Google+ makes connecting on the web more like connecting in the real world, allowing leagues, teams and athletes to offer a fan experience unlike ever before, while still maintaining control over the content.
From little league to the big leagues, sports fans everywhere are clamoring to connect with the teams they love. Whether they are students, season ticket holders or superfans, Circles allow you to easily identify and organize your fanbase into groups -- and share specific messages.
Check it out: See how the Phoenix Suns are reaching out to their fans using Circles.
Using Hangouts, athletes and coaches can chat face-to-face with fans from all over the world. Join the conversation with up to 10 people at the same time and develop a true community around your team. After the game, invite your most engaged fans to breakdown the game tape and highlights with you.
Make sure your fans never miss a headline by regularly posting on your Google+ Page. Keep fans on the edge of their seats by sharing game updates and promoting upcoming events in the community. Posting compelling content regularly will encourage fan activity on your page such as commenting and +1'ing.
Give every fan a VIP experience with exclusive multimedia content direct from the source. From a locker room game time speech to an inside look into players lives, Google+ allows you to share game insights like never before. Easily upload, edit and share photos and videos from your computer or mobile device, allowing fans to virtually follow you every step of the way.
Check it out: Dwight Howard shares photos from his summer trip to Asia.
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