If you are a sports fan, chances are that you probably already know how active Twitter is during game time. But now there is another way to stay social while watching the big game – and it gives fans a chance to chat with professional athletes.
The social networking app for sports fans, PlayUp, has teamed up with NBA stars Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings during the first two games of the 2012 NBA Finals – the Miami Heat vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Curry chatted with basketball fans on Tuesday during game 1 of the Finals, while Jennings will participate in conversation during tonight’s Game 2 at 9pm EST. The PlayUp app is free, and available on both iOS and Android devices.
And this isn’t the first time PlayUp has offered this type of direct interaction between athletes and fans. In fact, during last year’s Super Bowl, NFL stars Steven Jackson and Stevie Johnson conversated with fans via PlayUp, just as March Madness legends Al Horford, Brandon Knight and Jay Williams did during the NCAA Final Four.
“PlayUp is once again offering fans an incredible opportunity to connect with two of the most likeable budding superstars during what is sure to be an exciting and memorable NBA Finals,” says PlayUp USA CEO Dennis Lee. “We are extremely proud to offer a platform for Stephen and Brandon to showcase their great personalities to fans.”
PlayUp launched in October and offers more than 36,000 live games for sports fans to follow while discussing the action on their mobile devices. The app includes real-time scores and stats, along with the option for users to create private rooms or join public rooms to interact with fans from around the world. The app covers every NFL, college football and basketball, NHL, NBA, MLB, and MLS game, as well as a variety of international leagues from around the globe.