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Seton Hall Univ. is "launching the Center for Sports Media, thanks to a generous founding donation" from former ESPNer BOB LEY. Ley has maintained a "strong connection with Seton Hall," where he "regularly presents workshops and master classes, moderates a sports-media speaker series and mentors student staff at the campus radio station." The amount of the donation "was not disclosed" (, 10/26).

KANTER SPEAKS OUT: Celtics C ENES KANTER continues to "take a stand against China." Less than a week after Kanter "expressed support for Tibet," he is "calling out Uyghur forced labor, and involving Nike co-founder PHIL KNIGHT in the conversation." Kanter will "wear shoes calling out Nike." The shoes "contain three phrases including 'Hypocrite Nike' and 'Made with slave labor.'" Kanter in a tweet said that he would "buy a plane ticket for Knight so the two could take a closer look at the labor situation in China" (, 10/26).

LEGAL MATTER: Former longtime Angels public relations employees ERIC KAY and TIM MEAD "have been removed as defendants in one of the wrongful death lawsuits filed by the family" of P TYLER SKAGGS, although the Angels "remain defendants in both suits." Kay and Mead are "still named in the Texas suit." It is possible the two defendants were removed from the California suit to "streamline the case, reducing issues that could be argued to delay a trial" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 10/27).

BUYERS & SELLERS: Chargers DE JOEY BOSA bought a waterfront house in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale for $5.85M. The 5,500-square-foot residence incluides "five bedrooms and six bathrooms ... spread across two stories." An "elevator and floating glass staircase with European oak steps ascend to the primary suite." Other highlights include a "wet bar, movie theater and custom garage with lifts that can fit six cars" (L.A. TIMES, 10/26).

NAMES: A pair of game-worn sneakers from MICHAEL JORDAN sold at auction Sunday for $1.472M, "shattering a record for game-used footwear." The pair of size-13 Air Ships are the "earliest known pair of game-worn sneakers Jordan ever used as an NBA player." He wore them in his "fifth career game Nov. 1, 1984" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/27)....The Culture Jam Sports and Music Festival, the new event put on by Goldenvoice and Clippers F KAWHI LEONARD, has been "canceled days after it was announced," due to “unforeseen circumstances.” The event was set to be at the outdoor venue of the Shrine Expo Hall and Auditorium in L.A. on Nov. 21, and was to include "music, basketball games and panels." WNBA L.A. Sparks G TE'A COOPER and Seattle Storm G JEWELL LOYD "were also scheduled to participate" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 10/27)....Late Mets PR exec SHANNON FORDE will be among the '21 class inducted into the New York State Baseball HOF, headquartered in Clifton Park, N.Y., during a ceremony on Nov. 14 (Bergen RECORD, 10/26).

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: July 1, 2022

The day after the Big Ten's big deal and what's next; Pitch clock data shows impressive pace of play and momentum builds for A's in Bay Area.

SBJ Unpacks: LIV Golf tees off in Portland

Ahead of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Illinois and LIV Golf Invitational Portland, SBJ’s Josh Carpenter, and David Rumsey spoke with Sports Illustrated's Bob Harig and Brendan Porath of The Fried Egg to discuss the current state of golf.

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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