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The Sabres Foundation will donate $100,000 to the Resource Council of WNY, which operates the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation Community Center. The donation will “support staffing and programming” (BUFFALO NEWS, 5/24).

Pat Riley purchased the condo brand new for $8.1M in ’18ONE SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

BUYERS & SELLERS: Heat President PAT RILEY is selling his 3,948-square-foot condo at the Four Seasons Residences at the Surf Club in Surfside for $22.75M. Riley "purchased the condo brand new" for $8.1M in ’18. The condo features "four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms." The Surf Club also is known for its “luxury hotel-style service, along with four pools and two high-end restaurants” (, 5/23)....Former Cubs P JON LESTER is now offering his former home in Graceland West in "two separate pieces" after it remained unsold more than a year on the market. Lester is asking $3.85M for the "five-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot house" and yesterday put the extra-wide side lot "on the market" at $1.15M. In April ‘21, he put the entire property “on the market at a little under $6 million” (, 5/23).

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: July 7, 2022

Talking points from Sun Valley; Pac-12 retains Sports Media Advisors; Oak View Group to sell Top Golf national sponsorships and Rapino remains influential with new deal at Live Nation

SBJ Unpacks: LIV Golf tees off in Portland

Ahead of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Illinois and LIV Golf Invitational Portland, SBJ’s Josh Carpenter, and David Rumsey spoke with Sports Illustrated's Bob Harig and Brendan Porath of The Fried Egg to discuss the current state of golf.

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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