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Executive Transactions

The Buffalo Groupe has acquired communications firm Rawle Murdy, making it the newest division of the company and expanding the company's holdings. Rawle Murdy will operate as an independent agency based out of Charleston, S.C., with Managing Dir BRUCE MURDY continuing in his role (Buffalo Groupe).

EXECS: Nike named Kohl's Chief Technology & Information Officer RATNAKAR LAVU to the newly created position of Global Chief Digital Information Officer. Lavu will report to Nike COO ERIC SPRUNK and will start June 17 (Nike)....The Atlantic 10 Conference named Univ. of Colorado Dir of Player Development SEAN KEARNEY Associate Commissioner/Men's Basketball. Kearney will oversee all aspects of the conference's men's basketball operations (A10)....The ACC named DEBBIE WILLIAMSON Supervisor of Women's Basketball Officials. She currently serves as Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officials for the AAC, Atlantic 10, Big East, Ivy League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferences (ACC)....The Heat named Texas A&M Ventures VP & GM GLEN OSKIN III VP/Corporate Partnerships & Activation (Heat)....Georgia Southern Univ. promoted Associate AD/PR & Communications BRYAN JOHNSTON to AD TOM KLEINLEIN's Exec staff (GSU)....Scout Sports & Entertainment named the following: JACK ANESER Analytics Coordinator; KATIE LAFEMINA Strategy & Development Coordinator; MICHELLE DEVRIENDT Events Coordinator; CATHERINE BARBER Account Coordinator; LEXIE CIPA Account Coordinator; and DENA HASSAN Exec Assistant (THE DAILY).

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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.”

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