Analyst to continue calling Wizards games following controversial reference

A Wizards spokesperson said that NBC Sports Washington analyst Glenn Consor will "continue to call the team’s games on the radio" following his controversial reference to Rockets G Kevin Porter Jr.’s late father, according to Scott Allen of the WASHINGTON POST. Consor apologized Thursday for a comment he made during the TV broadcast of the Wizards’ 114-111 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday at Capital One Arena that "drew criticism on social media and led to calls for his firing." Following Porter Jr. making a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Wizards, Consor said, Porter Jr., "Like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time.” In '93, Kevin Porter Sr. was "charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl," before being shot and killed on July 17, 2004. Consor: "I mistakenly thought that Kevin was the son of former Washington player Kevin Porter." Consor has been an analyst for Wizards radio broadcasts alongside longtime play-by-play commentator Dave Johnson since '07, but "occasionally fills in on NBC Sports Washington’s TV broadcasts" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/7).

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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