Kansas City announces city developments to upgrade downtown area

The K.C. Downtown Council has “unveiled a 10-year plan for the area” yesterday that includes more than 180 recommendations such as a new downtown ballpark for the Royals to “make downtown more livable, connected and prosperous,” according to Kevin Hardy of the K.C. STAR. The growth of downtown “was ushered in by the investment of millions of city dollars" into amenities like the T-Mobile Center. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said, “A great region has a great downtown, and it isn’t just office buildings -- although that’s an important part. It’s cultural spaces, it’s new amenities.” Lucas: “A lot of Kansas Citations, myself included, would love to see everything they talked about. I think that’s the story with baseball and everything else. But the real question is how is it financed" (K.C. STAR, 1/26).

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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