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Anti-vaxx protesters descend on Nets game

Ahead of the Nets’ home game against the Hornets yesterday, a "group of anti-covid vaccine mandate protesters marched through Brooklyn and attempted to force their way into Barclays Center" in support of the benched Kyrie Irving. Protesters chanted "Let Kyrie Play!" and "tried to barge through the metal barricades into the arena’s front doors." But they "didn’t get very far." Some of the protesters' signs "attempted to debunk the science behind the vaccine, some were in opposition of the current Biden administration, some read 'Let Kyrie Play' and one had a swastika on it" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/25).

The march of about 500 protesters began "about an hour and a half before Sunday’s game." They "marched several blocks through Brooklyn to the plaza in front of Barclays Center." The group "chanted fairly peacefully for approximately 30 minutes" before a "splinter group of approximately 100 protesters pushed their way toward the building’s main entrance." The building went "on lockdown for approximately 10 minutes" (NEWSDAY, 10/25).

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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