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Broncos face critical '22 with ownership transition likely, on-field changes

Seismic changes are "coming to Broncos headquarters, and it's not a stretch” to suggest ‘22 "might be the most crucial year in franchise history" as they find their next owner, according to Mark Kiszla of the DENVER POST. The QB or the next coach both “pale in comparison to the vision of the owner who takes over" for the late Pat Bowlen. While Broncos fans crave an owner "committed to ending the playoff drought and being No. 1 in everything,” the bottom line is that when a team is “put up for auction, the only thing that really matters is money.” While it might be “juicy to speculate about the potential involvement" of Peyton Manning or John Elway in the next ownership group of the team, the "real game here for either legendary quarterback will be to find a sugar daddy (or mama) who can bankroll a deal” to purchase the Broncos. Broncos President & CEO Joe Ellis is “spearheading the sale of the team.” He “respects the competitive fire and football backgrounds” of both Manning and Elway. Ellis wants “to do right by the loyal fans of Broncos Country” in the sale of the team. But first and foremost, Ellis and the trust “overseeing this multibillion-dollar transaction” has a “fiscal responsibility to Bowlen’s heirs” (DENVER POST, 1/13).

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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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