Sign up for our daily briefing

Make your busy days simpler with the Axios AM and PM newsletters. Catch up on what's new and why it matters in just 5 minutes.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on the day's biggest business stories

Subscribe to the Axios Closer newsletter for insights into the dayโ€™s business news and trends and why they matter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sign up for Axios Pro Rata

Dive into the world of dealmakers across VC, PE and M&A with Axios Pro Rata. Delivered daily to your inbox by Dan Primack and Kia Kokalitcheva.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sports news worthy of your time

Binge on the stats and stories that drive the sports world with the Axios Sports newsletter. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tech news worthy of your time

Get our smart take on technology from the Valley and D.C. with Axios Login. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Get the inside stories

Get an insider's guide to the new White House with Axios Sneak Peek. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Denver news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Des Moines news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Des Moines newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Twin Cities news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Tampa Bay news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Charlotte news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Nashville news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Nashville newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Columbus news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Columbus newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Dallas news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Dallas newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Austin news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Austin newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Atlanta news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Atlanta newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Philadelphia news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Philadelphia newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Chicago news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Chicago newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sign up for Axios NW Arkansas

Stay up-to-date on the most important and interesting stories affecting NW Arkansas, authored by local reporters

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top DC news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios DC newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Bowl season begins a week from Friday and ends with the CFP National Championship on Jan. 10, the 44th game of the postseason.

The big picture: There's still time to plan that trip...

Friday, Dec. 17

  • Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo (-10)
  • Tailgreeter Cure Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Coastal Carolina (-10)

Saturday, Dec. 18

  • RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. App State (-3)
  • Cricket Celebration Bowl: South Carolina State vs. Jackson State (-12)
  • PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl: UTEP vs. Fresno State (-11)
  • Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl: UAB vs. BYU (-7)
  • LendingTree Bowl: Eastern Michigan vs. Liberty (-8.5)
  • Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl: Utah State vs. Oregon State (-7)
  • R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Marshall vs. Louisiana (-5)

Monday, Dec. 20

  • Myrtle Beach Bowl: Old Dominion vs. Tulsa (-9.5)

Tuesday, Dec. 21

  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Kent State vs. Wyoming (-3)
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl: San Diego State vs. UTSA (-2.5)

Wednesday, Dec. 22

  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Missouri vs. Army (-3.5)

Thursday, Dec. 23

  • Frisco Football Classic: North Texas vs. Miami, OH (-3)
  • Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl: UFC vs. Florida (-7.5)

Friday, Dec. 24

  • EasyPost Hawai'i Bowl: Hawai'i vs. Memphis (-6.5)

Saturday, Dec. 25

  • TaxAct Camellia Bowl: Ball State vs. Georgia State (-4.5)

Monday, Dec. 27

  • Quick Lane Bowl: Nevada vs. Western Michigan (-3)
  • Military Bowl: ECU vs. Boston College (-3.5)

Tuesday, Dec. 28

  • TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl: Houston vs. Auburn (-3)
  • Servpro First Responder Bowl: Air Force vs. Louisville (-1.5)
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Mississippi State (-8.5)
  • San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: UCLA vs. NC State (-1)
  • Guaranteed Rate Bowl: West Virginia vs. Minnesota (-4)

Wednesday, Dec. 29

  • Wasabi Fenway Bowl: SMU vs. Virginia (-1.5)
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Maryland vs. Virginia Tech (-1.5)
  • Cheez-It Bowl: Clemson vs. Iowa State (-1)
  • Valero Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. Oklahoma (-4.5)

Thursday, Dec. 30

  • Duke's Mayo Bowl: South Carolina vs. UNC (-7)
  • TransPerfect Music City Bowl: Purdue vs. Tennessee (-4)
  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Pitt vs. Michigan State (-1)
  • SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State vs. Wisconsin (-7)

Friday, Dec. 31

  • TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M (-7)
  • Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl: Washington State vs. Miami (-2.5)
  • Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Boise State (-8)
  • ๐Ÿ† Goodyear Cotton Bowl (CFP): Cincinnati vs. Alabama (-13.5)
  • ๐Ÿ† Capital One Orange Bowl (CFP): Michigan vs. Georgia (-7.5)

Saturday, Jan. 1

  • Outback Bowl: Arkansas vs. Penn State (-2)
  • Vrbo Citrus Bowl: Iowa vs. Kentucky (-2.5)
  • PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Notre Dame (-2.5)
  • Rose Bowl Game: Utah vs. Ohio State (-6.5)
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Baylor (-1.5)

Tuesday, Jan. 4

  • TaxAct Texas Bowl: LSU vs. Kansas State (-1)

Monday, Jan. 10

  • ๐Ÿ† CFP National Championship: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

Go deeper

1 Razorback thing: Outback Bowl, baby!

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

๐Ÿ‘‹ Hello Floridians. Worth Sparkman from Axios Northwest Arkansas dropping in to help you deal with all the Razorback fans you'll see showing up over the next week to watch the Outback Bowl.

  • Appreciate you hosting us. We understand more than 6,000 tickets have sold through the Razorback office here, but that doesn't account for the secondary market.
  • We apologize in advance. If we win, you may lose a goalpost. Or two.

China builds its own movie empire

Expand chart
Data: Gower Street citing Comscore; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

Illustration: Aรฏda Amer/Axios

If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet โ€” and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.