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Former NFLer CLINTON PORTIS was sentenced Thursday to six months in federal prison and six months of home detention after pleading guilty in September to "conspiracy to commit health care fraud." As part of his plea agreement, Portis admitted to "participating in a nationwide scheme in which ex-NFL players filed fraudulent reimbursement claims" with the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, which allows former players to "seek funds for out-of-pocket medical care that is not covered by insurance" (USA TODAY, 1/7).

NAMES: Former Mets acting GM ZACK SCOTT was acquitted Thursday in White Plains City Court of all criminal charges "stemming from his arrest last summer for DWI" (N.Y. POST, 1/7)....ESPN's DICK VITALE's goal this year for his gala is $7M, which would bring the total raised through the V Foundation for Cancer Research to "more than $50 million." United Wholesale Mortgage President & CEO MAT ISHBIA will be "donating another $1 million," after doing so last year, and his brother JUSTIN will "be matching the contribution." Justin Ishbia is an investor in UWM and founding partner of Chicago-based private equity firm Shore Capital Partners (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/7)....The price tag on the BRAD PITT F1 movie Apple is buying from director JOE KOSINSKI is $225M, including "about $40 million for Pitt to star and produce, and a committed theatrical window." That was "enough to pry the project from Netflix," which wanted to "serve it to fans of its Formula One docuseries" (, 1/7).

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: July 7, 2022

Talking points from Sun Valley; Pac-12 retains Sports Media Advisors; Oak View Group to sell Top Golf national sponsorships and Rapino remains influential with new deal at Live Nation

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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