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Executive Transactions

Activision Blizzard named World of Warcraft Senior VP & Exec Producer ALLEN BRACK President of Blizzard Entertainment. Brack will "succeed MIKE MORHAIME, who will remain as a strategic advisor to the company" (, 10/3).

NAMES: Nationals Assistant GM & VP BOB MILLER will "not be back" next season. The Nationals "did not renew" Miller's deal, ending his three-year tenure. The Nationals also "let go" of Advanced Scout CHRIS ROSENBAUM (WASHINGTON POST, 10/4)....The Univ. of Miami named Middle Tennessee State Univ. Associate AD/Operations KORTNE GOSHA Associate AD/Athletic Facilities (Miami)....CSM Sports & Entertainment North America Senior VP/Consulting TONIA CONSTABLE has left the company and is now United Entertainment Group VP (THE DAILY)....Marist College named sportswriter JANE MCMANUS Dir of Center for Sports Communication, effective Dec. 1 (Marist College).

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SBJ Spotlight: TikTok’s threat to traditional sports media

While tech companies are consumed with finding ways to compete with TikTok, almost no one in conventional media “spends any time talking about it,” said Recode senior correspondent Peter Kafka in an Spotlight interview with SBJ’s John Ourand. “To me, that’s just an obvious disconnect.” Kafka authored a recent column headlined, “It’s TikTok’s world. Can TV live in it?” He said the main response to TikTok’s growth from traditional media execs has been to “punt and hope it’s someone else’s problem a quarter from now or two years from now.” But Kafka said that ignores the trend of conventional broadcast audiences growing older while a billion younger consumers spend most of their media time watching short video after short video. “If you’re in the business of getting anyone under the age of 30 to look at what you’re putting on a screen, you have to think about the fact that you’re probably asking them to put down TikTok and watch your thing instead,” said Kafka. “That’s a very difficult ask. … [TikTok] is insanely addictive.”

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: June 29, 2022

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SBJ's Austin Karp posted up with NBA power forward Thaddeus Young. The 15-year veteran discussed his venture capital strategy, his investment in technology and much more.

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