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Harvard Business School received a $5M gift from Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment co-Founder JOSH HARRIS and his wife MARJORIE to establish the Harris Family Fund for Sports Management and Alternative Investments. This gift augments the Josh Harris Endowment for Sports Management, created in '15. The fund will promote diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented individuals through the creation of programming and financial support (HBS).

BOOK CLUB: Former NFLer COLIN KAEPERNICK and Scholastic announced they would "publish a book" about the period when he had to make the choice to pursue baseball or play football. The young adult graphic novel called “Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game" is "scheduled to be released next spring." Illustrated by ORLANDO CAICEDO, “Change the Game” was written by Kaepernick and EVE L. EWING. The book is “aimed at both teenagers and adults” and “will be copublished” by Scholastic and Kaepernick Publishing -- the partnership that produced Kaepernick’s children’s book, “I Color Myself Different,” this spring (N.Y. TIMES, 5/18).

NAMES: USA TODAY's JORI EPSTEIN has been selected as the ‘22 winner of the Professional Football Writers of America's Terez A. Paylor Emerging Writer Award. She joined USA TODAY Sports in ‘18, “primarily to cover” the Cowboys. Cowboys QB DAK PRESCOTT himself “provided Jori a heartfelt video, congratulating her for being the second recipient of the Paylor Award" (USA TODAY, 5/18)....Browns DE MYLES GARRETT was "welcomed into The Klutch Sports Group," and "will be represented" by NICOLE LYNN. Garrett recently left his previous agent BUS COOK to join Klutch, which is “beginning to have a stronger presence on the Browns’ roster” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/18).

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: August 9, 2022

The end of the Bowlen era in Denver; Big Ten media deal close? Also, Jake Paul's venture in sports betting and Eck's walk-off.

SBJ I Factor: Jed York

SBJ I Factor: Jed York, presented by Allied Sports SBJ I Factor presented by Allied Sports features an interview with San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York. York is in his 17th year with the organization and his 12th as CEO. He is a two-time SBJ Forty Under 40 honoree as a member of the classes of 2012 and 2013. York talks with SBJ’s Abe Madkour about what he learned from growing up in the sports business, working in multiple departments at the team, the challenges of building Levi’s Stadium, and how his leadership style has evolved through the years. SBJ I Factor is a monthly podcast offering interviews with sports executives who have been recipients of one of the magazine’s awards, such as Forty Under 40, Game Changers and others.

SBJ Spotlight: Warner Bros. Discovery

CNBC media reporter Alex Sherman joins SBJ’s John Ourand to discuss Warner Bros. Discovery’s streaming strategy. The two talk about the company’s interest in sports rights, with Sherman noting that the company is in a cost-cutting mode, which is one reason why it has not been active in media rights negotiations over the past several months.

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