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Owners In The News: Robert Kraft Awarded '19 Genesis Prize

Kraft has been an outspoken supporter of Israel and has arranged trips for Pro Football HOFers thereGETTY IMAGES

The AP's Aron Heller notes Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT has been awarded Israel’s '19 Genesis Prize in "recognition of his philanthropy and commitment to combatting anti-Semitism." The $1M award, "widely known as the 'Jewish Nobel' prize, is granted each year to a person recognized as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through professional achievement and commitment to Jewish values." Kraft has been an "outspoken supporter of Israel and has arranged trips" for Pro Football HOFers to go there. His prize money will be "donated to initiatives combatting anti-Semitism, other forms of prejudices and what some portray as attempts to delegitimize Israel." Israel Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU is "expected to present Kraft the award in Jerusalem in June" (AP, 1/9).

STEPPING INTO THE RING: In Jacksonville, Phillip Heilman notes Jaguars Owner SHAD KHAN and his son, TONY, are "unveiling a new professional wrestling organization named All Elite Wrestling." Shad Khan will be AEW’s "lead investor." Tony Khan will "hold a leadership role." It is "unclear exactly how much Shad Khan will invest in the project." Shad Khan said his involvement with AEW "will not deter attention or divert resources from any of my businesses, teams, projects or investments." Tony Khan is also "expected to maintain his roles" with the Jaguars and EPL club Fulham (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 1/9).

ANCHORS AWEIGH: In Ft. Worth, Stefan Stevenson noted Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES "bought himself a super yacht." The $250M yacht is 360 feet long and includes, "among other luxurious accoutrements, a helipad." It is named "Bravo Eugenia," after Jones’ wife, GENE. The Jones family "took ownership of the yacht on Dec. 20 before a Christmas cruise in Scandinavia." The Dutch shipyard Oceanco "built the fuel efficient and eco friendly vessel." It includes a "storage area for water toys, a space with a sauna, steam room, massage room, plunge pool and rain shower, a lower-deck gym and a beach club" (, 1/8).

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.”

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