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Executive Transactions

Octagon promoted Senior VP/Global Media Rights Consulting DAN COHEN to Exec VP/Global Media Rights Consulting and VP/Media Rights Consulting WILLIAM MAO to Senior VP/Media Rights Consulting. Cohen will continue to oversee Octagon's Media Rights Consulting division, which in '22 surpassed more than $14B in media rights under advisory. Cohen will report to Octagon Marketing North America President LOU KOVACS. Mao will report to Cohen (Octagon).

The NHL Kings signed GM ROB BLAKE to a "three-year contract extension." Blake has been at the helm for five seasons (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 5/19).

The SpringHill Company/UNINTERRUPTED named former CAA Head of Athlete Content Strategy and current Sports & Entertainment Equity Network co-Founder & Chair MELCOLM RUFFIN VP/Content Strategy & Business Development (LinkedIn).

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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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