Stories by Kendall Baker

The NFL's great data divide

In this illustration, two strings of data decorate opposite ends of a football.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

When it comes to evaluating current NFL players, teams have access to more data than ever before. But when it comes to scouting college prospects, that same information isn't widely available, which leads to a lot of guesswork.

What's happening: In order to fill this analytics void, NFL teams have been forced to get creative in their approach to evaluating talent.

James Holzhauer won't stop dominating "Jeopardy!"

In this image, James Holzhauer sits between two other men at a sports game.
James Holzhauerat Game Six of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Las Vegas sports bettor James Holzhauer continued his miraculous "Jeopardy!" run last night, becoming just the second contestant to ever win more than $1 million during a daily run.

By the numbers: Holzhauer won $118,816 last night to bring his 14-day total to $1,061,554, second only to Ken Jennings' $2.5 million.

States see disappointing tax revenue from legal sports betting

Illustration of a stack of digital poker chips next to a smaller stack of real poker chips
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Six states have legalized sports betting since the Supreme Court's monumental decision last May, but New Jersey is the only one exceeding revenue expectations.

Why it matters: These disappointing results are part of a "growing consensus that legal sports betting may not bring the windfall that economic forecasters predicted only a few months ago," the New York Times' Timothy Williams reports.