By Jane Hamilton, MyMediaInfo
Nothing brings people together quite like rooting for the home team. The adrenaline rush that comes from the trash talking, the glory of victory and reminiscing when it’s all over is what keeps us coming back. And let’s not forget about the fantasy sports frenzy that leads up to the game! The world’s passion for sports has created an interest in sports news, statistics, game strategies, player profiles, and sports history that covers every sport on the planet. These 10 sports experts share their passion for bringing you news updates, information and insights into the world of sports on Twitter.
Note: This list is compiled based on Twitter activity, followers and other criteria beyond popularity.
- @espn: ESPN is one of the most popular go-to sources of sports news. The ESPN network’s Twitter feed carries the latest sports news and analysis from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, college football and basketball, boxing, MMA, golf, tennis, and much more. @espn has 32,711 twitter posts to date and a whopping 1,003,664 followers! This has earned the twitter page an MMI rank of 20 with 5 stars.
- @MLB: Major League Baseball boasts the honor of being called America’s national pastime. MLB.com provides news, videos, player information, statistics, game schedules and much more for both baseball fans and experts alike. The Twitter page provides news, offers, and exclusive Twitter giveaways, among other things. @MLB has 28,285 tweets and an amazing 1,110,276 followers! It also has an MMI rank of 24 with 5 stars.
- @SkySports: This is the official Twitter page of Sky Sports.com, not to be confused with @SkySportsNews, an unofficial Twitter feed. Sky Sports encompasses a group of sports television channels broadcast in the UK and Ireland. Their Twitter feed provides frequent updates and the latest sports news with an MMI rank of 27 and 5 stars. They have 67,134 followers and 50,508 tweets.
- @injuryexpert: Will Carroll is a sportswriter who covers sports injuries for various outlets including Sports Illustrated. He’s a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Pro Football Writers Association. His candid opinions have brought him 12,823 followers for his 39,461 tweets. He has an MMI score of 100 with 5 stars.
- @USATODAYsports: USA Today Sports is a sister publication to USA Today. Their twitter page provides the latest sports news on the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, and also keeps its 25,321 followers up to date on the latest scores and statistics related to on-going games. With an MMI rank of 124 and 5 stars, @USATODAYsports has tweeted 29,793 tweets.
- @SI_24Seven: Sports Illustrated‘s official Twitter account tweets the latest news, articles, photos, videos, and sports-related updates. This weekly magazine has been bringing news and amazing sports photography to fans for many years. Their twitter page has 23,414 tweets, 294,729 followers and an MMI rank of 135 with 5 stars.
- @cindyboren: Cindy Boren is deputy sports editor at The Washington Post. Her Twitter page focuses on providing updates on the Redskins, Wizards, Caps, Major League Baseball, World Cups and more. She comments on various events in entertainment and her personal life, among other things. Her twitter feed has 21,894 tweets and 43,241 followers giving it an MMI rank of 243 with 5 stars.
- @MarkBrighty: Mark Bright is a former English footballer who shares his insights on soccer and has discussions with fans on his page. He works as a sports presenter for BBC London and is a coach for Crystal Palace. His twitter page currently has 18,176 updates and 28,323 followers with an MMI rank of 217 and 5 stars.
- @bruce_arthur: Bruce Arthur is a Columnist at the National Post and producer of the popular weekly feature Shooting From the Lip. His Twitter feed gives him a forum to talk with fans about sports events, entertainment and other topics of interest. His twitter page has an MMI rank of 236 and 5 stars, with 34,525 tweets and 7,124 followers.
- @TSN_Sports: The Sports Network is ESPN’s Canadian sister station. Covering everything from hockey to curling, it’s the go-to place for Canadian sports news. Their Twitter page provides the latest sport news and updates to its 15,044 followers. With 29,458 tweets, it has an MMI rank of 246 with 5 stars.
* All number of tweets and followers are based on facts collected while the article was written.
**To recreate this list: If you are a customer of MyMediaInfo, and have access to the social media module of the database, then you can recreate this list using some easy steps.
1. Click on the Social Media Module. On this page, under the ‘Twitter’ column, click on ‘Beats/Focus’.
2. Now select the Top-level beat “Sports” and click “OK”. This will bring you a large list of twitter pages that fall under that beat.
3. To further refine your search, click on the “MMI Score/ Rating” option on the box below the ‘Refine search’ message. Now select the 5 stars option, and click “OK”.
4. Click on “Get Result” to view the results of your search.
5. Now, click on the column called “MMI Score”, and the list will rearrange in ascending order. Remember, the smaller the MMI score number, the more influential the Twitter handle. General news magazines, broadcast channels etc. have been removed from this list to keep it purely about sports.