ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA has always been a league that has embraced social media — from bloggers who helped usher in the sports blogosphere to players being early adopters and having huge presences on Facebook and Twitter, to fans interacting though things like Twitter and Instagram.
To recognize the NBA’s continuing social media influence, and the influence of social media, NBA Digital will host its third annual NBA Social Media Awards, celebrating NBA players and teams for their social engagement throughout the 2013-14 NBA regular season. And while in years past the SMA’s have had various formats — who could forget the 2012 Awards when Rick Fox and I celebrated by shoving Shaq into some trash cans — this year brings a new “10 in 10” format. For the first time, NBA Digital will present 10 social media awards in 10 categories over the course of 10 consecutive days with fan voting across NBA.com, Twitter and Facebook.
Voting is live now, with one Social Media Award winner being declared each day following a 24-hour polling cycle. This year’s awards will be divided into a variety of categories recognizing NBA players and teams and the best social activity across social engagement. This year’s categories will include:
• Best Vine/Video – Friday, June 13
• Selfie Award – Saturday, June 14
• Best Hashtag – Sunday, June 15
• LOL Award – Monday, June 16
• “AWW” Award – Tuesday, June 17
• Best #TBT – Wednesday, June 18
• Social Rookie – Thursday, June 19
• Best Post – Friday, June 20
• Team Social MVP – Saturday, June 21
• Social MVP – Sunday, June 22
Fans can follow all of the conversation, engage with nominees, analysts and more using the hashtag #NBASMA.
In addition, NBA TV’s The Starters will provide fans with daily #NBASMA updates via their TV show, podcast and blog.
We’re live now! Go on, get out the vote!