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Today’s Note: The College World Series and Social Media

June 17, 2012

Today’s Note is about the use of social media around the NCAA Baseball College World Series, held annually in Omaha, Nebraska. Unlike some other recent sporting evens, such as the Superbowl and the Final Four, there seems to be relatively little social media involvment in the CWS. I’ve located a handful of interesting links that you might like to check out, though.

Stony Brook Students Celebrate College World Series Trip With Facebook Mosaic

This interesting, but brief, story talks about a neat photo collage created by students of Stony Brook University, a cinderella team in this year’s CWS.

Arizona Baseball is headed to the College World Series!

This blog post contains links to a number of social media web sites associated with University of Arizona athletics. The U of A makes fairly extensive use of Twitter, and there are numberous twitter accounts to follow, as well as a list of web sites and other resources. A three time College World Series champion, Arizona generates a lot of media content and community attention about the CWS! Try the #CWS hashtag on twitter for a lot of interesting content!

The 2012 College World Series: 10 Things to Know

Yahoo provided this interesting list of ten things you might want to know about the College World Series.  It is a good introduction to information about the Series, and provides a link to receive text messages about the Series from the organizers.

I was lucky enough to attend a Friday night game with my son, after making a three hour drive from our home in Kansas. The Series is well organized and has amazing local support. The entire downtown area is mobilized, with great parking, an NCAA sanctioned Fan Fest, and a baseball Village full of food and vendors.  We spent hours at and near the park. My only complain was a general lack of cell coverage near the park, which made utilizing mobile social media difficult. It strikes me that a couple of mobile cell towers would have totally changed the profile of the event from a social media aspect.

In any case, the above links are helpful and interesting. You should check them out, and even better, attend the Series if you’re able!

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