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The Flyers held LOU NOLAN night on April 9 for the team's PA announcer, where they "celebrated his career, wore practice jerseys with his name and presented him with gifts" prior to the team’s game against the Ducks. Nolan was “shocked and honored,” though he has "realized for a while now that he's had an impressively long career” with the Flyers. He has “become ‘synonymous’” with the Flyers, as he is the “only person who has been with the team since it was born” in ‘67-68. He has “been in the box” for the last 50 years. Between his character, his voice and his longevity, Nolan has “become famous” across the NHL (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/25).

NAMES: Leaf Trading Cards has “filed a lawsuit” against Cowboys WR CEEDEE LAMB. The trading card company accused Lamb of "failing to fulfill an agreement to sign an allotted number of cards for the company." Leaf is "seeking damages of '$100,000 or less' and attorney fees." Lamb did “sign some memorabilia for Leaf” ahead of the ‘20 NFL draft before being selected No. 17 overall by the Cowboys, but the suit indicates they "had a deal in place for more” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/25).

IN MEMORY: JOHN THOMPSON, the first GM in Seahawks history, died yesterday morning at 95. A cause of death was “not immediately available.” Thompson was hired as GM of the Seahawks on March 6, 1975, and helped “oversee the selection of the team’s nickname and colors as well as the hiring of first” coach JACK PATERA. He "held that position" until October '82 when both he and Patera "were fired" during the NFL players’ strike. Thompson "spent a few years" with the Sports and Events Council of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce before retiring (SEATTLE TIMES, 5/25).

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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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