Sports may be fun and in many ways a diversion, but for as long as fans have paid admission to see the top athletes and contests of their eras, the industry has been driven by business interests.
Today, fans can follow the world of sports business in more detail than ever. But the sheer amount of information out there can be daunting. Here are 15 Twitter accounts you should be following for your (multi-) daily #SportsBiz fix (not a bad idea to search on that hashtag on occasion as well…)
There are plenty of other great ones, for a more expansive list, we suggest @BizBallMaury’s Top 50 Must Follow Sports Biz Twitter Accounts of 2016.
@MikeOzanian – Forbes national editor Mike Ozanian is the host of the Forbes SportsMoney TV program
— Mike Ozanian (@MikeOzanian) December 22, 2016
@BrianCostaWSJ – Wall Street Journal sportswriter Brian Costa
This place is so quiet you can hear other sports writers composing tweets about how quiet it is.
— Brian Costa (@BrianCostaWSJ) October 30, 2016
@darrenrovell – ESPN’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell, probably the most polarizing on this list, and with a huge following.
Ezekiel Elliott's Salvation Army red kettle jump boosts donations, Salvation Army gets $4M in equivalent ad exposure https://t.co/Lx78ibtQJM
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 19, 2016
@joefav – Sports PR maven Joe Favorito, brings the publicity perspective and 30 years of top-level experience in numerous sports
— Joe Favorito (@joefav) November 7, 2016
@richarddeitsch – Sports Illustrated sports media writer also hosts a popular podcast on the subject
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 27, 2016
@Ourand_SBJ – Some links in SportsBusiness Journal media reporter John Ourand’s feed are behind the SBJ/SBD firewall, but his insights are invaluable
Fox Sports said it will continue to grow its RSN business despite cable's cord cutting trend. SBJ column: https://t.co/nXMBmqiQxg
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) November 9, 2016
@SBJLizMullen – Ditto for Liz Mullin’s SBJ/SBD stuff, plus the agent/union/labor angle
James Franklin picked Trace Armstrong over other agents, in part, because of the way he treated his wife. SBJ: https://t.co/HexKWbpDwC
— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) December 16, 2016
http://www.twitter.com/BizBallMaury – Radio host and Forbes writer Maury Brown has been on the baseball biz beat for years, expanded to all sports seamlessly
The Astros Luxury Tax player payroll has grown from $64,319,960 in 2014 to $124,363,133 in 2016, an increase of 93% in three years.
— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) December 17, 2016
@SportsTaxMan – CPA Robert Raiola looks at tax implications of sports deals, particularly free agent signings
— Robert Raiola, CPA (@SportsTaxMan) December 23, 2016
http://www.twitter.com/RickHorrow – Sports Business Consultant, Yahoo! Finance Contributor Rick Horrow “The Sports Professor” also hosts the “Beyond the Scoreboard” podcast with heavy hitter guests