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St. John's Gives Basketball Tweeter Press Credentials

In a move sure to ruffle the feathers of more traditional sports journalists, St. John's University has granted a man press credentials to tweet from the sidelines of its men's basketball games.

According to Mashable, this will be the first time a press-row credential has been given to someone solely for the purpose of using Twitter. Peter Robert Casey, the man who will draw the ire of some and the envy of others, is one of the most popular basketball-related users on the micro-blogging site. With almost 50,000 followers, Casey can hold his own with other Twitter heavyweights like Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard. The Brooklyn native also has a popular blog that covers all things hoops-related.

The university says Casey's tweets will offer a "behind-the-scenes vantage" for its basketball program. Now, that could very well be a double-edged sword, depending on how much the school wants Casey to reveal. Whether it's good or bad will be debated throughout the season, but there's no denying this provides a new degree of legitimacy to Web-based journalists around the world. [From: Mashable]

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