Miami columnist grades local pro, college teams

The MIAMI HERALD's Greg Cote wrote a New Year’s State Of Miami Sports, in which he gave a grade to each of the Miami pro teams, along with two from the Univ. of Miami, based on "where they are right now and the short-term," but also to "put in the context of the broader, bigger picture." The grades given were:

  • Heat: A. South Florida’s "best-in-show franchise wins, competes and contends steady as sunrise," guided by "excellent ownership, a Hall of Fame president in Pat Riley and one of the NBA’s elite coaches, Erik Spoelstra."
  • Panthers: B+. The franchise’s second Stanley Cup Final and first championship is "well in play."
  • Miami football: B.
  • Miami men's basketball: B-.
  • Dolphins: C+. Owner Stephen Ross’ "failed 13 years as majority owner instills little faith."
  • Marlins: C. Much good "has happened," but the club has lost 98, 105 and last year 95 games in the three full seasons under Marlins CEO Derek Jeter.
  • Inter Miami: D. The club appears "snake-bit approaching its Year 3," finishing 10th out of 14 Eastern teams each of its first two seasons. Inter Miami co-Owner David Beckham has "failed thus far in a way seldom associated with his name" (MIAMI HERALD, 1/15).

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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