New York Gov. reiterates next Bills' stadium won't have dome

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday again said that the next Bills' stadium "won't have a dome," as her remarks "reinforced that the future Bills stadium will be an open-air venue," according to Tim O'Shei of the BUFFALO NEWS. Hochul also noted that negotiations are “ongoing” and “very positive" (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/7). Pegula Sports & Entertainment Exec VP Ron Raccuia said, "We sold out of season tickets for the first time in our team’s history this year. The stadium seats 69,000, but there’s a cap on season ticket sales, so you always have a fair amount of individual game tickets for fans to buy." In Buffalo, Jason Wolf noted the Bills plan to "reduce the capacity in their new stadium to between 60,000 to 62,000 seats and a general admission, standing-room-only party deck with space for up to another 5,000 fans." The Bills plan to "keep a similar seating bowl in a new stadium." Reducing seating capacity does not mean the Bills "want to build a smaller stadium." The team’s proposed stadium is "significantly larger" than Highmark Stadium, which is "a little over 900,000 square feet." Raccuia said that the Bills plan to build a new stadium that would be "about 1.5 million square feet." He added that the new stadium would use the additional square footage to "incorporate food preparation and maintenance facilities" and to "create more temperature-controlled areas and significantly wider concourses." The Bills expect to sell "about 50,000 season tickets at a new stadium" (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/8).

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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SBJ's Austin Karp posted up with NBA power forward Thaddeus Young. The 15-year veteran discussed his venture capital strategy, his investment in technology and much more.

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