Awards FAQ

Attending the show

The show will be hosted at the TimesCenter. Directions listed here.

Doors will open at 5:15 PM.

The show will start at 6:00 PM. Please arrive early for some light refreshments before taking your seats in the Main Stage.

Yes, the afterparty will be taking place in the same venue as the awards show! Join us afterwards for an open bar and passed hor d'oeuvres.

The vibe is "Casual Chic", meaning a dress-up/dress-down hybrid. Fashionable is never discouraged.

The safe bet: Pair attire that makes you feel at your best with something creative.

About

Hashtag Sports Awards set the benchmark for effective engagement in the global sports media and marketing industries.

Taking place in the midst of our annual conference in NYC, we bubble up top trends and proven practices to help marketers and creators build stronger direct-to-fan relationships.

Individuals and organizations who win Hashtag Sports Awards will be viewed as experts in engaging the modern sports fan—a highly coveted consumer.

Winning one of our awards will differentiate your organization in the increasingly digital sports landscape by showcasing engagement expertise as well as adding credibility to your work by proving the effectiveness of projects/results.

It will mean you've created game-changing work that delivered results and set new benchmarks for fan engagement. Winning means industry-wide exposure, new business, and more opportunities. Entering helps raise your company's engagement bar to new levels and future-proofs you for the next generation of fans.

Click here to view the rules.

Entries opened in January 2019 and will close April 18, 2019. Judging will begin April 29 and finalists will be announced in May. The live show will take place June 25, 2019 in New York City.

Fan Voting

Fans may vote in in the Athletes & Creators categories by tweeting the name of their favorite nominee with the unique category hashtag and #HSAwards. Click here to view nominees, category hashtags, and/or vote.

Click here to view the rules for fan voting.

Submissions are put forward by Hashtag Sports staff and our predetermined nominating committee, a group selected based on their knowledge of the social media landscape and their professional opinion of which athletes and creators are excelling at engagement.

Fan voting is our method of giving the fans a voice on who they believe is most engaging. Fan voting involves votes cast by a fan on behalf of their favorite athlete or creator via a personal Twitter account. Fan votes will be combined with scores from our judging panel to determine the winners in the Athletes & Creators categories.

The Entry Process

Click here and begin by creating an account for our awards entry portal.

Of course! In fact, we encourage you to enter multiple categories—even for the same work. Our most prestigious award for organizations is the Outstanding Achievement in Overall Engagement. This award honors the single entity who is most awarded or highly rated that year so it is beneficial to be in the running across multiple categories. Consider it our “Best in Show.”

You will receive a 30% discount on fees for all entries after the first entry (automatically applied). If you’re entering the same work into multiple categories, all entries will be judged separately for each category it is entered into to.

Please reach out directly to events@hashtagsports.com for more information on how we’re recognizing Athletes & Creators this year.

All entries require basic information about the entrant organization, engagement objectives and results, and the samples of the work (for categories related to content or campaigns).

We also require all entrants to submit an image (minimum 2400 x 1200 pixels) representing the entry (for use in our gallery or public display of finalists on our website).

If selected as a finalist, your content/campaign will be displayed in our gallery and shown during the live show. In order to maintain the highest resolution, we ask you to upload the original video file or provide a way for us to download the original file.

For ease of uploading, we highly recommend uploading the video to Vimeo or Dropbox. If the video has the be password protected, make sure to submit the password within your entry.

Yes, this is an option. You can upload the .mov or .mp4 file directly into our entry portal (maximum 500MB). However, please keep in mind that upload times are dependent upon your internet connection. If you already have the original file uploaded to Dropbox or Vimeo, it will likely make for an easier entry process to provide the video URL.

Check your spam/junk folder first. If it’s not there, please contact events@hashtagsports.com and our team can confirm whether your entry was successfully submitted.

The fee for submitting a single entry is $395 during the current entry period. A 30% discount is applied to every successive entry thereafter. The entry deadline has been extended to April 18, 2019.

Yes, if you submit more than one entry, a 30% discount is automatically applied to each subsequent entry.

No. If you enter at the current entry rate, each entry that follows the first will be $276.50 each.

No. The discount will only apply automatically when entering more than one awards category in a single purchase. Please reach out to events@hashtagsports.com with your first entry’s ID, and we’re happy to provide a special discount code for checkout.

You will be charged the price for the period during which you successfully submit your work. The starting date of the actual entry does not matter when it comes to entry fees.

For example: If you started entering your entry on the last day of the first deadline but did not submit it until the second deadline, you will be charged the second deadline entry fee since that is when you submitted your entry to be put in the running for judging.

Your credit card will be charged at the end of the entry process.

Oh no! This could happen if you clicked the PAYMENT BUTTON multiple times. If this happened to you, please email a copy of your confirmation receipt to billing@hashtagsports.com.

Invoices are available for download on the confirmation page after submitting your entry. You may also request an invoice by contacting us with your entry ID and the name on the account. Please note that requests take up to two weeks to process.

Entries may only be withdrawn if there is an issue due to copyright, hateful/hurtful language, inappropriate images, or other legal restrictions. We generally have a no refund policy. If you have any additional questions on this, please reach out to events@hashtagsports.com.

Winning An Award

Hashtag Sports does not provide compensation for travel or expenses.

While attendance is not mandatory, The Hashtag Sports Awards will take place in a blockbuster ceremony on the evening of June 25, 2019 in New York City. The live, invite-only show will be as engaging as the creators, content, and campaigns it celebrates. Winners who attend will be recognized onsite, although not all awards may be given or publicized in the same manner.

We wouldn’t call it The Hashtag Sports Awards if you couldn’t! Use #HSAwards and tag us @HashtagSports. High chance we RT (it’s effective engagement).

Definitely. Visit our brand resources page here for access to logos and branding assets/information.

Insights & Events

Yes! The Hashtag Sports Awards will be presented the evening before our annual conference begins. You can learn more about our event here.

Yep! In fact, that’s how we got our start. We curate a daily and weekly newsletter which have become to go-to source for sports media and marketing professionals looking to reach/engage a new generation of fans. Subscribe here.

We do our best to spotlight as many entrants as possible throughout the calendar year on Innovate, our digital publication. If you have a campaign, partnership, content, or news you would like to share about your organization, please submit here.

Other

Yes, follow along with #HSAwards to stay up-to-date and join the conversation!

We like creative thinkers! Send us an email at hello@hashtagsports.com