounts I followed, Gail is a very delightful person to exchange Tweets with. Having 3,153 followers means Gail is doing something right.
SportsBizMiss — A relatively new entry into sports business reporting, Kristi Dosh has had a meteoric rise writing for Forbes, appearing on CSS and guesting on various radio shows while maintaining her excellent blog, The Business of College Sports. An attorney by trade, Kristi’s expertise comes in handy when she writes about TV contracts and how the BCS affects college sports. Her tweets provide solid information. Kristi is approaching 3,200 tweeps.
MicheleSteele — Bloomberg’s sports business/media reporter Michele Steele provides links to her stories either at Bloomberg’s website or on YouTube. A very good reporter, she also uses Twitter for more than just being an RSS feed. Michele has 4,562 followers on Twitter. Make sure you’re one too.
rscibetti — Russell Scibetti maintains The Business of Sports website, an excellent sports business news site. Russell is always tweeting, engaging with tweeps and other business reporters. The site is very good which is chock full of information. It’s a worthwhile follow. Russell has 4,098 followers. Be the one who pushes him over 4,100.
rsharrow — Ryan Sharrow is the web editor of the Baltimore Business Journal, and he’s a huge sports fan with an interest in sports business. Ryan’s Twitter account is mostly sports information so you won’t go wrong in following him. A very solid follow if you’re looking for good information on the Charm City. Ryan has 864 follows.
I’ve given you an additional 18 Twitter accounts tonight so you combine that with 34 from last night and you have a good 52 to follow. We have many more in the next couple of nights. Keep it here.