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Executive Transactions

DAZN has implemented a new group structure and some leadership changes, naming SHAY SEGEV sole CEO of DAZN Group. Segev joined DAZN as co-CEO in early '21. DAZN co-Founder JAMES RUSHTON drops his co-CEO title but will continue with his existing responsibilities overseeing growth in local markets, rights and content. DARREN WATERMAN, who previously led the finance team for Amazon Prime Video internationally, joins as DAZN Group CFO, based in London (DAZN)....ESPN added JULIE MCKAY to its college sports PR team. Among McKay's duties will be "College GameDay," college baseball and the "College Football Awards Show." She joins the net from the Buffalo Agency, where she worked on golf and lifestyle PR (ESPN).

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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.”

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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