“It wasn’t that long ago that fan and media access to athletes came through sponsorships,” said Ben Trounson, SVP, director of marketing communications at Hill & Knowlton here in the U.S. “That was one of the main conduits. If you fast-forward just five years, fans get access to these athletes through Twitter.”
This is just one of the major changes impacting sports marketing and PR. With a seemingly neverending stream of sports news over the past few weeks — the NFL lockout, women’s World Cup, players breaking the law — we decided to speak with a couple of experts in this area to get a sense of some of the trends and major issues. As evidenced from the quote above, digital communications is definitely on top of the list.