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Executive Transactions

The Warriors named former Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment Prudential Center Exec VP & GM DONNA DANIELS Chase Center GM. She will be in charge of operating the venue, which encompasses parking, guest experience, engineering and converting building security, among other priorities. Daniels also will be tasked with booking Chase Center, as well as box office responsibilities. She will report to Warriors President & COO BRANDON SCHNEIDER and begin her new role June 20 (Eric Prisbell, SBJ).

K.C. Current COO AMBER COX has stepped down from her role. She joined the team in February '21. New President ALLISON HOWARD will assume oversight of all business operations (K.C. Current).

SPORTFIVE named former WWE Dir of Global Partnerships & Media Sales DAVE CORREA VP/Commercial (LinkedIn).

The Warriors named former Team Liquid National Sales & Partnerships Manager TRACY PARKES Dir of Partnerships/Esports. A graduate of Cal State Channel Islands, he also worked at Vans and Kawasaki (Jason Wilson, TEO).

Gotham FC named former Madison Square Garden Entertainment Digital Platforms Senior Manager BAILEY WEIGEL Dir of Marketing (LinkedIn).

Audible named former Spotify Podcast Partner Manager CASSIUS FLEMMING Dir of Sports Programming (LinkedIn).

Misfits Gaming Group/Unpause Media hired RAFAEL HUEZO as Head of Agency (LinkedIn).

MLB promoted Sponsorship Sales Coordinator/Global Corporate Partnerships FRANCESCA DEPALO to Partnership Marketing Coordinator (LinkedIn).

Amazon named former Verizon Marketing Manager/NFL, MLB & NBA Sponsorships JOE CLEMENTI NFL Marketing Specialist/Sports Brand Partnerships (LinkedIn).

The PGA Tour named former Ascending Athletes Dir of Player Relations & Business Development JULIE NELSON Communications Specialist (LinkedIn).

Charlotte FC named former NFL Panthers Ticket Services Representative STEPHANIE SNYDER Ticket Services Manager (LinkedIn).

ESPN promoted Production Coordinator I KATHLEEN COOK CARRIERE to Production Coordinator II (LinkedIn).

Charlotte FC promoted Ticket Sales Account Exec SCARLETT EATON to Partnership Services Coordinator (LinkedIn).

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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.”

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