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NBA Franchise Notes: Magic rookie Wagner energizing fanbase

In Orlando, Mike Bianchi writes it is "hard for many downtrodden Magic fans to get excited about a rebuilding team with the worst record in the NBA" and a franchise that has "lost more games than any team in the league over the last decade." However, rookie F Franz Wagner "looks like he has a chance to develop into something special." The process "takes time and patience and there are no guarantees." Magic fans "must reach down within themselves to find ways to stay positive and engaged" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/6).

LACKING EXCITEMENT: In New Orleans, Scott Kushner writes the Pelicans are "boring." Despite tallying a winning record in December, this team "still isn’t close to captivating the city’s imagination and becoming the hot ticket around town." These Pelicans "aren’t particularly fascinating now, even though their play is improved." Things would "probably ... be different" if F Zion Williamson was there, as his absence "certainly adds to the monotony of the moment" (New Orleans ADVOCATE, 1/6).

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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