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Former NFLer STEVE GLEASON's nonprofit acknowledged a caregiver's dating profile that "says her most controversial opinion was the paralyzed New Orleans Saints legend faked amyotrophic lateral sclerosis." Team Gleason Associate Executive Dir CLARE DURRETT said that the organization "has spoken with the caregiver, and the employee indicated the remark was intended as humor." But Durrett said Team Gleason understood “ALS isn’t a joking matter” after the post upset survivors of the neuromuscular disease as well as Saints fans (, 1/11).

NAMES: WWE was sued yesterday by a smaller rival that "accused it of violating federal antitrust law by monopolizing the professional wrestling market." MLW Media LLC accused WWE and its CEO VINCE MCMAHON of "threatening content partners for doing business with MLW, to help protect its 85% share of the U.S. market for professional wrestling broadcasting rights." The plaintiff said WWE’s interference in '21 "caused Vice TV to end talks to air new MLW content, and led to a 40% drop in ticket sales after Fox Corp’s Tubi streaming service abandoned a licensing agreement the night before it was to be publicly announced" (REUTERS, 1/11)....GRANT HILL is releasing a new autobiography, "GAME," via Penguin Press later this summer (, 1/12)....Big Ten Senior VP/TV, Media & Analytics and Emerging Platforms KERRY KENNY and his wife welcomed a daughter, HARPER, on Saturday (, 1/11).

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

BioSteel makes a major move with the NHL, while the USFL looks for additional investors.

SBJ Unpacks: Thaddeus Young, NBA forward and venture capitalist

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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