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Islanders settling in to UBS Arena after rocky on-ice start

To Islanders fans it "would be a bonus" if the new UBS Arena "provided the sort of home-ice edge for which Nassau Coliseum was known" in its glory days, according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. The Islanders made their home debut on Nov. 20 and "went 0-5-2 in their first seven games there." That “was not in the blueprints” for the $1.1B facility. Things “have improved since,” though, and “not a moment too soon." They have “improved their record” at home since then to 5-0-1. Islanders’ RW Josh Bailey on the new arena said, “It took maybe a couple of games for it to truly feel like home, but since then it’s been smooth sailing." RW Cal Clutterbuck: "I’ve said this before: The building is different but the people are the same. They’re making the same noise.” LW Zach Parise, who played for the Devils when the Prudential Center opened in ‘07, said, "When you’re coming in a new building, there’s the unfamiliarity of everything -- the locker room, the ice surface, just being out there, it’s an adjustment. But I think we’re comfortable here now” (NEWSDAY, 1/14).

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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