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Executive Transactions

Oak View Group named AHL Ontario Reign VP/Business Operations STEVE FRASER President of Coachella Valley Arena and of the Kraken's to-be-named AHL expansion team, effective immediately. Fraser will oversee the day-to-day execution of season-ticket campaigns, group sales, premium sales and the development program that maximizes activation of the training center as well as other arena business ventures. Fraser will be based in Palm Springs, Calif., and report to the Coachella Valley Arena BOD (Oak View Group).

ESPORTS MOVES: Super League Gaming named Branded Entertainment Network VP/Client Services JOHN CARLE VP/Creator Relations (Super League Gaming)....Esports organization Tempo Storm named 343 Industries Exec Producer ERIN KRELL COO and Amazon Games Creative Dir ERIC FLANNUM Design Dir. Temp Storm also brought on former Amazon Games designers GREGORY MARQUES and STEPHEN DEWHURST as Senior Design Managers (Trent Murray, SBJ)....Riot Games has hired former Netflix exec BRIAN WRIGHT as its new Chief Content Officer for its entertainment division, Riot Entertainment (James Fudge, SBJ).

EXECS: The USL named WILL KUHNS Senior VP/Communications & PR. Kuhns previously worked as a Supervising Producer of MLS Media for nearly 15 years (SBJ)....Charleston Southern named Charlotte Assistant Athletics Media Relations Dir TRAVIS WOODS Associate AD/Communications & PR (SBJ).

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SBJ Morning Buzzcast: August 10, 2022

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SBJ I Factor: Jed York

SBJ I Factor: Jed York, presented by Allied Sports SBJ I Factor presented by Allied Sports features an interview with San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York. York is in his 17th year with the organization and his 12th as CEO. He is a two-time SBJ Forty Under 40 honoree as a member of the classes of 2012 and 2013. York talks with SBJ’s Abe Madkour about what he learned from growing up in the sports business, working in multiple departments at the team, the challenges of building Levi’s Stadium, and how his leadership style has evolved through the years. SBJ I Factor is a monthly podcast offering interviews with sports executives who have been recipients of one of the magazine’s awards, such as Forty Under 40, Game Changers and others.

SBJ Spotlight: Warner Bros. Discovery

CNBC media reporter Alex Sherman joins SBJ’s John Ourand to discuss Warner Bros. Discovery’s streaming strategy. The two talk about the company’s interest in sports rights, with Sherman noting that the company is in a cost-cutting mode, which is one reason why it has not been active in media rights negotiations over the past several months.

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