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Executive Transactions

NFL Exec VP and Chief Strategy & Growth Officer CHRIS HALPIN will leave the league on Jan. 26 to become CFO of digital media holding company IAC. Halpin has been at the NFL since June '13, starting as VP/Media Strategy & Business Development and now leading the league’s sports betting and international strategy. At IAC, Halpin will report to CEO JOEY LEVIN and oversee all finance, accounting, M&A, investor relations and administration (Ben Fischer, SBJ). Meanwhile, veteran NFL Chief Information Officer MICHELLE MCKENNA will leave the league March 31, according to a memo obtained by SBJ. McKenna, who was a member of the '14 SBJ Game Changers class, joined as the league’s first CIO in '12 after holding the same title at Constellation Energy and Universal Orlando Resort. Her next destination is unknown (Fischer).

EXECS: USF AD MICHAEL KELLY has signed a 5-year contract extension that keeps him at the school through June '28. His current deal was set to expire in '23 (TWITTER.com, 1/5)....Roc Nation Sports Int'l VP/Operations MICHELE RINCHIUSO was appointed as group Managing Dir/Global Sports at YM&U. Rinchiuso will be in charge of leading YM&U's sports division into a new era. Prior to his role at Roc Nation Sports, Rinchiuso worked in Puma's international marketing department (YM&U)....ASM Global named JESSICA RAGSDALE VP/Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ASM Global)....Robert Morris Univ. President CHRIS HOWARD is leaving "for a new role" at Arizona State, where he will become Exec VP & COO of ASU Enterprise (WTAE.com, 1/4).

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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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