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Executive Transactions

Sources said that Cavaliers GM KOBY ALTMAN has "agreed to a contract extension" through the '27-28 season and "will assume a new title of president of basketball operations." Altman has "engineered a franchise renaissance" and "reshaped a roster that has shown the promise of becoming a long-term factor in the Eastern Conference" (, 1/11).

STAYING IN CLEVELAND: The Guardians announced a number of promotions, including MATT FORMAN to Exec VP & Assistant GM. ERIC BINDER becomes Assistant GM after serving as VP/Baseball Operations. JAMES HARRIS, who previously served as the VP & Dir of Player Development, has also been promoted to Assistant GM. PAUL GILLISPIE, who has spent all of his 16-year career in Cleveland, becomes Senior VP/Scouting. LONNIE SOLOFF has been elevated to Senior VP/Medical Services. ALEX ECKELMAN has been promoted to VP/Hitting and ALEX MERBERG becomes VP/Baseball Operations Development (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/12).

EXECS: COLIE EDISON will join the WNBA as the league’s first-ever Chief Growth Officer, effective January 31, 2022. She will be based in the league’s N.Y. office and report directly to WNBA Commissioner CATHY ENGELBERT. Edison comes to the WNBA from the Professional Bowlers Association, where she served as the PBA's first female CEO (WNBA)....The North Face named Nike VP/Nike Direct North America NICOLE OTTO Global Brand President, effective in June. Otto is succeeding STEVE MURRAY, who is retiring. She will report to North Face Chair, President & CEO STEVE RENDLE (, 1/10)....CSMG, a media company focused on both esports and traditional sports, added JIM CONNELLY as CRO and ANGELA BERNHARD as Exec VP/Esports (CSMG)....The Devils named Islanders VP/Premium Sales for UBS Arena DERIC MANRIQUE Managing Dir of Premium Partnerships (SBJ).

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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.”

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